Thursday, March 27, 2014

Some rough sketches for A Sawmill's Hope

Feeling excited.

I'm writing this today because ASH's illustrator, Tracy Flynn, just sent me a fresh batch of roughs.

bridge remains

You may look at the above and not discern much worthy of note. A few silhouettes.

I'm sitting here with my mind blown because I know the gravity of the scene and I'm afraid Tracy's going to nail it and totally own the book!

boats leaving

father and helstem

shadows of the lake
I've adjusting their titles a bit and cropped out some authorial notes to avoid spoilers. But i couldn't just keep these to myself.

Some of them will be the first entries of the Compendium.











I hope you enjoy them. I personally can't wait to see the finished pieces!



16 comments:

  1. Seeing these simultaneously does three things. Makes me want to grab some paper and draw, work on my own book, and read ASH like nows!! lol. I can't wait for the ebook, but I really want a hard-copy too. You may have said this somewhere I have baby brain right now, but is this art going into the actual book?

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    1. No worries, Brandon!
      Twenty three of the roughs will be penciled and inked and yes, end up in the book, one per chapter I believe. I know it's not usual for a novel but it's just something I reeeeaaally wanted. I have yet to regret the decision!

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    2. Cool, well Brandon Sanderson did it and that turned out awesome.

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    3. You're totally right. When I was reading Way of Kings and got to that first image of Sky Eels it felt a lot like validation!

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  2. Neat sketches, although not all the images loaded for me. I'll be curious to see what they look like further down the road:)

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  3. a lot of the early works of Edgar Rice Burroughs were heavily illustrated throughout the books by J Allen St John, and this story and the way David wants it illustrated is no different, and honestly in my mind the way all good works should be done, and this is a good work and I am honoured to be doing these pieces...........actually want to start on the next story he writes for this world!!!

    get busy David

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    1. Love the art. Can't wait to see the finals.

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    2. Tracy, I'm going to google them now!

      Trying my hardest to get the next book drafted while Jamie edits the first... But he's been giving me work to do. I definitely have my hands full. Resisting the call to play video games in my free moments is my greatest struggle!

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    3. I know what you mean. Infamous: Second Son pulled me away fora few days.

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    4. Tis a good game. My neighbor has it on PS4.

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  4. Cool stuff.

    David, I hope you might consider joining my bloggers' book club. Details are here: http://armchairsquid.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-cephalopod-coffeehouse-april-blog.html

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  5. Nice! I love illustrations to books, even if they never make if on the cover or so. I always sketch things for my longer fiction, from character portraits to outlines of ships. Makes me visualize things better.

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    1. I do, too. I do some sketching as well, though rarely is its quality worth showing off...
      I particularly like sketching a bird's eye view of battle scenes. It helps me follow the action.

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