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High View

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The second of my commissions for Knight Errant Games for their Role-Playing Game Heroes’ TearsHigh View.

Several things are being showcased in this illustration. First off, the celestial bodies. Several suns (The Ember and Sol) and a silver moon can be seen, as well as that big monstrosity in the sky. Here’s what Martin told me about it:

“There is a thing called The Scar in the sky that is a tear in the hole of reality to the plane of nightmares. Some wizards long ago were mucking about and something got out of hand causing the world’s current undead problem. So this tear in the world is up in the sky radiating evil all over everything.”

Talk about fun, right?! Well, to draw. Not to live next to.

So, I had a ton of fun creating this one. More commissions soon to come!

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SeaGate

About the Artwork

SeaGate was the first of my commissions for Knight Errant Games for their Role-Playing Game Heroes’ Tears.

So, there will be more to come in the next week or two as I release all of the paintings I’ve done for them.

SeaGate is the largest city in the region and one of the largest in the world of Heroes’ Tears. The population is mix of all the various races of that world, but the part that I focused on is the sea elven section.

Several unique features made this part of the city a blast to paint! Most noteworthy, leaves and roots of an immense mangrove tree make up those structures dotting the cliffside. So, the leaves that wrap around to create the houses are all one with the tree. And all alive. Their ships and boats are also made up of living trees. Pretty cool!

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September

About the Artwork

A carefree and radiant Miss September enjoys the freshly fallen leaves of autumn.

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. I was born in Vermont, where the mountains become varying shades of golds and reds right around the September timeframe. It’s truly spectacular! And it’s my birthday month, so I had to paint something near and dear to my heart. Enjoying the wonderousness of nature!

I’m almost done with my Calendar Gals series now. Just a few more months to go, then I plan on getting to work on more fantasy and sci-fi illustrations again. These calendar portraits have been dominating my portfolio all year. So, I’ve been yearning for a bit more time for some more creativity! However, if you like these Calendar Gals, have no fear – I’ll always intersperse some portraits like this into my portfolio occasionally!

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August

About the Artwork

Miss August is a little bit punk and all about the attitude! Or character. She’s got plenty of both! And she’s totally on trend for the fall 2017 fashions, which is obviously also super important.

I’m just about to get started on Miss September and hopefully catch up with these!

This is the first painting where I’ve painted some of it in PaintstormStudio, a newish digital painting program. I really loved the realistic paint strokes and blending capabilities! It felt like real paint! You can bet I’ll be using it more and more in my work.

I’ve been pretty full up on commissions and helping out my wonderful hubby with illustrations and promotional images for his books (he’s an indie author – you can check out his website here: http://www.josephjohnfiction.com). Not that I’m complaining. Hoping I’ll be able to share some of those commissions from earlier this year with you guys soon!

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July

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The calendar gal for July trails her fingers through the cool waters as she wades through a lake.

It’s been a hot summer here in Italy, so you’ll just have to excuse me for all these summer illustrations with cool water in them! 😀 I’m patiently waiting for autumn, my favorite season. Should be fun to play with the earth tones for the fall portraits!

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