Hearts and Hag Noses // another art dump

Well hello, my friends! Guess who’s going to see a play of The Horse and His Boy tomorrow!

What’s that, you say?

I’m going to see a play of The Horse and His Boy tomorrow???

How shockingly astute of you.

I’m currently holed up in a quiet corner of my aunt’s basement, counting the seconds until tomorrow and shirking my blogger duty. Do you know what happens when I’m too lazy and excited to write something coherent for you folks?

That’s right. I do an art post.

Behold: My recent (and not so recent) art:



This little piece was how I combatted the massive withdrawal I suffered from after my trip to Ohio. (Y’know, the one where a bunch of writing friends hung out and evaded death together.) I don’t know who the person leaping off into the distance is, but guesses have been made and bets placed. Some say Gracie. Some say Martin.

Some say Peregrine Took.



A small commission I did quite a while ago for Mary @Wild Writing Dreams. The hair had me monstrously stressed, but by golly, I did it. And it’s fantastic.






Orcs hate him.

Preteen girls love him.

The rest of us quietly wonder where his other sleeve went.



Yes, I went Thereβ„’ and did Thatβ„’. I would say I’m sorry, but the truth is, I’m not.



A practice in drawing noses. Bottom-left is by far my favorite, though top-right cuts it close. It’s like… like plastic surgery gone incredibly wrong.



At this point, you know I have a fondness for Hobbiton and watercolor starscapes. Put ’em together, and you get perfection incarnate.



Why is this grisly and slightly graphic ink sketch in my portfolio, you may ask? What inspired such a drawing?

The answer, my friends, is anatomy.

Anatomy is interesting.

(Also, my dad had several heart-attacks a few months ago which miiiiiiight have served as a contributing factor.)

Now for a story: A younger aspiring writer who goes to my church asked me if I’d draw her characters for her. The description she gave was for a typical, swashbuckling hero — young, dark, handsome, considerably more athletic than the modern American male — and she was so enthusiastic about it that I decided utter compliance was absolutely necessary. I went home determined to draw her the best, most heroic, most dashing young man my imagination could create.

And by golly, he was beautiful. Absolutely stunning. Could’ve made the most unromantic girl swoon.

However, when I showed it to her–


–she didn’t share my sentiments.

*shrugs* I waste my best efforts on people who don’t understand true beauty…


Sometimes, as much as I hate it, card-making is necessary.

(Full disclosure — I pulled inspiration for some of these from cards I found online, so they’re not entirely original. I would give credit to the mishmash of people who inspired me, but I don’t know who they are. So I’m sorry, random persons. You’re talented artists.)



Ah yes, another of my sickeningly pretty human creations. This feral looking wolf child needs a story. Give me time, and I’m sure I’ll think of one.



And then there’s the resident emo.



I tried a bit of a different style with this guy. I’m rather pleased with how it turned out.



Kermit in his natural state.



Basically, we go from a baggy-sweater emo kid to the baggy-sweater personification of sunbeams and cotton-candy radiance eternal.

Don’t ask me how this happened.



Knowing how much he originally desired it, I’ve now given Daeus the opportunity to be in TWO blog posts.

Also, yes, that is a significantly larger mustache than the one he currently possesses. Don’t ask.



Last but not least… this. Once upon a time, my friend was trying to talk me into painting something epic. She said (and I quote), “Do another spacey thing. With silhouettes. And epic lights. A boy’s silhouette playing a violin to the stars with his wrecked space ship in hulking, jagged fragments around him. Name it ‘A Study in Circles’ or something. And then you could do this epic hoity toity thing to go with it like, “children, this is how we do composition with circles’.”

So children…

Take note of the spherical theme going on here. See how each planet is a small circle arranged in a large, circular pattern. Note the implied circle of the ship’s wings. See how the cockpit is round, like a sphere.

Children, take heed: This is how we do composition with circles.

Well, I hope you enjoyed that! I’m going to risk sounding like a condescending snoot of a blogger and ask — is there anything you guys would like to see me draw/paint more of? I am ever at your disposal.

Although you may not hear from me again after tomorrow.

Did I mention I’m going to see a play of The Horse and His Boy?

Well, I am.

And it may render my cognitive and speaking functions permanently numb.



24 thoughts on “Hearts and Hag Noses // another art dump


    (oh, and I’d love to see you draw/paint more How to Train Your Dragon stuff…OOH! And Avenger/Marvel stuff too, yassss, I NEED THIS, Sarah!)

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  2. My first instinct on seeing an incredible artist such as yourself is “DRAW ME PLEASE I BEG OF YOU YOU’RE SO AMAZIIIIIING” -flops-

    But as my artist sister tells me, that is not an acceptable thing to say. So I shall instead continue to annoy my mom by saying “C’MERE AND LOOK AT THIS AWESOME DRAWING” every three seconds and wish I was as good as you.

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  3. Sarah, your art is so beautiful!! I think the hobbit hole is my favorite. 😊

    But seriously?! You’re going to a play of The Horse and His Boy…? Life is so unfair.


  4. Opening yourself up to suggestions? My, you ARE brave… *mischevious smile*

    My first idea was to ask you to draw some Lydia Green of Mulberry Glen or Honey Butter art, but I have the feeling I’ll have about as much luck with that as the aspiring young writer at your church. XD

    Better idea: draw some Mysterious Benedict society stuff!!

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  5. Okay, but the sky in that first picture is so realistic. It’s stunning. All of it is stunning. Now, however, I’m concerned to ask you to draw one of my characters in fear he’ll turn out looking like a monk. πŸ˜‚

    Also Kermit is missing a raspberry on his head. πŸ˜‰


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  6. I always love these art posts. I definitely think “A Study in Circles” is a lovely composition of circles and epicness and it should probably be on display in a prominent art gallery.
    I love your style in ink, especially that heart. Its awesome πŸ™‚
    And the Hobbit Hole/starry middle earth night is possibly my favourite of them all.
    Daeus at the end though πŸ˜›

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  7. Could you draw a flip-pad of the play so I could see it too? XD
    Seriously though, I will want to hear ALL ABOUT IT. I so wish I could be there with you!!!
    THESE ARE ALL AWESOME. I think that Hobbiton is my favorite, but… yeah. They are all great.
    I even like the monk. πŸ˜‰
    Ideas… I second Millie’s request for Mysterious Benedict Society!!!!!!!! And third and fourth it!!!!
    I’d also love more animals (that lion is fantastic!). Maybe some sharks? Sharks flying through stars? XD
    Or some snakes. Giant snakes with eyes that seem to penetrate your very soul…

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  8. That Hobbiton painting is GORGEOUS. And the study in circles. *cackles* She has beautiful ideas has she not? And I know something I bet you didn’t—you’ve got a left-handed violinist there. ;D
    And you got such an accurate expression in Daeus’ face. O.o

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  9. I LOVE YOUR ART POSTS!!!!!! THE HOBBITON ONE!!! AND THE OTHER ONE… AND AND THE COTTON-CANDY-SUNSHINE GIRL!!!!! AND… Daeus. He’s like, exact. Except for the mustache. XD

    Lovely post!

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  10. *dies* the amount of beauty in this post, is, to this poor aloe vera plant of an artist (aka I CAN’T DRAW) is, as aforementioned, beautiful.
    AND NO I SAW THE LAST HTTYD and I’m still crying. Wah.

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  11. How to Train Your Dragon!!! *fangirls*

    I think this is the first time I’ve noticed your amazing starry skies in your artwork. Must be a recent phenomenon?

    Did you really draw that for the writer from your church? (I don’t doubt your honesty, but I also don’t doubt your sarcastic-ness. So I thought I’d ask.)

    Also, Daeus. xD

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  12. Welp, I hope you’re too lazy and excited more often because I LOVE YOUR ART POOOOOOSTS. A few of my favorite pieces were the Hobbit landscape and the last one, the watercolor piece with the boy and the violin. Perhaps because I love watercolor. XD As for art suggestions… well personally, I’m always amazed by your characters because that is NOT my forte, but I loved how you mixed up your style in this post too, so… maybe more experiment? πŸ˜‰

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  13. Oh my gosh I gasped so loud when I saw the drawing of Will that you did for me πŸ˜‚ Ahhh I love it so much!! …oh my. I just went back to our email conversation and I realized that I never did reply to your last question *coughs* I’m so terrible agghhhh how can I forget these things!!!???
    I shall be answering THAT as soon as I’m done here 😳

    Also, WOW, you’re such an amazing artist!! I loved the water-color so much, and LOL Daeus’s drawing is just so hilarious, I started laughing when I saw it πŸ˜‚

    Alright, I’m off to, er, finish our conversation from forever ago *dies of humiliation all over again* Amazing post as always!!!


  14. *screams* THESE ARE SO AMAZING!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHH…. *hyperventilates* Wow.

    My favorites were definitely the Hobbit-hole one (it looks like bedroom wall-art!!), the book dragon (I am fire, I am death), the Daeus one (lol), and… the feral wolf child one looks just like my villain from my story Wolf Child, except that he’s younger. WOW.

    I would love to see you draw/paint 100 Cupboards/Ashtown Burials characters. And Thorin Oakenshield. Perhaps Mr. Thornton and Margaret Hale from North & South?? *puppy-dog-eyes* πŸ˜‰


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