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More Reader Art

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Look at these, aren’t they adorable? They were sent to me by an Australian reader called Madelyn who made them using an online avatar site! I just love them. They look so like Razi, Wyn and Chris - even their personalities shine through!

Thank you Madelyn!

Wynter Moorehawke

Wynter Moorehawke (Protector Lady Wynter Moorehawke)

Wynter

Wynter

Ya al-Sayyid Razi ibn-Jon Malik al-fadl

Razi Kingsson (al-Sayyid Razi ibn-Jon Malik al-fadl)

Razi

Razi

Chrsopher Garron

Christopher Garron (Coinín Garron mac Aiden an Filid)

Christopher

Christopher

Thank you Hayden and Laura

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Guys, I’m so sorry for the sporadic nature of my blogging right now, and also for the rake of reader’s letters and newletter sign ups I’ve yet to acknowledge. I am deep into the final fifth ( approx) of my latest WIP progress and so my head is right up where the sun never shines. I’m also quite literally swamped with promotional work which, thought fun beyond belief, takes up a serious amount of my not-so-considerable brain power :D

All of which is by way of apologising to two very important folks, the lovely Ms Laura Bailey and the irrepressible Mr Hayden Smith both of who made a huge effort to be at the Irish launch of the Rebel Prince last month. If you read the blog much you’ll know that Laura and Hayden are possibly the youngest folks to have read the trilogy, and both have become firm favourites of mine over the years.

I thought it would be nice ( now that the trilogy was over) to recognise how much I’ve enjoyed Laura and Hayden’s correspondence over the past few years since The Poison Throne first came out. So I had a little surprise waiting for them when they turned up to the final launch. You know that I did a limited edition print run of Moorehawke artwork of which  Orbit are giving away six signed copies, right? Well, guess who I was saving two of the prints for? Bet you can’t :D

Laura and Hayden and me

Laura and Hayden and me

Limited Edition Artwork Step-by-Step movie

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

As you know, I recently did a step-by-step of my art process for Orbit online. Including a small movie of the limited edition Moorehawke art work as it progresses. If you would like to see art progression movie full size, click the picture below :)


Step by Step for ‘Desecrate’ by ~tinycoward on deviantART

Limited Edition Moorehawke Art Giveaway.

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

working on the promotional art for UK release.

working on the promotional art for UK release.

When Orbit asked would I do some limited edition artwork for the UK release of The Crowded Shadows I was more than happy to oblige. I always draw when working on a book. I draw the characters, I draw scenes from the story, sometimes I even do wee comic strips. It’s my way of blowing off steam when writing is stressing me out. So, as you can imagine, I’ve been drawing the Moorehawke characters for years at this stage, and I’ve a pretty clear picture in my head of how they look.

If you’re interested, I thought I might walk you through the process of doing a drawing?

I’m a classical character animator by trade, so my drawing process is very strongly grounded in the techniques which I learnt at the animation board. I also use the same techniques and the same tools for my graphic novel work. It’s quite time consuming, very painstaking and slow, but it’s the only method I’m happy with.

Here’s how it goes.

Drawing desk ready to go

Drawing desk ready to go

The first thing I do, is clear my drawing desk, and fill it with relevant images. In this case I went though my many drawings of Wynter and chose those which best reflect my image of her.  Wyn went through a few changes over the years, but she has long ago solidified into the girl you see in these images - a strong, almost roman nose, large eyes, masses of red hair like her father. A short girl, with a curvy figure and quite muscular arms.

READ REST OF ARTICLE HERE (including a wee movie of the art as it progresses)

More Amazing Reader’s Artwork

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

You might recall a while back my sharing some fabulous fanart done by the talented Estonian translator Eve Laur?

Well, to my joy, Eve’s reading of The Crowded Shadows has inspired her to do some more! I didn’t think her earlier work could be topped, but you know what? I actually think these are even better! I love love LOVE this drawing of Christopher. As usual Eve put so much thought into this, as her following note attests:

I tried all sorts of patterns for that drum, Old German animal style, Irish entwined ornament, etc. None of them worked. I just can’t do it, it’s not in my blood! So I settled for what is in my blood. :-) I think Christopher’s mother’s tribe would have used something like that for ritual purposes, it’s a Shaman drum. (As discussed HERE I always imagined that Christopher’s Mother would have been a Saami woman) As for Christopher, he looks more like my imagination of him on that picture.

Christopher At the Inn

Christopher At the Inn

Eve and I have very different visions of Razi ( though that is the joy of a book! The characters are who te reader makes them) but I just love how she draws her version of him. Her Embla is fantastic, her costume and jewellery  just spot on. There’s a lovely warmth in this picture, I think. The instant physical ease which Embla and Razi feel about each other is palpable **. Again, Eve’s wonderful attention to detail really shows in her notes:

Since Merron costume is a mixture of all sorts of things, and the nation never really existed, I allowed myself some more freedom and let my fantasy roam - mostly along the same path with the drum. Scandinavians have used those patterns, too. It was a real feminine treat, to fiddle with all her jewellery. :-)

Razi and Embla at the ceremony of Frith

Razi and Embla at the ceremony of Frith

I really like Eve’s vision of the Wolves here. Though not at all my image of them,  I love Eve’s clarity of vision and the amount of thought she put into this. I love too that she took the time to do a painting! It’s beautifully done, the colors clear and lovely, the sense of time and place vivid.

I don’t know how long you intended David’s hair to be. I used a very common haircut of that time, plus a very common hat and a very common tunic. Long riding boots may be from a later era, but they seemed to fit him, so I let him wear them.

The Loups-Garous on the Bluff

The Loups-Garous on the Bluff

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** Speaking of Razi and Embla, I’ve been thinking about putting some Crowded Shadows deleted scenes up on the website. I’ve never regretted cutting these scenes as the original MS really was much too long, and some character threads needed to be sacrificed for the sake of page count. But I do think that some aspects of Razi and Em’s relationship are a little lost as a result of the cuts. Also, there was originally a love scene between Wyn and Christopher which I adored. I may put that up to. Stay tuned.

Hallvor

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Well I’m glad to say I got my word count done today, it’s been a little slow at the moment.
But I’m equally glad to say I finally got the sketch of Hallvor finished. It took me a very long time to get her face the way I imagined it. I know everyone always has thier own idea of how charcaters look, but I have to say, I’m very happy with this. It’s pretty much how Hally looks in my mind. Yeay! Anyone who’s read The Crowded Shadows will recognise those willow bark ropes.

I’ll assemble the special edition of the Newsletter tonight and put Hallvor and Ulfnaor into it!

Hallvor an Fada, iníon Ingrid an Fada, cneasaí

Hallvor an Fada, iníon Ingrid an Fada, cneasaí

Ulfnaor

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

I’m working away on some illustrations for the Orbit essay on Merron Religion, Ritual and Hierarchy which I’m giving out with the newsletter this month.  I haven’t got any further than sketches. But - for want of anything better to share -  thought I’d show you the rough sketch for Ulfnaor.

It’ll be interesting to see how the ink stands up. Very often I prefer the sketches as they tend to have more life to them. Hallvor next.

Rough sketch of Ulfnaor, Aoire an Domhain.

Rough sketch of Ulfnaor, Aoire an Domhain.

All Together at Last…

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Somewhere deep in the antipodean wilds, there are three women I adore.

One of those women is Erica Wagner, she is the Allen and Unwin editor in chief. We first met at what was for me a very scarey dinner in Frankfurt. We were sat next to each other at a big table filled with publishing folks and eventually began a shy conversation. We sort of, without noticing, became engrossed. After a while, my agent began discretely coughing in an attempt to reminded us that I was supposed to be shmoosing. In the end we had to be separated : D

I will always love Erica; partly for being mad enough to take a chance on publishing my rather odd work - mostly for the sharp-eyed, blunt and honest feed back she gave me right when I needed it the most.

This is Erica. See what she is holding?

Erica Wagner my A&U editor in chief

Erica Wagner my A&U editor in chief

The second woman is Elise Jones, my A&U editor. Elise and I have only ever conversed via e-mail. It is hilarious to me looking back on our first, tentative communications to see how polite, well spoken and reserved we were with each other. I think it took all of four such careful messages before the LOL cats started to creep in, then the nicknames and then the slagging. At this stage in our working relationship I think Elise and I may well have developed our own language - much of it would no longer be considered polite, none of it is tentative.

I will always love Elise Jones. She is truly the editor everyone should dream to have. She is bluntly honest; she has the sharpest eye; she is a font of technical knowledge She is willing to discuss everything, to explain everything. I have learned so much from Elise that it hurts; she has improved my work beyond measure. (she also makes excellent excel sheets goddamn it! Excel sheets of timelines which not only span decades, but also hours!)

Most importantly, Elise is hilarious. She has reduced me to helpless knots of laughter countless times over the course of the two ( three?) stress filled years we’ve worked together. I LOVE HER!

This is Elise Jones. See what she is grinning about?

My beloved AUS editor, Elise Jones

My beloved AUS editor, Elise Jones

The third of my antipodean heartlings is my AUS cover artist, the wonderful Elise Hurst. If you’ve been reading my blog you will already know how much I love her, but just in case! I love her THIS much, and THIS much, and THIS and THIS and THIS. Thanks to Elise this is how the entire trilogy looks when it’s laid down on my coffee table : )

together at last! on my coffee table!

together at last! on my coffee table!

‘What?’ you cry. ‘Did you say on your coffee table?’

‘Yes, invisible (possibly imaginary) reader. My coffee table! For behold this was me this very morn!’

Screech!

Screech!

and this shall be me this very eve, packing the prizes for the winners of the Rebel Prince Competition.

(note the entirely uncontrived and candid shot. That’s just how we roll in the Emerald Isle, always a cameraman lurking)

packing the prizes for the Rebel Prince competition.

packing the prizes for the Rebel Prince competition.

There you have it! The whole trilogy done, dusted, packaged and ready to go.

Release date for Rebel Prince in Australia is August 2nd guys. Rest of the world is October ( or is it? Stay tuned.)

Moorehawke Reader’s Art :)

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

You might recall a while back, I shared an illustration of Wynter that had been drawn for me by one of my favourite readers, Laura.

Well I got some more wonderful illustrations in the mail a few days ago and I just have to share them with you. These quite seriously rock, my dearies. Even more so when you know they have been done  by the outstandingly talented, internationally acclaimed Estonian translator Eve Laur  - seriously, how much talent is one person allowed have? Shouldn’t there be a quota?

Apparently Eve so enjoyed reading The Poison Throne and The Crowded Shadows that she was moved to dust off her pencils and paper and do a few drawings! I love how vividly she sees the characters and how much thought she put into these pictures ( for example she wrote this in her note: I’ve left the clothing, furniture and surroundings deliberately vague, because it would take a lot more research on 16th century costume etc to do it. - WOW. Talk about a woman after my own heart! I’d feel exactly the same.)

Here are Eve’s drawings, I’ve put sections of her notes under each.

Wicked Dagger

Before she could finish her sentence, Christopher had reached down to his calf and come up with the longest, wickedest dagger that Wynter had ever seen produced from a boot."

EVE’S NOTE:  I played with the idea of what a “wickedest dagger” might look like. :-) They had all sorts of fancy weaponry those days, why not something like this? Christopher doesn’t actually look the way I first imagined him. For me, he looked more European. But since (in the blog) you said he was half-Saami, I made him look more like original Saamis did. Today, Saamis look pretty much like Finns and Norwegians, among whom they live. Still, there is a touch of Asiatic background in their gene pool even today.

And, sorry, Wynter has lost her curls. It somehow seems to me that she has straight hair. :-)

...she put her hand against a thick wad of cotton that he had placed under the wound. It caught the fresh blood before it trickled down Razi's belly and stained his britches.

...she put her hand against a thick wad of cotton that he had placed under the wound. It caught the fresh blood before it trickled down Razi's belly and stained his britches.

Wynter and the King jerked into motion and, between them, they made it through the empty corridors with no one to witness His Majesty the King acting as a crutch to a lowly carpenter.

Wynter and the King jerked into motion and, between them, they made it through the empty corridors with no one to witness His Majesty the King acting as a crutch to a lowly carpenter.

EVE’S NOTE: I don’t know if Lorcan looks like an Irishman. I gave him a face that goes with reddish-blond or light brown hair here, so he looks like a typical Estonian man. :-) And, I’ll still have to remove Jonathon’s collar. It didn’t come into fashion until half a century later, if we stick to the year 1500.

"He sat up straight, tossed his hair back in a womanish manner and fluttered his eyes, he waggled his backside on the cushions like a woman walking suggestively and murmured in a soft, feminine voice, 'Would'st like some more sweets, Lord Razi?'"

"He sat up straight, tossed his hair back in a womanish manner and fluttered his eyes, he waggled his backside on the cushions like a woman walking suggestively and murmured in a soft, feminine voice, 'Would'st like some more sweets, Lord Razi?'"

EVE’S NOTE: To my mind, absolutely THE funniest scene in the whole book! Makes me laugh even now.

Wynter’s hairdo while she’s wearing her apprentice uniform - what is a club of hair? It’s not a plait, and it’s not a bun. The closest match I found was something from Sharpe’s Regiment. (ME: the way Eve has drawn Wyn’s hair tied is exactly right - though I always draw it looser and more like a roll of hair, that’s only for visual effect. Eve’s is actually the correct way!)

Christopher threw his head back, attempting to butt Razi between the eyes. The blow would surely have broken Razi's nose had it connected, but he seemed to be expecting it, and had already twisted so that Christopher's head struck his shoulder and not his face.

Christopher threw his head back, attempting to butt Razi between the eyes. The blow would surely have broken Razi's nose had it connected, but he seemed to be expecting it, and had already twisted so that Christopher's head struck his shoulder and not his face.

EVE’S NOTE: I had trouble with this picture. When I tried to draw Razi’s grasp the way you described it, the hold just didn’t seem to be firm enough. Christopher could have wriggled out too easily, or pull his hands to where he could reach his weapons. So instead, I used a hold that is used for restraining and controlling riotous children, to stop them from hurting themselves or others. Still, I’m not too sure that it works for an adult male - he might be just too strong or too heavy to be controlled like that. There may definitely be a better way of grabbing him, I just don’t know it. Have to admit my incompetence, sorry!

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There you have it! The drawings show you just how talented an artist Eve is, the notes show you just how painstaking her translation work must be. I only hope we get to work together some day, can you imagine that mind being applied to translating your work? No wonder she won an award for her translations of Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials.

We’ve come to a conclusion re The Rebel Prince Competition by the way. TOMORROW (evening) WE ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS!

And so the Judging commences

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Alright, folks, so all your entries are in and submitted to the judges. I’m going to be AWOL for a couple of days while I get the curriculum ready for the Graphic Novel workshop I’m giving in Bantry next week. But I’ll be back on the 2nd of July (that’s Friday) to let you know who won :) Til then enjoy the sun shine!

judging the cast