Literary Donuts (in Theory)

Donuts are so important that we have National Donut Day, which is observed the first Friday in June every year. So naturally, we need to explore what types of donuts would be the favorites of some of the most well-known literary characters, should they ever be able to set foot in a modern donut shop.

Count Dracula: Jelly Donuts


With that flowing red jelly goo, raspberry-filled jelly donuts would be at the top of Count Dracula’s donut list.

Orpheus: Greek Donuts

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Wanting to opt for something a little more “classical,” Orpheus would likely want to prepare some of his own Greek donuts with honey.

Scrooge: Glazed Donuts

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Something simple yet bearing the sweetness of Christmas would be the perfect donut for Scrooge, leading to his choice of glazed donut.

Frodo: Chocolate-Covered Donuts

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Rather than donut shop varieties, something like an easy-to-pack chocolate-covered donut would be the pick for this hobbit during his long quest.

Winnie the Pooh: Donuts with Rainbow Sprinkles

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Oh, what a happy day Winnie the Pooh has when he starts his morning with some rainbow-sprinkled donuts!

King Arthur: Maple Bar

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The maple of this donut represents the sturdy, down-to-earth nature of the ruler of Camelot, with the ultra sweetness of these donuts reflects its fantasy-like atmosphere.

Dorian Gray: French Cruller

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Why on earth would someone the likes of Dorian Gray settle for an ordinary donut? It is unthinkable! Only the best, most luxurious of French crullers will do!

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And for one of my characters, Archaeologist Anna Purgitt: Crumb Donuts

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Crumb donuts are simply the best donuts to an archaeologist drawn to withering, “crumbly looking” sites.

Anna Purgitt is featured in the short story, “Revvel’s Tomb.”

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(Art) Experimenting With Various Media

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One of the funnest things about art is trying out different media. Taking a good drawing class is a great start—and the best drawing classes not only teach you to draw but encourage trying out different things to draw with.

Some examples follow from a couple of great art classes that really inspired us students to experiment and find media that worked for each individual artist.

Graphite Drawing from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

"Experimenting with Various Media" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comThis piece was a final project for a first-semester drawing class. We had to choose a hard subject to draw—something complex—and this scene from the movie fit the bill nicely. It took some time, of course, but the end result worked out well.

Interestingly, the night of final presentations, the teacher asked how I felt about the final. Hearing an answer of “okay,” the instructor then said that it must have turned out really well—that usually, the artist says, “I wanted to do this with it and that with it.” She was right, actually; for once, the final drawing was not cringe-worthy. 🙂 (It does, however, look a bit warped in the photo, because of the angle at which it was photographed.)

"Experimenting with Various Media" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comChalk Pastel Piece: Model in Ad

This is a piece done in chalk pastel, which is unfortunately not quite as blendable as some might hope; then again, some people swear by it, so there’s living proof that what works best all depends on the person.

The image was taken from a magazine ad showing a model sitting on a couch with some sort of fashionable purse.

Charcoal and Conte Crayon Drawing: Sheltie

"Experimenting with Various Media" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comMy first sheltie was the subject of this drawing, and unfortunately she didn’t receive any justice at the hands of my lack of charcoal skills at the time. Still, charcoal is a beautiful medium. It has been used for ages and has the most amazing look that just draws the eye in.

The only bummer about charcoal is that it smudges so easily that it must be set with an art fixative. If there is plenty of ventilation, that’s fine; but it’s something to be aware of.

Chalk pastel also requires fixative for the long term.

"Experimenting with Various Media" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comChalk Pastel Piece: Violin on Top of “Memory” Sheet Music

This was another final piece for a drawing class, this time the more intermediate level.

This piece was done from a photo I took of a miniature violin and lute sitting on top of sheet music (though the lute does not show too much in the final).

At least as of this writing, this piece is shown in the main header.

Ink Drawing: Seashells

"Experimenting with Various Media" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comSeashells are popular ink drawings, and it’s easy to see why. Their shape and the patterns on them can really be brought out by ink.

If you are using an ink pot and nib, it can get messy. Just be careful. If using a “regular” pen, this can be avoided, but it lacks the fun and antiquity of using a nib.

"Experimenting with Various Media" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comOil Pastel: Collector Barbie

This is the first oil pastel I ever worked on after learning to draw, and a piece like this can get you hooked on a certain medium—not that it’s perfect, but it definitely is one that’s a little more artistic. This Barbie is actually from a group of collectable dolls: the Midnight Tuxedo Barbie from the 90’s.

Another collector doll oil pastel is in the works…to be posted at a later time.

The only bad part about trying out various media is the cost; but if you can do it, it’s totally worth it.

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(Art) Porg Art: It’s All in the Eyes

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“Mr. Cranky Porg.” Oil pastel and conte crayon on canvas.

It started with the best intentions: drawing a porg in mainly oil pastel to show a cute porg on a sunny day.

What resulted was a cranky-but-cute porg (hopefully)…but looking at the cranky porg, I can see what went wrong. And it was a good lesson.

How the Porg was Drawn

Mr. Cranky Porg started out as a sketch on canvas paper of the outline of an owl. He was mostly filled in with oil pastel, with his “feathers” being suggested by conte crayon marks.

The conte crayon worked really well on the oil pastel to show thinner, yet definite, lines. Oil pastel seemed like it would be too thick for this purpose. Only quite dark conte crayon worked and only on top of oil pastel colors that were noticeably lighter.

What Makes This Porg Look Cranky?

Looking closely at the porg, one can easily see what makes him look cranky. It’s in the eyes—or in a way, a lack thereof. His eyes are just too small. Porgs’ eyes are huge and take up a good amount of their face, but this porg failed in the eyeball department.

Well, better luck next time—and there will be another porg drawing for another time. They’re just too fun not to draw and paint them. 🙂

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