RUST: Deja vu

Ever visit a place for the first time? A place you could swear you’ve never been, and yet somehow you feel you have been there before? Perhaps you remember being younger, or with different people, still, you can’t shake the thought that the past is somehow repeating itself. In my RUST novel, a girl named Amelia starts to experience visions from her childhood as she makes her way through a long abandoned amusement park. You can learn what happened next in chapter twelve.

What follows is a heavily photoshoped drawing. It wasn’t much bigger then a greeting card. I made it small so it wouldn’t take as long to make. I finished in three days. I took a lot of breaks though, because humans are not my strong suit. I was nervous you see. The color is pencil colors – Prismacolor and Faber-Castell. I started by drawing a picture with a regular mechanical pencil. I then made a copy so I would have an extra in case I messed up. I planed to use an orange filter but I liked the colors so much I decided not too. What follows is a small excerpt from the story – please enjoy.  

 Amelia approached a brooding, bay-windowed, brick mansion barely identifiable under its blanket of ivy.

She‘d been here before.

She recalled fighting her cousin so as not to be led in. They had stood beside the winged statues lining the path. In the end he had relented, perhaps at father’s urging, and she had been relieved.

Perhaps it was that past incident fueling her gut instinct to keep away, even though it was sprinkling, and the door to the fun house was ajar.



23 thoughts on “RUST: Deja vu

  1. How great that you can write the story AND illustrate it!

  2. Sharmishtha says:

    i should ditto with composerinthegarden talent as yours are rare. your stories and illustrations both are amazing.

    this picture is fantastic, especially the creature above.

    • rastelly says:

      It’s a statue, actually. I saw a photograph of one
      just like it and was inspired. I almost added the
      image to the post but diden’t know who to ask
      for permission.

      • Sharmishtha says:

        yes, you have made that distinction clear- it is a staue with wings. repainting it must have been quite a tough game.

      • rastelly says:

        It was not as hard I thought it would
        be. The boy and girl gave me the most
        trouble. I will have incorporate people
        into my pictures more often. So I can
        gain more experience.

      • Sharmishtha says:

        those two are fantastic works too. yes, the boy’s dress and the face must have been quite a tough job.

        i too am not very good with human paintings, esp expressions, the thing you captured perfectly.

      • rastelly says:

        I find watching animated (cartoon.)
        dramas can tell you a lot about how
        clothes works, real fabric can be
        overwhelming to some (Me 😉 )
        animators know how to simplify their
        caractors so that only the most
        important lines are seen – not that
        it helps me much, I am often too
        lazy to grab my sketchbook when
        a show is on. I drew the boy’s
        clothes by looking at my own
        clothes. I’m glad you like his

      • i often gather my inspiration from movies, animation movies too, because there you get the readymade scene, and animations are really very good teachers, you will not only get the scene but the scene itself will be handpainted so you can easily follow the rules to get your desired figure.

        the dress of that boy and his face are splendid works of art. well, if you draw his dress by looking at your own thats amazing. seeing a real thing and painting that is not an easy task.

        changing the gravatar of was useless so i changed the email id 🙂 Now its working fine it seems. Atleast for now.

      • rastelly says:

        Love your face gravatar. I was surprised to see a
        new one. So colorful, I think it’s your best yet.
        I’m glad to hear you were able to get around your
        problem. Your art style is very functional. You do
        seem to know a lot about composition – (Design,
        General placement.) I try to draw realistically,
        but that’s only because I’mtoo lazy to experiment.
        Sometimes a mistake can be a discovery. You stuff
        reminds me of Chienese brush painting, scenes look
        very serene and peaceful. 🙂

      • Sharmishtha says:

        no, i know almost nothing about painting, writing skills. you can call my works are guided by my muse.

        i just empty my mind and let my muse take the control when i am writing or painting. that works the best for me.

        you know, its always easy to experiment in computer, because your older work will not be harmed. i often keep playing with my paintings till i get one that catches my fancy. sometimes one accidental change absolutely changes the work.

        when i used paper-pencil or paper-colour i did not dared to experiment much 🙂

      • rastelly says:

        There are some who use
        charcoal to blacken an
        entire canvas. Then they
        create their works by
        wiping away the charcoal
        at certin parts. I’m told
        this methoud relieves
        the fear of a blank
        canvas, but that is
        only if you want you
        picture to be black
        and white.

        What I do like
        about computers
        is that messy brush
        strokes are not a

      • Sharmishtha says:

        i have read about that technique too, both about charcoal paintings and the coloured one, first painting the background by a single colour and the scratching away the colour for effect.

        i prefer painting on computer for exactly that reason- no weeping over one lousy brush stroke.

        i have a small gift for you in my blog, will be very happy if you take a look:

  3. jakethrasher says:

    I like the image, but I can tell that humans are not your strong point like you said. It is really easy to improve though. Do you know the average proportions of a human head? I usually start out by sketching the proportions as guide lines, then I add detail to the face to make it look more unique. Also, if you want to improve on drawing people I suggest you get a small sketch book and carry it around with everywhere and when you have a willing model make a quick sketch of them. The more you do the better you will get at it. That is what I do. Also, do some of the sketches in pen. It helps because you can erase your mistakes, so you can waste time and erase them, but you are forced to make the mistake work in the sketch.

    I hope that I didn’t offend you by this post; just trying to help you.

    • rastelly says:

      No problem. The boy in the picture had a better head, untill I was
      forced to shrink it because his hands were not in proportion. My hands
      are always way too small. The girl was hard because she is supposed to
      be a child version of an adult I have sketched before. I like working in a
      style influenced by Anime when drawing humans but that doesen’t always
      work when using pencil colors. The eyes were too sensitive when adding
      color so I didden’t get many chances to fool with them. This was pretty
      small picture after all. Lately I’ve been using a video game character
      generator to create human faces I can sketch. I trying to learn some
      different noses. Thanks for tips. Your idea of using ink is scary – I
      feel I would waste a lot of paper, but it sounds like an interesting
      challenge. 🙂

  4. munchow says:

    I think it’s a great image. I like the expressions of the persons and dragon/sculpture. The colours are indeed lovely. I wouldn’t necessarily worry about rules, like proportions of human beings. This is fantasy and caricature and I think your are very able to bring out the characters very well. I think it’s quite amazing how you are able to both write intriguing and make wonderful illustrations to your text.

    • rastelly says:

      Thank you very much. Jake Thrasher’s comment was in responce
      to my desire to improve my human figures. Sometimes when you
      are trying to be serious, some level of realism may help. Though I
      have often seen graphic novelists tell a compelling story with very
      simple characters. Your comment made me feel really good this
      morning. It gives me lots of confidence in myself. 🙂

  5. Sony Fugaban says:

    I thought the dragon is not a sculpture and that he’s playing with the kids.

  6. munchow says:

    I want to tell you that I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award, because your blog is incredibly creative and inspiring. For more info about the nomination, have a look at my post More Rain.

  7. rastelly says:

    This confirms it. I am undeniably a Kreativ Blogger. Not
    once but twice have I been given this honor. I’m not sure
    what Kreativ means but now I have a matching pair. Will
    get around to posting as soon as can find time away from
    may latest project. One of my short stories is about to get
    a few thousand words longer. I plan to submit it to a new
    publisher I’ve found. Once again thanks. 🙂

  8. Another wonderful post here Rastelly and just to add more strings to your bow.. and another well deserved award I have just nominated you to receive the Leibster Award and you can find the award here and what it entails here at I hope this award bring with it many new visitors to your Delightful Blog.. Blessings Sue Dreamwalker

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