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.