I thumbed some backgrounds for the story “A griffin at the edge of a cliff prepares to fly for the first time.”
BetsyIllustration has a SUUUUUPER set of tutorials on drawing backgrounds (and a free downloadable eBook!) that are inspiring me to practice backgrounds more often.
She says it’s important to have an idea of what you want to draw going in (I think she calls it a tagline? Which means something different in writing, so I’m not going to use that term)–these BLASPHEMOUS (game)-inspired compositions are for the description “A monster smiles upon its cult of worshipers in a CAAAAAAVE!!” #allhailkingjulien
Thumbnail explorations for THE STONE SEEKERS eBook cover. Got some great expressions out of that rabbit and rat! #Sargon #Amber
While trying to paint stupid rocks I got frustrated and tried a different tack:
Then I decided no, I had been on the right path the entire time and went back to the diamond composition. Glad I did! Here’s the final artwork, sans Emily New’s fabulous text:
And of course, the free short story is available right here on my site!