20 December 2011

My l33t drawing skills

You've seen the cover of Caszandra - powerfully realistic, in a gorgeous burnt-Autumn world.

Now is revealed the incredible concept art I provided to the artist, Simon Dominic, to explain just what it was I wanted in the picture:

Amazing, no?

I am actually capable of a basic level of drawing, so long as it's on paper with a pencil, but I cannot for the life of me draw on the screen.  It is an entirely different skill set.

I draw a great deal less than I once did, and no longer draw character sketches of my characters.  Here's a sketch of my very first novel protagonist, from the never-again-to-see-the-light-of-day Talismans of Godshelm.

Hm, and one of the interesting people she knows...

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Me, procrastinating when I should be working on Gratuitous Epilogue?  Well, yeah. ;)


  1. Speaking of which, do you have an ETA as yet for Gratuitous Epilogue? :P

  2. I'm at about 80%, but the work-heavy section is still to come. Possibly before Christmas, but more likely after.

  3. I like how much detail you put into that coat :)

    Good work by the artist - it's impressive that he produced such an evocative piece while still sticking completely to the brief. It's a beautiful cover. (By the way, who has the original - you or the artist? Just idly curious)

    Question, possibly for a future blog entry - how many 'trunk novels' (as our Stateside friends seem to call them) do you have tucked away in a drawer of shame somewhere?

  4. I love the touchstone books! I'm impressed you are so available on blogs too! Thank you. :) I am eagerly awaiting GE, and hope you have a great Christmas!

  5. @ Lexifab - it's digital art, so there is no 'original' per se. Will post about trunk novels some time...

    @ Anon - glad you liked it and hope you have a great Christmas too. [Just been writing up C&K's wedding - lotsa tears]

  6. Hmm, I didn't realise that it was digital. I just went and took a look at his gallery site. There's some absolutely gorgeous stuff there.

  7. Maggie SilverthornSaturday, 24 December, 2011

    Happy Christmas Andrea. And a many book New Year. :)

  8. Thank you! I hope you all have a happy time of the year (with lots of family or lots of time away from family - whichever your preference). :)

    Still working hard on GE - with time out to make brandied cherry trifle (first time I'd ever made custard from scratch).

  9. maggie silverthornMonday, 26 December, 2011

    Actually the DH and I have been in bed sick. Read the touchstone series three more times since I can't talk. I have a whole new appreciation for Cass being ill. Meeting the family for New Year instead.

  10. Sorry to hear you've bee sick! Hope you recover in time for some enjoyment of the season.

  11. We had the same problem and had to postpone Christmas until New Years day. I lost my voice for two days and have been fighting the congestion and ickyness

  12. Hope you guys don't have a stickie!

  13. Well, perhaps drawing on screen is a skill that you will develop some day. I think that you did a good job of showing the artist the layout you wanted but it also shows how talented they are- both in terms of working with people and artistically, to produce exactly what you wanted.

  14. It's cool to create a theme with your skills


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