Recently, I heard a statistic that surprised me. The speaker said that from 5% to 25% of fiction readers draw/paint/sketch pictures of the characters and/or scenes from the books they read and love. Really? So many? That fascinates me.
Curious, I asked on my Facebook Page if there were any fans of my books who have illustrated characters or scenes from them. Granted, Facebook showed that post to only 6% of those who follow my Page, but I did hear from one gal—Wendy Lyson—who was kind enough to send me some of her sketches based on my book, Heart of Gold. Above is one of her drawings of Shannon, this one in her 4th of July dress. Below is one of Todd and his puppy, Nugget. I love them! And I was delighted when she gave me permission to share them.
After I posted those drawings from Wendy, I heard from another artist (Monica Bruenjes) who started a blog, Novel Characters, for the express purpose of posting her fan art. She hasn’t done a character from one of my books yet, but in glancing through her blog, I saw more than one writer friend’s books in the mix. And I thoroughly enjoyed looking through her illustrations. She’s quite talented.
So now I’m curious to know, do we have any readers of Inspired by Life and Fiction who like to sketch or paint characters from the novels they read? If so, would you care to share your illustrations?