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.

 

thecuriousbeast:

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MYTHICAL BEAST SERIES: THE ENCHANTING MERMAID

06/06/2014

Krystal Johnson

One of the most pervasive myths across the ages is the mythical siren of the sea, the elusive and enchanting mermaid. The mermaid is one of many human-creature hybrids that has captured our imaginations from century to century, from stories in ancient Assyria, to the Greek siren, to Disney films and fantasy novels today. There are even modern day religions that have mermaid-like deities. What makes this beautiful aquatic creature so powerful in our minds and hearts?

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My latest article for The Curious Beast! We focused on Unicorns before, but now it’s the Mermaid’s turn!

Please check out The Curious Beast, it’s an awesome blog with posts on all types of subjects, from mythology to science to ghost stories and more. =)

The process for my drawing of Elise, a character from Forest.

Check this out on my blog or on deviantART for more information.

genderflummox:

"never use this word because it’s common, instead use all of these things that i’ll call synonyms even though they carry different connotations and will change the meaning of your dialogue if you use them" — very bad and unfortunately very common writing advice

(Source: snailwitch)

In my opinion, trying to guess what readers want is the wrong approach. You have to tell your story as best you can and as true to yourself as possible. You have to be honest and fair and vulnerable and foolish and brave, and not care what anyone thinks of it.

Jeannette Walls (via writingquotes)

In Which Diversity Isn't a Myth

pinklikeme:

clementive:

Ok. I’m tired of the typical vampire, werewolf and fairy.I’m also tired of the occidental-centrism in mythology. Hence, this list.

I tried to included as many cultural variants as I could find and think of. (Unfortunately, I was restricted by language. Some…

thecuriousbeast:

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THE WIND RISES: MIYAZAKI’S LEGACY 

03/31/2014

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!

thecuriousbeast:

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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

STEP 1: THE SKETCH

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

STEP 2: INK AND COLOR GARY

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

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STEP 3: BACKGROUND AND TOUCH-UPS

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

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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: http://silverwatermist.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/9-years-of-forest/