Storytelling Through Art.
My goal is to show experiences in a meaningful way through short stories and hand-drawn sketches.
Find me on IG too! @Hannah_Marie._Artwork
Artistic Vibes. Now that NaNoWriMo is completed, I am spending December finishing up the first draft of my young adult graphic novel, with the working title, Voices. I’m still playing with the format, but I think it is more robust than it was when I first started working on it in 2017. It is told from three points of view and includes some mystery elements. What YA reader doesn’t want a little mystery-solving thrown into their daily lives? This can be perfect both for teen and adult readers alike!
Character Sketches: Harry Potter
As a latecomer to the series, I started reading the entire Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling after I watched the first movie, if that tells my readers anything about my knowledge of the Harry Potter world. I did not grow up on these books, but picked them up right at the end of college. I’ve listened to the entire audio version several times since then. Though I missed some of my generation’s icons growing up, I am happy to share some of the book series’s classic (and complex) characters through my sketches of Hogwarts students! I love getting to mix two of my passions: books and art! Find more illustrations in my Etsy shop @hannahmarieartwork
The Art of Emotions.
The Beginning. Several months back, I started working to improve my realistic portraits through taking some online classes and practicing weekly on new face-drawing endeavors. Over the last couple of years I started focusing on faces because my ability to draw people was a zero on a scale of one to ten! Unless you count stick figures. That might have brought me up to a one. Below are sections of each portrait. Continue to my Etsy shop for more information on each.
Top 10 Adventure Movie Favorites
I don’t know about you, but this season of the year makes me want to go explore, and that isn’t always possible when I have a full-time job and adult responsibilities like bills to pay. If you feel the same, that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on exploration! You just have to find a new way to explore, especially when the weather is unpredictable. Watching movies of far away places is one of the ways that I can get out of my normal every day routine. I've listed some of my favorites here, in no particular order. I hope at least one of them inspires you to step out of your comfort zone and into someone else’s shoes for a while.
To Err is Human.
–Look over there, Lieutenant Highly. That one! What a beauty! The captain motions as the planet emerges into view. I nod, turning my periscope towards the planet below me. I have been guiding this ship through the galaxies for years, but it is always the little earth planet that I enjoy coming back to. The surface shows a bluish-green little planet, which is not very impressive at first glance, but something draws me to it. The captain fiddles with a few buttons on her console and points again to the planet called Earth. Bulleted listings of assignments are lasered onto my duties roster in .002 seconds. The planet’s neighborhoods zoom into view, though I am aware that our invisibility remains.
A Dog's View.
This is my first time out of the kennel in nine hours. Oh, no, this is not torture. It’s just something that the Hue-Man does to make sure that I don’t wander through the house in the middle of the night. Making me stay put makes them feel better. I have two Hue-Man’s that keep me each day. Well, three if I count the little one. I don’t know if I quite count her yet. She is still new and smells funny. I was taken into this house that I live in now when I was two years old. In dog years, this is supposed to be an adult, but I sure don’t feel like an adult when they ask me to do things all the time.
A New Episode I don’t always write in this space like I would a blog. Instead, I prefer to share the short stories I create along with art that inspires me. However, today I wanted to try something different and explain what I have reluctantly learned over the past several months. I love reading other people's stories, especially when it comes from a vulnerable place, so I hope maybe the next couple paragraphs can touch you in some way.
The following is a mostly-true tale of a running experience. There are many people that I notice, even at 6:30 in the morning! I say “mostly true” because I like to imagine the possibilities of a situation, even if I don’t know the outcome or background of certain circumstances.
NaNoWriMo is in the air!
We are just a couple weeks away from what many amateur writers call National Novel Writing Month! This is also affectionately dubbed, NaNoWriMo, and the people who choose to participate (choose! remember that!) are often called WriMos. What is NaNoWriMo, you might ask? It is only the greatest month of the year! Whether you've never written a single word of fiction in your life or you're a twenty-year writing pro, NaNoWriMo in November has something for you!
"Hey!" Renee didn't hear the word, but she saw the wave, the open mouth, and the frantic college student running toward her. They trotted silently next to each other as Renee counted off the last half mile. Finally she stopped and looked at her roommate, the one who had ignored her all semester. "I didn't know you ran!" Her roommate, Cam, grinned at her. Renee locked her hands behind her back, so she didn't prattle off with something sarcastic like, Oh, you didn't know deaf people could run? Cam stood there for one more minute and then waved half-heartedly, jogging off in the other direction. Renee shook her head and threw open the door to her room, hoping Cam would leave her alone so she could get work done.