|For my book, The Name and the Key.|
I've named this mission The Lily and Andresh Project, because I'd like this to be an ongoing partnership between myself and artists, where we help each other out and show off each others' work.
The first artist to do wonderful things to Lily and Andresh was Molly Carlson of MMC Illustrations. She's also on Deviant Art, under the username RyouGirl.
I commissioned a full-color, full-body, plain background of the characters, and she did a beautiful job with it:
Now that I've got one commission out of the way, I've settled on another artist: Juhaihai. She is also doing a full-color, full-body composition with a blank background, but her art will be digital (although she's giving me a 300dpi copy so I may print it). This will probably take about two months or so, and I've given her a lot more information to work with along with a similar request I have to Molly: "Make it better, make it your own." And when I say I gave her a lot more to work with, I did. Maybe I went overboard...but I think (I hope) this gives her more freedom to do some original things with the characters--an interactive pose, or maybe even Andresh doing some magic.
I gave Juhaihai my own artwork as references, plus Molly's art, and then these new pieces I created for Deviant Art (shout out to Fox Orian for making this meme)!:
|Image (cc) by KEB|
|Image (cc) by KEB|
The last bit of information overload I provided was a special comic I sketched out: Flame and Shadow--a tale of Andresh's Magic. I was too lazy and time-strapped to ink and color the things, so it's just quickie pencil drawings, with words and panels created in Comic Book! In this little comic, I try to explain the principles of Andresh's magic in case an artist wants to mess with illustrating it. But it also helped me out immensely, because it helped me cinch some of the concepts I've been working with into his magic. Anyway, here's the comic (two pages), and I'm using pretty over-the-top Mythic Narration--forgive me. And you'll have to click the pics to enlarge them--text is a little small as is. Sorry about that!
Every time I note an artist with a commission request, I now have plenty of info to give to them as references!
I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with, and of course I'll keep you posted on the status of the artwork, as well as any other new character commissions.