Victoria Beasley, known online as iesnoth (which even she doesn’t know how to pronounce), is a character designer and writer who dabbles in comics. Though the first Artemis Fowl books came out when she was in grade school, she didn’t read them until high school, right after her family moved to a new city. She fell in love with the books for their unique world and characters, and the Artemis Fowl fandom was the first she got involved in, on the forums of Artemis Fowl Confidential.
Over the years, the series has been a consistent source of inspiration for her. Though she’s working on personal creative projects and commissions, she still makes time for Fowl fan art, and takes great joy in it. Currently, Victoria “moderates” an ask blog on tumblr called af-answers, where fans can ask the book characters questions and Victoria will respond in character and draw an illustration to go with it.
Thoughts behind this project:
“The impetus behind this short project— “short,” but it took around three months to complete— was the announcement that the Artemis Fowl graphic novels would be revamped. I’ve been a fan of comics ever since I could read. I love books, but there’s something special and interactive about comics no other medium can achieve. It also marries my two favorite pastimes of writing and drawing, so I leapt at the chance to adapt my favorite book series into graphic novels. I thought the best way to “audition,” as it were, was to adapt one of Artemis Fowl’s most iconic scenes.
As with any passion project, I pushed myself past my comfort zones, wanting desperately to capture the spirit of the characters and the grandness of the environments. And though I learned a lot, I also realized how much I have left to learn about comics.
I wanted to do this scene because it’s the turning point of the first book, has some great interaction between Artemis and Holly, and some plot progression in there, too. I took some liberties with the script, as all adaptations must, but I hope they up the tension and smooth out the action. I had the most fun drawing Artemis and Holly (as always) and designing them to contrast. Holly is all warm colors and Artemis cool. Holly is all organic shapes, while I made a conscious effort to give Artemis a lot of angles, even making his head and hair vaguely triangular.
The hardest part was continuity. I’d forget if Holly’s collar was brown or green, or where things were in the study, and have to redo entire panels because of a mix-up. Backgrounds are always a pain for me, but I’m proud of all the work I put into them, especially the first few pages. Lighting was challenging because I wasn’t sure how much I had to be literal and how much “mood lighting” I could do. If I were doing an entire graphic novel, I’d have to decide on a tone so I could be consistent through the whole work.
I found out about halfway through production that the new graphic novel team was already hired. But this project was always a labor of love, meant to be presented, ultimately, to the fans who love it too.
Now it’s finished, and just in time for Christmas and the holidays! I love the Artemis Fowl books, but the fandom has bolstered my devotion over the years through fan art, fanfiction, and headcanons. So I present this ten-page treatment to you, my fellow fans, with the greatest gratitude.”iesnoth-artemis-fowl-comic
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