Here’s your chance to get behind the scenes with fanartists who bring your favorite young adult books to life.
“I am a small town girl with big city dreams,” said fanartist Chloe Quinn of herself. “My family moved to a small town in Oregon when I was five and have lived here ever since. I am currently a freshman in college, working part time, as well as doing shows at our community theater.”
What is it about the authors’ writing that inspired your art?
My favorite young adult novels to draw inspiration from are J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Riordan’s Percy Jackson novels. I love when reading novels that are able to create such vivid images in my imagination, and Harry Potter was one of the first books that did that for me. Every thing was so detailed in my mind, and most of what I envisioned was very different from how I saw other artists portraying the aesthetic of the novels.
Are there any other influences you included in your art?
Aside from YA literature, I read a lot of play scripts. My college just finished a run of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and is moving onto a musical for our spring show. I love being involved in productions and always draw on them for an endless source of inspiration.
What’s your process?
As a college student, I don’t have much time outside of classes to draw. So most of my work are things that I’ve doodled during classes. If I like a particular doodle well enough It’ll make it all the way into the scanner to be colored digitally, or I’ll paint it with some gouache (which is really amazing stuff, by the way).
Do you have any tools you like to work with?
My favorite materials to work with are pen, gouache, and watercolors. I love the transparent and honest quality you get when working with transparent media. There’s a beautiful sketch-like quality to everything. I also enjoy working in Photoshop.
What encouraged you to share your fanart?
Tumblr and Instagram were major influencing factors in deciding to share my art. My two best friends had been encouraging me for a while to get a Tumblr and create and art blog. Finally I caved and set up a blog. It’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve made.
Do you have anything fun that you’re working on or would like to do someday?
In the future I would love to be working for an animation company as a concept designer. However, as a back-up I plan on pursuing a masters in education after my BFA.
What kind of advice or insight would you give to other artists?
The best advice I have for another artist would be: Never compare your art to another persons. That’s like comparing two souls, minds, or ideas. Each one is wonderful and different. It’s easy to tell when another artist has more technical skill or experience, but that’s where practice and classes come in. And if you can’t take classes, the internet has such a vast amount of information that finding a lesson that helps would be easy. Never stop drawing, express yourself through your work, and nothing can stop you!
For more on Chloe Quinn, follow her on Tumblr or Instagram.