Published 2020-08-16Carol E. Leever
Of all the paintings I did for Ven'tarian Silence, I think this was my favorite one. Again, I want to avoid spoilers, so I won't give much away here. This is a little creature you encounter in the book.
The hand is Shalonie's -- had to give her some sort of jewelry as well, since she is a noble, but Shalonie isn't much for high fashion or frippery. She's more at home digging in the dirt for some rare archeological find or climbing through book stacks and scrolls in long-forgotten corners of the library.
The little creature is an elemental -- they play an important role in the story. Surprisingly the creature and the pen were quite easy to paint. I originally had a slightly different design for the crystal at the end of the pen, but I didn't like it. I ended up redoing it a few weeks ago, and I'm much happier with the results.
When I was in high school, I used to draw sketches of fairies and elves (I tried anyway). The one thing I could never manage were hands -- they just seemed like the hardest thing in the world to do. So I would always hide them -- sometimes in ridiculous ways just to avoid drawing them. When I started to teach myself digital painting a few years ago, I remember the first time I drew a hand. I dreaded it, thinking it would be so hard that I'd give up. But to my surprise, it was no harder or easier than anything else. It's just a shape, nothing more.
Believe it or not, the hardest thing to draw were the water drops. Really hard to draw something that has no actual color -- obviously you have to use some sort of color or there's nothing to put on the page. I watched a lot of 'how to draw water drop' tutorials.