This week’s Friday Fantasy focuses on one of my most favorite influences: Brian Froud, who was behind the design of my favorite movie growing up, Labyrinth. Except I was always annoyed that the one appearance of fairies in that movie was so short! And Hoggle was fumigating them! If you’ve seen Labyrinth, did you ever notice that Jareth mistakenly calls Hoggle Hogwart at one point? This was way before Harry Potter came out.
His were the first illustrations that really inspired me to start drawing fairies, too. I loved how real and earthy the fae in his drawings seemed. The first book I got of his was his paperback “Faeries” way back in the 1990s. I loved that book forever, until it finally gave out and pages started falling out of it. Then I got the 25th anniversary edition, but I still kept the old, tattered one. I still look through it often, and every time I do notice new, glorious details mixed in with the familiar ones.
This month I’ve been reviewing chapters of my upcoming Call of Sunteri audiobook, and there’s a scene during Penny‘s narration where I couldn’t help but think of this Froud illustration:
Azi is trapped in the dreaming in the darkness, and she stumbles on a mysterious group of drained, fallen fae who are desperate for her help.
As an artist and a visual person, it’s really difficult sometimes to just leave things be, visually. Because of that, the covers of my books have undergone a few changes since the series began. Admittedly, there were more changes than there probably should have been.
It’s because of this that my paperback covers vary slightly from my ebook covers. When I first designed the cover for Call of Kythshire, I fell in love with the curly Respective font, which reminded me of Mage Mark:
Since I first published my paperbacks with this cursive font, I have felt the need to keep it consistent throughout the series whenever I release a new paperback, even though later versions of my ebook covers look like this:
I changed the title font of this cover so it reads better in a thumbnail on a webpage like Amazon. I’d love to change my paperback titles to this font as well, but I understand that my readers prefer consistency across all of their copies. For that reason, the Call of Hywilkin paperback cover looks like this:
Tada! Isn’t it pretty?! I’m so excited about this book, I’m going to tell you a little secret. It’s available now for pre-order! Click here to grab it!
March 3 is the official release date for Book 4, and I’m planning a big promo for that day. Check back here for details, coming soon!
I spent my morning doing everything but writing. I have no excuse, but I do have a pretty graphic with an excerpt from Call of Kythshire to show for it, so I’m going to just leave that right here:
In this excerpt, Princess Margary is reading to her from an old storybook. This scene is the catalyst for the climax of the book. This is the point where my readers have told me they couldn’t put it down. I hope you liked it. If you did, you can Click here to buy a copy for your Kindle. Thanks for reading! ❤
Writing is a funny thing. For me, it comes in bursts. There are days when I wake up early and write well into the morning, and days when I sit restlessly at my keyboard, desperate for an idea.
I finally broke through my snowday-related writer’s block and wrote two chapters yesterday. I’m really hoping to keep my momentum despite a busy weekend coming up, and a busy beginning of next week, too.
Here’s the current status of Call of Brindelier, Keepers of the Wellsprings Book Three:
For me, a long nature walk helps me get through a block. I find myself inspired by music, art, and television. How do you break through your writer’s block? Feel free to comment. I’d love to hear from you!
Call of Sunteri is the second book in the Keepers of the Wellsprings series. It follows Azi and Rian and the rest of His Majesty’s Elite on a journey through Cerion as they escort Prince Eron and Pricess Amei to Kordelya Keep, where she’ll give birth to the new heir. Their journey is clouded by a mysterious darkness which makes tensions run high and threatens Azi’s place in the guild.
This second installment in the series introduces a new point of view character, Tib, who is a slave boy from the desert lands of Sunteri. Sunteri has been overrun by Sorcerers, and its Wellspring all but drained. Tib finds a way to flee to Cerion, but as he journeys to freedom, he begins to wonder whether his thoughts and motives are his own.
With the release of Call of Sunteri and with the draft of book 3 well underway, I decided on a whim this morning to give a little love to Call of Kythshire and make a trailer! What better way to reach new readers than to create a book trailer with my own illustrations? Check it out, and if you like it please comment and share! Read the rest of this entry →
OOAK means One of a Kind. These fairy art dolls are usually hand-sculpted from clay. Fairy art dolls are a lot of fun to make, and I especially love making the wings.
For my first blog entry I thought it would be fun to start with a bang and share how to make OOAK fairy wings.
I started making fairy wings over 10 years ago, and there was a lot of trial and error involved. I’ve learned make different wing techniques along the way, but this one is my favorite. You can see how many different designs you can come up with here in my Fairy Gallery: http://missysheldrake.com/fairies/
So, without further delay, here is my Fairy Art Doll Wing Tutorial! I hope you enjoy it! If you have any questions, please feel free to post them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.