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Helen "Henna" Lucas
Artist | Student | Literature
United States
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My name is Helen, but on here I am most commonly known as Henna. I'm nineteen years old as of April 12th, and I've been a member of the dA community for about seven years (the first two years took place on another account). On here, I'm most well-known for my artwork, which consists of illustrations of my own stories as well as fan art for my favorite books.
For those who aren't familiar, much of my art centers around the original characters from my novel, Vergessenheit, a historical fiction piece set in Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, as

If you have any questions, it would be great if you could check out my FAQ before asking, as it may have been answered there. :aww:
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Hey so I'm trying to make a new 8tracks playlist of instrumental music for Vergessenheit and I was curious if any of y'all had any recommendations of films with good musical scores or trailer music? 


I finished the playlist! Give it a listen and maybe leave a comment or like!

[Listen Here]

How old are you? (just curious about my current demographic) 

118 deviants said 19-21
91 deviants said 17-18
88 deviants said 22-25
49 deviants said 14-16
20 deviants said 26-30
6 deviants said 30+
4 deviants said 13 or under

"Paper Stars" FAQ

Q: Is there anywhere I can read PS?
A: Unfortunately, as I am attempting to pursue publication, I have taken the whole story off of Wattpad. However, you can find the first 9 chapters in my gallery.

Q: What was your inspiration?
A: My interest in WW2 and the Holocaust was piqued when a survivor named Judith Miesel came to my junior high in 2008 and spoke to us about her experiences. I was equally fascinated and horrified by everything that had taken place during that period in time and I knew I wanted to know more. My dedication towards the subject only deepened when we read an abridged version of Anne Frank's diary in 8th grade. I've spent the last five years subsequent studying and writing about the subject as much as I could.

Q: How is publication going?
A: Slowly. One of the most important things you need to learn is how to cope with rejection.

Q: What's the meaning behind the title?
A: Essentially, it has several meanings. But the "paper" part is supposed to symbolize both fragility permanence, as paper can be so easily burned, yet so much history has been recorded on it. Paper immortalizes. It's a way to preserve. And "stars" tie in with both the Jewish stars, stars as a symbol of hope and light in darkness as well as the famous idea of "star-crossed" relationships.

Q: Why does Sara swear so much? It seems pretty unlikely that a young Catholic girl from a well-to-do family has such a foul mouth, especially since it's a historical piece.
A: Keep in mind she is a country kid- she mentions this several times. While her family might have been more proper, her friends were less-educated and more rough around the edges. Her best friend is a boy who grew up in a poor, rowdy family with four older brothers; he's bound to be an influence on the way she carries herself and the way she speaks when she's not with adults. There's also the fact of her being a middle child- she feels like her older sister is the perfect lady and that her parents love her more than Sara, and that Hanna is the darling of the family, the sweet baby sister, therefor she believes that she needs to act out to set herself apart from her siblings. Swearing and acting un-ladylike is her way of rebelling against her mother's wishes. Take note that she does not speak so harshly around other adults; she only has a foul mouth around Saul.

Q: How long have you studied WW2?
A: Since 2008

Q: Is PS still in progress?
A: Technically I finished in October of 2011, but I'm still editing.

Q: Have you found a publisher?
A: Not yet- still editing.

Q: Do you still plan on publishing? What's taking so long?
A: As I don't want to self publish, I can't just snap my fingers and find an agent: it's not that simple. Each agent takes a very long time to respond to queries, so it's likely that PS won't even be accepted into a publishing house any time soon. I plan on ramping up the queries after I return from my holiday in Germany and England this August.


Q: How old are you?
A: I am eighteen years old as of April 12th.

Q: Have you ever taken art lessons?
A: Not until my sophomore year of high school, during which I took a basic art class. In my junior year I took Graphic Design, Advanced Sketching and Advanced Painting. As far as this year, I am not taking any art classes.

Q: Why do you swear so much?
A: I think it's silly for me to have to put parameters on my speech all the time: I'm not hurting anyone, it's my way of expressing myself and my humour and I don't think I do it too excessively. I'm a teenager and I think i should be allowed to cut loose sometimes.

Q: Do you do trades or requests?
A: I very rarely do art trades, as I'm busy and kind of suck at deadlines. I never do requests unless it is gift art for a friend.

Q: What are the primary influences on your art?
A: I was very much inspired by Glen Keane's conceptual work with disney, as well as Miyazaki's films and work. More recent inspirations have been Adara Sanchez and Adria Mercuri.
Some other DA artists who have inspired my work:
:iconflominowa: :iconagnes-cecile: :iconshoomlah: :icontoerning: :iconaudreybenjaminsen: :iconmoosekleenex: :iconb1nd1: :iconphobs: :icontracyjb: :iconmakani: :iconhannakn: :iconmisterkay: :iconloish: :iconsash-kash:

Q: What program do you use?
A: I use Adobe/Photoshop Elements; it's basically the shittier-but-cheaper version of regular photoshop.

Q: What suggestions do you have for improving style?
A: Practice, practice, practice. Always remember originality, too; that is key. It's wonderful to have an idol artist that inspires you, but you've got to put your own personal flare into it, too.

Q: How do you create and flesh out your characters?
A: You've got to love your characters; that's rule #1. They've got to be almost real to you, part of you: only then will you be able to really know them. Yes, I know they're your own creation, but they grow, they change, they mature as you do. Give them dimensions, give them flaws, give them problems and GIVE THEM BACKSTORIES. I don't care how boring they are, they HAVE to have a backstory. Make them relatable, human, imperfect.

Q: How do you put emotions into your writing?
A: PUT YOURSELF IN THE CHARACTER'S SHOES. I mean it I know it's an overused saying, but it's my mantra when it comes to writing If you take the time to fall in love with your characters, pretend you're in their situation. For example, if your character looses her boyfriend, imagine what you would do if you lost someone special to you; how would you grieve? That's how I do it, at least. Also, it doesn't hurt to study a little human psychology, too.

Q: How did you learn to draw?
A: I've watched a ton of Disney and Miyasaki films in my short lifetime as well as countless other animated movies, so that's been a huge influence. I also really liked comics and cartoons as a kid.

Q: Are your characters based off of real life people?
A: Some of them are, yes. All of them have a little bit of my friends and I mixed into their personalities and mannerisms, and one or two are closely based off of friends and my relationships with them. But for the most part they're out of my own head.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
A: Check out my 8tracks

Q: What kind of tablet do you use?
A: I do not use a tablet; every single one of my drawings starts with a pencil sketch on regular paper that is scanned onto my laptop, which I proceed to polish and color. I'm old-fashioned.

Q: What got you interested in history?
A: I've always been fascinated by modern history and I've always felt as if I were born in the wrong century; this spurred me to start writing my first historical fiction novel, Roger Cannon and the Scarlet crest, set in the Great Depression. This is still a WIP, since I have absolutely no idea what direction it's going.

Q: How long have you had Sara and Benjamin?
A: Sara and Benjamin were first created, I believe, in the middle of my seventh grade year.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, no question. #2 is Catcher in the Rye, #3 is Perks of Being a Wallflower and #4 is Pride and Prejudice (mr darcy hot damn)


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R3iR3iChan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student General Artist
I'll get your book, I'm sure I'll see PS in stores when it's ready :-) love your watercolor style too, very expressive and unique!
HennaLucas Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Writer
Thanks very much!
Hero-Of-The-Stars Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Gosh you are such an inspiration to me
HennaLucas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Student Writer
Aw thank you! That means a lot <3
Hero-Of-The-Stars Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
No problem at all <3 <3 
barneyjones123 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice art style so when you are graduated and i get my big break maybe we can collaborate together but only for my story in the future.
TheDoorWithin Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Student Writer
I have to ask--
are you still working on The Things That Stay? I started reading it yesterday and read all of what you have up. Nothing has hooked me with reading for at least about...two years. I started reading that and I was absolutely fascinated. Particularly by your skill with portraying traits without ever really naming them. You show everything. Never tell. And have such profound sentiments in your writing, goodness! Inspired me greatly. 
I definitely think it has wonderful potential. I'm calling it now- you're the next big thing. 
Planning on reading everything else you have up shortly. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us! ^.^ 
LizzieRaeAdams Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
What is the book involving the protagonist Simon Dalaigh called? I'm very interested in it and I was wondering if it could be on Wattpad or any other site? Thanks
HennaLucas Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Student Writer
It's called "The Things That Stay", and the chapters that I've written are up on wattpad ^^ 
Demonic-Fantasy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Student General Artist
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