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Saturday, October 29, 2011

'Celtic Secrets' cover is no longer a secret ...


I have always been into fairies (no matter what spelling is used ... lol), and I've always wanted to illustrate a male faerie ever since I saw Fern Gully, I've just never been commissioned to, until Amber LaShell and I met on Twitter.

Amber has an awesome looking trilogy in the works that I just know you're going to love if you're into urban fantasy. The cover I had the honor to create is for the second book in the series, Celtic Secrets.

 The titles of all three books are/will be Celtic Magic, Celtic Secrets, & Celtic Destiny.

I get the honor of doing book three and re-interpreting the cover for book one once it's ready for a second edition, too.

I'm so excited!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Until next time...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday 4 Hour Sale: 50% Off WillowRaven Mugs & Coasters!

50% Off Mugs & Coasters

Use code: MUGSCOASTERS


What goes better with fall weather than your favorite toasty beverage? Starting right now, you have exactly four hours to save 50% on WillowRaven mugs and coasters in my Zazzle store. No matter what your favorite drink is, you'll be enjoying it WillowRaven style!






Unable to shop right now? Don't worry! After four hours have passed, you can still receive 20% off WillowRaven mugs and coasters for the rest of the weekend. Just act quickly before this sale goes cold!


And if you wish to see a different WillowRaven piece on a mug or coaster, just let me know and I'll do it right away.





Until next time...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Meet the characters I helped bring to life for 'Daniel Cringle and the Warth of Edinburgh'



Another project I can thank Twitter for (don't ya just love free networking sites), a character creation project for a book titled Daniel Cringle and the Warth of Edinburgh

The characters were not intended for inside the book, but rather outside of it (on the back cover, I believe), plus, to be used on the book's website as interactive visuals. So far, only two of the six are on the site, but I expect the others to be added soon.

The first and most important character is Daniel Cringle. Normally, I'd tell you about him, but this time, I'd rather send you to the Deeds Publishing website to get the scoop on Daniel and the book since that is what the image was created for: to guide you to his description via a roll-over button. Just follow Daniel's image once you get there.

The other image that shares Daniel's site was a fun one. Ms. Rose Maldroid. A beautifully dark character! And if you notice, when I say dark, I don't mean dark complected ... lol. You've got to swing over and read her bio, too. I put a lot of hints about her demeanor in the illustration. Every nuance of her pose tells us about her.

From the seductive stance to the look of disdain on her face and the practically clawing, manicured hand. I love villains! She's so regally horrid ... lol. 

I hope to be able to share the other characters soon. In the meantime, head on over to Deeds Publishing and read-up on Don Stratton's Daniel Cringle and the Warth of Edinburgh

It's available in eFormats and for pre-ordered hard copies.





Until next time...
Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wow ... my latest piece reminded Twitter fans of Frank Miller's work!


I don't get graphic novel style projects often, but they are such fun when I do, I hope to get more soon. One of my Twitter author followers, @MikeWhitacre, commissioned me to re-vamp his former avatar. We discussed what his original logo represented and the results and mood he wanted for his new logo.

We shared it on Twitter first and I was gifted with some awesome comments, like:  "Very Film Noir - James Ellroy", "As soon as I saw it I thought Sin City", "I also though Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hamnett" & "Very Frank Miller". Isn't that the coolest? We illustrators (those into his style) bow in homage to Frank Miller if he so much as thinks about picking up a pen/pencil. Look him up and I'm sure you'll recognize his work.

Mike also has it featured on his blog, too. Be sure to stop at one or the other of his sites and let him know what you think of his new logo.




Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New pages on the WillowRaven blog and website.

Over the years, I have been repeatedly asked for advice on everything from how I price my work to what materials and supplies do I use. I finally figured out a simpler way to let people know what gotta-have resources I use in my own freelance business ... I created a page for "Tools of the Trade", and placed it both on a blogger page (on this blog) and on my website.

I order most of my software, supplies, and reference materials on Amazon, so I have included widgets to the items I buy for easy access to both myself (so I don't need to do a fresh search for it next time I need it), and for others to easily buy for themselves, if so desired.

Today's purchase? 








 Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Just ordered my copy of the '2012 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market'!



When I bought last year's issue of Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, I really didn't know what to expect. Wow! There were so many tips and lists, I feared not being able to siphon through it all, so I created page tabs for the areas I wanted to be able to find quickly in the future. My favorite section? The one about which publishers accept unsolicited artist submissions and which ones don't. Make sure to get a new copy every issue for this one! I definitely did.
 
 
 
 
 
Until next time...

Aidana WillowRaven
http://WillowRaven.weebly.com