April FLEW by. What with all the final preparation for the release of Heretic’s Guide, I barely noticed it was there. My own birthday passed me in the blink of an eye! (PS: I’m twenty-four now, apparently.) I was too busy printing business cards and finalizing event logistics and–my favourite part–working on the character art that we used to promote the book pre-launch. I haven’t done much drawing since my Honours Thesis, early in 2017, and certainly no digital colouring/painting, so this was a real treat (and a real surprise–I thought I’d forgotten how to DO it.)
I got to draw all of my babies (notably missing are the protagonists, mostly because, heck, haven’t you seen enough of them after 180,000 words?)
Hexiphines and Kourrania, siblings of the sea
The Tellers, a yarn-spinning caravan of vagabonds (Feris, Kharoun, Tycho, Amimna, Sophrastus)
Bazzenine and Jesprechel, two very intriguing cousins
Beyond that, I had a great time doing one full-colour image. Just the one, because it took me an unforgivably long time to figure out a) what I wanted from it and b) how to make that happen, but I’m looking forward to experimenting with more poster-like images in the summertime!
“I am not one to be loved from afar.”
Believe it or not, this was only HALF of the promo art. I’ll be rounding up the rest of it this week coming up–or if you’re impatient, you can hop on over to The Shale Project’s Facebook or Twitter pages to see the full gamut of Stuff We Made To Tell You About Other Stuff We Made. Until then!
PS: If you’re curious about who all these people are, it’s time to take a peek at The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming. In the four days it’s been out, we’ve sold 99 copies; maybe you’ll be copy #100…!