I’m back with another Book Riot Read Harder Challenge video! This time, I’m discussing first books in series by people of color. Want to learn more about the challenge? Get the details here.
I guess I should actually post these drawings from my Instagram. This is the Yound Dread, my favorite character from Dayton’s YA fantasy book, Seeker, which I finished a couple weeks ago.
I was both proud and inexplicably self-conscious about my work. Like, this is HER character? Did I do it justice? I kept asking myself. That aside, it was encouraging; I’ll continue to plug away at the challenge!
I painted my first Read to Draw piece for Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and drawing Makeda and Abby, the two sisters in the book. If you love dysfunctional families and deities you’ll want to give this a read. And if you read it, you’ll understand the vines in the illustration…
For the next 365 days, I’ll be tracking my reading through art and posting these drawings on my Instagram (@szainabwilliams) using the #ReadtoDraw hashtag. And…I’m extending the challenge to YOU!
You don’t have to be a great artist to participate, but I’ll bet that after 365 days of reading and drawing, you’ll be a better one.
- Read a book.
- Create art using the medium(s) of your choice. You can draw a scene that captivated you, a character you loved or loved to hate, an alternate cover, or even draw as you read and as flights of fancy strike you—it’s totally up to you what/how many pieces you draw as long as they relate to a book you are reading or have read during your 365 days.
- Post it! Instagram will be my main stomping ground where I’ll post WIPs and book-related warmup sketches, but I’ll also post finished pieces here on my blog and on my Inkypasta Tumblr. Post on the platform(s) of your choice.
- Don’t forget to include the #ReadtoDraw hashtag so we can find each other!
Start your 365 days now or next month or whenever. The point is to track your reading for a year and memorialize it through art. Encourage yourself to read more and create more.
AND encourage others to do the same by challenging them! Share the #ReadtoDraw challenge with your fellow book and art lovers.
I’m looking forward to reading, drawing, and seeing what you create.
I’m challenging myself to read some new and old books from my TBR stacks in a month and a half. Eep!
(I’m also challenging myself to be less lazy and use my real camera again.)
We That Are Left by Clare Clark (Galley, October 13, 2015)