Yet another fine piece of work by Andrei Kope. The more I see of his talents, the more I get excited about the work that I might get him to do for me. This piece, Fighting Spirit, is just stunning.
It is always a good feeling to see a character from a story in visual art, and the latest piece by Andrei Kope provides me with another of my animal characters. However, unlike Melissa the Wolf, who is a shape-shifter, or Shadow Eagle, who is a human trained as an assassin, this character is purely animal. Meet Wanderer.
So many writers enjoying seeing their work turned into artwork. For me, it fuels me with inspiration to keep going. Recently, I commissioned another piece of art by Andrei Kope, an image from one of my works-in-progress that will likely take me many years to finish.
For those who have read through my earlier blog posts will have seen previous pieces by Andrei, in particular The Mark of Baeya and Melissa the Wolf. Today, I'd like to introduce you to the latest piece by the Romanian digital artist. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Shadow Eagle.
When I commissioned this piece, I will admit that I gave him very little guidelines. I told him that I envisioned a flying eagle with its wings spread wide with four black roses in its talons, the roses bordering between bud and full bloom.
It is the goal of many writers to create a visual image in their readers’ minds using the power of the written language. For me, I know I’m reading a good book when I no longer see the words on the page, but rather a movie created by my imagination plays before my eyes. For an excellent book, I also hear sounds.
But how do writers get the inspiration for these vivid scenes they write? How do they know if the scene they’re painting with words is the scene that is playing in their readers’ heads? Many of my fellow writers have notebooks filled with sketches that they were attempting to describe with words, but needed another medium to help them find the adjectives. Me… I can’t draw, not unless you want to consider technical drawing as drawing — which I suppose it technically is (pun intended), but not quite what I’m talking about here. A bunch of lines and curves with dimensions most of the time is boring to look at and not the inspiration that I seek as a writer.