Thursday, August 27, 2015

Current Book Drawing Project

For those of you who enjoy artwork, I have a couple of pictures to share. Don't ask me for any information about the character. I ain't tellin'!  It's not finished yet. The completed piece will be going into my next novel: Legend of Farye Sea. I hope to have that novel ready for selling by late September/early October.

I have been working on this drawing since yesterday. My eyes are tired, but I am pleased with the way it's coming along. Going the traditional route, I started out with a pencil sketch then began to ink it.

After inking, I colored it using Prismacolor pencils and Art Loft's Color Pencil Blender. With this blender, the color pencil blends to look like marker colors.

I see my scanner wasn't big enough to get the whole drawing (cutting off her fin "toes") So, I will need to do some Photoshop surgery and final touch-ups before the drawing goes into my book with the others. I hope to have about 8 - 10 illustrations with this novel. Sadly, publishing these graphics in color would be too expensive to sell. If they come in color, because of my work, your best chance to see the drawings are at my blog here or by getting the ebook version. Otherwise, they will all be in Black and white or greyscale in my trade-back published copies.

Happy writing and thanks for your support to my little world of Tiaera. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

New Book Update

I know I have been very quiet here lately, but I have working on proofreading my manuscript with the help of two good friends: Vince and Amanda. As many writers will warn you, it is dangerous to proofread your own manuscript/ebook before having it published. Your eyes will glance over mistakes trying to keep up with your mind. It's always a good idea to have at least one other set of eyes to read your work, someone you can trust. Thus, I have toiled over the second draft making changes here and there to "polish" the story and cut out the "fat" that doesn't belong there.

Hence the graphic I posted here for your amusement. I found this on Pinterest and it was so true, I just had to share this with you. Perfect and painfully true. Thank you, Kathy R. Jeffords. There were many days at my laptop that I wanted to gouge my eyes out, rather than keep working on the same pages, the same parapgraphs and the same words over and over to get them right.

Writing is hard work, especially when it's not really writing, but correcting, cutting out parts, rearrangings bits and deleting the unnecessary. I also had to research sword fighting so I could write about it with reasonable accuracy. Found a lot of good tips from other writers on the web.

Am I done and ready to publish the book? No. I wish I could, but my manuscript is now in the capable hands of my editor, Kelley. She is going to give it one more thorough look and give me some suggestions to improve my story. Once our work together is done, I send it off to be published.

This the third book in this trilogy (even thought it's actually book two in reading order) and I want it to be as clean and perfect as possible. I owe it to my readers to do my best.

I still have illustrations to work on, in the meantime, which will keep me busy. As in the past two books, I intend to draw and use Photoshop to render some of the characters and places in this novel.

Regretfully, Legend of Fayre Sea may not come out until October/November, but at least it will be available for the holiday season fairs and book signings. That season is almost upon us and there is a lot to do to prepare.

Many of you out there who are authors know that, don't you? Are you ready?