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Gwendolyn, Cat and Janet Chant from Charmed Life. I drew lots of DWJ doodles during Witch Week. :D

Anyway, Janet and dear Gwendolyn were a fun challenge in body language, since they\'re two such different people who are also physically exactly the same person.

...I hate Gwendolyn so much.
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Nombez Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
At first I loved janet but in the later books she began to be more, well .... "gwendolyney" so to say. then I began to dislike her even more when she and julia (i think was her name) kept begging Christoper to buy them a pony XD
you sort of have a love/hate relationship with janet through out the books 
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Nombez Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate gwendolen as well. poor cat getting his magic stolen
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FeliceM Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
Hi! I've recently read "Charmed Life" and found this wonderful picture of yours somewhere in the Internet, when desperately searching for fanart. And today I've refound it here by chance through your Cinema Sirens! I'm so glad. You are a cool artist!
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NutmegTardis Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Janet so much!
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GenkiPuck42 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
I loved this book! You have done a great job of capturing the characters here - especially the distinction between Gwendolyn and Janet. As another commenter noted, it is a very neat character design challenge, and you have hit it spot on: Gwendolyn's haughty coldness, her too-perfect facade, and her hidden viciousness (that's her brother's life she's setting on fire there!), vs. Janet's down-to-earth sweetness and slight awkwardness (I love the drooping hair bow and rumpled sock). Cat's shyness and indecision are nicely captured as well. (There really needs to be more Chrestomanci fanart in the world!)
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FantasticRaccoon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student
You have a great taste in books. I mean, Animorphs AND Diana Wynne Jones? Fantastic!
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Ft-ArtCraft Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
EXACTLY!

mmm sorry ^^

In my mind, cat has curly hair. But the expression/body posture of the characters here are EXACT representation of the whole book!
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whimsicallySardonic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
You did an amazing job with making Gwendolyn and Janet distinct people. I'm flat-out floored-down impressed.
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Cliffto Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Digital Artist
gwendolyn is my fav character, her antagonistic somehow hypontized me.
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cesca-specs Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just. Awesome. Super great designs and really gerat job with all their body language!
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chocolicious1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is brilliant!I've read that book awhile ago and I love it! I was surprised to learn that Gwendolyn wanted Eric(AKA Cat) to die.That's so mean.She's his sister!
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AngelLilly Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student General Artist
This is really good, I've never heard of Charmed Life though. What is it?
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Nombez Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ONE OF THEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE BEEEEEEST BOOKS IN HISTORY
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Kecky Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
It's a book by Diana Wynne Jones. you should read it!!!
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AngelLilly Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmm, maybe I will! Thank you for telling me.
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AnneCat Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahhh, what a great dynamic! I love Janet's expression and body language. She's like, "did I get it? Am I dressed right? Do I look Gwendolyn-ish?" And poor Cat... you can hear him thinking "I *think* I can trust Janet... maybe... but I have to stand by Gwendolyn!" Also -- you drew Gwendolyn STRIKING A MATCH!?

That girl is EVIL. I'm horrified.
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explosive-toaster Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student
BRILLIANT, ahh, all the little details on Janet's clothing - her mussed hair, the saggy stocking, even the fact that her eyebrows aren't as "maintained".... just fabulous.

also awwwwww boooo, your Cat is such a cutie pie! You're making me want to go back and read these books a hundred times. <3
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yellowcrayolacrayon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
And one second later, Cat bursts into flame DDD:
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Kecky Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Haha, I was thinking of that when I was drawing it, and I wasn't going to draw the match already lit, but then it looked silly and you couldn't even tell what she was holding. So I decided it's merely a symbolic matchbook. :D
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WingedLioness Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is totally perfect and adorable
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rainbowyarn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
Beautiful, A+ illustrations!!!! I love how even the bow suits the personality of each Chant girl. These are the first depictions of any of them that I've seen and liked.
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Smi11e Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
SO cute!
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bluecatqueen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, you captured them perfectly! I love that Janet's stocking is falling down, it reminds me of the scene where they use her bootlaces for the horse chestnuts and then she needs new bootlaces. Also I think it's a good way of showing that she isn't used to wearing all the clothes that Gwendolyn is, since she "wears trousers, mostly" in the world she grew up in. I always thought it was a little funny that she didn't protest wearing dresses more, once everyone knew she wasn't Gwendolyn.
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Kecky Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Maybe she discovered a secret love for frilly dresses?? I dunno! I don't think I would want to explain to everyone I met how I came from a different universe where wearing trousers was okay for girls. :XD:
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Nombez Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
personally I like simple LONG dresses with that kind of old fashioned flannel shirt pattern skirt and the top being a separate solid color. you know what I mean? but i would NEVER wear that in public unless I am cosplaying as a hobbit or trick or treating XD 
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HazukiGirl Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AAAAAH DWJ!! Body language, I'll say! This is just so perfect!!! (haha poor Cat, kid goes through too much) I' sorry, I can't express how much I love this as eloquently as I'd like to!!! <333333333
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Kecky Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
eeee thank you so much! It's nice to find people who understand :o
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minutia-r Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
I love this, it's brilliant, look at those facial expressions!

Come on, Cat, stand up for yourself!
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Kecky Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
he's trying! he will!!! :lol:
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
these three look good :)
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Nathalie35 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
super lovely and awesome!! Perfectly designed! great job!
I'm a huge of these books and Charmed Life is my favorite!


I want to hug Cat tightly and squeal how adorable he is

Hey, I roleplay as Gwendolen on Livejournal, , and I'm wondering, may I use this pic as an icon for that?
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Kecky Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Yeah that's fine, just post a link to me in your profile! And thanks for asking first!!! :)
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idiacanthus Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student
Bravo for this trio, aaah, these really are such great character drawings ;u;~. Oh man, I have space to babble now, what else can I say about how much I love their expressions <3. Can I offer you props on shape design? The garments are simplified really well--particularly on Cat, I love how you can see such a clear silhouette made by his mid section. Really charming work ~
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Kecky Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Thank yoouuuu! I've been working very hard on shapes lately, so I accept your props with great gratitude!!!
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itslikebia Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Adorable!
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pondie Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love love love these books! I was so excited to be able to buy them! Nice to see some Crestomanci art work!
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sweets-buttons Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I adore this series x3 I really love how Gwen and Janet are so physically identical but so, so different~ s'perfect.
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Non-Parlo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
HOORAY! :D
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joobr-the-jobbernowl Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
that tiny creature in the middle is adorable
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JpMcreate Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student
Oh god, I haven't read that book in forever, But I remember it was FABULOUS! I really must reread it one of these days :)
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JpMcreate Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student
Oh god, I haven't read that book in forever, But I remember it was FABULOUS! I really must reread it one of these days :)
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Hyacinth-Zofia Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Whoaaaaano way! I loved this book!
First time I've ever come across fanart for it. It makes me really happy that it happens to be really cute fanart,
^.^
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Kecky Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Thank you!!! I'm doing my best to add as much DWJ fanart to the world as I can. :D
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Hyacinth-Zofia Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
A valiant cause indeed.
I need to go back and re-read this story now ... I sadly only ever had the first novel in the series. Is the rest of it as good as Charmed Life?

Also, have you read the original version of Howl's Moving Castle? I saw the movie first then went back and read the book and I was kinda surprised that I enjoyed the film more. It's funny because I really liked the writing in the Crestomancy book. I think I didn't like Howl's backstory in the novel ... He was kinda a loser on Earth. Hahaha. Did you like that one?
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Kecky Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Yeah! In fact, I think that HMC might have been the very first DWJ book I ever read. (It was either that, Witch Week, or Year of the Griffin.) I love it!!! But it is probably the closest I have ever come to liking a movie as much as the book it was based on. And I love the movie not because it imitated the book so exactly, but because it is so purely its own thing. It still retains some of the feel of the original, but, like, filtered through a beautiful sad Miyazaki-lens. I love Howl's personality in the book, that he totally IS a loser back home, and how the fact that he is from Earth and found his way to Ingary through who KNOWS what is just sort of thrown in. And I love how you get the full story of Sophie's sisters and their relationship. But I also love the crazy steampunky world that Miyazaki created, and Heem the dog, and the music, and goodness I just wrote a whole lot to say that yes I love them both!!!
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Rburrows Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I just read this! You have such good tastes in books. Haha. I love this fan art!
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Kecky Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Yes, I know! and thanks :D
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KiozVen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm just going to sit here and adore you for a while...

Any chance you'd do a drawing of Cat and Tonino together?
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Kecky Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Thank you!!! There is a distinct chance of that! I'm drawing Witch Week kids right now, and probably will be for a while, but I'm planning on continuing on to the rest of the books after that.
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KiozVen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:aww: We'll just have to wait and see then.
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