This blog is a celebration of novel, novel characters!

I love reading novels, and as an artist I know a great exercise to stretch one's illustration skills is to portray characters from a description in a book. This blog is a challenge to myself to do just that so I'll be posting illustrations from whatever book I'm currently reading. Feel free to add comments and send me your fan art for these great titles too!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Drew, Madeline & Fluer from Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

The Drew Fathering Mystery series has been great!  I’ve never been very good at guessing “who done it” in mysteries and was very proud of myself for guessing book 2’s culprit, but Murder at the Mikado had me guessing the whole way, and I loved every minute of it.

As the book starts Drew and Madeline are planning their wedding and everything seems to be going fairly well, that is until Drew’s heartbreak of a first love Fluer shows up and Madeline starts letting her insecurities run rapid.  Fluer’s a knock-out beauty, but her damsel in distress routine isn’t what sways Drew to help with her case so much as his regard for her husband.  

As Madeline makes preparations for their wedding, she forbids Drew from working on the case, but Drew, of course, just can’t help himself.  If you haven’t read any of the Drew Fathering Mysteries yet, I highly recommend them all!

I love the cover for Murder at the Mikado so much it stilted my motivation to do a drawing for the book!  Everything about it is perfect!  Finally, I was inspired and ended up with the image you see here- poor Drew caught in the middle!  Trying to get the right expression on his face was difficult, I’m still not sure I nailed it, but it was fun to try!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist

I’m so excited to share with you Deeane Gist’s latest book- Tiffany Girl!

The story is about Flossie Jayne, a young lady who goes to work for the Tiffany Company during a worker’s strike.  Excited to be part of the team of ladies working to complete the windows for the Tiffany Chapel at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Flossie puts her whole heart into her work, but it isn’t an easy job.  Outside of work, pegged as a “New Women,” a derisive term from the time period for independent women who earned their own keep, Flossie unknowingly becomes the muse of Reeve Wilder, a columnist who starts writing humorous fiction under the pseudonym I. D. Claire.  As Reeve’s fascination with Flossie grows, and her curiosity pushes him outside his comfort zone to include more social interaction, it’s only a matter of time before love brings them together.  It’s romance after all!

As with all of Deeanne’s books I enjoyed this one immensely.  I feel especially connected to Flossie since she’s an artist, and even more so because I had the pleasure of being her ghost artist!  Inside the book you’ll find seven illustrations by me, five of which are Flossie’s work.  I also had the pleasure of sketching the people in Flossie’s life for some promotional bookmarks.

You can download the book marks for free from Deeanne’s website here:

And, if you take the “which Tiffany Girl are you?" quiz my illustrations appear at the end!  I got Clara!


The illustrations I did can be found before the following chapters: 9,11,40, 75, 79, 80.  And you know what, I'm not going to show them to you now- you'll just have to buy the book!  Hehehe mwahaha!  Perhaps in another post I will divulge a bit more.  :)

Hope you have a wonderful week!