When I was sixteen years old, I first tried my hand at writing a novel. In hindsight, I do see it riddled with mistakes. Even so, it was how I came to love writing. It’s set in the late 19th century, and is about a boy named Cory who faces numerous struggles and turmoil from his childhood up until he is in his mid-twenties. I was so enjoying the writing process that I ended up drawing some illustrations to go with my story. Since it is a fiction, I had no real faces or settings for reference material when creating the illustrations, so these are from imagination.
What’s happening in the images probably won’t make a lot of sense, but I’ve decided to post them anyway. I will post them in order as they are in the book. These drawings are somewhat close to me, as I poured my heart and soul into this story and the illustrations to go with it. Now as I see them, I can see that the characters’ clothing is hardly accurate to the late 1800s, and the proportions are off in some of them. Even so, at the time I drew these, this was the best I could do without reference material.
They are all done in graphite, with the exception of the first one in color. I printed a copy of my graphite drawing of this scene and went over it with colored pencils. The color image is what I used for my book cover. They are all roughly 5×7 inches in size. You may click these to enlarge them and see the detail better.
I hope you like them, even if they don’t make much sense without the book to go with them. Thank you for looking.