The Wonderful World of Fantasy Writing & Art

Brian Froud, One of my inspirations for the characters of The Hollow Hills
Evil Creatures with Mischievous Grins
Brian Froud
One of my inspirations for the characters of The Hollow Hills

I by no means am an artist. I don’t even know how to draw a straight line with a ruler. This does not mean that I lack a taste for art. I was actually raised amongst a home full of fine artists and have been exposed to the sharp smell of oil paints and turpentine since birth. Along with the stickiness of Acrylics, the fine pinch of fancy pencils and the dustiness of charcoal that would leave my hands a mess whenever I’d get into my mothers art supplies.

Monica Gonzalez 80's
The Princess and the Frog
Monica Gonzalez (1980’s)
Color Pencils
Rough sketch done by my mother

I was always a tad envious of my sisters and parents for being able to create amazing images out of thin air. They would pluck a character, a landscape, a vision from the universe and give it shape, color and life. It was beautiful to watch someone play out such a wondrous transformation. They were all alchemists in my eyes, starting off with something so unimportant like a blank canvas or page and turning it to gold over time.

Spiderwick Chronicles Tony DiTerlizzi Main inspiration behind The Hollow Hills characters
Spiderwick Chronicles
Tony DiTerlizzi
Main inspiration behind The Hollow Hills characters

Today I wanted to share some of this inspiring art work with you all (of my family and several well known artists). I also wanted to give you a bit of insight into my own world of “art”. The world of fantasy writing is quite exciting. And with so many talented and inspiring artists and writers around it becomes hard to not want to scrawl out a story.

My writing corner, my art form : )
My writing corner : )
Bannyr Sarah Gomez (2013) Pencil
Sarah Gomez (2013)
One of the main characters in The Book of Riddles

I must give credit where it is due to the many writers who have also inspired me. The works of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, responsible for the Spiderwick Chronicles, The Wondla trilogy and the Tithe Series for YA readers. Melissa Marr, who I had the pleasure meeting when I was 15 years old. She is the writer of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series, several adult novels and her debut Middle Grade book co-written with Kelly Armstrong, Loki’s Wolves was released earlier this year. Will Shetterly, Terri Windling and the other authors responsible for the heaven and hell that is Bordertown. Of course the father of fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien for the creation of all of Middle-Earth. Without these wonderful writers and artists the world would be a much duller place.

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