decided to do house of leaves, which is a book i didn’t entirely enjoy but still was an immediate forerunner for “weird books i have read”. because the book itself is so disjointed and takes advantage of unconventional page set up and color use i tried to capture the sense of the navidson story rather than try to extract an exact scene from the book
"Something moved across the room, like monks and like shadows. The torches on the walls went out, the two clocks stopped, and the room grew colder. There was a smell of old-unopened rooms and the sound of rabbits screaming. "Come on, you blob of gulp," the cold Duke roared. "You may frighten octopi to eat, you gibbous spawn of hate and thunder, but not the Duke of Coffin Castle!" He sneered. "Now that my precious gems have turned to thlup, living on, alone and cold, is not my fondest wish! On guard, you musty sofa!" The Todal gleeped. There was a stifled shriek and silence."
From the epilogue of The 13 Clocks by James Thurber, one of my all-time favorite books. Here, the duke meets his end via the Todal, which is “an agent of the devil, sent to punish evildoers for having done less evil than they should.” One of the book’s main strengths is its use of language, so it seems a bit strange to make it into a comic… but here we are anyway!
A scene from Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. While the brave hero is waiting for his companion to fetch him some clothes, he hears little faerie-men singing, not only about his upcoming journey but also about his… current attire.
This was a nice and memorable scene, and also the latest thing I had read before deciding to make a comic for this prompt.
as long as it is still Wednesday somewhere in the world we can still submit right?
Yes! Everyone can submit as long as it’s still Wednesday, despite the timezone…if I’m not mistaken, by the time the last timezone enters Thursday, it’s around 8AM Thursday for me (I’m on GMT-3), and 7AM for Zen! So, as long as we don’t get a HUGE TSUNAMI of Wednesday night submissions, I think we can post everything before the next challenge just fine!
This is an excerpt from the last of the Brethren trilogy by Robyn Young, “Crusade”. This series is set in the 13th century, around a man named William Campbell in a time of a war between Christians and Muslims. Here in this excerpt, he faces off his rival for the longest time, Garin.
I hope I’ve managed to capture the essence of this scene, even if it seems more like it’s Garin’s (the dark haired guy) POV as in pages 1-2. I really feel bad for this guy. He’s basically just escaped fire with most of his tunic burnt off and part of his face. William, is of course, the other person here.
Thanks to Snow, Ka and Orangecat for the support! @@
i wanted to draw some of the party scene from The Great Gatsby (mostly as an excuse to draw some 20s clothes). this is the part where Nick and Jordan go looking for Gatsby and run into the owl-eyed man in the library. here's the excerpt i was referencing.
I know the Cthulu mythos is referenced frequently in our popular culture but sometimes I wonder how many people out there have read the original short stories of Lovecraft. They are great! Go read them! :)
Would it be possible to submit to the first challenge after wednesday..? My house has been without power for the past two days because of a hurricane and we've had no word on when it will be back on, so it totally threw a wrench in my plans for this challenge :(
(Oh no!! I’m sorry you were in hurricane irene’s path. I hope nothing of yours was damaged!)
We recently got a lot of questions for this! I hate to be a downer, but for simplicity’s sake and for the sake of keeping our blog organized we really don’t want to allow submissions from previous challenges once that challenge is over. :( Remember that we have over 1300 watchers and this number grows every day!
What we CAN do is at the end of each week, promote the “weekly art challenge" tag! This way, if you don’t get your image submitted here in time you can still post your art to your own blog, and if you have the proper tag, followers of this blog can still go check out the late submissions! I hope it’s a decent solution to the no-late submissions problem. :( Again I’m sorry to have to be strict about it!!
I wasn’t much for dialouge, when i drew this on some post its while i was voulenteering at a library but some of the kids who saw me drawing this said this was awesome, and so I thought so too.
In truth, I was simply in the presence of a very ordinary product of the earth, of singular and gigantic proportions. My uncle unhesitatingly called them by their real names.
"It is only," he said, in his coolest manner, "a forest of mushrooms."
On close examination I found that he was not mistaken. Judge of the development attained by this product of damp hot soils. I had heard that the Lycoperdon giganteum reaches nine feet in circumference, but here were white mushrooms, nearly forty feet high, and with tops of equal dimensions. They grew in countless thousands—the light could not make its way through their massive substance, and beneath them reigned a gloomy and mystic darkness.
I am the Messenger- Queen of Hearts: Three Minutes to Take
I chose ‘I am the Messenger’ by Markus Zusak, and this scene is the Queen of Hearts, where Ed delivers Audrey’s message- they dance in silence for three minutes and she allows herself to love someone properly.
I realized too late that her arms were around his neck, but I think dancing like this is more dynamic. Of course, they probably didn’t dance like how it is in the lower left drawing.
Oh hah this isn't a very pressing matter or anything, but would it be possible to list the start/end dates for challenges in the posts themselves? Like "Weekly Art Challenge #1 Aug25->Sep1" or something like that, just to make it quicker to just load up the challenges page and find the right date
That is a great suggestion! We’ll include the dates the challenge is active for in the posts from now on. :) Thanks!
This is a scene from the opening of Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard. The Cabal books are recent favorites of mine. They’re brilliant novels and I absolutely recommend them to anyone who enjoys dark, intelligent humor!
sooo somehow my short story turned into 20 pages.- should i just submit what i have done by wednesday if i don't finish it all? XDD
LOL Talk about a challenge! You can submit what you’ve done by wednesday yes, and possibly include a link to where you might post the rest of the pages once they’re done in case people would like to see more. :) Glad to see you’re enjoying the challenge!
This is from Sandy Mitchell’s novel Cain’s Last Stand, part of his popular Ciaphas Cain series set in the Warhammer 40k universe.
Outside of a shrine they’re supposed to be visiting on friendly terms, Cain and his hetero life partner aide Jurgen are assaulted by mindless cyborgs called servitors. During the course of the battle, two of them are tricked into fighting each other, and Cain readies himself for more hostiles when a tech-priest intervenes.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: Horcruxes Flashback.
This is my version of this flashback that also appears on the movie, but shortened. I chose it because it’s one of my favourite scenes on the book, and I think this was very important. And… I must admit I have an obsession with flashbacks. It seems like my concept of short is a little wrong… here it is! :)
I'm so thankful that you made this challenge blog. I've been looking at all the different art styles of the submissions and all the different ways to arrange pages as they come in and they're beautiful. There is so much to learn from each other and I'm really excited to be a part of this. It's given me some courage to keep drawing and the hope that one day I can appreciate my own art as much as everyone else's.
That’s so wonderful to hear, I’m really happy to see this!! I also hope we can all learn something from each other and grow! :)
From the end of So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish, the fourth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy.
Arthur and Fenchurch trek to see God’s Final Message to His Creation, written in fire in letters thirty feet high on the far side of the Quentulus Quazgar Mountains (not the top, whoops.) They find Marvin, the chronically depressed robot, who is finally dying, being many times older than the universe thanks to time travel shenanigans. They bring him along, but he can’t read it because his eyes are going, so they help him to the coin telescope (not binoculars, whoops. OK, that was deliberate because it was easier to draw letters fitting in that shape). He reads the Message and dies, maybe content for the only time in his life.
[admin edit: I hope you don’t mind me sneaking my words into this post, but I love this comic too much!! I had to say it! :’D - Kuri]
I'm still trying to figure out what book to write, but I was re-editing one of my fanfictions and got some inspiration to attempt to draw something from it. Would that be fine??
I guess so! Remember that there’s over a thousand followers, there’s not much we can do in terms of “checking in” and making sure everyone is using a scene from a real book… We’ve allowed fanfiction at this point so using your own is fine too. :)
Apologies for weird sizing— I failed at trying to get it to work right. This is probably confusing out of context because it’s just a little snippet from Diana Wynne Jones’ “Year of the Griffin”. Six wizards of all sorts become close friends while at university together before finding out that one of their friends, Felim, is in danger of being assassinated. With no faith in the school to protect him, the friends take it upon themselves to find ways to keep him safe. I kind of took a few liberties with the way things happened (Ruskin is off panel immersed in his book, for example)
"How do we start, Lukin?" "Behold," Boomed Ruskin as Lukin took up the top book from the small pile. "Behold the paths to the realm beyond. They are all around you and myriad." By this time everyone was ignoring Ruskin. “Nearly all of them start with the subject inside a pentagram,” Lukin said, doing his rapid page flipping. “Some of them have pentagrams chalked on the subject’s forehead, feet, and hands, too.” "We’ll do them all," said Claudia. "Take your shoes off, Felim." "What color pentagrams?" Elda asked, swooping on Felim with a box of chalks.
Lukin turned pages furiously, with Olga leaning over his shoulder.
"It varies," Lukin said, "Green, blue, black, red. Here’s one that says purple."
"Do one of each color, Elda." Claudia instructed.
I’ve never done such a big picture before and it totally sunk all my plans to do additional pages because the first page alone ate up all of the free time I had to work on this challenge! Obligatory blog link here if you’re interested.
Are we allowed to do more than one? Multiple scenes from multiple books for this challenge but just more than one for each challenge in general.
You can make as many scene-comics as you like! There really aren’t many rules around here, but the #1 golden rule is: Do what challenges you! If you’d enjoy drawing out more than one scene from multiple books then go for it! :) And down the road, you can do the same challenge as many times as you want! (You can only submit them during that challenge’s week, though!)