A lot of Art

So I have a lot of art to do in the next couple of months.
As in, I am going to be in front of my computer every day just doing art. That’s it. Art.
This isn’t a problem. I am really happy to be doing art, it just feels a little overwhelming to be staring at a list of illustrations I need to get done for my next novel and wondering…ah…whoops…deadline.

Did I mention DEADLINE.

Hah. Hah. Oh boy.

I should be doing art right now.
But instead I am currently writing a short novel I hope to submit to a company here in Adelaide. I’ve always wanted to write a ‘family survives a disaster’ novel and I figured this would be a great opportunity to write that one book I’ve always, really, really wanted to write. It’s only 40,000 words. I can write that in like…two weeks, but, the topic requires a lot of research.
Maybe I can get my brother-in-law to help. He’s good at research…

Anyway, where was I, ah yes, ART.

So, if you’ve ever picked up the paperback versions of KEY and Protectors you’d know they’re illustrated. I really love illustrating fantasy novels. I think it adds another dimension to the story, and it’s fun.

Right now my amazing editor and I are working on the first book in the currently titled ‘Northland Rebellion’ series that fits in between my main ‘Chronicles of the Children’ series. We’ve almost finished the editing. Very exiting.


Here is the half-title page. I’ve been a bit worried though…Jarvis is ‘another boy’ and in an industry that is increasingly looking for female protagonists I don’t know if featuring him on the first page is a good idea. I thought, maybe, to change it to one of the female characters – in which – this book has many.
But I think I’ll leave it as it is, as the title page I am working on balances things out.


I’m trying a different style for this book – different from KEY and Protectors. I wanted to go for a more painted style. I don’t know how it will print, so I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. Here is Khwaja Denvy and Ki’b. For this book – I would have to say Khwaja Denvy is the ‘protagonist’.
I actually wrote this book for Lance.
Lance was an elderly gentleman at the cafe I write at. We would talk whenever he visited, and he told me stories about his time in WWII, growing up as the son of a German father and an English mother. He marvelled me with his energy and vitality despite growing old. We laughed together, we cried together. He was the first man (other than my father) to ever call me beautiful. Every time he would see me he would tell me, ‘You are so beautiful today. Why, if I was a young man, I would marry you.’
I never got the chance to tell him how much those words meant to me. How much those words blessed me. I learnt so much from him.
His favourite character from KEY was Denvy. He considered himself to be Denvy. Lance died before I was able to show him even the draft of Orphans and Outcasts, and I’m actually a lot more emotional about it then I thought I would be, now that I’m coming up to releasing the book.
So I guess that’s why I chose to focus on Denvy as the ‘hero’. Because I saw an interesting story in telling things from the point of view of an older character, thanks to my time with Lance.
Denvy just happens to be a giant-cat alien…

3 thoughts on “A lot of Art

  1. mels365running says:

    I can’t wait for your ‘family survives a disaster’ book! I’ve been looking forward to that for ages 😀 I know you are writing a killer book!!! And I’m sure your bro – in – law would be happy to help you! 😀 xx


  2. Blu says:

    Obviously late by like a year, but:

    Okay yeah, dude I resonate with what you’re doing on so many levels. It’s a grind, illustrating on top of writing for your books (especially when your editor is breathing down your neck).

    I’m currently in the process of getting one of my books edited as well, and was informed I had to redo two of the drawings for it because the other four drawings were noticeably better or something (I actually disagree on that point, but whatever I can make them better). So uh, busy month for me.

    But yeah, the art looks great in my opinion. Full on fantasy by the look of it. You killed the clothing texture on the first one, keep it up! I’m excited to see what you come out with.

    Blu 🙂


    • AuthorKylie says:

      Thank you so much.
      It must be a grind for you at the moment. Ouch, being told to redo drawings is painful, especially when you feel like they’re fine. I hope the newer versions work out fabulously.
      It’s very exciting when it all starts to fall together though, and I really hope it goes well for you. I look forward to seeing it! ^_^

      I am so glad you like my art. Thank you so much. Textures are a lot of fun. It’s great to see what can be done with black and white.

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