Sunday, April 27, 2014

Art Work!

I'm very excited!

I co-edit a writers' blog
with a bloggy friend
where we post up our own fiction
and work on a fantasy piece
we're writing cooperatively.


Mr N has his own blog, here.


Mr N commissioned me
to design the cover for his first book; 

I was thrilled!

When I was very small
I really wanted
to illustrate books,
so this is a dream come true!

Here it is.


is a darkly humorous interview
with a very engaging hitman.

It's worth a read.



If you don't have a Kindle
(and I don't)
you can download free software
to read Kindle books on your  
PC, Mac, tablet, smart phone 
or whathaveyou.


In addition to Oliver's adventures
there are all kinds of free books 
to load up and read.

In other news,
I'm working on my first male sculpt.

Here he is, trying out 
his flowing locks.


Reminds me of this image
of Parsifal 


That's the kind of hot-house, exotic 
feeling I'm going for.

I'm hoping to dress him in faded velvet and silks.



Any suggestions as to a name?

Lucien? Armand? 
Orlando? Vladimir?
Bill? (heh) 






33 comments:

  1. Nice Doll, Rhissanna. And thanks for the nice things you said about Oliver. I'm back to work on Mabel now. Is she getting her own doll, too? Do you have enough padding for the corset?

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    1. Thank you very much, Mr N! You have no idea how thrilled I was to get an art commission! And I love the book. There'll be more, right?

      As for Mabel, of course she gets her own doll. I'll buy a whole box of padding.

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  2. Congrats on the illustration ! How wonderful.
    The book does sound like a good read.
    I told my English teacher in 7th grade that I wanted to be a writer ~ still I only dabble , but I do love to write.
    A male with flowing lock , I love men with long hair . Vladimir I do like that , or a blonde Francesco !

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    1. Apparently the trick to writing, is just to keep writing. So keep at it! The book is a fun read, so it was even more or a delight to be asked to do the cover.

      Oh, yes, men with girlie hair! I love it and have to be careful I'm not caught staring! Francesco is nice for a blonde!

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  3. I'm reading Oliver, tonight. I was supposed to do him last night, read him, I mean, *cough* but I got a bit busy. I love the story, and I think the black and white is perfect for Oliver's kind of grit. You and Mr. Narrator make a great team. Specially when you work on Mabel. Did you heart that, you two? Where's Mabel!!!

    Now about Mr. NEVER Bill. Because if you name him Bill, I might drive to Arkansas (toothache and all) just to beat you until the poor thing is at least named William. What about Valentino? He would sound as soft as velvet. I like Orlando, too.

    By the way, I totally adore his nose. He's going to be such a looker!

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    1. Yes, we hearted that! Yes, I'm waiting for some edited bits, although it might be a while. Mr N had some formatting issues with Oliver, apparently.

      So, no to Bill. And yes, William is obviously better :)

      About his nose? Thank you! As it's probably the last thing his dinner sees, it should be a pretty one, right?

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  4. Congratulations! Excellent collaboration indeed! Excited to see your latest creation come to life! I will take a look at the story as well!
    xoDebi

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    1. Thank you, Prudence! Artistic collaboration is really exciting and has pushed me out of my comfort zone into new things. and yes, have a look at Oliver. He's a fun guy!

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  5. Fabulous cover! Very noir!

    When I saw you were creating a male vampire, I assumed it was Lestat or Louis... since you had just made little Claudia. If he's not actually an Anne Rice vamp though, I think Magaly's suggestion of Orlando is great! :)

    The Parsifal image is perfect inspiration!

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    1. Oh, I'm grinning 'Noir' was just what Mr N asked for.

      Anne Rice's influence is in the blonde hair and in the choice of clothes, as I'm going 18th century-ish. I'll have to make more vampy boys, as all the name choice people give me are inspiring.

      Glad you like the Parsifal! I'm a huge fan of Symbolist art.

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  6. Congratulations Rhissanna!
    How exciting, what a wonderful collaboration.. Your artwork is exceptional!
    Your sculpture is great.... He looks like a Vladimir to me.
    blessings,
    Penny

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    1. Thank you so much, Penny! I have to admit, working with other artists has been a wonderful experience and it alters and develops my own work in unexpected way. Isn't it great to learn something new? As for the name, Vladimir has some fans. It is a tempting choice.

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  7. Vladimir! (not Putin though :))

    I am so gald yo know you are realzing your dreams. It is also very important to have a like-minded person with you, and you are lucky to have one!

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    1. Hah! No, not like Putin! I do like the name Vladimir, though and have since I was a kid.

      And yes, that's very true. Having someone you work with is a wonderful way to develop your creativity.

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  8. COMPLIMENTS sweet artist...compliments!!!...a lot! Kisses...have a wondeful week. NI

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  9. I do love the cover design, you're so creative.

    Oh wow! A male vampire doll. Blondes have more fun, I know, but I do hope you make a dark haired one some time :)

    I would definitely choose Armand for his name.

    Have a lovely day Rhissanna.

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    1. Aww, thank you! And yes, a male doll. This is pretty new for me. I'm getting a lot of request from people (including Hubby!) to make a dark -haired vampire, so that is next on the list. Armand is pretty tempting as a choice, actually.

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  10. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

    He looks like a Lucien to me:)

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    1. Thank you, Mary Ann!

      Lucien, eh? It is a tempting idea and it does go with his faded locks.

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  11. That's wonderful Rhissanna! I'm so happy for you. I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself as you co-edit and getting to design the cover for a book....how exciting. You did a great job.
    Can't wait to see the male doll....looking good so far.

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    1. Thank you so much! Writing and editing the book is a long term project, but it's been really fun so far. The pretty boy here has opened up all kinds of new ideas. I might even have to embroider something!


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  12. Congratulations! The artwork is lovely! Bill ;) hehe Maybe Erik though! Though I suppose that brings up visions of vikings lol!

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    1. Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it, as it was my first time ever for book illustration!

      I love Sookie, so I did think of Erik. but the face I've sculpted is just a bit too girlie. Not a viking at all. Maybe next time?

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  13. Congrats! I am so happy for you!!!
    I love the new doll! How about the name, Lestat? ;o)
    Hugs ;o)

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    1. Oh! Lestat! I have to admit he was the reason behind the blonde hair.

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  14. Thank you so much for your encouraging and most generous words about Bernard.. I always enjoy your visits.
    blessings,
    Penny

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  15. The book cover really draws you in and I think it's a wonderful fit for the story. Congrats on reaching one of your dreams. I'm fascinated with the male sculpt. For some reason Vincent, is the name that comes to mind.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jo! Vincent is very tempting as a name, actually. And yes, it was a thrill realising a dream. I can tick one off the bucket list, now!

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  16. You did a great job on the cover! xoxo

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    1. Thank you very much! I was really nervous about it, and so glad it was accepted by the author.

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  17. I am reading 'The Mortal Instruments' series and one of the main characters is Jace, who is Shawdowhunter, and has angel blood in him. He has golden hair so I thought of him first when I saw your male sculpt. I do like the name Lucian, too, though, as he is a werewolf in the book series.
    Your cover art is great, it really gets the reader's attention.

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Thank you all for the wonderful and supportive things you say! I'm thrilled to read them and I reply to each one.