Artist Spotlights- Bad Carrot Studios and Day Light Full

Along with my undying love for books, I happen to love art. All kinds of art, from acting and dancing to painting and drawing. So I decided to shine whatever spotlight I have on some wonderful artists that combine my love of books to my love of art.

What art form does this? Fan art.

After looking through pages and pages of fan art on Etsy (which is pretty much my favorite online store at this point) I found two incredibly talented artists who agreed to do some art for me! For the purpose of this post, I sent the artists identical descriptions of some of the characters from my current work in progress (Candy Wrappers  ) to see what they came up with.


The first artist is Brittany from Bad Carrot Studios . Here is a little bit about her:

Brittany is an actor with a youthful and energetic voice. She has a background in singing and a Masters in Fine Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She majored in Sequential Art, and after graduating in 2008, she became the primary artist for the first eight chapters of the webcomic Snow by Night. Since then, she’s been working as a freelance artist through Etsy as Bad Carrot Studios.

Along with a talent for art, Brittany has had a passion for Acting and Voice Acting since she was young and has been working in the industry since 2012. She completed the full training course from Voice Coaches and continues to further her education at Nick Conti’s Professional Actor’s Studio for acting and with Deborah Richards Studio for voiceover.

Brittany is currently working as an actor in various productions around Atlanta, GA and doing commercial voice overs nationwide.

Brittany did two sketches for me: one of Malia Reed, who is my female main character, and one of Warren “Ren” Hartman, who is my male lead.

Brittany was able to draw the characters with only a brief description of them, and her full blown fandom art is unbelievable.

It was very interesting to watch the sketches go from first draft to finished. Each draft had a little bit more of the characters in them, and she worked tirelessly until they were perfect.

I love Brittany’s style of art because of how well proportioned they are. They look like they could walk right off the computer screen and flop down in the chair next to me.


 

The second artist I worked with is Whitney from DayLightFull. Here is a little on her:

I’m 21 years old and I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon. I’ve drawn all my life but only in the last 4-5 years have I been able to draw exactly what I see in my head. I have a tremors in my hands and an very dyslexic which make my two favorite things in life (art and writing) a challenge. The tremors in my hands make it very hard to draw smooth and precise lines but I never let that stop me! Even though the tremors get worse as I get older, I’ve worked hard and long enough to where you can hardly tell I have the disability in my art! So I’m always encouraging people to never give up on their passions because of a diagnosis. Art is my passion and I love making people smile with it!

Whitney’s art style is much different than Brittany’s, but unbelievably beautiful. She drew Malia and Ren, as well as a few other important characters in the plot line. Here is what she came up with:

I love Whitney’s art because of how much I can feel that characters personalities coming off the page. She did a wonderful job of capturing their attitudes and expressions.


I want to say a huge thank you to both of these talented artists for making these beautiful pieces of art for me. I encourage all the readers of this post to go look at their other work; you will be amazed!

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Changing a Character’s Name

We’ve all met that one person whose name isn’t quite right. You look at them and think “Jason” instead of “Mark”; or “Carmen” instead of “Poppy”. You’ve also probably met that person who’s name you never asked for, so you give them a name instead.

When I was younger, (somewhere between the ages of 8 and 11- I don’t quite remember) I was in an airport and I met a boy while waiting to board the plane. I talked to this boy with my brothers for what felt like hours; but I never asked his name. Since then, I have always referred to him as “Tommy”. He just looked like a Tommy to me.

A name is a very powerful thing. They can change a way we imagine someone. So, picking a name for a character can completely shape the way a reader imagines the character. When I name characters, I imagine what I want them to look like and how I want them to act, then I look through my baby naming book (it’s a long story) and pick the name that makes my character come to life.

So what happens when the name you picked just isn’t cutting it? What happens when you accidentally type a different name instead of the name you chose for your character?

You change your character’s name.

I am the type of person who obsesses for weeks before setting on a list of names for my characters, so changing the name of a character is not something I do often. So, when I found myself questioning the name Zane for my male main character in Candy Wrappers, I was in uncharted waters, so to speak. I found myself wondering if I could change his name- especially after I announced it to pretty much everyone I know.

I decided that yes, I can change his name. This book is my creative outlet, and it should be exactly how I want it to be; no matter how many thing I have to change. That’s just how creativity works: you can’t always get it right on the first try.

So, I have decided that the former Zane Towne will now be called Ren Towne (still iffy on the last name). And yes, I totally got the name ‘Ren’ from Footloose, not the baby naming book. Sometimes inspiration comes from hot actors.

Changing Zane’s name was a lot easier than I expected. The hardest part was getting around to doing it. I’ve been meaning to for almost a week now. I am lucky enough (lazy enough?) that I haven’t gotten to the part in Candy Wrappers where Ren is introduced, so all I had to do was update my notes and synopsis.

Honestly, I am glad I went through with the name change. I don’t find myself accidentally saying ‘Zane’ like some people thought I would. I feel more connected to Ren, and it makes me more excited to sit down and write Candy Wrappers.