A break down of the art I did in 2016. A best approximation of it, anyway. Went off of when I scanned it in because I had no other way to figure out when I actually drew it.

January

None.

February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

None.

August

The spike in art is because I started carrying around my sketch notebook on my daily train ride. I tried to keep up with it but I stopped when I water spilt on the sketchbook. Nothing was damaged too bad but I lost the motivation.

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September

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October

None.

November

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December

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Conclusion

So there we go. Kind of interesting what months were popular drawing months and which …

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I bring to you what I’ve mocked up as the e-cover for Expansion Expression (Book Five). It’s very minimalist–most of the power comes from the art. Like How to Stop Wildfire.

The process of how I made this one:

To start, I used water colors to give the paper a yellow-y-coppery background. Then, once it dried, I took oil pastels and sketched out the ‘Scorpion’ (the orange pincer). I used two different types of pastels and I smeared them all a little bit. After that settled, I made these little flicks off to the sides of it with a colored pencil and pastel. I scanned it in and did some color balance modifications with GIMP in addition to adding a Bump Map.

Before any photo-editing

The title text was added and moved around many times. I tried putting it in different places that weren’t necessarily centered. The series title/my …

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The story starts like this:

I write a story.

It takes me many years to get to a point where it is passable. It takes a few more to make me proud of it. It will take less than one afterwards to realize how far I’ve come since it. But we’re not there yet.

I wrote a story and I thought I wanted to share that story. So I shoved into onto sub-par medium (Amazon Kindle) because I hoped everyone would see my care for it. I hoped and hoped and then it never really came, but I didn’t stop writing and growing. It hurt a little to not get the attention, but my writing didn’t need anyone else’s attention on it because it had my own. So I kept going on until I really asked: Why?

I should stop now. I’m rehashing. I’ve gotten over that hurdle. I’m …

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It is that time again–time for the cover reveal of my next book + blurb + pre-order and all that jazz. I’m lumping it all together because that’s how I roll.

The book in question is book four of The Adventures of the Trinity and the One is titled Of Fractured Edges. It took me awhile to get to that title. Maybe hours were spent brainstorming it. I knew it had to do with earth and I knew the color was green. Honestly, figuring out the cover was easier than the title. But then by the grace of nature did it all fall together. Literally nature. Before I explain what the art is, here again is the glorious cover for the e-version:

Of Fractured Edges Cover Reveal

Looks nice? I think so. The background was originally a picture of some mossy tree bark and then with GIMP I tweaked and modified the color tones to

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It’s that time. When you get the appetizer to the next story, in this case Threads that Bind the Tempest. The pre-story story. The lovely and enigmatic blurb.

I’ll stop talking now. Here is the cover to Threads that Bind the Tempest, in all its glory. Stare at it and bask in its glory. I like it a lot.

Cover4And for the more substantial part. The blurb to TTBTT:

The Trinity and the One’s latest adventure threatens to unravel both themselves and the universe.

 

In the months following the Trinity and the One’s success in preventing the Demon Chief Sargon from invading Tyra Kolaq’blegae, Cyclone, King, Spellbinder, and Farrco have been waiting for their next quest. It finally comes to them from a pair of researchers who believe that the laws of reality are being modified. Setting out to discover the truth of this hypothesis, the group



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I’ve been practicing my computer-art skills. I decided to make cartoon propaganda posters of the main four. Cyclone, King, Spellbinder, and Farrco. They all are kind of terrible in their own way, but I think it is important to try new things and learn new skills.

Cyclone looks like a cartoon character version of himself. I think he would be proud.

Cyclone Propaganda

King looks dorky, but he is sparking up so whatever. Drew him with the bracelet! Woo hoo!

King Propaganda

Spellbinder, is well, Spellbinder. She isn’t that hard to draw.

Spellbinder Propaganda

 

And of course, Farrco, who looks very geometric.

Farrco Propaganda

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Harmonic Waves is getting close to a release date/Pre-Order Availability.

I don’t know when exactly, but I’ll have date real soon. In the mean-time, here is the blurb:

A universe-wide conspiracy looms on the horizon, and the newly formed Trinity and the One are appointed to stop it.

While the Trinity and the One are introducing themselves to the Empire, they are interrupted by the news of a bombing on Jalon. To demonstrate their worth to themselves and to the Empire, the Trinity and the One are sent to the unravel the mystery of the attack and stop whoever is responsible.

The Trinity and the One are a group of supposedly divinely ordained heroes. They are King Fla’neiel, the last of Flana, Spellbinder, the universe’s only robot to be able to use magic, Cyclone, the questionably insane Jalon who is the so-called Apprentice of the Grim Reaper, and Farrco, a

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Book cover design is a ridiculously important part of the self-publishing process. The book cover design is important to attracting readers. Readers, although they are named such, don’t read the blurb or first few pages to decide if they want to read your book, they just look at the cover. I am guilty of this, so I am not complaining. It is just how we as Humans operate.

Because of that we have to make something that somehow explains the 80k+ words in your novel in a picture and a few words. Design something that explains it all by various techniques. Color blocking. Masking. Layers. Typography. Layout. Madness! How book cover design people do their work is unknown to me. It is like some form of black magic that I am forced to dabble in.

Like anyone does not.

My first cover used to be pretty bad. Crap, actually. So

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I have gotten to something I should have done weeks ago: upload concept art to DA and embed them here.

In my possession are pictures  of the character, races, and some scenery of things in How to Stop Wildfire and the world. My skills are pretty bad, yes, yes, but they are visual aids!

In the database I have been adding the pictures. It is going to be fantastic in the end, I hope.…

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