I was privileged to be asked by author, Chip Simmons, to create a map that would help readers visualize the world that he created. This was the first time I'd ever approached a project like this and absolutely loved it! He has created 11x17" posters of the artwork to be available at book signings or special events.
I love creating line work and this project was ideal! The line work is the focus of the artwork, with color enhancing and telling the viewer more information about the world.
The challenge with this project was that I was creating this "world" without reading the book first because it was not published yet so it was a lot of conversations with the author as the world came together. Now that the book is published, I'm excited to see this world come alive as I read it!
The project was completed using Dr. Ph. Martin's india ink and waterproof pens, both Copic and Faber-Castell. (Click on medium name for a direct link to specifics.) I love to use india inks as an alternative to watercolors, as I feel their colors are more vibrant. Just watch out, they dry faster! I approach them in the same fashion as watercolors thought. A layering technique is used to create deep, rich colors that are not able to be achieved from a just a few layers.
I'd love y'alls thoughts on the project!
About the Book
Anzenar is the world of the book "The Lighted Sword," a fantasy novel for kids (ages 8 to 14) or adults young at heart. It is primarily an adventure of risk and courage, fraught with danger and the element of sacrifice for friends and loved ones.