Sketches, illustrations, quotes, doodles, and comics from my fantasy novel, "Forest", the first book in the Forest Stories series that I am going to self-publish. It will be available this late spring/early summer. Search this blog for "synopsis" to read the book summary.

Ask anything about myself, my art, writing, or the book series/characters. I'll post your questions and answer them!

©2004-2014 characters, places, and other fictional content, including artwork. I encourage reblogging as long as you leave the copyright symbol/any info I include with the post =) Thank you.






Krystal Johnson

He is a director, producer, animator, and screen writer. He is an illustrator and a mangaka (Japanese for professional manga styled cartroonist). He has a career encompassing six decades and has helped bring to life over a dozen animated films of critical acclaim. He is Japan’s Walt Disney, and has inspired animators, artists, and storytellers around the globe.

He is Hayao Miyazaki. And on September 6th, 2013, he announced his retirement.

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Here’s my latest article for The Curious Beast. Please check them out, it’s a great blog with a wide range of topics and they could really use the support! You can even write for them if you like! =)

Mythical Beasts Series: The Magical Unicorn, by me!



Mythical Beast Series: The Magical Unicorn

Krystal Johnson

A dazzling pure white horse; a bearded and cloven-hoofed goat; a wild donkey with a white body, red head, and dark blue eyes. Each sporting a single horn. Each, in fact, a unicorn.

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Library Gary process


plain pencil sketch with mechanical pencil in 4x5.5 inch sketchpadimage


inked drawing with prisma fine liners and then colored with marker, touched up with colored pencil.



Sketch in background, then outline, then color with marker. Do touch-ups on entire drawing with colored pencil.


Hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of the process! You can also follow my wordpress blog or favorite/collect this drawing on devantART!

© 2014 Silverwatermist/Krystal Johnson

9 Years of Forest

On October 17th, 2004, on a whim with a barely formed idea, I drew the first picture that related to the world of Forest. I never imagined, and never would have dreamed, that 9 years later these simple ideas would have grown into an entire world; that I would be working every day to perfect the 500+ page novel that was never meant to be more than a short story; that it would be one of the most important things in my life.

Here’s the drawing that sparked everything (10/17/04):

Nine Years later, here’s what’s changed. And yet a lot has stayed the same (drawn 9/13/12):

I’m currently on page 549 out of 567 as far as editing goes. Wish me luck!

full blog post here:

I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.

Joss Whedon (via writingweasels)

(Source: writingquotes)

"Watch How You Go" acoustic by Keane

I’ve been listening to this song a lot while working on the ending of Forest. Keane has always had a Foresty sound to me for whatever reason, and this song fits the mood of what’s going on, so it’s perfect >.<

WriteWorld: Tips for Creating a Compelling Plot


by Debbie Lee Wesselmann

Except for some select experimental works, every piece of fiction requires a story, or plot. The complexity of this plot is determined by both the writer and the genre. For example, a thriller is always plot-driven, requiring an intricate story with twists and…

There’s a joy in writing short stories, a wonderful sense of reward when you pull certain things off.

Tobias Wolff (via writingquotes)

preview of a Photoshop drawing I&#8217;m working on. Characters are Fringo and Alyssa.

preview of a Photoshop drawing I’m working on. Characters are Fringo and Alyssa.

WriteWorld: Writing the LGBT Community


Writing the LGBT community can be hard, especially if you don’t know what you’re talking about. So to start off this post, here’s just a few things that are easily confused both with writers and with society in general.

  • Being gay is not a personality trait. This basically…

What is the best way to write? Each of us has to discover her own way by writing. Writing teaches writing. No one can tell you your own secret.

Gail Sher (via amandaonwriting)