I want to start out by congratulating Maggie on her FIFTH starred review with the release of The Dream Thieves! Way to go! Very exciting, and much deserved!
One of the many things I love about Maggie, is that she is so very talented. To me, Maggie Stiefvater is synonymous with the word "artist" in all that it encompasses in its every form. This post was born of my interest of the different creative outlets that she dabbles in, and if she prefers one over another, or if she wasn't writing, if she would be doing something else in another creative field. Fortunately for all of us, Maggie's fans, she doesn't do one or another. She finds a way to incorporate all of them into one.
Maggie's post touches mostly on writing and drawing/artwork, and how she uses them to tell a story and bring the reader more into the world she is creating. However, Maggie also plays musical instruments, and even composes musical pieces (if anyone has listened to the audio book version of The Scorpio Races, you know what I am talking about). And she just got her motorcycle license.... I truly believe that there is nothing that Maggie Stiefvater cannot do. And yes, I just used a double negative.
Maggie Stiefvater on Artwork, Writing and the importance of creative outlets
I’ve always been a consummate doodler and storyteller — in my head, it’s hard to separate them. Even when I’m not actively pursuing art or writing, both of those things sort of seep in and fill in the cracks. So when I’m sitting in a dentist’s chair waiting for the dentist to arrive, my brain lovingly turns a story over and over. When I’m sitting in a tedious class, my hand doodles without me noticing. Sometimes I am doing one while doing the other, which seems as if it should be impossible, but apparently is not.
One of the great things about my job now is that I get to combine these two things. It actually becomes technically work to do something art-y. I was going to do this post using doodles from my life, but I realized as I was going through all of my art that there was just too much of it to even begin to sort. So instead, I’m going to just show you a little bit of the art that I’ve done on behalf of the books.Bits from the Shiver book trailer:These weird Shiver paperdolls I did as a giveaway for readers:A piece of Shiver art I did for my foreign publishers:One of the guitars I sharpie’d on to give away to readers at an event:A copy of The Scorpio Races I doodled on to give away to readers:Animating the Raven Boys book trailer.Contemplating a Scorpio Races graphic novel.(Blogger's note: I would totally buy this!)Brainstorming for The Dream Thieves.Doodled on copies of The Dream Thieves for readers:The Raven Boys bookplateThe Dream Thieves bookplate:Doodles in the Raven Boys for every copy pre-ordered from my local independent bookstore:The stack of pre-ordered copies of The Dream Thieves before I began to doodle in them all:That time I let readers spray paint my car at a book signing:I used to panic as a teen thinking about how one day, I’d have to choose between the three things that I loved: art, writing, and music. I really wish that I could go back in time and tell sixteen-year-old Maggie that she was never going to have to choose. And that she should really get some bangs, because she would look friendlier with them. Alas, I did not yet have the technology. But hopefully it will help some OTHER sixteen year old. KEEP DOODLING.
Thanks so much for stopping by on this leg of The Dream Thieves Blog Tour. And many, many thanks to Maggie Stiefvater for the amazing post, and links to all of her beautiful artwork!
I am fortunate enough to have my own pieces of original Maggie Stiefvater artwork: The Dream Thieves Book plate she created (and just happened to sign, right on the inside cover of my copy of the book. *squeee!*) as well as a model of a Mitsubishi designed/decal-ed by Maggie - which my kids seem to want to play with, as if they don't have enough toys of their own. *sigh*.
I also have had the opportunity to read The Dream Thieves, and will be posting a review this week. Be sure to stop back and see if I loved it or not (as if all of you can't figure that out already. <smile>)
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