Here's a quick sketch from the book I'm working on, showing a 90-meter supply ship with that cool x-bow shape all the new OSVs (Offshore Supply Vessels) are sporting. This is the opening scene, afternoon sun highlighting the waves, just before everything falls apart. Speed painting in Art Rage Studio Pro. I'm contemplating storyboarding the whole thing out, create the graphic version of the same story as I'm writing the prose version.
Just a little bit, three weeks or so... Here's the Winterdim cover--complete with leafy QR code. Click the pic for the full view. I think there are some minor tweaks to be made, but it's pretty much there. The book will be out mid-November in trade paper and wherever ebooks are sold. More book stuff here: http://www.SaltwaterWitch.com
This is pretty much a straight port of the Seaborn iPad app to iPhone. The main difference is the "Art Portfolio", which points to my online portfolio. (One collection to maintain and it's always up to date).
I was halfway through development of a Seaborn "universal app" which covers iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches, but dropped that path a couple months back and moved to two separate apps because there are different features and presentation methods--some of them significant--I will be adding for each platform. (e.g., I may move the iPhone version to the Cocos2D framework and include games and other cool things).
I just found this link on Guy Kawasaki's G+ stream. Everything you need to know about starting and operating a street food business in NYC, and I was thinking there's no end to the stories that can come out of being a street vendor in the City. Meeting hundreds of people every day, some of them regulars. The protag—the owner of the food truck or pushcart--can be a retired private investigator, an alien, a vampire, an impatient classically trained chef with a love for yakitori. Think what you can do with humor, information gathering, a front for crime or the CIA, horror--a street food vendor on Sept. 11. What if we turn this vampire/undead thing on its head and suddenly every book and magazine publisher is getting dozens of stories centered on the street food business in NYC? That would be worth writing and submitting a couple stories itself.
Who's with me?
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I'm 40k words into this one, another 80k to go, planning to wrap up in June. In the meantime, here's a character study I drew in five separate pieces in the Brushes app on the iPad, and then assembled into this collage in Photoshop. You can probably guess that this is a little different from the books I normally write.
What do you think of my main character's shirt design?
More on this new story when I can tell you more!
I'm giving away 20 signed and numbered limited edition accordion folded prints (signed series of 100). See the images of the contest art at the bottom of this post. Each comes with a signed info document (see the single green-shaded image below).
Here's how to play—it's easy, there are only two steps:
1. Do one of these:
2. Let me know:
Send me an email or comment here, telling me which of the three things above you did and that you want to be entered into the drawing. Just say, "I got Saltwater Witch for the Kindle. Enter me in the drawing for a print.", or "I reviewed Seaborn here..." (My email is firstname.lastname@example.org)
I will draw five names a week for the next four weeks.
A few more rules: you can enter multiple times. For instance, you can enter once for each book, once for each review, once for each spread-the-news post. Unless you win one of the prints, you remain in the pool for the next drawing.
Onward and downward!
Click the pics for the full view:
I've been playing with the idea of doing a fancy version of Kassandra's family tree for a while--it was a scribbled on page in my journal for a while, and then a quick colored version of it in photoshop, but here's the result of trying to make it look good. (This all comes from Seaborn and Sea Throne if you're wondering--and, hey, if you're wondering, go buy the book--available in print, Kindle and iBooks!)
Want to make your own tree?
Family Tree Elements in PNG and PSD format. Get'em while they're hot!
(Click on the PNG link above to see what the template looks like)
Here's Kassandra's Family Tree--click for the full view: