I think I’ve said before that growing up, I really enjoyed art. I loved to color and draw horses, and eventually I began to draw whatever came to mind.

Eventually, when I was twelve, I created a character that was completely based off of myself. Her name was and still is Saruta.

It may sound silly, but this fictional character has been my best friend through the years for more than a decade. She has helped me through things that I once couldn’t fathom going through that I ended up facing. She became my constant companion when all of my real ‘friends’ stopped talking to me.

I’ve written a very detailed world for her, and I intend to publish her story as a series of novels that will be more than ten long.

Anyway, above is the picture I just drew of her. Maybe one day I’ll try it in color. I don’t usually do black and white with art so I’m not very experienced. All I used was my sketchbook, a mechanical pencil, and an eraser.

Saruta has definitely evolved over the years, but I consider this her final ‘form’; the look of hers that I’m going to stick with.

You might notice that I struggle the most with rendering hair, but I am definitely working on that. Let me know what you think. 🙂


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