Blog Tour | Black Wings Beating by Alex London Fan Art!

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Hello everyone!

I’m excited to be one of the blog tour stops to celebrate the release of Black Wings Beating by Alex London, which came out yesterday. Woohoo!

This was a super unique, soaring fantasy that I think many readers will be drawn to. It features a m/m romance (that’s #ownvoices), twins who have an ever-evolving relationship, hidden political schemes, plenty of action, and the graceful flight of birds of prey that you really grow to appreciate while reading the story. I really urge Young Adult fantasy lovers to pick this book up from your local bookstore or library!

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Author: Alex London
Series: Skybound #1
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:
The people of Uztar have long looked to the sky with hope and wonder. Nothing in their world is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists. Brysen strives to be a great falconer–while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe.Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer. Brysen goes for the boy he loves and the glory he’s long craved, and Kylee to atone for her past and to protect her brother’s future. But both are hunted by those who seek one thing: power.

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Fanart Friday #6: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi Character Art + Phone Wallpapers

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Fanart Friday is a feature to showcase art for books I’ve highly enjoyed recently. Usually they’re for fave characters that I can’t help but want to bring to life through my art!

I’m finally done and ready to share my character art for this gorgeous book! Stay tuned on the blog for my review of A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, which comes out March 28, 2017 from St. Martin’s Griffin. Suffice it to say, I absolutely adored it – possibly even more than The Star-Touched Queen, which is a companion book to this one. We may or may not get some familiar characters, but throughout it all Chokshi maintains her lush writing and vibrant characters.

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Author: Roshani Chokshi
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Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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Fanart Friday (#4): The Star-Touched Queen + Watercolor and Digital Edit

Hey guys! Today I’ll talk a little about my process with this particular piece of work. I guess it’s basically to highlight how you never know where one can go when painting, or drawing, or creating anything in general. I made a lot of mistakes while doing this one, and learned a bunch of lessons throughout it all. 😀 So in the end, I thought I’d share a bit with you guys.

I absolutely adored The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, and you can see my review here. (I highly urge you to check it out on Goodreads too!) The beautiful imagery in the book immediately gave me a lot of ideas. The first picture I sketched and started a watercolor of was a memory tree. That was scrapped, but I might return to it digitally (more ideas are popping up as I type this). Instead, I turned to a starry sky. So a sketch was made with both Amar and Maya, as I always have to have my main ship in the picture.

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If I had Copic markers, I would draw in the facial features and more details for the skin and clothes of the characters. Alas, I never find the time to get those. So I decided to make the edits digitally instead, which turned out pretty swell in the end too.

After doing all I can with the watercolor, I scanned it on my computer to make edits – a lot of them – on some paint programs using a Wacom Splash tablet.

Oddly enough, when I scanned the picture the lighter portions I painted came out a really sick yellow. And I didn’t realize it was there until I switched to my new PC, because the old one (which had Photoshop) has just weird lighting. So yeah, I worked with that stuff for the majority of the session. New tip I learned: to prevent wrinkles, tape the edges of the paper on a flat surface when watercoloring. That’ll probably be better for scanning too.

After coloring in the characters real quick, I switched to my new PC because the old one was making weird noises. I outlined a bit of the lineart, added text, made some finishing touches, and voila, finished product is finished.

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Thanks for staying for the ride! The Star-Touched Queen comes out April 26 – less than a month away. 😀

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