Hey, Ghost & Ghouls!
So, over the last couple of months I’ve been busy over at Wattpad, showing off my latest YA fantasy adventure serial, The Quest for the Crystals: The Book of Wind.
It’s about a skunk named Regina, and her hedgehog friend, Dwain. They’re orphans, no thanks to some jerk-ass canines who took it upon themselves to slaughter everyone in the kids’ village. Now Regina and Dwain are looking for answers — and revenge.
In a nutshell? Wind in the Willows meets A Song of Ice & Fire. That’s right. No messing around.
This first novel in the Quest for the Crystals saga a tale that’s been in the works for well over five years now. It’s something I’m incredibly proud of, and feel a liiiiiiittle selfish just keeping this tale of political intrigue and high fantasy all to one little corner of the Internet.
So, if you’re not already following me on Wattpad to take part in this weekly-serialized adventure, you’re in luck. Starting today, I’ll let you in on the action too – every single Tuesday.
Chapter 10 just dropped today. But hey, that’s no fair to you, my dear reader! Click here to start reading from the beginning.
‘Til next time, Ghosts & Ghouls!
Stay creepy. 😉
I am really excited about this. Click the image to go to Wattpad and read for yourself!
So, as promised in my last post, I wanted to show off some of the production work that has gone into the creation of my upcoming YA fantasy series. Here’s a sketch I did a while ago of one of the characters, Rudolph Aruto.
Aruto is a sergeant within the ranks of “Quest” ‘s in-world army, called “The Alliance”. He is one of four hand-picked platoon commanders sent off to find Elemental Crystals used to keep the planet’s controlled climate state in check. Not going to spoil what the Alliance wants to do with the Crystals – but I can assure you, it’s not for what you think.
I’m really happy with how this piece turned out. Admittedly, Aruto’s design is vaguely inspired by the art of Troy Howell, who illustrated the U.S. publication covers for Brian Jacques’ Redwall novels. I’ve never actually read the Redwall series (on purpose. Don’t want to be unconsciously inspired, out of respect to the legacy of Mr. Jacques), but I was a fan of the cartoon, growing up. I don’t remember much of it, except for some throw away line, “I’ll use your skull for skittles”, which always baffled my 11-year-old self who enjoyed the candy of the same name.
I didn’t want these characters to be “animals with human proportions” which is often seen in the world of “furry fandom”. I really wanted to challenge myself as an artist and work towards allowing the characters to retain as much of their “real-world” attributes and proportions as possible, which is why I researched Howell’s art (and subsequent R.W. fan art on Deviantart).
Overall, I think I did a pretty good job with Aruto. I’m looking forward to drawing him again.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look into the novel’s visual-artistic side. If there is anything in particular you as a reader, follower, and fan, would love to see in regards to the “behind the scenes” of Quest for the Crystals, please feel free to drop a request in the comments section. There is plenty of art, history, and inspiration with this series, and I’d love to share.
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