Off the Page: Linnea

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Ever wondered about the artists drawing those fantastic pieces of fanart you reblog on Tumblr or favorite on deviantArt? Here’s your chance to get behind the scenes with these artists who bring your favorite characters alive.

This week we’re featuring Linnea, a 19-year-old student living in Arizona and majoring in chemistry. Her fanart features the world and characters from Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. The first two books, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, are available now. In 2014, look out for a collection of the prequel novellas and a currently untitled third book. The author also co-writes the Starkillers Cycle with Susan Dennard, which is available in installments on Tumblr.

  • Nehmia from Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series

What is it about Sarah’s writing that inspired your art?
Now this is a good question.

First, the plot is very creative and simple and would seem “average” looking when reading the synopsis. But she twists and shapes the organization and sentences that by the end you wanna keep reading. I always highlight those simple sentences that say so much. Like “but he just kept looking at her. As if the world had paused for him, too.” I can feel it and that’s what I always look for in books and Sarah just kills it.

Are there any other influences, besides the book, that you included in your art?
Yes. My favorite thing besides drawing is studying different cultures and in the Throne of Glass series, there are several different countries mentioned. Nehemia was the most referenced (character) by me, described as having browner skin and gold accents and jewelry so I really got to have fun with her.

What’s your process? What type of medium/art programs do you use or prefer?
I always start doing a bunch of quick sketches using an app on the Apple store called Sketchbook Express. Then if I like it I’ll finish it!

Do you have any tools you like to work with?
Just a pencil or Wacom bamboo tablet!

What piece is the one you’re most proud of doing?
Usually it’s the most recent picture I am always the most proud of, but the very first one I did. Their designs have changed a lot but it is that piece that got me here.

What kind of advice or insight would you give to other artists?
Don’t do it for the recognition.  I don’t think a lot (if at all) of people actually think this way but I know I did (and still do sometimes). A lot of the time, I’ll want it to get “notes/favorites” and if it’s not much, my confidence goes down. It’s stressful and who cares! So I try to keep in mind that this is what I love to do.

Do it for yourself. Put terrible sketches up, draw silly comics and just do it.

Update as much as you can. Start your own comics even with original characters! Not depending on the size of the fandom or “shoot, maybe if I color this and make it look as perfect as possible it’ll be better.” I’ve put stuff up that took me two minutes to do that got more compliments than something I spent four hours on so just go with the flow. Sometimes the greatest stuff is in the flaws and imperfections!

Also, just practice!! Look at a bunch of artists and try every one to see what you’re most comfortable with. Then add what you like and boom there’s your style!

Do you have anything fun that you’re working on or would like to do someday?
I have so many ideas! I want to do a song comic (I think it’s called) that I think would really capture the book perfectly. After seeing several artists do this, it always makes so much more of an impact. Laura and I are also in the process of making Throne of Glass Tarot cards, having two done already.

To check out more of Linnea’s work, visit her on her deviantArt  and Tumblr.

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Natasha M. Heck

Natasha believes cats and words are the shiniest things in the ‘verse. She has touched Stonehenge, climbed the Glastonbury Tor, walked the Philosopher’s Path, and kissed her true love on the Eiffel Tower. She’s a fangirl, Jedi Knight, and Gryffindor whose love of unicorns led her to live in the land of geekdom and sunshine. She has an English degree emphasis in Creative Writing, and is using it to follow her dreams.

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