Just finished Winterkeep, and Quona Varana is the old cat lady that lives in a mansion by the sea, and knows everything about everyone, and she is my life goals tbh.
A little late this year, but five years ago I started drawing, and the first character I drew was Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle.
Thank you so much for following me, whether it was today or the day I started, it means a ton. You all have been so sweet, and I’m excited for all the things I will be drawing this year!
I’m in need of fluff, so here’s Nico and Will
before a giant moving statue ruins their date.
Hello! Could you tell me if it's necessary to read "Sword of the King" and "Shield of the Dragon" to read "Dance in the Storm"? I've heard that a lot of characters from other books show up in the last one, and these two are the only ones in the series I have zero desire to read.
I love that series and I love Megan Derr, but SotK and SotD were my least favorite, and I get it. I think you can skip them because I read them years before DitS and forgot what the plot was for them and was fine. The characters from those 2 books are in the final, but Chris, Devlin, Jackie, and Johnnie’s crews are the main focus.
did you hear there's gonna be a book 4 from the Graceling Realms series?? its coming out early next year
Oh I know. And I’m first in line to get it from my library. ☺️
Soraya and Parvaneh from Girl, Serpent, Thorn.
You're one of my favorite TRC content creators. I love your work and you made 2020 more bearable for me. Happy holidays! 🥰🎁🎆💟Pass this on if you feel like it.
Awww thank you, anon! This has made my day.
Happy Holidays to Jamie and Danielle from @rainbowcrate! I’ve had so much fun working with you cuties, and your book boxes have been a joy to receive.
I know you both love TRC so here’s some art. :)
I just wanted to say I've been getting the rainbow crate boxes, and I'm always so excited for your art print in them. They really help me get a feel for the story before I start it. <3
Thank you, I have fun making them for you!
Today, we’re introducing Kate, aka @ace-artemis-fanartist, who does the art on the back of our spoiler card each month!
- Short bio
Hi, I’m Kate she/her asexual, I work for a small jewelry store as a bench jeweler. In my free time I love hiking, cooking, annoying my cat; Tillie (Matilda), reading and drawing book characters that I love. I am a self-taught illustrator, my social media name is Ace Artemis.
- Favorite books/queer books
All of my favorites are queer fantasy: The Raven Cycle (Maggie Stiefvater), Prisoner (Megan Derr), Dance in the Dark (Megan Derr), Witchmark (CL Polk), The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Natasha Pulley), The Champion of the Scarlet Wolf (Ginn Hale).
- Favorite fandoms/OTPs
I have a weakness for small book fandoms and therefore I have many unknown ships.
Fandoms: The Raven Cycle, Carry On, Parasol Protectorate, The Tarot Sequence, Magnus Chase, PJO/HOO, Whyborne & Griffin, Nightrunner, Witchmark, The Diviners, In Other Lands, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Discworld, Young Avengers
OTPs: Werewolf Husbands (Parasol Protectorate), Pynch (The Raven Cycle), Solangelo (PJO), Fierrochase (MCGA), Prim/Tash (Custard Protocol ), Mori/Thaniel (The Watchmaker of Filigree Street), Whyborne/Griffin & Maggie/Persephone (Widdershins), Billy/Teddy (Young Avengers)
- How did you get involved with Rainbow Crate?
I saw Jamie and Danielle’s call for artists on Twitter at the beginning of quarantine back in March, and after doing research about them and what they were looking for, I reached out to RC believing that since I am strictly a book fanartist who has read and drawn for a ton of queer books we could be a fun team. I’ve been having a blast working with them since.
- What was your favorite book of 2020?
This was a tie between Wild Sky by Zaya Feli and The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley. Both beautifully rewritten mlm fantasies by two authors that have quickly become an auto buy for me. They did not disappoint.
- What’s your favorite art you made for the box?
That one is tough, because each of the illustrations I’ve made for RC have been very special to me, and I’ve tried to convey the tone/spirit of the stories in each one. Probably October’s “The Magic Fish”, I enjoyed putting elements of the graphic novel into my own style and loved how it turned out.
- If you could spend the day with one fictional character, who would you choose?
Biffy from the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. He seems like a lot of fun to be around and a very solid friend to have. I’d love to talk to him about his experience as a werewolf and his love for Victorian fashion and his boyfriend/mate, Professor Lyall.
- What was the first queer novel each of you read, and what was your reaction to it?
While I did read a few queer webcomics when I was 18 I didn’t know about any queer books until I was 20. My first ones were The Bastard Prince and The Missing Butterfly both by Megan Derr. They were paperbacks my friend lent to me for a road trip and I DEVOURED them, I loved the idea of fantasy worlds that were queer accepting and being queer was not the main plot point. I bought all of the author’s books that summer, and Derr is still one of my favorite queer fantasy writers to this day.
- Do you design months in advance, or month of? What’s your timeline from concept to complete design?
I read and illustrate about two or three months before you cuties get the boxes. I don’t believe I do my best under pressure so I make sure to give myself plenty of time to work on the spoiler cards as early as I can. I make notes and bookmarks while I read, and choose 2-3 ideas for the spoiler card to run across Jamie and Danielle. After choosing one I start planning and drawing. I like to have a singular focus in each piece. For example, August’s “The Dark Tide” is all about conveying the mood with a bit of longing. November’s “Here the Whole Time” is about the warmth through color palette. While December’s “The Good Girls” presents a chillier feel yet at the same time, showing an undercurrent of solidarity.
My Lady Death and Lady Moon illustrations together.
Disclaimer: while we’ve met Lady Death in book 2 of The Tarot Sequence, KD has kept Lady Moon’s appearance secret due to future plot reasons, so this is how I imagine her currently. :)
Lady Death (Zurah Saint Joseph) from The Tarot Sequence.
And that’s TTS bingo for me! Thanks for putting it together @electricpurple89!
Expression exercise with two of the Emelan kids.
I’ll repost them if I ever get around to doing Tris and Sandry as well.
My piece for @rainbowcrate’s October’s book box.
Trung Le Nguyen’s The Magic Fish .
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune.
Can never have enough 40+ year old LGBT+ characters finding love. :)
What are you doing with your @ace-artemis-fanartist spoiler card prints? We’ve seen some people putting them on their walls! I keep mine in a binder right now, but I want to frame them later once I have a whole year’s set! Let us know!
Also, congratulations to our photo challenge winners! The winners of $10 gift cards this time are: (IG)Nicoxvazquez,
Dakota.Quinn.reads, and Lifeisbetterinbooks! Congratulations! Make sure you check your DMs!