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Friday, January 27, 2012

Drawing Maps for Fantasy Novels

Recently I decided to take up sketching again. Eight years ago I sketched maps and concept illustrations for my planned books. I've finished two maps. One for "First Queen," a novel I proposed to my publisher. And another for the third novel in The Sword Of The Dragon series, which is set to release in March 2012! Drawing my own maps is not only fun, it saves me money and helps me put my own vision on the paper instead of trying to get an artist to render it for me. I sketched these first on paper, then scanned them into Photoshop, and finished with touch-ups and some more sketching using my Wacom drawing tablet.

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"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." -Proverbs 16:24

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.