"A magnificent work of art!”
—Laurie Halse Anderson,
New York Times bestselling author of Chains, Speak, and Wintergirls
Adrian Piper LOVES superheroes, comics, and . . . Renaissance art.
Through his art he is able to escape everyday life, but not for long. Soon he must make a choice—keep his creations hidden, or use his art, his real-life superpower, to change the world!
Draw the Line is a unique novel: it has 90 pages of illustrations, which allow us to step into Adrian's world and experience his sketches and comics.
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at how I created the art for Draw the Line.
To create Adrian’s unique Renaissance art-inspired superheroes, I was of course influenced by comic book illustration and modern day superheroes. But I also turned to some of my other favorite artistic influences. Artists of the 16th Century, mainly Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Raphael, treated fabric, muscles, light, and shadow in exquisite and sumptuous ways. In particular, Michelangelo’s figures are heroic and powerful—superheroes of the day. Adrian’s alter-ego is Graphite!