Introducing Ziiinga

I thought I would post this drawing of a minor character who makes an appearance in Kendra Kandlestar and the Search for Arazeen. This is an Izzard (though unlike Kendra has ever encountered in her previous adventures) and his name is Ziiinga.

Ziiinga the Izzard

Many of my geeky friends (you know who you are) may assume that I named this character in reference to one of our favourite TV shows, The Big Bang Theory—specifically Sheldon’s catch phrase, “Bazinga!” This, I assure you, is NOT the case!

Jinx in the jungle

Jinx in the jungle.Here’s an illustration I recently completed to go with Kendra Kandlestar and the Search for Arazeen, featuring two fan-favourites: Jinx and Oki.

In this chapter, Kendra and her companions find themselves trudging through a jungle as they try to find their way to the City on the Storm. There are many traps and troubles in such an environment for the small Eens—including mosquitoes. Here’s an excerpt from the book that goes with this illustration . . .

The insects began dive-bombing the Eens in an attempt to satisfy their insatiable appetites.

“I’ll show them who’s the boss!” Jinx declared as a giant mosquito swooped towards her. With a slash of her sword she cut the enormous insect in two, leaving a pulpy mess at her feet.

“That’s disgusting,” Ratchet said. “Besides, how can you kill a bug, Jinx? That could have been your long-lost cousin!”

“Then he should have been more polite,” Jinx snarled.

The never-ending quest for the City on the Storm

One of the key locations in Kendra Kandlestar and the Search for Arazeen is the City on the Storm. It feels like Kendra and her companions have been search for it forever, but perhaps the more tiring quest has been my attempts to illustrate this mystical city to my satisfaction.

I’ve posted many illustrations of it over the months, and every time I think I’m done, I end up posting another “final.” Well, here’s my latest, in which I try to make the city seem less like a fortress and more like a magical palace.

I thought I would just post all the other, older versions too for the sake of comparison. I’d like to claim that this one is really my final . . . but I think I’ve now learned my lesson!

City on the Storm

Here’s the previous versions, including my sketches . . .

Approach to the City on the Storm


The Big Bang approaches the City on the Storm

City on the Storm.

Drums of war

Last year I posted some sketches of what Unger drums might look like. The drums play an important part in my final Kendra Kandlestar book, The Search for Arazeen. The Ungers have different beats depending on the ceremony or circumstance. The “thunddrum,” for example, is played when the Ungers are on the hunt for a dangerous quarry. They also have a very specific beat for when they are headed into battle—which will happen at the climax of this book.

I decided to make the final version of the Unger drums sharp and hooked, like one of those beast’s tusks.

Unger drum

The girl who had never seen Een – redux

In a previous post, I showed the illustration I did of a new character for Kendra Kandlestar and the Search for Arazeen. As I said in that post, the character’s name is Charlo Charmsong and she is based on my goddaughter. In that post, I also listed the reasons why I don’t like basing characters on real people. Well, add to that list the fact that I had to listen to my goddaughter criticize my drawing of her character for several days. In her opinion, the girl looked too old based on the character description. (She was right, by the way).

In any case, I did several versions of Charlo’s face, and—finally—I was able to redo it to my goddaughter’s satisfaction! Here’s the final (or what I hope is the final) . . .

Charlo Charmsong