Today’s sketches were inspired by “Elliot,” the novel I’m writing now. Elliot is the second prequel to the Keepers of the Wellsprings series after “Mya.” It’s about a boy who can shapeshift into a fox and travel through the Dreaming to places all over the world.
Today’s Monday Muse is author/illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell. He has illustrated several books for one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, and his style is very loose and free. I love watching his Instagram videos of free drawing in his sketchbooks. If you’re on Instagram, I definitely recommend visiting his feed to watch his drawings to music. @Chris_Riddell And me, of course. 😉 @m_sheldrake
Creativity and spontaneity are so important for our well-being. What do you do you do as a creative outlet? Share in the comments!
Things have been quiet and Christmasy around here this week, so I’ve been drawing spontaneously a lot. These drawings usually start with an eye or a nose and evolve from there. Sometimes my drawings turn into stories. I have lots of sketches of these characters with villages on their heads. Maybe some day I’ll write a story about them!
I had so much fun creating Azi’s guild hall that I decided to do a close up view of her house, too. This house is where Azi grew up, and it’s a small part of the larger guild complex. She spends much of her time here in the first book of the Keepers of the Wellsprings series: Call of Kythshire.
Many scenes have played out within these walls. I even added Flit’s pitcher to the drawing. Do you see it?
Writing is well underway for book three of the Keepers of the Wellsprings series. I’m already up to Chapter 13, and as often happens, my ideas have inspired me to sketch. Here are a few scenes with some new characters and some familiar favorites.
I have a long road ahead, but I’m looking forward to continuing the story and spending more time with Azi, Rian, Flit, Tib, and so many others as the story of the Wellsprings progresses. 🙂