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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Amber Hill's artwork

Artwork, it is something that makes a novel come alive in a unique way.

Last year I hired Jennifer Miller to do an awesome illustration of Albino the dragon lifting the sword out of the pool while he stands over the grave of his beloved daughter.

This year I've hired a friend of Jennifer's named Amber Hill to do a promotional illustration of Patient the shepherd. The sketch on the left is the first phase of the illustration. Doesn't she do a nice job?

The reason for hiring a second artist is that Jennifer is not as strong when it comes to humanoid illustration. And, since her and Amber have collaborated on prior occasions, I now have the advantage of two good artist to look up.

This art piece will be finished middle of November. Its main purpose is going to be as a bookmark illustration.
Amber sent me three initial sketches and I chose the topmost of these two. However, she is going to make a couple adjustments that I thought were necessary. 1) I don't like the shepherd looking down, it makes him look abashed/ashamed 2) The staff needs to curve inward more dramatically.
Other than that it all looked great! Thumbs up, Amber!


Pais Charos said...

Those look GREAT!

So...any news on "Swords of the Six"??

Anonymous said...

Amber definately has a great talent there.
As Mom said, "we are very glad you finally saw the light" (refering to J.K. Rowling). :) I had a hard time understanding at first why Mom didn't like the HP books, especially when most of my Christian friends loved them. But I trusted her and now I'm extra thankful for her wisdom in sheltering us from reading them. Either way you look at it, your Mom is always right. :)


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In a world where morality is forsaken and Christ neglected, wholesome books are uncommon. The themes of my writing are love, self-sacrifice, and honor.

I see my generation turning from God to the gods of this world. I see homes torn apart in the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. Children are murdered by the millions every year . . . without ever seeing the world outside their mothers' wombs. Through fiction I strive to encourage those who are willing, to stand against these things and be heroes and heroines; chivalrous, gentle, full of righteous indignation, and the fear and love of their Creator.