The Trailokya Trilogy is the kind of book that encourages art. So naturally, at some point, a feature was due. Why wait any longer? Trailokya Fridays thus far have featured images to illustrate the topic of the articles, and in almost all cases, those pieces were created by me using photoshop. I’ve been working with Photoshop since 2007, and was lucky enough to have a week long training class in it for the job I had at the time. (Always take advantage of professional development.)
My skills are still growing, and there are functions I need to refresh myself on, but without the class and years of practice (not to mention my tablet), this wouldn’t be possible. Authors of today really have to up their game to stay in the game. It’s costly to hire artists, but without the ability to create captivating pieces you won’t be able to do much as far as promotional material. Minimalist can be cool, depending on your genre, but powerful images really attract attention.
Below, you’ll see some of the pieces that I felt stood out among the rest. If you want to see more, click the link to my gallery. Also, several images are housed here on the site, at the bottom of each book’s page. Let’s take a look…
(All images are copyright and the property of the stock provider and Author K. Williams. They are not for use promoting other works outside the Trailokya books.)
September 2017 Art Feature
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Simple yet compelling. This piece is a promotional for the final book in the trilogy, The Lucent Rise, which will be sometime in 2018. The artwork here featured in The Technology of Trailokya: Mirror Gates.
It may not look like it, but this piece took a lot of fine work to get to the final product. People were in the far background and a railing of some sort marred the lower right. Then, there are layers of grunge to make the photo look old and, more importantly, like it might have been taken from Zion. This image was featured in The Trailokya Trilogy: The Cloisters.
This image is one of the first that I created for the series. It is a general backdrop representing Zion, and makes a pretty nice wallpaper, too. See the page for The Shadow Soul to see how I’ve been working with this image since it’s creation.
The above images combines several elements to represent the Order of Fenrir. With both digital illustration pieces and photographs, the sky is often the limit, if you know how to blend and have access to quality pieces.
The penannulars are an original creation taken from the narrative of the books. Above is a sample of the versions depicting the variations that indicate rank, such as the final one which is a captain’s penannular.
Trailokya may make use of myths and legends, but the product is hard to find ready stock to depict the characters. For instance, the above piece is an illustration of a doll. Dolls are the fallen, or burned down, sattva of Aghartian aliens.
Here we have a collection of major projects. They required several layers, color changes, and all kinds of other manipulations. You can find the articles they featured in here: Moon Order, Kapalanum, and Gyuto Order.
Please click on the links above to see even more. You can also peruse the Online Companion that many of these pieces illustrate.
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