Off the Page: Taryn Knight


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

Taryn Knight is a Colorado fanartist who works as a freelance illustrator.

“My favorite YA books are definitely fantasy and adventure,” said Knight. “Basically anything with magic and dragons!”

  • Helga Hufflepuff from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

What is it about the authors’ writing that inspired your art?
For me, reading and drawing go hand-in-hand. When we read, it conjures the most colorful worlds and characters in our mind’s eye, and it inspires the urge to try and capture those images in art.

Are there any other influences you included in your art?
Absolutely! I’m constantly surrounded by artistic influences, whether I’m watching an animated film or admiring the work of other artists.

What was the best reaction you’ve received?
Any positive reaction towards my art always puts a smile on my face. so it’s difficult to pick just one! Though I do particularly love seeing someone’s reaction when I surprise them with a gift drawing.

What’s your process?
My process is fairly basic. It all starts with an idea, then I follow up with a rough sketch, then block in colors, and lastly I add detail and lighting effects.

Do you have any tools you like to work with?
I love working digitally with my drawing tablet, as well as traditionally with an ink pen.

What encouraged you to share your fanart?
Usually, when you really love something, you might have the urge to let the world know how much you love it and share that love with others. And sharing my fanart, for me, is one of the best ways to express my passion for something and share it with the world.

What piece are you most proud of?
Honestly, it’s difficult for me to single out favorites. Whenever I look at my work, I’m always noticing the little things that I could have done differently. But I do tend to favor my Harry Potter pieces more, I think; these are characters I’ve a lot of time with, and so I’ve developed my own versions of them in my head. I’m always so pleased whenever I manage to convey that image in a drawing.

Do you have anything fun that you’re working on or would like to do someday?
Right now, I’ve been slowly working on a small portfolio project that I’m really excited about. I love visual development and character design, so I do have some hopes of working in that department someday.

What kind of advice or insight would you give to other artists?
Challenge yourself constantly. Always try new things. If there’s something you’re afraid to draw, a tool you’ve been afraid to work with, do it. It’s entirely up to you how far you go, so just keep the ball rolling and never stop!


For more on Taryn Knight, follow her on Tumblr, Twitter or Instagram. You can also visit her Etsy shop.

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Nicole Brinkley

Nicole is the editor of YA Interrobang. She has short hair and loves dragons. The rest changes without notice. Follow her on Twitter at @nebrinkley or Tumblr at nebrinkley. Like her work? Leave her a tip.

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