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Worth a Thousand Words

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

I believe illustrations are a fantastic way to enhance a story. I think they add a bit of timelessness to the work. I'm always impressed when I see the illustrations of Alice in Wonderland by John Tenniel, or the illustrations in Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates by Howard Pyle himself!

Xandon reaches for the wisp in Chapter 1

Hiring an artist to create my book cover and provide chapter-side illustrations was something I had always wanted to do with Xandon and the King's Scepter. Unfortunately, the old idiom 'a picture is worth a thousand words' is so accurate you could market exchange those words for dollars. Yes, a picture is worth a thousand dollars.

chapter 2 mock up
Statue in King's Court in Chapter 2

Xandon and the King's Scepter never made it to the illustrated stage, but thought I'd share a couple mock ups I created. Enjoy!

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In the early days of writing The King's Scepter in 2013, I had done a few pen and pencil sketches, one you can see below!

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early sketch 2013
Sketch of false wall into castle from Chapter 15

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