Here’s your chance to get behind the scenes with fanartists who bring your favorite young adult books to life.
During the day, Bruna Nora lives in Brazil and works as a video editor – but at night, she escapes into the world of art. An aspiring comic book artist, she’s illustrated beautiful pieces of YA fanart.
“My favorite YA books… what first comes to mind are Marissa Meyer’s the Lunar Chronicles and Beth Revis’s Across the Universe trilogy,” said Nora. “Although I’m the sort of person that is inclined to say ‘my favorite book is this one I’m reading right now,’ which currently translates to The Young Elites by Marie Lu.”
What is it about the authors’ writing that inspired your art?
I love fantasy. The world these authors create, the amount of heart poured into making a whole new universe come to life, baffles me. I wanted to translate those beautiful worlds into illustration.
Are there any other influences you included in your art?
I was an avid manga reader before I dwelled into YA books. Now I’m also a huge fan of comics and games, and I think everything from these media influences my work.
What was the best reaction you’ve received?
Tumblr book fandoms tend to be really nice and welcoming. I love going through the tags.
What’s your process?
I suppose you mean my drawing process? Well, mostly I do research – if I’m drawing from YA I like to go through the character’s description again – and then [try]my best! It’s really hard to explain, to be honest!
Do you have any tools you like to work with?
I work fully digital, so my main tools are Photoshop CS6 and an Intuos 5 – I think it’s called Intuos Pro now? I don’t do much traditional art anymore.
What encouraged you to share your fanart?
A couple of friends of mine introduced me to Tumblr and its fandoms. One of them encouraged me to start making fanart and post there, and I sort of liked the idea.
What piece are you most proud of?
Once Beth Revis came to me and asked me to make her a couple of illustrations of her stories so she could add to the Limited Edition of her newest novel The Body Electric. I put my soul into those pieces and I’m very proud of them!
Do you have anything fun that you’re working on or would like to do someday?
I have an ongoing webcomic called Chainbreaker. I just started it, but I plan to make it last. It’s a story I’ve been meaning to tell for years now, and I can say for sure that if it wasn’t for the wonderful people I’ve met while doing YA fanart, it would never come to life.
What kind of advice or insight would you give to other artists?
Art is hard. People may make it look easy, but trust me, it’s not. It’s not a problem with you, or your style, or your methods. I know it gets kinda boring and incredibly frustrating to hear “keep practicing” over and over, but there really is no other way. People are not born doing magnificent art. They practice until their hands bleed to get there, and we can do it too. Don’t give up.