Sketchbook Saturday Week #7: Literary Inspiration

This week’s Sketchbook Saturday is going to be a bit thin as I am currently the battle site between a batch evil viruses and my white blood cells, and am feeling a bit under the weather. So, before I drip any snot on my keyboard, let’s get to this week’s prompt.

WEEK #7 PROMPT: Literary Inspiration

I love books. In fact, I could probably build a fair sized house using my ever-growing collection of books. And I love nothing better than reading a chapter or paragraph and watching the scenes play out or the characters appear in my head as clearly as any movie or television show (something I strive for in my own writing).

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So, for this week’s prompt I want you take something you’ve read and create a sketch from the images that your reading conjures up. This could be a character, a setting, or you can even get ambitious and create a few panels to illustrate a favorite scene. You can either select a memorable passage from a favorite book, use the quote that inspired me (see below), or simply grab something you’ve never read before and see what the pages bring to mind. 

MY WEEK #7 RESULT: Awful Agatha

As I promised in the introductory week of Sketchbook Saturday, I will not only show off the sketches that turned out well, but also the failures. This week it’s time to show off one of those failures. I would like to blame my cold, but I actually did this sketch a few weeks ago so I have no excuse for its being awful.

The paragraph that inspired me was from Agatha Christie’s Easy to Kill that conjured up a vivd image of a black-haired woman. Here’s the quote:

“…and at that moment a girl came round the corner….Her black hair was blown up off her head by the sudden gust….The long, pale, delicate face, the black hair flying up to the stars.”

What a terrific description, right? I had visions of a mass of dark hair flying from a rather mysterious face with stars dotting the sky behind her. Well, sometimes it’s not so easy to get the image in your head onto the paper…

My apologies to Agatha Christie and to the art world for this sketch.

My apologies to Agatha Christie and to the art world for this sketch.


I do like how the hair and stars came out, but overall this just didn’t work. Once I saw the pencil sketch (and after erasing it and trying over and over again to get it right), I figured I had nothing to lose with this abomination, so I played a little bit with some new watercolor pencils I’d recently purchased. Needless to say, even a splash of color didn’t improve this poor thing.




As you read this week, keep your sketchbook handy. You never know when literary inspiration will strike…and hopefully it will strike better than it did for me. As always, I’d love to see what you come up with so be sure to share (see how in the details below).

How Do I Participate?

The easiest way is to follow this blog so you get each week’s prompt right in your email Inbox (see sign-up thingie at the right side of this page). After each week’s prompt, have fun with it. These are sketches and are meant to be enjoyable, not something you try to make perfect. Then, please share what you came up with (go on, be brave, if I can do it, so can you!).

You can share your creation by blog or by Facebook (for those of you who don’t want to clutter up your blog with sketches).

Participating By Blog

  1. Post your sketch on your own blog (even better…write a post to go along with it to describe how you came up with your sketch).
  2. Include a link somewhere within your post to the week’s prompt on my blog that inspired you.
  3. Leave a comment on the Sketchbook Saturday post with the prompt you used. In the comment, add a link to your blog post.

Participating By Facebook

  1. Go to my Facebook page once you’ve completed your sketch.
  2. Scroll a bit to find the post for the prompt you used (Week 7, in this case).
  3. Leave a comment with a snapshot of your sketch.
  4. Share the Sketchbook Saturday post with your friends and followers (this is optional, but it’s a great way to get others to play along).

What If I Don’t Draw?

Don’t judge yourself too harshly. You can’t get better at drawing if you don’t do it. Plus, this is meant to be fun and simply to get your creative juices flowing, so give sketching a shot.

If you find your creative juices flow in other ways, such as writing or crafts or collage, I’d love to see those works as well. Simply create something based on the prompt and share following the guide above.

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7 thoughts on “Sketchbook Saturday Week #7: Literary Inspiration

  1. David Anderson says:

    I like that girl. Not quite who I would picture in an Agatha Christie book but I like her.


  2. crawcraftsbeasties says:

    This is actually surprisingly difficult! I made a start on illustrating one of my favourite short stories, but can I transfer my mental images to the paper? Uh, nope. I take my hat off to book Illustrators everywhere!

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