I made it through the holidays in great shape. I hope the same is the case for you. I'm glad to be able to get back to work. I've got both writing and business management stuff to take care of. I'll get back to talking more about the setting for my book tomorrow, but for right now, how about some art?
Back in November I showed off a piece of art for the Hunters' Lodge in my novella. I stated at the time that I wasn't sure if I'd use it or not because it didn't really capture the size and grandeur of the building.
Well, I commissioned a second piece of art from another artist. This time, I'm happier with the result. It doesn't line up with what's in my mind 100%, but still, I think it does a better job of conveying the imposing nature of the Lodge.
So without further ado, here it is:
It's got a blue tint just to make it more appealing on the internet, but in the book it will be black and white.
The details are great. I love the animal heads, and the belching chimney gives the Lodge a more more foreboding look. When the main character first walks up to the front door, he's very intimidated by it. I didn't think the other image communicated that as well. This one does a better job.
I love half-timber buildings. Most of my setting uses that architecture, and I think the artist captured that style excellently. I'm also into the Gothic peaked windows, which are very cool.
Anyway, tell me what you think. Do you like it? Do you want to know more?
I'll be back tomorrow with some more stories to tell. Until then, take care of each other! :)