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Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tarranau has set sail ... to the printers!


    Well, the day has finally arrived. Sometimes it seems like forever from the time I get hired for a project, until it finally sees it's way to the printers. The cover art came first. Then the interior layout. Then the copy edit. Then the full cover design. In between it all, the author is attending college and taking finals, I am having computer issues, and life impedes on both of us, causing multiple delays. Talk about a journey.

But alas, I am happy to say that I have submitted the final file, in the final step, before publication. Whew!

And now, without further ado, here is the back cover blurb (which I've never shown, until now):

"The Four Part Land simmers with discontent, as old rivalries and ancient grudges bubble to the surface. The great kingdoms plot and scheme against one another, looking to use treachery to gain an advantage in the upcoming conflict. Some will succeed, and some will fail, but each kingdom dares against all comers.

Into this cauldron of malice is thrust a young mage named Tarranau. Exiled from his home, ripped from his friends and family, he is forced to undertake a perilous journey across The Four Part Land, in answer to a goal he does not yet understand. Along the way he finds unexpected friends and implacable enemies, and has his eyes opened to a world more sinister than any he had imagined.”


The review at the top says: “Created on a massive scale, Tarranau is a sweeping fantasy of a new land – a stunning adventure by a mesmerizing new voice."

Personally, I can't wait for my copy, so I can read it for fun, rather than for work. I never can enjoy it while working. When working, I am focusing on character details and widows/orphans/hyphens. Not just enjoying the story. If I do that, I miss needed details. (That was a hint, James ... I want the first copy ... lol.)

I was so proud of this piece, I made it the first signed and dated Giclée print available, framed and matted. I hope some of you check it out:

Follow the framed print of Tarranau to my ImageKind gallery, where prints can be purchased.


The prints are guaranteed, and the highest quality available. Here, you can see the approximate size that's perfect for your home. Definitely a conversation starter. 

Tarranau is printed on an Enhanced Matte surface (32.0" x 20.1"), framed in a sleek Matte Black Basic frame (finished size: 37.3" x 25.6" - see scale on left). It's double matted, with the top mat in Teton Sky, complimenting the mage's robes. The inner mat is a soft Oyster (acid free paper - to help protect the print over time), bringing out the glowing highlights in the ship's wood and metal surfaces, plus the highlights in the sky and skin tones.

I'll let ya'll know when/where the book will be available for purchase, soon.

Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cover for Brenda Wynn's book 'Silverdream & Bloodfire' is ready for show!


   My first professional dragon cover! Out of over one hundred books I have worked on or in, I finally have a dragon book cover. Not many people are aware that the whole reason I went to art school, with aspirations of becoming a cover artist, was due to a dragon book cover. 

Michael Whelan (the artist) and his White Dragon piece ...

Whelan
 Ann McCaffrey's world was yet unknown to me until I saw that dragon. I saw him perched on a cliff, rider upon his back, and I had to have the poster. I took it home and it went on the back of my bedroom door. I sat on my bed for hours doing my best to copy every line, every shade. I totally sucked ... lol. But, those first few drawings are among the ones I carted with me to Norfolk State University, where I asked a Mr. Thompson if he felt I had potential at all. He said I had a lot to learn, but he saw some really good instinctive choices I'd made, also. He encouraged me to enroll.

Of course, I had to start collecting Ann's books, even those not about Pern, but Whelan was the artist that drew me not only into art, but reading as a means of enjoyment and pleasure, in general. *Thank you, Michael, for not one, but two addictions that I really can't afford ... lol ... art supplies/tools and hardback books.* ;P

Whelan
Of course, I no where near compare to the dragon master, Whelan, but he gets credit any time I think about why I do what I do. And of course, this first dragon cover is CG, not drawn or painted, like most of my work, but it's still my first official dragon cover, going on a soon to be in print book. I'm still excited, and hope it leads to more dragon work, and fantasy work, as a whole.

Thanks, Brenda!


Until next time...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Aldric & Anneliese: Mourning Rose

   Another fine art piece is complete: Mourning Rose. Inspired and commissioned as a promotional illustration for Harry Gilleland's latest book Aldric & Anneliese, published through 4RV Publishing.



I did quite a bit of period research (6th century, Anglo-Saxon England), and really wanted to capture a pivotal point in the book, without giving away anything. It took me longer than expected due to computer problems, but a RAM upgrade along side a PC Tune up of the registry, I am happy with the end result. What do you think? Below is the print including the mat and frame. I'm not sure if just the images can be zoomed in on, but if not, contact me and I'll email you a larger file (watermarked) file, if you need to see it in greater detail before making your decision to purchase this signed print.


Mourning Rose (framed, matted, signed, dated) retails for $380.68 + $14.95 S&H. Total + $395.63



 Here is a scale estimate of the framed piece, so you have an idea of how it would look on your wall. To find out more about the quality of my Giclée prints, check out the post for my first print, Tarranau. And of course, once I finish the book trailer, I'll be showing it off, here, too.

Also, here is the post featuring Mourning Rose's sister piece, Stratagem. I have even gone so far as to match the matting and frames of the two pieces, just in case a buyer may want both in their home.


The finished fine art piece, with frame and matting, is 27.3" x 35.5". The print is on an Enhanced Matte ground at 24" x 32", the frame is a classy Matte Black Basic at 0.38" width, the top mat is in a soothing Harbor Blue and the inner mat is in Bridgewater. The Glazing is acrylic, to ensure the safe of the print in shipping. Glass can always be added at a local frame shop, once you receive it.

If you feel more secure ordering straight from the printer (though there may be a slight price difference), here is my ImageKind print gallery: 


Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven
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Saturday, April 9, 2011

A New Resource Guide for Authors, Illustrators & Publishers in the Works.


Boy somrthing like this would have been a huge help to me starting out!

You want to get in on this one. Anybody in the industry can buy ad space. Read more on the site: http://authorsillustratorspublishersfieldguide.yolasite.com/




Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven
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Friday, April 8, 2011

4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News: What Questions Must be Asked & Answered, Before Cr...

Today I'm contributing to the 4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News blog. Be sure to check it out:

4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News: What Questions Must be Asked & Answered, Before Cr...: "Part 3 by Aidana WillowRaven In my last two posts, the topic has been on how basic cover design rules tend to remain the same from cover to ..."

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Newest WillowRaven Giclée print now available... Aldric & Anneliese: Stratagem


   My newest Giclée print titled Stratagem, was inspired and commissioned as a promotional illustration for Harry Gilleland's latest book Aldric & Anneliese, published through 4RV Publishing.

I had the honor of creating his book cover (left), but it really was too abstract for the book trailer he wanted me to create. So, I re-read the book, took more extensive notes, did a lot of period research (6th century, Anglo-Saxon England), and started character creation. It took me a little longer than expected, but I am happy with the end result. What do you think? Below is a slightly larger visual, without the mat and frame, so you can see a little more detail. I'm not sure if just the image can be zoomed in on, but if not, contact me and I'll email you a larger file (watermarked), if you need to see it in greater detail.




Here is a scale estimate of the final piece, matted and framed, so you have an idea of how it would look on your wall. To find out more about the quality of prints, check out the post for my first print, Tarranau. And of course, Once I finish the book trailer, I'll be showing it off, here, too.

The finished fine art piece, with frame and matting, is 35" x 22.6". The print is on an Enhanced Matte ground at 32.0" x 19.1", the frame is a classy Matte Black Basic at 0.38" width, the top mat is in a soothing Harbor Blue and the inner mat is in Bridgewater. The Glazing is acrylic, to ensure the safe of the print in shipping. Glass can always be added at a local frame shop, once you receive it.

Statagem (framed, matted, signed, dated) retails for $385.99 + $14.95 S&H. Total + $400.94







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Friday, April 1, 2011

4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News: What Questions Must be Asked & Answered, Before Cr...

On one of the blogs I contribute to...

4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News: What Questions Must be Asked & Answered, Before Cr...: "Part2by Aidana WillowRaven In my first post on this topic, I touched on the fact that basic cover design rules tend to remain the same from ..."
 

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