Concept art above are for the following stories : an adaptation of the Reindeer maiden, an original tale about a girl and a gargoyle, an adaptation of godfather Death, an adaptation of the Lindworm, an adaptation of East of the Sun, West of the moon, an original fairy tale about masks and an adaptation of the wild swans.
If you love fairy tales and Badass ladies, be sure to check the Kickstarter out!
Signal boosting! So many cool fairy tales and heroines in one place.
The young man standing in the shadows behind me bowed in the traditional manner of the Cassiline Brotherhood, hands crossed before him at chest level. Warm sunlight gleamed on the steel of his vambraces and the chain-mail that gauntleted the backs of his hands. His twin daggers hung low on his belt and the cruciform hilt of his sword, always worn at the back, rose above his shoulders. He straighed and met my eyes.
"Phèdre nó Delaunay," he said formally, "I am Joscelin Verreuil of the Cassiline Brotherhood. It is my privilege to attend."
He neither looked nor sounded as though he meant it…
- Phedre meets Joscelin for the first time in Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.
This was a sketch prize for reaching 1000 Likes on my Kushiel’s Legacy illustration project’s fan page. I was so happy to get the chance to draw Joscelin Verreuil, who does not have near enough fan art of him, considering what a BAMF he is in the books.
8x10 inches, HB and 6B graphite pencils on paper.
Re-sharing from my Kushiel’s Legacy illustration project tumblr because I’m super proud of this one. It’s been a long time since a sketch has kept me up late!
This post reminds me of something that happened a few years back.
I once served as art director for a project where the illustration spec called for characters of a variety of races (in the real-world sense, not the Dungeons & Dragons sense - though the latter was involved as well).
We had one particular artist, tasked with drawing a series of elves, who didn’t quite seem to get what that meant. Their output was basically “white elf”, “another white elf”, “white elf with a tan”, “white elf looking a bit pale”, “yet another white elf”, etc.
When this was pointed out, they were like “oh, yeah, now I get it - I’ll totally fix that with my next piece”.
They proceeded to turn in a picture of a blue elf.
In the end, we had to provide specific quotas for specific levels of racial representation in order to get the point across. It all worked out in the end, but it’s stuck with me ever since that this artist examined the original spec, looked at our feedback, and came to the conclusion a blue elf was more plausible than a black one.
In conclusion: this is awesome.
Read that last paragraph as many times as you need to.
The first part of my video tutorial for Lady of January discussing the creative process and design behind this painting is up for the general public now! It dropped earlier for my Kickstarter and Patreon folks.
Enjoy and feel free to ask me any questions in comments! Part 2 concerning tools and techniques will be up next week. My KS/Patreon folks will be seeing it before everyone else. ;)
Here are some links to the YouTube and dA versions if you’d like to favorite it there instead.
I’ve added 3 new rewards to my Kickstarter in the form of Art Nouveau ink drawings today!
This is your chance to snag not just one of the Lady of January's prints during this event, but original art as well, as each drawing comes bundled with a print, all for $100 or less!
I’m also working on a walkthrough video of the Lady of January, which I’ll be releasing a week early exclusively for my current Kickstarter Backers and Patreon Patrons. It will be a fully narrated video that I took over the course of making this painting.