Yesterday I got all my pieces from the summer show back, so I’ve been busy photographing them. I usually take around seven or eight photos and then open them up into Photoshop to fix them up and chose the best one.
With one of these pieces, I actually have versions taken under three different lighting conditions. The first was taken at the art school with my iphone, the other two at home by windows at opposite sides of the house with a Cannon digital camera. There’s a noted difference between the colors of all three versions.
Since reading The Throne of the Crescent Moon is taking forever (I just haven’t been able to get into it), I decided to make an art update this weekend, using photos from my phone. There’s numerous pieces that I’ve only photographed with my phone, some which are on display at the art school, some in progress shots, and what I’m currently working on.
I work more in traditional media than I do in digital. However, I’m not very good about photographing of scanning my pieces. They tend to build up into massive drifts of artwork. Yesterday, I went through and photographed all the piled up paintings and drawings. Also, the week before was spent in an intensive thirty hours of art classes. Some of the pieces from that are included in here, others were passed along for the art show.
I’ve downloaded a trial run of Corel Painter Pro and have been experimenting with it. It’s not as easy to use as Sai, but that’s because it has so many more features (and it’ll be more expensive if I decide to buy it).
This image was made using the liquid ink features.
From the cover blurb: “Gillengaria seethes with unrest. In the south, hostility toward magic and its users has risen to a dangerous level, though King Baryn has ordered that such mystics are to be tolerated… The King knows there are those in the noble Twelve Houses who could use this growing dissent to overthrow him. So he dispatches the mystic Senneth to assess the threat throughout the realm. Accompanying her is a motley band of magic-users and warriors including Tayse, first among the King’s Riders—who holds a hard view of mystics in general, and Senneth in particular.”
Like the other Sharon Shinn books I’ve read, Mystic and Rider is most certainly character based. There wasn’t a whole lot of suspense or action; instead, it was the enjoyable characters who made me keep picking up this book.
The “motley band” that makes up the center of this book is composed of six distinct characters: Senneth, Tayse, Kirra, Donnal, Justin and Cammon.