Off the Page: Teresa Lucas

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

Teresa Lucas is a fanartist who lives in Madrid, Spain. She is currently studying to get a Masters degree in Concept Art.

“I’m very passionate about fiction in general and books in particular,” said Lucas. “Making me choose just a few favourite YA books is the most difficult thing you could ask out of me because I love so many. But just to name some: the Harry Potter series, The Raven Cycle, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Lynburn Legacy and Throne of Glass.”

  • "Blue Lily, Lily Blue." Blue from Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle.

What is it about the authors’ writing that inspired your art?

I think that what inspires me the most are the characters themselves. Their feelings, what they go through. Those moments when you connect with them and think “I’ve been through that” or “I know what that is” or the moments when they inspire you and you think that was so brave or intelligent or funny. Connecting with the characters of a story is so important and powerful and very inspiring. I think it was C.S. Lewis who said “we read to know we are not alone”. That’s exactly the reason of why I read.

Are there any other influences you included in your art?

As an art student and art lover, I find a lot of inspiration in classical art in any of its forms. Either if it’s painting, sculpture or architecture, the classics are the best to learn from. But definitely other contemporary artists, illustrators, concept artists, etc. Even movies, fashion, music and TV shows. All those things you are exposed to influence you in a way or another and [change]how you understand and do art. And also the fandoms. The fandom is a constant source of creativity, discussion and crazy ideas in general.

What was the best reaction you’ve received?

I’ve been very lucky with the reactions I’ve received but definitely the best one was just a couple of months ago. Last year I drew some designs and a piece of the mask Tessa Gray wears to the ball in Clockwork Prince. So recently someone contacted me in DeviantArt to show me a a picture of them cosplaying the final design, the one I drew on the final piece. It was so lovely! Not only they liked my art, they liked it enough to make their own mask and cosplay it. It was amazing and they looked gorgeous with the cosplay. Just to think that what I did inspired someone else to make their own stuff! Well, it’s a fantastic feeling.

What’s your process?

I’m still learning a lot and my process changes all the time. But I usually come up with an idea or something I want to tell in the piece. Then I draw some sketches of composition, poses, etc. I look at references, do some research, look at other artists’ works. Most of the time I end up re-sketching what I had before after looking for inspiration. Then I think of the light, the colour and the mood. And finally it’s time to draw, polish the lineart and colour.

Do you have any tools you like to work with?

If I’m drawing digitally my graphic tablet is my saviour, and both SAI and Photoshop with my favourite brushes. If I’m working traditionally I like rough pencil sketches and if I’m in a colour mood I love to work with watercolours or markers.

What encouraged you to share your fanart?

I’ve always loved to draw but I’ve always been very inconsistent about it. Sometime ago I realized art is what I like to do and what I’m passionate about. So I decided it was time to take it more seriously and I thought that posting art online would help me to push myself to draw more often and be constantly surrounded by art and other artists. I’d already seen some artists do amazing fanart of my favourite YA books. So I thought why not share mine too?

What piece are you most proud of?

I’m very fond of my piece of Puck and Sean at the cliffs from The Scorpio Races. But also the one about Adam Parrish being tied by the ley line from The Raven Cycle.

Do you have anything fun that you’re working on or would like to do someday?

I have some ideas, some of them I’ve already begun some of them I haven’t, for little comics of The Scorpio Races and The Raven Cycle. And some [alternate universes]and crossovers. Those are always so much fun.

What kind of advice or insight would you give to other artists?

Draw, draw, draw. Practice all you can. Art is very hard at the beginning but with practice and work you can do anything. Also surround yourself of art and other artists. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, or any doubt you may have, feedback, etc. We are all learning, we all have had those problems and doubts at some point and it’s absolutely ok, so don’t be afraid. Learn, do research, look at references. And practice!

For more on Teresa Lucas, follow her on Tumblr or deviantArt.

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