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. ;)

13 comments:

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

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

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  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?

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  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!

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  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]

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  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.

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

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  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).

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  9. 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.

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

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  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

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  12. 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.

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