Day 6 was to draw your favorite book character, with the additional restriction that it couldn’t have been made into a movie – or at least that’s how I read the challenge.
This one was a nightmare. Today was a horrible day – the baby was screaming and fussy all day, the cat was intent on doing everything she’s not allowed to do, etc. And to top it all off, all of the books where I could honestly say I have a favorite character have already been turned into movies. Although some of the movie versions were so horrible they shouldn’t count (for example: Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels, and the movie adaptation, Sahara, starring Matthew McConaughey).
Finally, I found a book (actually seven) that I did enjoy, and surprisingly had never been turned into a movie (although apparently there will be one soon). And that’s the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. And my character is The Gunslinger, a.k.a. Roland Deschain of Gilead.
“The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.” That’s the first line of the first book. And that’s why I read it. That line grabbed me.
So even though I’d found a character, I was too tired to draw his face – so I settled on the next best thing: his gun. Actually, he has two of them, but I only drew one. In the books, they’re described as long barrelled blued-steel revolvers with sandalwood grips, chambered very close to .45 caliber, and serve to identify the Gunslinger, and people would recognize the guns as much as his face.
Technically, in the books Deschain is from an alternate reality (it’s Stephen King, after all), but I always felt pretty sure that his guns looked a lot like old Colt revolvers. Originally there was going to be a rose too, which was a recurring theme throughout the books, but I didn’t have the energy.
I’m looking forward to Day 8: Favorite Animated Character. That should be fun.