Saturday, December 30, 2017

Talented Artist - Noverantale - Interview & Giveaway


About Noverantale


She's a YA writer, reader and fan artist. Her interests are Reading, writing, drawing, photography, stargazing & drinking tea!

Links

Website // Twitter // Tumblr // Instagram // Goodreads // Pinterest

Interview

1. Could you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Hello! I’m an artist that goes by the name Noverantale (a username inspired by the country (Novera) I made up in which a lot of the stories I write take place!). I’ve worked with a wide variety of art including freelance jobs creating graphics and posters for video games, logos for websites, companies and video games, and character portraits for a role-playing game. As of recently I’ve been focusing on fan art for some of my favorite books, but I also love to write as well.

Rebel of the Sands

2. You create the most amazing bookmarks, stickers and prints. Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration just from reading wonderful books! Oftentimes when I discover a book I love, at some point along the way I decide I will definitely be drawing fan art. But I also think of books I love from the past and will draw art inspired by those characters as well! Another thing that inspires me is when I find there isn’t much fan art for a specific book or series out there yet—it makes me want to do my best to draw something great to help other fans who would like to see a visual representation of a character (or characters) they love! And of course, I like to share my drawings with authors to show my appreciation for their writing!

3. How does your creative process work?

While I’m reading a book, I’ll usually read a scene that resonates with me and visualize it in my head, imagining how the character looked during this particular scene. Or, I’ll simply think of a pose or expression a character might have. Then I’ll do a rough sketch to get the basics of my drawing down, followed by a more detailed sketch, then line art, then finally color. Depending on how detailed and difficult a drawing is it can take anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks. (The longest drawing I worked on was a poster for a video game which took a couple weeks to complete!)

Morozova's Stag

4. You have an impressive bookshelf. Could you name a few of your 2017 favorites?

My absolute favorite book from this year has to be Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett, which undoubtedly inspired me to draw a handful of fan art for! To anyone who hasn’t read it yet, I absolutely cannot recommend it enough. I also really enjoyed The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (from the Grishaverse, a series I also love drawing fan art for!), Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab and Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. That said, so many incredible books were released this year and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.

5. What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day for me normally begins with a bit of reading. I think early morning is such a special time for reading because of the calm atmosphere when the rest of the world is either still asleep or just waking up. My absolute favorite kind of morning is a foggy, rainy morning spent sitting beside the window reading a book and enjoying a cup of tea. Afterwards my day is divided into either writing or drawing, or whichever I’m more focused on at that time. If I’m working on paid art, I may work a bit into the evening, otherwise I spend most evenings with my husband playing video games or just relaxing. We also love to go on walks, visit cafes, tearooms and bookstores.

The Darkling

6. One of your interests is stargazing. What attracts you to the stars?

I’ve loved the stars for as long as I could remember, but my real passion for the night sky developed only a few years ago. I was going through a rough time and found peace through stargazing, looking at stargazing apps on my phone or using programs like Stellarium on my computer. Oftentimes I feel that looking at the stars really helps to ground me—it reminds me that the universe is so uncomprehensibly vast, and that whatever I may be dealing with or worried about at the moment is not as horrible or everlasting as it may seem. It reminds me that there is so much more out there and most importantly, that I’m not alone.

7. How did your writing journey start?

Truly I’ve wanted to write a book since I was a child! Growing up I’d done a bit of writing, but most of the time I’d done drawing. While writing and drawing are both forms of art they are received differently—it’s easier at times for people to take a look at a drawing rather than sit and read your writing for an amount of time. Because of that, I had focused more on drawing, wishing to share my art with people who enjoyed it and being able to finish entire “works” faster than writing an entire book. However, recently I’ve really wished to put drawing second to writing because in all honesty, my dream is to write a book! Not even neccessarily to attempt to sell it or even self-publish, but at least to achieve that goal for myself. Besides, writing is what I enjoy doing most! I would also like to tell other writers out there that if they want to write, they should do so no matter what may come of their stories. I understand the desire of wishing to see your own novel in a hardback cover at Barnes & Noble, but just writing to achieve it for yourself is such an incredible success on its own.

Trick

8. What are your plans for the future?

My plans for the future are to continue doing my best to become a better artist, and of course to write a book (If not several!). Something I really want to focus on in the new year is to set my goals for myself, not for other people and what I think they want from me. At times I feel like we lose sight of our goals because of society’s expectations of us, but when it comes down to it, what we achieve in life is most important to ourselves and we will only be fulfilled by succeeding with our own dreams!

Giveaway



One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a set of all the stickers Noverantale created inspired by Even the Darkest Stars, The Grisha Trilogy & Falling Kingdoms.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

18 comments:

  1. Very awesome! What a talented artist!

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  2. Very sophisticated and stylish images!

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  3. Great bookmarks, stickers and prints. Very talented.

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  4. I love this art, simple but beautiful

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  5. Beautiful artwork!I really love it!

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  6. Fab set of stickers! :-D Thanks for this giveaway.

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  7. https://plus.google.com/u/0/116323573693055422688 for follow us I accidently put my twitter

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  8. I love you and your artwork is stunning! :)

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  9. Your art is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. The art is brilliant and you should be proud.

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  11. My daughter would love these as she's studying art for her gcse's

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  12. I'm already following her, I LOVE her illustrations, they are so beautiful! And I'm a big fan of the Grisha trilogy so thank you so much for this giveaway! ♥♥♥

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  13. Very talented :-) Beautiful art work

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