Concept sketch for the crazed king

I thought I would post this sketch of one of the new characters in Kendra Kandlestar 5. He is a king, but I don’t want to reveal his name at this time.

I actually showed a picture of him in an earlier post, but after writing some of the crucial scenes with him, I realized that the visual wasn’t matching his personality. Here’s the original sketch, which shows him looking rather benign:


This is the latest one and, as you can see, he looks a little more moody and perhaps not so kind. He plays a very important role in the new book.


The Knights of Winter Woodsong

I didn’t have much time to work on my own writing and illustrating while I was on my recent trip in Thailand, but a few scribbles did find their way into my sketchbook, including two pages about the Knights of Winter Woodsong.

Well, at least that’s what I think they will be called. These are members of the underground resistance that are hiding out in the secret tunnels beneath the Land of Een and trying to survive the tyrannical rule of Burdock Brown.

Knights of Winter Woodsong - sketch

Knights of Winter Woodsong - sketch

Preliminary sketches for the City on the Storm

One of the pivotal locations in Kendra Kandlestar 5 is the City on the Storm. Many of you have been following Kendra for awhile, waiting for her to reached this fabled city and in this book you will finally have your patience rewarded.

The concept sketches below represent some brainstorming both in terms of plot and setting for an important sequence of events in the book. However, I’ve since decided for a different look for the city (which I will show in a future post).

Originally, one of my writing confidants (yes, Paige, it’s you) gave me the idea of calling the city Feenix, playing on the spelling of the mythical Phoenix, the bird that rises up from the ashes. You see, the City on the Storm represents a sort of rebirth of sorts, so we thought it would really fit.

But, upon further reflection, I decided that the city required a different name. So now it will be called something else. (And yes, I know what it is; I’m just not telling you—yet.)

City on the Storm "map" sketch.

City on the Storm concept sketch