I was feeling Christmassy so I decided to draw a famous scene from one of the greatest Christmas stories of all time. I actually started this drawing roughly this time last year, but I just never got round to finishing it with Uni and exams, but I have finally finished it. The advantage of doing it on a tablet it that it enables me to get the haunted atmosphere just right.
This is from a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and is such a famous scene it hardly needs an introduction, but I’m going to give it one anyway. Marley, who died 7 years previously is doomed to wander the earth due to his selfish and unfeeling ways. To prevent Scrooge from following the same route, Marley haunts Scrooge, giving him the opportunity to change his ways before dies and is forced to wander the earth.
As the Marley’s say in a Muppets Christmas Carol (or at least the soundtrack):
‘It is required of every man that the spirit within should walk abroad among his fellow men. And if that spirit goes not forth in life, he is condemned to do so after death, and witness what he cannot share, but might have shared and turned to happiness.’
Sorry about not posting for a while. In the last 3 months, I have graduated university, moved house and started my first real job so I have been rather busy.
So these drawings are from Taken by Storm, the third and final book in the Raised by Wolves trilogy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
The first drawing is after Callum, Bryn’s previous alpha, arrives to take Bryn to a Senate meeting. After getting in after a run, Callum is playing with Bryn’s sister, Katy, in wolf form. Ali walks in and protectively puts her arm around Bryn to remind Callum that Bryn is her daughter and not a puzzle. In the mean time, Lily, a young werewolf, kicks Callum, the most powerful alpha in North America, for taking away Katy’s attention.
The second drawing is set after the senate meeting. Bryn discovers that Maddie, a wolf that used to be part of her pack has gone rabid and is discussing with Callum and Sora how to approach the situation. Suddenly, Caroline is in between with a gun aimed at Sora’s chest and and a crossbow aimed at Callum’s knee. She tells Sora to leave as she won’t let Ali get hurt again, refering to Bryn’s punishment after breaking her conditions in the first book.
Lily kicks Callum for stealing Katie’s attention
Caroline threathens Callum and Sora for hurting Ali
These are from the final book in the amazing Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. These books are incredible so don’t really need my introduction.
So the first is set after Peeta is broadcast for (I believe) the third time. Peeta is wrestling with himself about what to say and ends up warning the rebels of the planned attack on District 13. Peeta is beaten and District 13 has 8 minutes of extra civilian evacuation time which saved lives. During the time in the bunker, whilst playing crazy cat, taunting Buttercup with a torch beam, Katniss realises how Snow is using Peeta against her. Once the all clear is sounded, they try to shoot a Propo, informing Panem that District 13 had survived an attack from the Capitol, but the realisation of how Snow is using Peeta breaks her and both she and Finnick have to be sedated.
The second is right at the end of the film. The rebels have won the war against the Capitol, but not without severe losses, including Katniss’ sister, Prim. Prim was killed by the second explosion in a 2-step explosive trap. After talking to Snow, she starts to have doubts about who really sent the hovercraft, despite the seal of the Capitol, as the Rebels were developing a trap identical to it. At the realisation that she has been a piece in Coin’s games as much as Snow’s games, she realises she has a monumentous decision to make. At the execution of Snow, former president of Panem, she decides to kill Coin instead. She attempts to kill herself with the nightlock pill, but Peeta rips it away, leaving Katniss to face the consequences of her fatal actions.
13 is alive and well and so am I
Peeta stops Katniss killing herself after shooting Coin
So everyone knows Suzanne Collins fore her epic dystopian series ‘The Hunger Games’. She has also written another series for a slightly younger audience called ‘The Underland Chronicles’. This is another amazing series and is definitely worth a read.
It is set in New York and Gregor, an 11 year old boy whose dad went missing 2 years ago, is sucked into a hole and lands in a mysterious land, the Underland where all the animals are larger than those on the earths surface (the Overalnd). He is taken to the human colony, Regalia, inhabited by strange pale skin, silvery hair and purple eyes. This colony moved below centuries ago under the direction of Bartholomew of Sandwich and is told that he is the warrior long foretold by Sandwhich.
He then goes on a quest to rescue his father from the Gnawers (rats) with 2 royal underlanders, Queen Luxa and her cousin Henry, the gnawer, Ripred, two spinners (spiders) Treflex and Gox, two fliers (bats) Aurora and Ares, two crawlers (cockroaches), Tick and Temp and his little sister, Boots as directed in the ‘Prophecy of Gray’.
Both drawings are set near the end of the book. The first is set just after Gregor finds his father but the remaining questers are surrounded by King Gorger’s gnawers. Henry betrays them and Gox, the spinner, is killed by King Gorger whilst Luxa is going into shock from the betrayal.
The second is set after Gregor tricks the rats over the ravine and Henry also dies, but Gregor is saved by Ares. They fly back to Regalia and Luxa is in shock as she dismounts from the bats. Luxa’s grandpa, Vikus, enters the high hall but Luxa doesn’t recognise him. Gregor talks to her, telling her ‘Luxa, it’s your Grandpa’, where she runs into his arms and cries for the first time since her parents death.
If you like these drawings, you should read the books.
Luxa, it’s your Grandpa
This is a series introduced to me by my Aunt, and they are pretty awesome. This is the second book in the Raised by Wolves series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and is about a girl raised by wolves suddenly becoming alpha of the pack.
The first drawing is from near the start of the book. A wolf from the snake bend pack, Lucas, turns up on Bryn’s door, caught in the middle of his shift by a chunk of silver. His alpha wants him back, but so does a coven of psychics. Both options are dangerous, and Lucas has made it clear that he would kill himself before going back to either. Ali, Bryn’s foster mother, finds out the severity of the situation and talks with Bryn. When Bryn admits she doesn’t know what to do, Ali tells Bryn that she doesn’t have to do it alone.
The second drawing is from the end. The Cedar Ridge pack has been forced to fight the coven. Bryn has been burnt and is in agony, feeling all the pain of her packs injuries. She comes across the coven leader Valerie, who orders her daughter to shoot Bryn. As Bryn is losing conciousness, she hears a gunshot. When she wakes up, she finds out that Ali shot Valerie, who is revealed to be Ali’s mother.
I don’t know what to do
Ali kills her mother
These are from a series I loved as a teenager about the several sets of twins who have special powers. They are pretty good and I would recommend if you are stuck for a book.
The first is from the very start. Just when Rachel and Adam think they are safe, Laura has a not so pleasant surprise for them. From the helicopter, they are whisked away from their mother, Kate, who is led away by Laura and basically institutionalised.
The second is from when the twins wake up. They had been kept sedated for days then woke up in rooms that were identical to their own, but were in a strange research facility. Rachel finds Adam’s room, but when Laura walks in, she loses her temper, throwing herself at Laura. When she see’s that Laura doesn’t want to hurt her, she stops fighting, and allows Laura to explain their situation.
The final one is set after the twins escape the HOPE facility. Kate’s drugs have been withdrawn, but she is still unstable. Laura tries to get Kate to talk to her, to get her to trust her, but Kate is beyond reasoning. After telling Laura that if any harm befalls her kids, Kate would kill her, Kate throws her coffee in Laura’s face.
Kate is separated from her children
Laura comforts Rachel after Rachel attacked her
Kate throws her coffee in Laura’s face
My latest drawings are from the second Artemis Fowl book, Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident by the amazing writer, Eoin Colfer. After kidnapping the LEPrecon fairy, Captain Holly Short, Goblins are found smuggling batteries in a shuttle built from recycled components. After the kidnapping, it’s inevitable that Short assumes the Human contact is Artemis Fowl. When they figure out it isn’t him, they have to stop the goblin revolution and save Artemis’ father before it’s too late.
The first picture is from straight after stopping Opal Koboi. Artemis climbed through the plasma of the inactive DNA cannons to get into Opal’s lair. These were radioactive though so he had to be sprayed with anti-rad foam as soon as possible. Of course Holly, who still held a grudge against Artemis, relished the opportunity to humiliate him and sprayed him with the anti-rad canister, thinking ‘Who said there were no perks in law enforcement?’.
The second is set right at the end of the book, after they had rescued Artemis’ father from the mafiya. Holly escorted Artemis and Butler to Tara, and as a thank you for saving her finger and as a reminder that below his devious nature, even Artemis Fowl has a spark of decency inside him, she shoots a hole through the centre of the coin and gives it to him.
If you enjoy these, you should read the books…
Holly sprays Artemis with anti-rad foam a little too excitedly
Holly gives Artemis a coin with a hole shot through it to remind him that even he can be decent
These are also from Rogue, the fifth book in the Mark Walden HIVE series.
The first is from the start of the book. Darkdoom calls Nero and Raven into a meeting to discuss the capture or kill order issued for Otto, who has gone rogue. Things escalate and Darkdoom threatens Nero who responds with ‘How dare you threaten me?’. This scene ends with Darkdoom being shot with a sniper, which brings us to the second picture.
The second picture is from the end of the book. After a couple of weeks, Darkdoom is brought out of his medically induced coma and discusses with Nero his resignation from Head of GLOVE ruling council. When Nigel, Darkdoom’s son, is allowed to visit, Nero sees that recovery time is not the only reason behind Darkdoom’s resignation. It seems the biggest reason is that Darkdoom does not want his son to have to go through his death for second time.
How dare you threaten me?!
The real reason behind Darkdoom’s resignation
These two drawings are from the fifth book of the epic HIVE series by Mark Walden.
The first is from the start of the book, when HIVE is having problems with power cuts. Unfortunately, this happens when the alpha students are doing climbing in tactical education. Franz is on the wall, frozen in fear, and Nigel is belaying. The lights go off, and a pair of screams is heard. When the lights turn on, Franz has fallen off the wall, but Nigel couldn’t hold his weight and was pulled off the ground, resulting in the two of them dangling in the air.
The second is from the end of the book. Otto has been taken over by the animus fluid and is attacking Wing. Although she knew it might kill him, Laura shoots Otto with the neural pulse gun, ejecting the animus from his body very painfully so that he could have have his free will back.
Power cut in Tactical Education
Laura shoots Otto with the neural pulse gun
And back onto the Hunger Games. These are from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.
Katniss survived the 74th Hunger Games by pretending to be in love with Peeta. Now she must survive the 75th Hunger Games, a games where Snow is determined to kill her.
The first drawing is set before the Tributes Parade. Katniss is trying to remain inconspicuous and is waiting with the horses of the District 12 carriage. Finnick approaches her, asking seductively, ‘Would you like a sugar cube?’ resulting in a slightly awkward conversation.
The second is set in the ‘Bloodbath’ at the start of the Hunger Games. Katniss is about to shoot Finnick when he shows her Haymitch’s token, and suddenly finds out they are allies, much to her dismay.
Finnick offers Katniss a sugar cube
Katniss discovers that her and Finnick are to be allies