Phew, just finished doing the inkwork on a little picture for the back cover of Land of Fire, ready for the print edtion. It's Bu, the character-filled dog from Muspelheim, for those of you who've read the book! She's supposed to be some sort of Buhund ancestor, but I picture her bit more like a Karelian Bear dog.
Here's the pencil sketch. That weird yellow effect is from my lamp that I work by, but I liked it so I left it:
I've put her at the bottom of the page so I can wash the rest in reddy-orange to match the front cover, then add the blurb in Gimp. I hope!
Here she is in ink with my trusty quill pen. I must say it's a bit nerve-wracking to be using bulletproof black on something that matters so much to me. I know, I know, in a disaster I could redo the drawing and start again, but working at such a small scale you never quite get the character the same twice, and I love the character I've caught here!
Outside right now, I can hear the router going. Andyroo is cutting out the soundboard that he glued to the frame of my Anglo-Saxon Harp/Lyre yesterday. He called me out to see it with all the clamps on it and I had to take a photo of it. Every clamp we have was in use!
In other writey news, I sent digital copies of Chicken Soup for Satan out to my usual first three readers. Very exciting when my work finally gets an audience other than me, and since I don't show it to anyone or even talk about it much till I am sure it is ready, I am always rather trepidatious by the time it actually goes out there.
So far, one person has finished reading it and says it is very enjoyable. Despite the title, this is a rather light and fluffy story that moves along with a quick pace, just right for those times when you don't want to read anything too heavy. My reader is already asking for a sequel, and I must say the main character would be great to write into more stories. I like him a lot!