Well, I’ve a bunch of topics I want to post but I just haven’t had time to write them. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some more artwork with you. I find drawing scenes MUCH harder than character portraits. They’re a bit rough still, but decent enough to share, methinks. What do you think?
I drew this one because readers keep asking me: what the heck is a hogan? Lol. Well, I’d labelled them ‘mud igloos’ before my friend Beth said the right term is ‘hogans’. I googled it and got… Hulk Hogan and the Crocodile Dundee :p but also these mounds of mud dwellings that matched the image I had in mind (thanks, Beth)! So here you go: Karalin’s hogans.
Faziel De Garxia
I went a bit Faz-craze this round of exercise, despite the fact I was reluctant to put a face to him so people could make up their own mind what he looks like. Please, feel free to imagine him any way you like, this is just my rendition of him, all right? In any case, if I do decide to go with a semi-illustrated novel, this one is to accompany Chapter Two when Faziel is first introduced. The stonewall at the back is his home. I’ve to remove the plants I think, they make it look like he’s in an aquarium, ha.
My favourite scene in the book: Haisma and Faziel dancing under the stars 🙂 I wanted a quick silhouette look for that romantic effect. Don’t know if it works or not, I think I gotta fix Faziel’s hair still and the hanging lanterns… But I’m pleased with the pose, they look great together.
This is the latest I finished. Went a tad overboard with the colours but oh heck 😉 I wanted to show what a Dreamlander looks like. I darkened the contrast so the green hair doesn’t show as well, but at least you get to see the three eyes. The girl is Yasmeena Syovalle, the Queen’s concubine whose role is… to scare people with prophecies and get them into trouble really, lol. She had a much bigger part in the first draft, not so much now after the tale underwent many culls. Oh well. This is the scene when she first appears in the book, attacked by bandits before Haisma comes to the rescue.
This is another favourite scene of mine: Faziel in his lowest state asking forgiveness from the Heavens. In fact, this image I’ve had in mind since before the book was even written. I have many versions of this scene, drawn by myself and others. I wanted to capture the emotions visually so I could describe it better in words. The version my friend Mike drew is absolutely GORGEOUS, much better than this one, but since he pulled out of the project, I decided to… take matters into my own hands 🙂 I hope it’s good enough. Still have to work on the wounds and the wings and the abs… but getting there.
Now back to editing the ending…