Eyes wide open

Kendra Kandlestar

Most of my author friends know about editing and revising. They work really hard on their words, sculpting each and every sentence to try and reach perfection.

For me, I get a double whammy; I end up revising my words AND my pictures. More often than not, one distracts me from the other.

I spent the weekend fiddling with this drawing of Kendra, as she appears at the beginning of the book.

As you can see, I originally drew it to show her eyes closed, capturing her in a moment of meditation. She’s actually inside of Ratchet’s airship in this scene, being taught by Uncle Griffinskitch to use Een magic. She’s using her magic to try and sense the world outside the ship: the falling snow, the nearby mountain crags, and something else that is more . . . ominous.

Kendra Kandlestar.

So, looking at this picture the other day, I decided I didn’t like it. I thought it would be more dramatic to show Kendra with her eyes open to match that moment in the scene when Kendra realizes the ship is in danger.

Hmm . . . I think I like the new one better. What do you think?

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