Edit: sketch moved to the wiki.
I sometimes do drawings or sketches of important characters. If you’ve read Queen of Swords you may recognize this man.Tomorrow when I post some of the background on Curiosity, I may post her sketch as well.And by the way, any sketches I post are my original work and my copyright. Please don’t use them in anyway without getting my explicit permission first.Edited to add:Someone asked about the coloring you see here. This is in fact a pencil drawing, but I decided to do the eyes in watercolor. That accounts for the lack of color in complexion. Ben is tri-racial, and his skin is medium dark with a strong reddish cast.There is an interesting website about the family history of tri-racial groups in Virginia with some great photos, here.
Hello Ben! Cann’t wait to hear more of your story in book 6!
Jean-Benoit Savard aka Ben. Yup.
If nothing else, the eye color gives it away.
In a good way, give away?
That would have to be Ben.
I am so looking forward to seeing your drawing of Curiosity. I was shopping in the supermarket the other day and an elderly African woman (which we don’t see very often in Australia – at least where I live) was looking at the fresh produce. She immediately caught my eye because I hadn’t seen a lady with her looks since I was in New Orleans in 1996 and the first thing that came into my mind was she looks exactly how I picture Curiosity!
Sorry this has nothing to do with the sketch I just got QOS Rosina and I wanted to say I love your picture on the book jacket. You look great!!!
Wow! I had pictured Ben so different. But now,looking at the sketch, it fits so much with your description of him. If we do not put in a paper, it seems that our mind takes its own ways…
Rosina, I am so glad I’ve found this web/forum, and have the opportunity to enjoy all the things you share with us. I have learned a lot. Thank you.
Yep its definitely the eyes that give him away. It only took me 2 days to read QoS and last night I was reading the Author’s note at the end, the part about patience….I’ll try, really I will but it will be difficult.
Rosina, Yes in a good way…that is exactly the eye color I pictured. The rest of his face is pretty close to what I pictured as well, except that you have his face narrower than what I saw in my mind’s eye.
Rosina, I din’t know you drew too. I pictured Ben with a more redish brown complection and his face a little rounder. Not fat just not so long. But that may be because the Native Americans around here have very round faces. Mostly Navajo with a few Apache. That’s not to say I don’t like your sketch, I do. And the one of Courisity too. Jeanne
Jeanne — that’s a pencil drawing. I used watercolor for the eyes but otherwise, no color, because I wanted the contrast. His complexion would indeed have a reddish cast if I had done the whole thing in watercolor. I’m just more comfortable with pencil.
I worked from descriptions of so-called Redbones in Louisiana, a group of people descended from all three races, which is why the bone structure you see here.
The eyes were definitely the giveaway. I also imagined Ben to be a little wider in the face/cheekbones.
Rosina, you don’t by any chance have a drawing of Bears (at ITW stage) – he is one of my favourite characters and I would love to see how you picture him.
Sorry – back again because I just clicked on the link to those amazing photos and drawings. And hey, did you see the one of Tecumseh?
I find those sorts of websites dangerously fascinating. (i.e. spend too much time looking at them instead of working/ironing/calling my mother)
They are great photos, aren’t they?
I heart Ben.