Off the Page: Iz


Here’s your chance to get behind the scenes with fanartists who bring your favorite young adult books to life.

Iz is an artist from the Philippines.

“I love to read and make new bookish friends,” said Iz. “My favourite book is The Book Thief. I also really enjoyed the Grisha trilogy, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy, Chaos Walking trilogy, and so much more!”

  • Genya from Leigh Bardugo' Ruin and Rising.
What is it about the authors’ writing that inspired your art?
It’s when they write amazing worlds and unique characters that readers can create their own visions of these places and people. And it is what inspires me the most to share how I envision them.

Are there any other influences you included in your art?
I usually make portraits, and whether it’s fanart or not, I always draw the people that move me.

What was the best reactions you’ve received?
When authors of the book or its fans respond make my day every time. Those are my favourite ones.

What’s your process?
I usually pick a favourite character, or a scene, and study what’s happening in it, what mood it is in, etc. For characters, I try to be as accurate as I can regarding colours and details.

Do you have any tools you like to work with?
I usually use watercolors or Photoshop.

What encouraged you to share your fanart?
To share how I see certain characters!

What piece are you most proud of?
This is the most difficult question. Since I always leave a part of me in every piece, I really can’t pick. I say everything!

Do you have anything fun that you’re working on or would like to do someday?
I would like to work at Laika Studios someday, or even illustrate a book!

What kind of advice or insight would you give to other artists?
Like everyone else, I have to say practice hard. Don’t be afraid to practice with reference photos if you’re not used to draw faces or poses, even backgrounds. Don’t give up.

For more on Iz, follow either her art blog or her book blog.

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Nicole Brinkley

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