The Scratching Log - Honoring Contest Fan Artists - Cheyanne Dawn Welsh
Cheyanne Dawn Welch is artist number five up on the sunning rock, receiving the light and warmth of recognition. I like the way Cheyanne made Ratha's fur "rough and unruly" to capture her defiant spirit. It looks spiked and wild. The Red Tongue also looks saw-edged and spiked, which gives a fierce unity to the piece. I am pleased to present Cheyanne and her "Ratha and the Red Tongue".
Thank you for this opportunity!
Your name: Cheyanne Dawn Welsh
Your age: 14
Title of your entry: Ratha and the Red Tongue
What media did you use for this artwork? Traditional; colored pencils and pastels.
What inspired the work, and/or what were you trying to convey?
I was inspired by the imagery in Ratha's Challenge, and I wanted to portray my interpretation of how Ratha looked. I imagined that her eyes would be fierce and determined (like her personality), and her fur, long and unruly. I also wanted to convey the kind of triumph and pride that Ratha had in her creature, making her body relaxed, but all the while making her face strong and defined, with eyes holding that triumph and pride.
I also created a fan forum for the series, and would like to invite Ratha fans to check it out, at http://ratha-and-the-named.proboards.com/index.cgi
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about the entry?
I'm an amateur, and this was one of my first serious sketches. I have learned much and have been progressing with my art skills. I have, all my life, grown up around cats and have much love and admiration for them, big or small.
When did you first read the Named books, and how did you discover them?
I discovered them in 2009, when I was looking for a new series to read. I was driven to read them by my admiration for felines, and was not disappointed. Clare Bell's "Ratha" series opened my eyes to a new and fascinating world of creatures that exist no longer, but have left their marks in long-ago history.
Clare Bell's works have inspired me to pursue a career in fictional writing. I have been writing short stories for local contests, and am coming up with new ideas all the time. I wish to publish in the future.
What's your favorite book in the Named series?
I wish I could say, "All of them!"
But since I must choose, my one most-favorite is Clan Ground. I was intrigued by Orange-Eyes, and how different he was from the Named, in his actions and thoughts. He was discreet, cunning, and what you might call "evil", but at the same time, he could have been a strong and loyal Clan cat, had he not done what he did.
Coffee or hot chocolate? Coffee (...in my Ratha coffee mug, of course!)
Ereader or print?
Print; and I hope that, in the future, books are still printed (versus being put on digital devices). We depend too much on technology.
Firekeeper or Herder? Firekeeper
Thakur or Bonechewer? Thakur
Ratha or Thistle-Chaser? Ratha
Do you have a link where people can view more of your artwork?
Yes; view my other works at http://takeflightraven.deviantart.com