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Friday, January 27, 2012


My first interview by another author and blogger. Click the link and take a look at it. If anyone has any questions, you can ask and I will answer them here.  Enjoy


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Year of the Dragon

Here is a silly piece I drew a while back. Since this is the year of the Dragon, I thought it might be proper. Happy 4709 (the year according to the old Chinese Calendar).

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Book Cover

One of the most attractive qualities of a book is its cover, or it should be. Have you ever been told, ‘’don’t judge a book by its cover.’’ ? Well, that is a good idea and a logical thing to live by but it isn’t entirely the truth. A good book cover sells the book, it appeals to the eye and illustrates characters, settings, objects, and/or story. Think if you went to the movies and all you saw on the walls were large blank sheets of paper with the movie title written on it? Boring, right? Don’t make up your mind by the book cover, but don’t disregard its value.

Now, about mine. Okay, if you have been paying attention over the last two months you will have noticed that I changed my book cover 4 times. The first was a bust, I tried to draw it myself and it didn’t look good on the book, and the idiot I can be misspelled a word on it. On to the next. Okay, when I realized my mistake, with the help of a friend pointing it out, I had to come up with something quickly. So, I just typed out the title and filled it in with color. It was boring, but correctly spelled. On to the next. Alright, the second cover worked, but as I said, it was boring. The book is set in New England, and it deals with the leaves of fall often. So, I got a picture I took here in East Tennessee of the trees in fall. Close enough. I added the title and there I had it, an eye catching cover that worked.

Okay, so it obviously didn’t work well as I changed it again. The third cover was nice, but the title was unreadable through all the colors and leaves. I tried several different fonts and colors of the words and nothing worked. I even  tried to put the title on a banner over the image, which looked third grader not professional….or really semi-professional. I tossed out the idea of using the fall leaves and thought hard about the book. What is thematic enough to really speak as a picture? Stitching. I stitch, mom stitches, and I have a decent camera. I gathered up some of the nicer pieces of embroidery, samplers are classic and pretty. I also took up some of the quartz and amethyst pieces I have to add a touch of fantasy to it. I took that outside and snapped a few images with different settings. With the sun light adding shadow it was just right. Come in and do a little image editing with the computer and presto, a new book cover. The title is readable, the image is suited to the book, its altogether appealing to the eye. For an amateur, it isn’t bad. (If I do say so myself.)

Do not judge my book by its cover. It has so much more than I could ever put into one picture. But, do not disregard the cover either.

Monday, January 9, 2012

What are Kitsune?

I have been asked recently about the Kitsune in my book. First, what are they? And, how do you pronounce the word?

First: Pronunciation: Kitsune is pronounced  Kit’sue’nay .

Second: What are they? For that answer I found this. Thank you Wikipedia.

Kitsune: is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; in English, kitsune refers to them in this context. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. Foremost among these is the ability to assume human form. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others—as foxes in folklore often do—other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives.
Foxes and human beings lived close together in ancient Japan; this companionship gave rise to legends about the creatures. Kitsune have become closely associated with Inari, a Shinto kami or spirit, and serve as its messengers. This role has reinforced the fox's supernatural significance. The more tails a kitsune has—they may have as many as nine—the older, wiser, and more powerful it is. Because of their potential power and influence, some people make offerings to them as to a deity.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year and a New Image

Well, happy New Year everyone. I hope that 2012 proves to be a wonderful year. So far the skies have been devoid of falling rocks, the ground hasn't cracked open, and the weather hasn't destroyed half of mankind yet. So, the Mayan calendar believers have 361 days left to wait for calamity.

I decided to start this year off with a simple post. This is another image of the Ashinaga character I wrote about before. This particular piece was my first attempt at a larger drawing, the actual drawing being 18x24 inches. I found that I could really pour into the details and fill out the image with so much space to work with. The original model I used for this was a man who was modeling for a sportswear catalog. The photographer is a friend of mine and he passes some of his extra images along to me to use for practice work.