One of the nice things about being part of the indie writing/blogging scene is finding out about all the amazing work being done by artists of all kinds. Case in point, Beka, who does character portraits and just started a business.
Beka hails from the Great White North (aka Canada), where she reads, dreams, and doodles away. She loves bringing characters from the written page to the visual eye, and dabbles in pencil and coloured pencil and the occasional watercolor. Her dream is to one day get into digital art and save some trees.
You can check out her work on Instagram and Facebook, and commission a work of art. It’s great for writings to be able to literally see their characters in this way. She’s doing a giveaway of a free character portrait here. Beka was kind enough to chat with me a bit about her work:
- What made you embrace character portraits as your focus?
Over the years, my love of drawing people specifically really grew. I’m not a fan of backgrounds–I rather detest them, actually, though I will do my best when called to. I have other artist friends whose backgrounds are phenomenal. But I enjoy character portraits–expressions, clothing styles, etc. They are fun for me, and I’ve loved seeing how authors react to my interpretations.
- Do you have any specific goals for your business?
Not at the moment, no. I’ve struggled in the past couple of years with confidence; part of my decision to open this business was to give myself some sense of validation. So I would like to strengthen my artistic skills, get better at what I do, meet new author/artist friends, and perhaps make a bit of money along the way 😉
- What influences your choices to draw a character in a certain way?
I try my hardest to fit to details found in the book, but sometimes I like to be a bit wild based on my interpretation of a character. For example, in my portrait of Isabella from WR Gingell’s MASQUE, I gave Isabella red nails, because I imagined she’s the sort of character who might joke that it was the blood of her enemies. I like to take my fan “head canon” sometimes and weave it into the actual description of a character from a book. This is partly for my own enjoyment, partly to see if an author picks up on my own little inside joke. XD Because I’m weird.
- Is this harder or easier to do if a book doesn’t have a vivid physical description?
Much harder! I’ll usually message an author, if I know them personally, to give me an idea of the character’s ethnic background, physical characteristics, etc. if I’m working on drawing their characters.
Please check out Beka’s work and support an emerging artist! What character would you like to see a portrait of?