The Trailokya Trilogy is the kind of book that encourages art. So naturally, at some point, a feature was due. That feature happened in September. 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.) In compiling that feature, I found there was quite a few more pieces that could be featured on another post.
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 several more 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.)
October 2017 Art Feature
This first piece is one that I am particularly proud of. It depicts Naajah and her wife. Finishes were done in Google’s filters that once existed, and which I miss dearly, on Google+ Photos.
Above is an image of one of the guardians of Gediel’s pack. This is Tybor, the Great Dane. There are subtle alterations to the original photo (pixabay.com) that include Google filters and the addition of a penannular, which lies under his collar.
This was another simple manipulation with filters and the addition of the Watcher symbol. It rally suits Burning Down.
Maiel’s second and third children are the twins: Amaiel and Chaiel. Alterations include colorations to make them ginger, and the addition of Ardhodita wings to match their hue. Google Filters, photoshop.
The above piece features and inset of Tajael, Terra Order guardian. She’s a mutli layered manipulation. The penannular is my creation. The image required finding and cutting out armor that would work, an appropriate earring to reflect her vocation, and the addition of the red ochre braids. The other braids had to be laid back over the armor. A red braid was added to the base of the ochre ones.
This graphic was constructed to show the seals of each dimension, and the movement that an atman could take to find themselves relegated to any of them. See The Seven Planes: A Primer.
This final piece is a photo-manipulation to depict a scene from the books. The ship had to be cut out of a photograph retaining the rigging, and treated with layers to make it more 3-dimensional. Water ripples, a bridge gate and toning complete the work.
Please click on the links above to see even more. You can also peruse the Online Companion that many of these pieces illustrate.