Miss Merry of Hufflepuff
I was commissioned a while back by TheMerrysoul to draw her in Hogwarts uniform, Hufflepuff, if you please. Gotta say I loved drawing her. I can’t say that I’ve seen a hijab-wearing Hogwarts student before, so I had to do a little research and come up with my own design. Squee, saw soo many pretty head veil designs and pins! (I love fashion!) In the end I went for something similar to what she wears but played with the side of her veil and gave her Quidditch-inspired pin. The four balls representing the quaffle, 2 bludgers and snitch lined up against a snitch wing. What’s funny is sometime later we got into Pottermore and she got QueenWing in her name. XD Right on!
Anyways, her birthday was last month, so as a little bonus, I colored a chibi lineart pic she commissioned and added the Hufflepuff common room from Pottermore (cuz my backgrounds are awful!) and her Hufflepuff crest since I totally forgot to add it when I gave her the pic the first time, I’m sorry!). Merry and I have been exchanging e-mails since then, talking about life, family, our respective homes (mine being in Las Vegas, US, hers a town by London, UK), the Batfamily/DC characters in Hogwarts and my HP/DC fanarts as seen through the eyes of the kids in the pediatric ward at the hospital she works at.
All in all it’s been an awesome friendship we’ve struck up thanks to fandom and tumblr. It has touched my life in ways I never imagined an online friendship could. I’m very grateful to her for introducing my work to other people, children especially, and I’m happy and thankful that my silly little pictures have brought them some comfort and distraction from their pain. In doing so their stories have given me strength to keep going during what has been a very difficult summer for me. Even just yesterday when I was feeling tired and defeated due to my financial and family situation, I got two e-mails in response to a chibi picture I drew for Merry. The kids had written a story about the picture! Omigod, how I cried and laughed. I can’t wait to draw more pictures. I’ll be sharing that chibi picture soon and with the kids’ story. But for now I wanted to thank Merry for giving me this wonderful experience. I hope you like the finished pic Merry! :) Talk with you soon! ^_^