These are pieces which I’ve commissioned from different artists.
I’m sure you’ll all recognize the cover of Ancient Ruins. While not quite how I imagined Sistina, it works rather well regardless. This was commissioned as a Christmas present from my wife in late 2016, and I actually had no idea it was going to be good enough to use for my cover. In all honesty, the previous cover idea would’ve sucked horribly.
I commissioned this picture of Phynis Constella as soon as I realized there was a decent demand for Ancient Ruins, but before it really exploded. This is being used for the cover of Spells of Old. I rather like it as a whole, and love Jackie’s interpretation of the cover for Halls of Power.
This was a difficult piece, mostly because I was quite demanding on it. I had what I wanted, and budged very little. If you read this, sorry, Jackie! I just wanted it right. I love the final version, though, and jealously guard my high-res versions of it.
Mouthful of a name, isn’t it? This is because I have two different world trees from different settings, and this is the one from before the Godsrage. The tree is in the neighborhood of 5 miles (8 km) tall, just to give a sense of perspective.
This piece was commissioned for the novel Marin’s Codex when it morphed from a novella to a full novel. Marin is the redhead, and Emonael is the brunette, though she’s not in her natural form.
This is a picture of Sistina, by IndyMBras. I like the picture as a whole, even if it doesn’t quite get across the elegance that I personally view Sistina as having. But nothing matches my imagination, hmm?
Sistina by Hoang Lap, this is a piece which I commissioned and eventually decided to use for the Ancient Dreams omnibus. While the tattoos aren’t quite right for her skin, it’s still a beautiful painting.
Keeping in the theme of Ancient Dreams, here we have The Jewels, Phynis, and Sistina, by June Jenssen. I love how June brought them to life. I should add that I deliberately requested the painting to be in groupings of three so it could easily be split into multiple pieces.
Tyria & Diamond, by June Jenssen. Once again, this is a piece that I love how it brought the characters to life.
This art is by Brendon and Brian Fraim, and is the cover art for the book Born a Queen, that as of this writing will be releasing in October of 2017. I really like it, but I have no clue if I’ll be able to get them to do the art for later books. I hope I will!
Born a Queen, by June Jenssen
A new version of Born a Queen to help the book stand out in the store, June brought Lilith to life far more accurately than I could have hoped. The background may not be perfect, but it’s an alternate universe. I have absolutely no issues with pretending the Oakland bridge has the same design as the Golden Gate bridge.
Down with the Queen, by June Jenssen
This is the cover I commissioned for Down with the Queen, and I love it. While not perfectly accurate (nothing is), it gets across the feel of each character well, I think, and is far more dynamic than the cover of Born a Queen.
The Avatar’s Flames, by June Jenssen
The cover for a novel I’m working on of the same title, I love how this piece turned out. Any flaws are due to my own descriptions, I’m afraid, but it’s one that makes me very happy.
This is a picture for a character I played originally in 3.5 Dungeons & Dragons. Her name is Myrleena, and she is one of my most beloved characters of all time. I don’t think she’ll be in any of my stories, but she’s important despite all of that.
This piece has no story as of yet. Jacqueline is one of what I fondly refer to as my ‘ultra-villains’. She is a supremely powerful sorceress who is also amoral in the fantasy world I’ve worked on the longest, and I’m not sure that in writing I could do her justice. I’m mulling over story ideas for her, but for present, it’s just art.
This was a piece I commissioned for Sisters of Radiance. Unfortunately, it did not turn out how I wanted it, so this will remain unused. I know that I didn’t give nearly good enough feedback, and misinterpreted the sketch, which is what really killed the picture. AKA: It was entirely my fault I didn’t correct the artist. It was a learning experience for me, but I appreciate the artist’s effort.
This is Lady Anar, one of the lead characters of the eventual novel Sisters of Radiance, one of a demon-descended species called the derran. This piece was largely concept art to try to get her appearance right for an eventual art piece, and I quite like it.
This is another character from Sisters of Radiance, and is a test run to figure out what she might look like. In many ways she’s the main character, I should add.