I've said it before and I'll say it again: fan art--and fan fiction--gets a bad rap, despite having this amazing power to build community, support other creators, and expand an artist or writer's skills. It took me a long time to stop feeling embarrassed about creating fan art and -fiction--now I can look back and see all the strides I've made because I was inspired by my favorite books or movies to draw and write, and I can safely say I wouldn't be at the same place, technically or stylistically, without sketchbooks and Word documents full of fan-fueled creations.
It's timely, then, that I'll be giving two presentations this summer on the power and value of fan art! I'll be sharing some work that has made a difference in my career and doing a live-drawing demonstration of a popular character the audience will help me pick (for more info, see my Events page). To get ready for these programs, I asked my Facebook and Twitter followers to vote on a character I should draw for my May blog post. Out of a poll of four cool young women, Katara beat out Hermione, Eowyn, and Moana!
I got into Avatar: The Last Airbender in undergrad, which at the time felt way too old to be watching a kid's anime, but now I love referencing it as an example of masterful storytelling, worldbuilding, and character arcs. And I hadn't drawn Katara in so long! So here she is---check out her progress video and art tutorial below the jump!
Just a quick post to say thanks to everyone who came out to the Electric City ComiCon, and for all the folks checking out my books and portfolio for the first time! I had a great time meeting you all today, and I appreciate the interest in Woodwalker and my artwork!
I plan to return to EC3 next year, hopefully with a table full of prints and other stuff you can snag! Hope to see many of you there again! (And by that point hopefully we'll all have Woodwalker's sequel in our hands!)
Just as a general jumping-off point, here are the other places you can find me and my work online (they're listed in my footer, too):
Keep an eye on these outlets and my Events tab for some upcoming booksignings around upstate South Carolina, dates TBA!
Woodwalker releases in paperback form in just a few short days! So let's make it official! You--all of you--are invited to a BOOK LAUNCH EXTRAVAGANZA to celebrate the release! I have been working closely with some truly awesome folks to plan this event, and I am super stoked to invite every single one of you to come!
WOODWALKER BOOK LAUNCH!
THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016 at 7 PM
M.JUDSON BOOKSELLERS in DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE, SC
There will be something here for book-lovers, food-lovers, and fun-lovers of all kinds! Do you like bookstores? What better place to host a book launch! Do you like gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, locally-owned bookstores? This shindig is being hosted in the incredible M.Judson Booksellers and Storytellers in downtown Greenville, SC!
Do you like free food? There will be plenty there. Do you like free AMAZING food? The Chocolate Moose, celebrated Greenville bakery and cafe, is catering the party!
Do you like free stuff? Come grab fun handouts I've designed specifically for this event. Do you like MAKING free stuff? Bring your art skills and color one of the grown-up coloring sheets I've drawn to celebrate the adventure and nature of Woodwalker!
Do you like winning prizes? Buy a few raffle tickets for the chance to win a sweet prize package featuring, among other things, a special copy of Woodwalker with my own sketches on the title page. Do you like winning prizes while benefiting a worthy cause? All proceeds from the raffle will go to Friends of the Smokies, a nonprofit group that supports Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which, as many of you are aware, was the main inspiration for the setting of the Silverwood Mountains.
Do you like booksignings? I'll have my pen ready. Do you like going a step beyond and hearing tidbits from the book, asking questions, and having discussions with the author and other readers? I will be doing a brief reading, sharing some of my inspiration for the book, and holding a friendly discussion about whatever you want to know!
Mostly, I'm looking forward to a fun night meeting readers and celebrating great things in life, like books, mountains, adventure, new friends, and new beginnings!
This event is free to attend and open to the public. For location details, please see my Events page. If you are interested in coming, please let me know by responding to the official Facebook event.
I hope to see you all there!
Emily B. Martin
Author and Illustrator