Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fantasy art in development for my new series

Onja, image developed by Avatarart.com
Part of publishing novels is developing artwork to go with them. After recently announcing my decision to begin publishing my new fantasy series Rys Rising, I started the search for artists. Right now I am working with Avatarart.com that specializes in illustrating characters for role playing games. I thought this would be a good fit for my needs. The company has four levels of art from basic sketches to detailed illustrations with color. Of course I'll be commissioning colored artwork for book covers, but, as I go down the road, I also plan to commission some sketches of various characters to use on my websites and promotions.

Above you can see a sketch that Avatar Art prepared of my character Onja. She is pictured here at age 100, and this scene is taken from the upcoming release Rys Rising, set 2,200 years prior to the events of The Rys Chronicles. This is the scene used to inspire the sketch:
"She emerged with downcast eyes and a tabre priest holding each arm. The wind caught her plain brown cloak and flung it back from her perfect body and blew strands of unruly black hair across her face. She shook her hair away from her mouth because her hands were not free.
Manacles with cold white warding crystals bound her wrists. Dacian had not expected to see her clamped by a domux. Although he had never seen a domux in use, he had read about the device that was meant to contain the magic of a criminal."
I'm very excited to be at this stage in the development of my new fiction. This sketch pleased me greatly and I can't wait to see more. I'll share more artwork as it comes along.

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