ASHLEY POSTON, ORANGE CRUSH & MUTATED PACMAN

I would just like to say that I’m slightly freaking out right now, because Ashley Poston, the author of Geekerella, made a post about my alternate channel, ChapterSketches, on her Instagram channel @_ashposton !!!  #soexcited #isthisreal

Now, onto the rest of this post…

In the book Geekerella, the perspective switches each chapter, between Elle and Darien, the two main characters.  Elle is the “Cinderella” of the book, and Darien is the “Prince”.  I really love both of these perspectives.  I enjoy Elle chapters because when I’m reading them, I can put myself in her shoes. I’m always excited to see what crazy things are going to happen with her evil step-mother and step-sisters, as well as her job at The Magic Pumpkin food truck.  Darien’s perspective is awesome too, because of his great sense of humor, and I love the fact that his secret is that he’s really a big nerd.

Here are three more of my recent chapter drawings for Geekerella:

 

This drawing depicts the scene where Darien is trying to find an Orange Crush somewhere in the hotel, from one of the vending machines.  Unfortunately he can’t find one, so he settles for a sparkling water.  He says that Orange Crush is his only kryptonite, and that he doesn’t care if he’s on a diet, he’ll drink it anyway.  It was fun drawing this one, and I got well acquainted with the Orange Crush logo.

 

 

For this chapter, I drew Elle texting with Darien while laying on her bed, and neither of them knows who the other is.  I tried to emulate the character design of Starfire from Teen Titans Go.  Copying a specific comic or cartoon character can be very interesting, because you have to break the character’s features down, and you notice things you didn’t before. For example, Starfire’s hands are huge compared to her arms.  Her upper arms start off super skinny, and slowly get bigger until they reach her hands.

 

 

This drawing depicts the scene where Darien tells his dad he wants to go to Excelsicon, but only if he can help judge the cosplay contest. The reason Darien wants to do this is because he was inspired by a text he got from Elle.  I made this comic in Calvin & Hobbes style.  It’s not easy drawing Calvin’s profile.  If you’re not careful, he can end up looking like a mutated Pacman.

 

Until next time!

 

NERDS, BLOGGERS and HIDDEN STASHES

Since my last post, I’ve made several more “comics” as I’m reading through Geekerella by Ashley Poston.  I make the drawings based on something that happens in a chapter, or even an item that I thought was interesting in the book.  I don’t want to give too many spoilers, so below each comic, I’ll just give a little insight into the scene.

Here they are in chronological order:

The cool thing about Darien Freeman is that everyone thinks he’s just a popular young actor, but he’s actually a nerd, and he’s super excited to be acting in the reboot of Starfield.

 

Starfield is a big deal to Elle, and she believes that Darien just took the acting role for the money.

 

Gail is Darien’s assistant, and she feels bad when things don’t go quite right.  She’s really cool, and is always looking out for Darien.

 

Elle is having some issues at home (obviously – she’s Cinderella), and takes a look in her secret drawer where she is hiding her stash of cash for when she decides to move out.  There are also Hershey’s Kisses in the drawer.

 

This is my progress so far in my drawings of this book.  I make two every week, so I’ll try to post them both once a week.  Let me know what you think!