Friday, December 28, 2012

Because my daughter doesn't visit my blog...

My daughter, Sarah, is quite an accomplished artist. Having had some training in art, I have an eye for quality and can be quite critical when it comes to such things. She's also highly competitive and wants nothing more than to "beat her old man." What she doesn't realize, is that she already has.  While I was a decent graphic designer, I never have had the skill for illustration that she does.

At the request of my wife, Sarah has been drawing characters from Riyria as her Christmas gift to her mother. She hates it when I show off her work, because she is stubborn (wonder where she gets that ) and any praise she  receives she wants to earn on her own.  No help from anyone, and least of all from me, her arch-nemesis. 

But my daughter doesn't come to my blog, so I can do what arch-nemisis do everything possible to thwart the hero.  To that end I present to you a drawing Sarah has done for my new series, The Riyria Chronicles,  and more specifically the first book in the series The Crown Tower.

For those that don't know. This book is the origin story of Royce an Hadrian.  Two very different men, who probably not surprisingly, didn't like each other very much when they first met.

A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadias can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.


  1. I love it! A bit on the excessive side - Hadrian is smack-downly beefy and Royce is super-modelly skinny - but it surely captures just what I always imagine about the duo.

  2. I'm really looking forward to reading your next books. :)

    The picture's really good. She captures how the two would feel about each other very nicely. I agree with Anh about the excessiveness, but I guess that's what graphic art is about. =D

  3. Wow! Your daughter has some MAD SKILLS. If she sticks with it, she'll have a very successful illustrating career.

  4. And ... if you ever do any young adult/children's books, she should do your cover art/illustrations!

  5. Oh wow is she talented. Great drawing of these two. :D

  6. Awesome illustration, and pretty much how I pictured them while reading the books. I totally agree with E.S. Cameron - you two would make a great team if you ever decided to do young adult/children's books. That is, if you can put your rivalry aside ;)