Hello everyone, and I’m back with a new round of the Drawing Children’s Book Characters In My Style series. This time, I am tackling Percy Jackson’s supporting cast and the other characters from the Camp Half-Blood Chronicles in celebration of the announcement of a Percy Jackson television series for Disney+!
It sure has been a while since my last Percy Jackson post, in which I discussed how the Disney-Fox deal would likely save the property. Of course, the deal was approved in March 2019, and with that brought a lot of uncertainty. Jobs were lost, the existence of smaller studios hang in the balance, and Disney now has totalitarian control over our pastime as Netflix has officially met its match. But it has also brought a lot of excitement: Those jobs were lost to save other jobs, the world is realizing how the entertainment industry is adapting to a shift in streaming, and most importantly, the Mouse has broken the shackles of the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Percy Jackson and more!
It has also been a while since Disney officially launched their streaming service, Disney+, in November 2019. This of course brings us to Rick Riordan’s glorious announcement in May 2020:
We can’t say much more at this stage but we are very excited about the idea of a live-action series of the highest quality, following the storyline of the original Percy Jackson five-book series, starting with The Lightning Thief in season one. Rest assured that Becky & I will be involved in person in every aspect of the show.
It’s a fascinating success story of the fans getting exactly what they want, and one that shows any content creator that even in the most impossible scenario, anything is possible. Since the books are big and there aren’t too many in the series, a film reboot could have worked. But dividing the books into seasons for a television series works just as well, and Disney backing rectifies the issue of a smaller budget. Not only that, but Riordan was able to successfully act on what is pretty much getting his rights back under Disney-Hyperion, not only securing his involvement on the series, but getting his wife to join him as well. There is literally no reason whatsoever for this to be a bad adaptation in the slightest, and a preliminary casting call for the role of Percy is currently underway. Meanwhile, Riordan is broadening his horizons with the announcement of a Kane Chronicles film trilogy for Netflix in September 2020. While that does diminish the chances of an adaptation of Demigods & Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes, I can’t see Riordan dividing the rights to his works between streaming services without considering the possibility of crossovers. But for now, we eagerly await Disney to greenlight our return to the Long Island Sound and beyond on the screen, and far better than we remember it. 😉
Before I continue with this round, I have a couple announcements to make. It has come to my attention that I have been receiving negative criticism of one of the drawings in my Drawing Children’s Book Characters in My Art Style series. I will not disclose the identity of this drawing, but let’s just say that when I received this criticism, I made a relentless effort to improve not only that drawing, but all the drawings in the series so far. A while back, I have come to the realization that I suffered from Same Face Syndrome, which I have since more or less cured. I should have reflected these improvements in my art style in this series a long time ago, which I finally set out to do. These drawings were also being manipulated against my wishes, which were easy to do due to the plain white backgrounds. So, I also added backgrounds to the drawings as well. The characters I have done for this round are the first drawings to originally have my new art style. Also, you can now access my DeviantArt from my new website, Naimoli Universe, due to my recent uploads of my work for The Bermuda Adventures on my account. I hope these changes are welcome as we proceed with Camp Half-Blood Edition.Continue reading “Drawing Children’s Book Characters In My Style: Camp Half-Blood Edition”