The Musician Cover

March 5, 2013

The Musician

This is the cover art for Kerri Bennett Williamson’s 8th novel, which is available in paperback and on kindle at Amazon.

I chose to keep the cover entirely black and white, not only to represent the black and white keys on a piano (which is captured in the Tudor style of the house) but also because parts of the story can be somewhat melancholy.

The most enjoyable parts for me were working on her hair, and the tree just behind her, as I always enjoy the freedom that comes with drawing organic things.

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Happy Robert Burns Day

January 25, 2013

2013 Celt

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Robbie Burns Day!

I recently did a sketch of a striking Celtic wild woman as inspiration for a short story, and thought I would share it today. Also, it seemed like the best way to make my extremely simple post a little more interesting.

2011. Dwarf Lass on Battlements

To conclude our Dwarf a Day week, surrounding the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I thought I would finish with a somewhat neglected member of dwarven society: the lady dwarf.

Shading each individual stone and finishing up all the details of her clothing, such as the Celtic knot work, beads and fur, actually took me several sessions off and on to fully complete, but I feel the result was well worth the effort. When I drew it I wanted to depict a dwarf maiden who was sturdy and tough, as well as feminine and beautiful, as this seems to be a rarity in the already scarce depictions of fantasy female dwarves.

The only beard you’ll find in this picture is the one on the axe.

2011. Standing Dwarf Warrior

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opened at midnight last night, and as an ode to the book on which it was based, I thought I would post this sturdy fellow, who’s beard is tucked into his belt, much like the descriptions of many of the dwarves in the book.

I really enjoyed doing all the details on this one, and I quite like that his axe is actually somewhat small (for a fantasy dwarf, anyway) yet manages to look formidable all the same. Perhaps it’s the almost scythe-like pick on the back?

2011. Dwarf King

As dwellers of the mountains I often imagined dwarves having a fondness for furs and pelts in general, as the temperature high on the peaks where they make their homes would no doubt be bitterly cold.

The chain around this dignified dwarf’s neck is partly taken from the description of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit, who I recall wore a gold chain around his neck as well.

Dwarf a Day: Well Kempt Dwarf

December 12, 2012

2011. Kempt Dwarf

For day four, we have this interesting character. He has a little bit of a gnome quality to him, but I think he might just be more of an intellectual dwarf. They can’t all be warriors after all.

I wanted to post another piece of art from my mystery novella The Pale Rose, and thought I would include the character descriptions featured at the start of the book. Incidentally, this illustration is for the last chapter, and features the lead detectives, Charles & Amelia Humble.

Ch22, In Conclusion

Cast of Characters

Amelia Humble: A devoted wife and mother with a scandalous proficiency for probing the criminal psyche; though no one would know it to look at her.

Charles E. Humble: He would have gladly admitted to his wife’s marked hand in shaping his career, had she not forbidden him from doing any such thing.

Montgomery Townsend: Unwavering in his devotion to the woman he loves; hiring a private detective was only the first step in his endeavor to find his wife.

Josephine Townsend: An effervescent woman with expensive taste and a love for things of beauty.

Gregory Richards: A close friend of Mr. Townsend, he appeared to care little for much of anything, least of all his tiresome wife.

Victoria Richards: A woman very practiced at forgetting unpleasant things, and speaking only of pleasant ones.

Rufus Barrymore: Born to money, he had little need to think, which was fortunate for him, as he had little ability to do so with any degree of success.

Oscar Barrymore: Life’s wicked jokes had hindered any grand plans for his future, souring both his perspective and mood.

Patricia Bartlett: A dear friend of the missing woman, her appearance was as agreeable as her manner was helpful.

Mrs. Attwood: She was unable to attend the party on the evening of the tragedy, though this hardly meant she could add nothing to the investigation.

Forbes: He maintained an appearance of rigid strictness, but inwardly seemed to hide something more.

Matilda Oliver: A young maid who kept to her work, and tried her best to stay out of trouble; though trouble had a way of finding her.

Miss Kippering: The highly suspicious cook, her unpleasant nature made it no wonder at all that she never married.

Vincent Welling: Mr. Townsend’s bungling assistant, who still held his employment to the great marvel of all who met him.

Inspector Cole: The inspector in charge of the case, his disproportionate arrogance seemed to be the beginning and end of his character.