Update on the State of Me

Firstly, an update on Duck Dive, which is progressing nicely from the blocky scribble I started with (after much ado about posing, and a few quick studies trying to capture the motion -  I'll post those another time). I know, I know, the poor mermaid has currently sacrificed her arms. I'll either get them right soon or call it "creature design" and pretend it was on purpose. Shh, don't tell.

Secondly, I'm working on another commission for my wonderful friend Grace Draven (whom I illustrated Entreat Me for, as well as Master of Crows) and after a round of thumbnail sketching, here's the final concept that I'm currently working from!

I took a much needed holiday last month to visit my friend and talented comic artist/illustrator Rebecca Morse or Pika-la-Cynique, as followers of my art might know her better by. We ate barbeque and crepes, went hill-walking and took in the views of southern France, enjoyed Feminist Artist Rants in person instead of on Google Hangouts for a change, and also drank until giggly. There might have been dancing.

I also applied for an awesome training course in Glasgow to kick my senior artist skills into touch, so I'll be travelling down once a month to learn more about the digital arts business, company management, public speaking and presenting (which is something I'd like to get a lot better at, for teaching and workshops and so on) and lots of other good stuff. AND I get to go on a trip to San Francisco with the others in the programme in February! It'll be my first time visiting, and we'll be seeing a lot of awesome Silicon Valley companies so I am very, very excited!

Entreat Me cover art

This is another cover for Grace Draven,  who previously commissioned me for her novel Master of Crows.

Entreat Me is a Beauty & the Beast retelling, and from what I've read, is going to be an amazing read!  Grace has a knack for writing powerful heroines and memorable heroes.  The release date for Entreat Me is yet to be announced, but I'll be sure to let you know when it is!

Edit: Entreat Me can now be purchased on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble!

In the meantime, Master of Crows has recently been re-released for Kindle on Amazon and as an ebook on Smashwords, and this time Grace was free to use my artwork in the cover art.  Smashwords even lets you read the first 30% of the book for free, so go check it out!  You won't regret it.  Grace herself can be found on her blog (linked above).

Coming up soon will be the steps and walkthrough of Entreat Me!