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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Two new prints available in my gallery. Elves!


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I mentioned in my last post that there was a 'sister piece' to the Empyreal Fate cover art. It was actually the first draft I submitted for the cover, but after being given more details about the text, I had to create a more accurate interpretation.

For those that don't know, I'm sorta freakish about being as accurate as I can to the text. Little bugs me more than reading a great fantasy novel, come to the scene on the cover, just to discover the heroin's hair is the wrong color, or the hero's tatoos are on the outsides of his forearms when the text repeatedly states they are on the insides of his forearms. I know it's little and petty, but it bugs me ... lol. So of course, when I found out what details were off, and what detail were on the money, a revision was clearly needed.

But, I really liked the original piece and wasn't willing to delete the file, or allow it to sit, never to be seen. So, for the first time ever, I am offering both works as signed prints in my ImageKind gallery.


Here is the first draft, titled Amarya 1 (Amarya is the character's name in the book). As you can see, I had the hair color wrong, but Rachel liked the 'movement'. And although initial descritions included a green dress, with her walking in the woods holding a deep purple flower, it was too 'conforming to expectations' and the woods too 'light/bright'.

I had to make her figure more slight, put her in elvish, woodland/hunter/warrior type clothing, darken the forest (night setting), and of course I had to change her hair color. But I was told the pose, the face, the flower, and the hair movement was dead on. 

Re-do was definitely in order. But so was keeping the original.

So, the following work was submitted, and is of course, the official cover art for Empyreal Fate. Naturally, the cover art is also available as a signed print.


It's not the best replica of the real print (low res for security reasons), but you can see both prints at my gallery.

So now, you have your choice between a 'light' elf, and the 'dark' elf. Or you can be like me and not choose, but buy both ... lol.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cover art & design for 'Empyreal Fate' is ready for it's close-up!

I make it no secret that my favorite genre is fantasy (though I love good books in general), and elves are at the heart of it! So I'm excited to announce that 4RV Publishing is in the midst of prepping it's first truly fantasy, full length novel, A Llathalan Annal: Empyreal Fate, by Rachel Hunter.

Since it's still in editing, Rachel provided me with some great character details that helped in the creation of the cover art. At first, I had some details a bit askew, but I'll cover that topic in Friday's article on the 4RV News blog. Don't worry though, I'll be sure to post a snippet here, so you can get to read it.

I just received the back cover blurb. Keep in mind, this may get edite before all is said and done, too, bt it gives you a tease. Check it out:

Filled to the brim with forbidden love, an ancient evil, and a nation in disrepair, Empyreal Fate is a tale of riveting bravery and mortal corruption.

The land of Llathala lingers on the brink of war between men and elves, a dark history surrounding each race. Stirred by tensions of the land, a shadow of the past reemerges, taking precedence in reality and consuming the very soul of mans’ mortal weakness. Darrion, the son of a poor laborer, is ensnared in a hostile world, forced to choose between loyalty to his king or the counsel of the elves. Yet Fate has other plans in store, tying his course to Amarya, an elven royalblood of mysterious quality and unsurpassable beauty. But this forbidden connection incites betrayal from members of their own kin, marking them as traitors to the crown. In a land torn asunder, only Fate’s decree can allow such love to coexist with an ancient enmity.

Behold: A Llathalan Annal: Empyreal Fate – Part One.

In the meantime, give me your thoughts on my latest cover creation.

Enlargements (and the first draft), can be seen on my website's Fantasy Illustration & Beyond page.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cover for 'Strangers in the Barn' is ready for show:


Check out more of my work.

Strangers in the Barn, by Jim Laughter (and 4RV Publishing), is scheduled for upload to the printers in September. Just in time for Christmas orders! I guess that means I best be hoppin', huh?

It will be 24 pages long, and with full color, digital paintings, just like on the cover. I think kids will really associate with the retelling of the Christmas Story with real life, using this realistic style of illustration.

I can't wait for ya'll to see some of the illos. I hope Jim has me do a book trailer.

I don't want to spoil it, but you've never heard the Christmas Story told quite this way, I bet.

I'll only be able to share three illos, so keep an eye out for updates.


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News: Creating a Detailed Character & Setting Outline Doesn't Just Help the Author.




I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a writer. And, if I ever do successfully write a book, I doubt I'd consider ..."

Check out why an artist needs to borrow your character outline, and why I could have used one for this book.



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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Just received the completed 'The Empath's of Drayon' cover ...

Ronda Taylor, of Taylor by Design, and I teamed up on this cover. Being strictly a designer, she wanted an illustrator to create the alternate world the teenaged MC finds herself transported to, courtesy of a crystal ball.

In Drayon, she goes through may trials and adventures, including learning she is an empath, and is bonded to a beautiful  pegasite, while trying to learn what's needed to get back to her (our) world.

I can't tell you too much, but I got so wrapped up in the story, I kept confusing another book I was trying to read with the events in Drayon. That never happens ... lol.

I will do my best to let you all know when it's ready for orders, and where it can be purchased, as soon as I can find out myself. I want a copy ... lol.

Here is a close up of the work, for those who haven't seen it, yet:

Available framed & signed, in my ImageKind gallery at: http://aidanawillowraven.imagekind.com

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Monday, July 11, 2011

The book cover for YA novel 'Life on Hold' is ready for show. Yeah!


Whew! I was afraid I'd never decide what to do as cover art for Beverly Stowe McClure's Life on Hold. This YA novel is so dramatically different than the first one I did for her, Just Breeze, that I was at a loss as to how to portray the story as a whole without giving too much away. Then it hit me. 

Here is the back cover blurb:

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A paper found.
A secret revealed. 
A girl's life changed forever. 

Myra Gibson's life is a lie. For sixteen years her parents have kept their secret, but the adoption paper she discovers while cleaning the guesthouse tells the truth. As the past and present collide, Myra begins a journey she may regret.
 
 
I love my work! 

I'll let you know when it's ready for pre-orders.

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*To help in the creation of the Life on Hold cover art, I used sveva's SV Light Helper Tutorial and IBL Lights. They can be found at Renderosity.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The cover for 'Silverdream & Bloodfire' is ready for unveiling!

Months ago, before I bought my new Dell and the 100 year flood of the Mississippi (I live in Memphis, which was hit hard), I thought this cover was finished. But right after I submitted it to the authors, she saw a book at the store that utilized a cool title background, and she decided it was worth paying me a bit extra to re-do the titling, jazz it up a bit. Being of Spanish Gypsy heritage, turning down money just isn't my way ... lol. Plus, I though the idea was cool, too.

Then the flood hit, I lost three weeks of production time, and all that make-up work combined with projects scheduled for the time after the flood, and seemingly every delay imaginable, I thought I'd never finish it. I begin to see the end in site, and she tells me more work is desired fr the back cover, and spine. When I say more work, I meant, she's decided she wants me to do them rather than the printer ... lol. 

Alas, I am ready to show the finished work. What do ya'll think?


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Friday, July 8, 2011

4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News: Is illustrating a poem or story different than a b...

I contribute to the 4RV Newsletter blog on Fridays. Check out my latest article:

4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News: Is illustrating a poem or story different than a b...: "by Aidana WillowRaven I belong to various artist networks that, at times, amaze me with the artists' skill & craftsmanship. What's unfort..."

While you're there, get a glimpse at what inspired my latest piece:

When Death Sat Next To Me 
written by Vivian Zabel 

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Today's stop on the 'Walking Through Walls' tour ...

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I must say, I am loving the tour Karen Cioffi, author of Walking Through Walls, has set up. Today's stop is at the Educationtipster: Kathy Stemke, Author/Educator blog.

In the interview, a wonderful comment was made in reference to by illustrations. I never tire of that ... lol.

Artist, Adriana WillowRaven, opens each chapter with a detailed illustration to stimulate the reader’s imagination. Like the vibrant dragon on the cover, each illustration is rich in oriental detail.


Don't you just love great reviews?

Here's another look at the book trailer I created for the book:


Why not head on over to catch the rest of the review.



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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A new review for 'Shifty Characters' by Shirley Francis-Salley.

Haven't posted about Shifty Characters in some time, but a descent review by Christian Children's Book Review was just sent to me by the author, so I thought I'd share it with ya'll.

I highlighted the comments about my contribution in red ... lol. Needless to say, those are my favorite parts ... lol.

Author Shirley Francis-Salley, along with illustrator WillowRaven, have created a different kind of book called Shifty Characters. Together, they illustrate in both words and pictures, how “characters” can “shift” to create different words. Part of the text reads:
Shifty Characters love to move.
They won’t stand still for long.
They are always changing and rearranging,
until the word that was there is gone.
For example, the “characters” in the word “barn” can “shift” to create the word “bran”. Even though both words use the same letters, the two words have entirely different meanings.


The author gives several examples of “characters shifting” to make new words. Then she draws a connection between the “shifty characters” and people by saying this:
And that’s the way God works with us,
for we are characters, too.
We need to be changed and rearranged
to make our lives brand new.
She gives some examples of people being changed: People who like to fight can be changed to people who are caring and sharing. Rude and mean people can be changed to being kind. 
The illustrations make the book work, especially in the first part of it, as the alphabetic “characters” have faces so they look a bit like people (who are also “characters”).

What I Like: The author makes a good correlation between alphabet characters and human ones and how God can change the human ones. The illustrator has done a great job of personifying the characters to make that point.

What I Dislike: However, as you may have noticed, the text is written in rhyme. And, like many of you already know, I’m not a big fan of rhyming text as it’s very difficult to do and do well. Unfortunately, the rhyme scheme and rhythm of the text is off in several places, making the text jarring to read.

Overall Rating: I still give it a very good rating because the idea is a very good one.

Age Appeal: No age group is given but I would say 6-12 would be about right.

Publisher Info: Clay Jars Publishing, 2010; ISBN: 9780984336906 ; Paperback, $16.99.

Buy now at Amazon.com $13.25! 

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

'Walking Through Walls' July Book Tour Info and Schedule ...



Walking Through Walls is expected to be officially released on July 15th. In celebration, Karen Cioffi is sending it out there with a great looking book tour. Here is her post with the schedule:

Walking Through Walls: Walking Through Walls July Book Tour Info and Sche...: "Walking Through Walls will be available July 2011 Well, it's just about here and I've been working like a busy bee to get things organized..."

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Friday, July 1, 2011

My Latest Work: 'The Empaths of Drayon'


This piece was my first, and hopefully not my last - lol, partnered project. Ronda Taylor, of Taylor by Design, commissioned me to do part of the art work for a book she was designing for a client: The Empaths of Drayon by Cheryl Poules. A very specific part. The interior scene in a crystal ball. The piece will be given a circular crop, and be placed in the crystal ball. Once I have the full cover to show you, and all of the other juicy info, I'll post more.
Signed prints are available here:
http://AidanaWillowRaven.imagekind.com/WillowRaven
 


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