Today I decided to draw something NOT from one of my own stories, but from one of my favorite stories ever. If you’ve not had the pleasure of reading any Patrick Rothfuss, do yourself a favor and rectify that egregious error. I’m obsessed with his Kingkiller Chronicles series and read it twice a year because it’s that damn good. It’s important to note that the audio books, narrated by Nick Podehl, are one of the best performances I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing and they make the story even more incredible. In the above scene the protagonist, Kvothe, encounters a shadowy figure, known as the Cthaeh, that hangs out in the branches of a huge tree pulling the wings off butterflies for sadistic pleasure. The Cthaeh is sort of chaos oracle that basically tells Kvothe a whole bunch of terrible shit with the design that Kvothe will go back out into the world and create more chaos.
Tools of the Trade
Here are some of the tools I use when making art.
For larger artwork I use Strathmore Bristol Pads 11X14.
For art on-the-go I adore my Sketch Wallet.
My pencil of choice is a Pentel Graphgear 500 with .7mm blue or red lead. <— This and my Sketch Wallet are the two tools that go with me everywhere.
For inking, I’m digging Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens.
While I’ve tried lots of different writing software solutions I keep coming back to old reliable: Microsoft Word.