A Sketch of Blys

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Still experimenting with some different techniques to find the right balance between old (hand drawn sketch) and new (using Photoshop add shading, textures, highlights, etc.) This sketch of Blys gets closer to what I want to do for my next project. The sketch is actually a modest-sized (~ 6 x 9″) pencil drawing on rough paper (to give it some […]

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Henry Answers Reader Questions

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Today, I answered a few questions that readers submitted via Facebook. SPOILER ALERT: I mention events that occur in The Maelstrom. If you have not yet read the book, please keep that in mind.

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New Year, New Aspirations

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Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year is always interesting. It’s a time to reflect, plan, eye one’s holiday paunch, and join a gym(!) 2013 promises to be an interesting year for yours truly as I conclude The Tapestry and move on to new projects. As I write The Red Winter, it’s a bittersweet feeling. I’m both excited […]

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The Maelstrom is here!

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I’m heading to California for a week of school visits and events related to the launch of The Maelstrom. It’s a homecoming of sorts — I lived in San Francisco for nine years and really came to love the Bay Area. The trip is not only an opportunity to launch the book, but also to reconnect with old friends, former […]

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The Maelstrom, Chapter One!

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The Xebec The harbormaster’s bell rang clear and cold as the xebec slipped past the tall breakers and entered Rowan Harbor. Witch-fire burned at its prow, an oily plume of green flames that sputtered in the breeze and cast a spectral gleam on the dark swells. A dozen fishermen and smugglers scattered out of its path, coaxing their smaller vessels […]

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The Maelstrom Cover unveiled!

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At long last, here is the latest cover illustration for The Maelstrom. Cory Godbey has done a wonderful job once again and I think the drawing hints at some intriguing developments in the story. The central figure (and indeed this book’s central threat) is our old friend, Prusias. The latest I’ve heard is that the book will be released in […]

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Final Artwork

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The text for The Maelstrom is finished, so these days I’m spending my time on the final artwork. I’ve completed all the sketches, so the trick now is to recreate them with pen and ink so that they’ll reproduce crisply. To do this, I’ll place the pencil sketch on a light box, lightly trace the lines, and then work with […]

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Ooh La La — Max goes to Paris!

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It’s always exciting to see The Tapestry translated into another language and to see foreign editions with alternate covers. Most recently, The Tapestry’s first book was translated into French where the series is called “The Golden Tapestry” and the first volume is titled “Rowan Academy” Here’s a peek at the cover, which I think is very lovely. The only question […]

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New Additions at Rowan!

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Any artist (or writer) loves to create new characters and creatures. In my case, the same goes for new buildings and settings. In my humble opinion, a setting is a character and can play an instrumental role in shaping the mood and tone of a story. There are many new sights and settings in The Tapestry’s upcoming fourth book, The […]

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