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Stuff to Do: Draw Every Pratchett and Kate Milford Character You Can Remember and a Bunch of Others

Long enough title?

Okay, please don’t kick me out of the Pratchett club, I do actually remember more than 4 characters. It’s the same with Kate Milford. They are just the only characters important/detailed/interesting/unique enough to draw, or that I have already drawn. I am considering doing the men black-on-black from The Left Handed Fate (Milford), and maybe Clem and Georgie.

I apologize for the following few italic paragraphs. They are just me trying to make myself feel better about my hobbies. Summed up: I DO NOT LIKE FASHION DESIGN. Shorts & a T-shirt for me. I just like drawing and books, specifically Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series and Kate Milford’s less creepy ones. I also apologize for writing so much/too much/nonsense. All you need to know is from ‘I have‘ (head of the list) to the end of the bold text following.

Although it is completely not me, I actually enjoy costume design. Or, at least, drawing characters in a uniform position (drawing humans is not my thing. Or faces. So, no complicated positions. Only the clothes & hair).

I try to draw as often as possible, to keep practicing. I drew one or two ‘magical mountain princesses’, and I quote, for a school project. I want to make this absolutely clear, the instructions were: draw a magical mountain princess, wearing red, do it and get marks. I found that I secretly enjoyed it (the art side, NOOOOT the magical mountain princess side). I did a second version, but I didn’t fully colour it. Colour is not my thing. I do pencil. Pen when I want to make a point (arghhh noo… please don’t judge me for that… not intentional… but I’m not gonna take it out).

I just coloured the creases of the dress a little with water colour pencil marks (it’s like using water colours, but the cheap way). Just enough to indicate what colours it would be. I like the effect. I still prefer pencil only, extreme detail and accuracy style instead of impressionistic or whatever, but there is only so much you can draw.

I only put this on this blog (and I’m assuming I did, if you are reading this. Otherwise things just get complicated and I’mna have to get out the headache medication. I said ‘did’. I am writing this NOW. I WILL HAVE done. I understand and apologize if you haven’t managed to get as far as this sentence, sometimes I just like to rant a little. Yes, I know, but I need to close the brackets now 3…2…1… because it’s a very Discworld-fan thing to do. I draw book characters. Only one Kate Milford right now, four Discworld and two from a book I wanted to try to write a while ago.

I started a few weeks ago, and I have sort of run out of characters. I moved onto characters from my one-chapter story, but even then I only got two. I don’t know what Cathy, Claudia, Jacob, Samuel or Finn look like, except that they wore whatever they wore in the early 19th century. I did all these drawings in one drawing book, otherwise unused, and I hope to fill it up with fictional characters. Suggestions? They must be interesting to draw.

I will put up pictures of all of them, but first I will see if I can spreed them across multiple posts to force you to give this blog more views. Mwahahahaha

Characters 2xL+E

I have:

  • Susan Sto Helit with the rat and raven from the last book about her, Thief of Time – Terry Pratchett
  • Walter Plinge from Maskerade – Terry Pratchett
  • Tiffany Aching from any book after her first* – Terry Pratchett 
  • Angua von Überwald from most books set in Ankh-Morpork – Terry Pratchett. The chainmail in particular was fun.
  • Lucy Bluecrowne from The Left-Handed Fate**  – Kate Milford
  • Erin Woodhart from The Book I Tried To Write – Me
  • Lucy James/Peterson (I seem to have given her two different surnames) from The Book I Tried To Write – Me (not in full detail)


All the bodies are in more or less the same position and shape (I only changed it up a bit even for Walter and Angua the muscular not-necessarily-human). I don’t do any detail for faces (except, of course, for Walter, in evening dress and a mask).
I don’t want to make up faces for characters not my own, and usually ones that are. You know. You don’t want to fix your view of a character. It isn’t easy to pin down the image, and it won’t really change after you get it wrong. You know. It’s a bit like why you read the book before watching the movie.

My Susan Sto Helit drawing is sort-of coloured with just an HB. I couldn’t find any of my five 6Bs, and I didn’t want to commit to something unerasable. So the dress is just scribbled in greyish, I suppose to indicate that it should be black to… who? I’ll fix it up soon. And I know black isn’t a colour. In the end, it was my first in a while and a bit of a flop. I did get the hair right, though.

The only two I added any colour to were Lucy Bluecrowne and Erin, but I don’t know how well it shows up in these photos (my computer screen isn’t great). I added a tiiinyy streak or two of yellow to Lucy’s hair and a tiiinyy streak or two of brown, to give the impression of her hair colour (streaky, I think).  The colour isn’t obvious, it just adds to the body of the sketch. I also added a touch of red to one stripe of “the same heavy cotton trousers the crew wore”. I’m not so sure I should have, but it actually doesn’t look so bad.

I drew the hair with more defined and consistent lines than usual, trying to acknowledge the drawings in the book. The dress is different to the one in the book though, I tried to improve it but still kept the pockets and scrappy-look. I’m going to say it: the dress in the book is disgusting.


I messed up the wind-blown bit of the dress quite badly, the left side would be blown upward as well as away. I realize I didn’t do the tie-up string things of the original top. Maybe I should, it won’t look bad.

I coloured the creases and shadows of Erin’s dress dark blue. I used a water colour pencil, but just as a pencil. I really should have done it water-colour style. There are layers to the skirts, and I coloured in some of the lower ones visible at the bottom lighter green and blue. It isn’t the best colour-combo to work with and took some work to make it look at all not-disgusting, but I challenge myself to stick to the text’s descriptions. I tried to make the same subtle hair-colouring as I did with Lucy, but it’s to yellow and obvious. Also, I had to go with a ponytail because I seem to have lost all ability to draw a thick plait going over the shoulder.

 

My Terry Pratchett reviews|My Kate Milford reviews

*A Hat Full of Sky, The Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, The Shepherd’s Crown. I know Tiffany Aching isn’t very original, but I didn’t do the blue dress+white apron. I did green dress, hat, silver horse, and nail ring (for non-Tiffany-readers, that is a nail like what you hammer into stuff, not the things on the end of fingers). I suppose the ring means it is actually from the end of A Hat Full of Sky. I think mine looks older than 11, though. Hmm

**And probably some others I haven’t yet read; Kate Milford has an intriguing (and fun) tendency to bring characters from another related or unrelated book into every new book, in the background.

Any character suggestions?

By storiesnstuff22over7

Books, dogs & nerdy things

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