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Girard The Guardian – Book and Art

Girard is coming soon!

Girard The Guardian will be released only in the Dominion Rising box set for the foreseeable future. The book is turning out so well that I’ve been seriously inspired in the painting department. No, I’m still not very good yet, but I do keep improving. Here are my paintings of the first three main characters. I’m currently working out my sketches for the next two, Lila and Marcus.

“Girard” by Ann Christy Watercolor on 140# CP – Copyright 2017 Ann Christy

 

“Young Yadikira” by Ann Christy Watercolor on 140# CP – Copyright 2017 Ann Christy

 

“Thalia Rising” by Ann Christy Watercolor on 140# CP – Copyright 2017 Ann Christy

Maybe because I’m improving, it’s also taking me a lot longer to do a painting. The last two took over a month each. I had my one year anniversary for starting drawing and painting a couple of weeks ago, and I’m still enjoying it very much. Yes, it has slowed down my writing some, but only because I don’t only sit attached to a computer for 16 hours a day. And that has improved my writing too. More time to think about it as I paint, I’m guessing. More cogitation makes for more plot and deeper plots.

Right now, the pre-order price for Dominion is just $0.99 for all 23 brand new, full length novels. Sales have been brisk! Grab it because it will be the only way to get these books for a good while (and you can’t beat the price).

Curious? Then slide on over to the sneak peek page and get a three chapter look at Girard The Guardian!

Painting Eyeballs

Again, I post this stuff to Facebook all the time, so I feel like I’ve shared, but rarely do I put it here in the blog, which I should. So, here’s to sharing!

About eight months ago I decided to pick up a paintbrush and see if I could paint. Yes, I know that’s random, but I wanted to try. I’ve never been an artist or anything, so I had no idea if I could do this. This is my first painting. (All images can be clicked to open hugely into a new tab.)

My first attempt at painting in May 2016. Inktense on 140# cold-pressed (CP) watercolor paper. Copyright Ann Christy 2016.

Note the lack of facial features? Yeah, I wasn’t there. But I wanted to be. Here are a few more attempts.

Entitled “Tango.” Copyright Ann Christy 2016. From the story, “The Mergens.” Inktense on 140# CP.

 

Entitled “Our Lady of Fire and Vengeance” Copyright Ann Christy 2016 (From the story, “The Mergens”). Inktense on 140# CP.

 

Entitled “Delta.” Copyright Ann Christy 2016. (From the story, “The Mergens.” Inktense on 140# CP.

Note the primitive and not very realistic eyes? Well, I decided there that the only way to get better was to get better…as in focus on each feature. So, I started by focusing on eyes, which are really important for making a painting connect with a viewer. I mean, you can seriously suck at many other parts of the body, but the eyes will make or break you.

These next pictures are me practicing eyes.

Blue eye practice, October 2016. Copyright Ann Christy 2016. Watercolor on 140# CP.

 

Brown eye practice, November 2016. Copyright Ann Christy 2016. Watercolor on 140# CP.

 

Self-portrait eye practice, January 2017. Copyright Ann Christy 2017. Watercolor on 140# cold press.

 

Eye practice with Bob’s self-portrait using a phone camera. Many folks very kindly put up images of their eyes on Facebook when I asked for one to paint. I selected Bob’s due to the clarity of the photo and unusual iris patterns. January 2017. Copyright Ann Christy 2017. Watercolor on 140# CP.

 

What really surprised me was how fast a really dedicated person can make progress. I’m not a natural artist by any means. In fact, it’s very alien to me. I’m more of a science person, yet there is something undeniably soothing and satisfying about this art stuff. I’ve still never had an art class, so I don’t even know if I’m using the right brushes or materials…or even if I’m using the brushes correctly. All this is sort of a learn-as-I-go experience.

What does that mean? I think it means that anyone at all can do this. Truly. I think any person can pick up a brush and grab their medium of choice and go to town. Very quickly you’ll discover what you like (oils-no, acrylic-no, watercolor-yes) and narrow in on your particular style.

I’m excited to see what happens next.

The Mergens – Character Portraits by me!

TheMergens

 

Yes, yes…I know…I’m no artist, but I did these. They are actually rather large watercolors done using Inktense, and these are just photos from my phone so they don’t look nearly as bright here. Even so, I rather like them. For someone who can’t draw or paint, I don’t think they’re too bad. (If you click the image, you can see a slightly larger version.)

These characters stuck in my head with a force I didn’t think possible. While The Mergens is tangentially linked to the Lulu 394 universe, they are unique and on their own too. Given that I’ve been working on Lulu 394 for years and still can’t get the book the way I want it, The Mergens and Lulu Ad Infinitum may well wind up being the only things I write in that complex universe.

Their names are Delta (upper left), Tango (upper right), and The Voice (lower center). I’ve done them up a bit like saints because that’s sort of how they roll out to me. Saint of Arms and Armor, Patron Saint of Righteous Battle, and Our Lady of Fire and Vengeance. I’m not sure why, but they stand out to me that way.

The book the story is in, Dark Beyond the Stars: A Planet Too Far, is still on sale for $0.99 on Amazon. I don’t control those prices, the producers of the series do, so grab it if you’re of a mind to read some very different tales.

Dark Beyond the Stars: A Planet Too Far – On Sale $0.99

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These anthologies go on sale so rarely that I have to share. Yes, I’m in this one! It has my story, The Mergens, which I loved writing. The sale is on Amazon here.

Aside from little old me, there are some great names in this anthology and the stories were nothing short of amazing. I enjoyed this one very much as a reader too!

As a matter of fact, I loved these characters so much, I did bad art of them! This is just a snap taken with my phone (complete with huge shadow from me standing there!). The real one is quite colorful. I’m seeking a way of scanning them in since they are larger than regular paper-sized.

tangodone

Work In Progress

Savannah Slays (working title)

5000/ 100000 words. 5% done!

Portals - Portal Invasion #1

78000/ 78000 words. First Draft Done!

Mercy - PePr Inc novella

3000/ 20000 words. 15% done!

The Ways We End

66000/ 66000 words. 100% Done! Publishing Dec 8th! (Dark Collections 2, "And Then Begin Again" goes live on the Dec 8th too!

Strikers: Outlands

40000/ 10000 words. 40% Done!

Good News Gone Bad #1
Series of Shorts

4000 / 20000 words. Back Burner for now.

Lulu 394

60020 / 80000 words. 75% done! Back Burner for now!

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