If you are anything like me, then you:
- A) Dream to see your book characters illustrated,
- B) Cannot draw a believable humanoid if your life depended on it.
Luckily, this is where my personal superhero, TheSwanMaindeN, comes in.
When you get an artist to illustrate your characters, you can take different routes. You could describe in detail what exactly you want to see, you could give them complete freedom, or you could go anywhere in between.
When I asked TheSwanMaideN to illustrate my book cover, I gave her a detailed description of what exactly needed to be there. However, when it came to Armida’s portrait, I decided to try something different and to give her only a vague idea about the character. “You are great at drawing hair,” I said, “and even better at drawing dresses. Go for it.”
This was one of my better decisions because – surprise, surprise! – it turns out her imagination is way better than mine. What I got was this:
Armida is Prince Vladimir’s lover. An ambitious vampire, she has a strong influence over the court at the Palace. Still, she is dissatisfied with the power she holds and is willing to do what it takes to get what she desires.
I am currently editing Books 1 and 2 and writing some scenes from Book 3, and as Armida’s role is expanding, she is slowly becoming one of my favorite characters. I couldn’t be happier to see such a great portrait of her.
You have perhaps already seen Prince Vladimir’s portrait, which has been on the sidebar for a while now:
Prince Vladimir is the vampires’ leader, who has staged the Nightfall to conquer the world. His only weakness is his love for the art and culture of the human world, and our intrepid heroine must find a way to use this against him.
Once again, I am grateful to be working with such a talented artist.