Commissioned Portrait of Hades, God of the Ambiguously Defined Underworld!

Commissioned Portrait of Hades, God of the Ambiguously Defined Underworld!

Hades is the fourth commission I’ve done and the fifth character to be done by Reiesu. Hades was the natural next choice. In a way, Hades was probably the easiest to articulate for me. I had a strong reference and idea for pose. Which was like how I was for the Humans too, actually…is that a coincidence? I think not! Well, anyway, the results, in the end, were awesome! First WIP Hades by Reiesu WIP Great start to Hades! It...

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🗓 17 Jun 2020
📁 Media

Emerald Haze Print Copy

Emerald Haze Print Copy

The print proof copy of Emerald Haze has arrived! I am very pleased with how it turned out. This was the first copy I ordered using Lulu’s new interface and option set. The new Lulu interface was SO easy to use and the new options were fantastic. If anyone from Lulu is reading, thank you for all your hard work! It came together really well and so Emerald Haze’s print form has. Behold! The cover spine looks nice Title Page...

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🗓 06 Jun 2020
📁 Updates

Emerald Haze RELEASED!

Emerald Haze RELEASED!

Emerald Haze, the ninth book in the series, is done and ‘released’! It has been a long, strange journey getting here. It tested me and the characters in ways never before experienced. It was intense…very intense. But it’s over now. It is ready for consumption. I imagine there will be much discussion from Emerald Haze, and it will all be due for it. It’s a very…character driven book, despite it also existing at the ‘apex’ of a certain quest. The...

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🗓 03 Jun 2020
📁 Updates

Book Formatting Changes

Book Formatting Changes

Okay, so, a long time ago I shook up how I made the ePub versions of my books. Times changed. Many things changed, actually. It’s been over three years since then (!!). That’s a long time and in that time I’ve put out more books. I’m at nine now and going at ten. I’m at scale for managing my book copies. And at ‘scale’, I’ve experienced the pain with how I was doing things in the past with regards to...

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🗓 24 May 2020
📁 Publishing

Feelings on Faces (King's and Mine)

Feelings on Faces (King's and Mine)

Throughout my journeys with commissioning character portraits, a failure of mine has been put out into the open: my failure to really ‘see’ some of my characters faces (the Humanoid ones especially). This is a weakness of my visualization and my mind’s eye. I know it and accept it, but it’s also relatively well hidden. This weakness is hidden well because the original main characters don’t have ‘normal’ faces. Cyclone’s head is a skull that is underneath a striking helmet....

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🗓 22 May 2020
📁 Personal

Commissioned Portrait of Ramulein!

Commissioned Portrait of Ramulein!

After commissioning Reiesu for Marcus and Jessica and Nefertiti, the next character was High Chancellor Ramulein. This one was the hardest yet. I had/have a very, very fuzzy view of him. I knew…general things about what he looked like. Very general. Mostly the physical qualities of Sacon. Not…much else. For that reason and others, this was the longest back and forth. My…‘Resources’ So, before we get into WIPs, let’s talk about some of the resources I provided Reiesu. Beyond the...

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🗓 08 May 2020
📁 Media

Book Art: Expansion Expression as the Scorpion

Book Art: Expansion Expression as the Scorpion

I’ve self-bound the first four books of the series. It was a fun, creative process in which I learned about book-binding and experimented with different mediums. After the first four were done, I took a pause…why…well, I was busy so that was part of it. But it was also because I was debating on how to experiment further with making creative, artistic copies of the Primordial Essences Saga books. They concern four iconic artifacts…four artifacts that I wanted to model...

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🗓 05 May 2020
📁 Media

Character Name/Group Reference of the Main Cast

Character Name/Group Reference of the Main Cast

Yes, I’ve done various videos of me pronouncing character and race names, which I hope are helpful. However, this post is more of a condensed overview for people who have issues with the names or just want something quick to look at so they can mentally match up groups/people with their actual names. So more like a reference document to map names with groups than about the people themselves. For me personally in other fandoms, I’ve conflated characters with similar...

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🗓 28 Apr 2020
📁 World Building

How to Stop Wildfire FIFTH Anniversary

How to Stop Wildfire FIFTH Anniversary

Has it really been five years? It really has been. I can’t fathom it and yet at the same time, now, at the near end of this major arc with Emerald Haze, the years seem far too apt. It has been a long while since I first scrappily put out How to Stop Wildfire. That was a major accomplishment for myself. It was so small in a way, and yet, it was massive. It was the foundation of all that...

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🗓 22 Apr 2020
📁 Personal

Emerald Haze Cover

Emerald Haze Cover

After mulling over the top fractals I recently generated, the rejects you can see here, I settled on one fractal to use. It was the fractal that I deep-down knew was going to be the Emerald Haze cover art the moment I saw it generate. Any hesitation I had towards using the fractal medium once more for a book cover was shattered by this fractal. This fractal…its entire composition is so apt for the book contents. It is almost like...

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🗓 14 Apr 2020
📁 Updates

Emerald Haze Cover Art Attempts

Emerald Haze Cover Art Attempts

I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted for the Emerald Haze cover art, but I knew it had to be green. I played around with the Apple Pencil and the Sketchbook app, but I wasn’t too fond of the above results (the art is the post thumbnail). It lacked punch and texture. It needed something more dynamic to convey the themes present in the book. After some thought, I decided to spin up the JWildfire Fractal Generator again. I used...

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🗓 10 Apr 2020
📁 Updates

Commissioned Portrait of Nefertiti Magayak!

Commissioned Portrait of Nefertiti Magayak!

Since the commission of Marcus and Jessica went so well, I did another commission with the artist Reiesu. This character choice was none other than Princess Nefertiti Magayak of Magaya. I commissioned a portrait of her plus a colored background (flames!). This commission process was fundamentally different than with Marcus and Jessica’s commission because I had actually drawn Nefertiti a few times in the recent and long ago past…very few times. But I had more of an idea of what...

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🗓 26 Mar 2020
📁 Media