Art

Everybody wants to know what the characters they love look like, right? Especially me. On this page you'll find three catalog clippings I used as references (hey, it was the year 2000, okay?), police-style sketches made using PortratiPad.com, and my series of collages inspired by the Dream. 
 

Original Clippings

These are the original models I used for Josh, Winsor, and Deloise. I have no idea what magazines or catalogues they came from. I actually think Deloise is styled a oddly, but otherwise dead on, and I love the sweet little smile on her face. Winsor is way too severe--and she looks like she just came out from the rain. Obviously Josh's makeup is ridiculously dramatic, especially for a character who never wears makeup, and her eyes should be green, but there's something reserved in her expression that's just right.

Police Sketches

Below are some police-style sketches I made using Portrait Pad (you can use it for free at PortraitPad.com!).  The limitations of the program are pretty significant; there just aren't enough options.  And most of the noses are really weird, which is why most of these sketches use the same nose.  And the hair selection is very small, so nobody's hair looks right.  But I think the sketches capture the spirit of the characters.  Maybe somebody out there who can draw could improve on these.

Josh Weaver

Josh Weaver

The hair here is all wrong. Way too polished. The mouth is too somber, and there's some sort of weird shading around it that makes her look like she's been drinking fruit punch. And, of course, I couldn't lighten her eyes. But all-in-all, not a terrible representation of how I imagine her.

Deloise Weaver

Deloise Weaver

The only way I could lighten Del's hair was to make it partially transparent, which is why you can see her neckline through it. And she should be smiling. The eyes are right, though.

Will Kansas

Will Kansas

Oh, Will. You're such a pretty little girl. Seriously, though, how did he come out looking so feminine? He's stuck with the same nose as everyone else, and his hair is . . . too tidy. But I think it's the mouth that's most wrong. He looks like he's persing his lips.

Haley McKarr

Haley McKarr

I actually like this one a lot, except for the mouth, which is dead wrong. Why so suicidally depressed, Haley? I think the eyebrows might be off, too.

Bayla

Bayla

Bayla came out kind of crazy looking. I might have to make another attempt at this one. I couldn't get the hair to fit right on her head, so she has a really high forehead. Her eyes are too widely spaced (and am I wrong, or are they looking in different directions?). The mouth is just okay.

Dustine Borgenicht

Dustine Borgenicht

Again, the hair is wrong. I imagine her with short hair, but less coiffed. The rest looks pretty dead on, though. I loved being able to add her wrinkles.

Peregrine Borgenicht

Peregrine Borgenicht

This one makes me smile. I think it's a dead wringer. If there's one thing Portrait Pad is good at, it's making weird looking people.

Collages

I began making collages as a teenager, thanks to my grandmother's donation of dozens of 1970s' National Geographics. Everything is cut and pasted by hand using an Exacto knife and Elmer's glue sticks. I sometimes make tiny digital changes; for example, I'll repair scratches or darken the cut sides of the pages so they don't reflect. I try to avoid making an substantial changes. All of these collages were inspired by the Dream.

In the Dream, No. 1

In the Dream, No. 2

In the Dream, No. 3

In the Dream, No. 4

In the Dream, No. 5

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Josh Weaver

The hair here is all wrong. Way too polished. The mouth is too somber, and there's some sort of weird shading around it that makes her look like she's been drinking fruit punch. And, of course, I couldn't lighten her eyes. But all-in-all, not a terrible representation of how I imagine her.