"Among the Wolves", 2014 edition.
Do you know how many times I’ve tried illustrating this particular scene from Diana L Paxson’s The Jewel of Fire? Several, which according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary means “more than two but fewer than many”. That sounds about right. x.x
A series of messy, messy doodles I did for an original story meme that I never got around to finishing, based on my Neo-Victorian Vampire Epic-in-the-Making, “Carpe Noctem”. @,@
1.) Setting the scene.
2.) The Protagonists (left to right): Cadmus, Caroline “Caro” Carlisle, and William “Liam“ Glassing.
3.) Supporting characters (left to right): Evelyn Carlisle , Stephanos d’Sainte Jeanne, Nurse Veera Lakshmi, Archne .
4.) The Traumatizing childhood: Remember that time when you walked in on your mother being eaten by a vampire? No? Maybe it was just me, then.
5.) Minor antagonists: Nurse Angeline Fairfield, Avery Halloway and Caro’s phobia…mice.
“I know you,” Perkar whispered, drawing his sword.
“And I know you,” Karak answered, his thin lips parting in a grin. “The Huntress believed you dead, but I knew better.”
“Why, why? Mortals and gods alike ask that question more often than I care to hear it. I let you live because I like pretty things.”
“You think me pretty?” Perkar asked incredulously.
-from “The Waterborn”, J. Gregory Keyes.
Another rough for what may or may not become a finished illustration some time in the future. You know you’re going to have a good time reading a book when the ambiguous trickster god refuses to address your male protagonist by his name the entire story, opting instead to refer to him as “Pretty Thing”. Karak, you rock. XD
“Ngangata!” he cried, reaching for the man’s neck to seek his pulse.
“Let me sleep,” Ngangata whispered. “I need some sleep.”
Perkar sat with him, occasionally touching the body to make sure it was still warm. “ I want you to live,” he told the sleeping man.
—from “The Waterborn”, J. Gregory Keyes.
This is a rough for something I might possibly paint in the future, provided I get off my lazy ass and frickin DO IT, based on a particular scene in “The Waterborn” by J Gregory Keyes. IT’S SO BROMANTIC. D: Perkar and Ngangata, best bros forever!