8/30/2012

Concept Art: Rim

Rimmegoan Dayor, is the title character of Warrior's Fury. He is a forty-two year old Nanhew mercenary-for-hire (or 'blade' as they are commonly referred to on Melyund). . .

I've attempted to draw Rim quite a few times since his character began to morph into what it is today...

~ This is a cartoon I did of Rim early on in the writing of the book.

 
~ This is one of the first 'decent' portraits of Rim that I attempted.


And then, recently I tried my hand at another portrait that I decided was good enough to translate into a Photoshop 'painting'...

~ My original pencil sketch of the latest Rim portrait...


~ Photoshop 'painting' of Rimmegoan Dayor.

The sword Rim is holding (and the rest of the weapons in his arsenal) is supposed to be made entirely of klombortin (a pure white metal) but I wasn't quite sure how to get the hilt to come across so I settled for just the blade being white for now . . . Anyway, let me know what you think! :)

Next I plan on doing a portrait of Harin Oudek, so keep an eye out. . .

8/27/2012

The Way We Speak


"...but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so." ~ James 3:8-10 ESV

    I almost always find myself thinking James's emphasis would be better served if an exclamation point were placed at the end of the last sentence in the passage above. The things James speaks of in the third chapter of his letter strike close to home for me, because the way I speak and communicate have been some of the focus points that the Lord has continually pointed out to me with greater and greater emphasis in the last few years.
    The passage that has most impacted my view on this subject is Ephesians 4, and within that chapter verse 29 has been embedded upon my heart - though, admittedly, not to the extent that I pray it one day will:

"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." ~ Ephesians 4:29 ESV

    The NASB words it like this:

"Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear."

    Of course, whenever it comes to correcting your tone of voice toward a sibling/child who is (in your mind) making a nuisance of themselves, or the way you communicate an idea/conviction to a friend, your emotional state and thoughts need to be dealt with as the 'heart' of the matter.

 "...For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." ~ Matthew 12:34(last half)
 (See also Matthew 12:33-37, 15:10-20, Luke 6:45... also the Psalms and the book of Proverbs are full of references to different aspects of this concept)

    But there is still the clear fact that we are commanded (by God's grace in the sanctification process) to constantly seek to better control our words, that we may only ever speak in a way that honors and glorifies our LORD.
    May we ever persevere to keep any kind of 'cursing' (i.e. actual curses, cussing/profanity, harsh words, slandering, gossiping, 'giving a hard time,' crass or lewd conversation, etc...) from our lips. And may we not only stop these things, but start proclaiming - by word and deed - the name of our precious Savior, Jesus Christ, and his gospel to everyone we meet.
"Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." ~ 2 Timothy 4:2 ESV
"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." ~ Philippians 4:8 NASB

8/20/2012

A Few Things About Warrior's Fury

I am currently waiting on the second proof for Warrior's Fury, so I still don't have a specific release date, but I thought I'd go ahead and give a more expansive outline of the story than the synopsis covers. . .

And let you see the improvements that have been made to the cover ;)

Warrior's Fury is a story that takes place on a planet called Arn. Residing in the Realm of Ivarun, Arn is roughly the size Saturn and has a similar ring - referred to by the inhabitants as the Baershksh Wall.

The story revolves around a forty-two year old Nanhew warrior/mercenary, Rimmegoan Dayor, and the older Nanhew who hires him as a bodyguard, Harin Oudek. We follow the unlikely pair and a number of other characters (among them Harin's daughter, Elsira, and the captain of the ship they travel aboard, Zeegan) as they sail from the enormous city of Khohodym, to a small island in the Pefrayo Archipelago, to a previously unknown island with a colossal mesa making up its southern half. (In the beginning of the book we see Harin obtain a mysterious artifact that turns out to be a Nayrldosh map that leads them to the island)

After enduring months at sea, surviving an attack by marauders and barely making it through a fierce storm, the group is then drawn into a struggle against an evil horde of crazed monsters and their overlord atop the Great Pillar.

The title of the book refers to Rim's propensity to anger, hatred, and violence, and throughout the course of the story we learn a little about his tragic past and watch as his interactions with Harin, Elsira, and the other characters begin to pull Rim out of the mire of bitterness that oppresses him. . . . I don't spend a lot of time on that aspect of the story, but it does play a part in the 'character development' side of the book.

Obviously, as you can tell from the first two paragraphs above, the story is set in a completely different world (or 'Realm' - as I refer to them) and so the book could definitely be included in the genre of 'epic fantasy' . . . but I think the overall story would be better classified as a 'fantasy adventure' since the novel is technically a standalone (hint-hint for anyone who prefers to follow a character for longer than one book ;)

Hmm . . . . Well, if you would like to read more about Warrior's Fury, please leave a comment and tell me what you'd like to know! :)

8/13/2012

Moriah's Walk for Children


A friend of mine, Moriah, sent me an email today with the link above ^ ....

Feel free to check it out and donate! :D


P.S. an update on Warrior's Fury will be posted soon ;)

8/08/2012

The Proof has Arrived!

I received the the first proof for Warrior's Fury today! :)

The cover is a little dark (the good news on that is it provides me with an excuse to improve the art at the same time that I brighten it up ;) and there are a few tiny formatting details to be taken care of - but it is now a definite guaranty that the book will be available close to the end of this month! :)

Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord! ~ Psalm 117
ESV

Joseph the Masai Warrior




I tried finding the sermon this is an excerpt from, but I only found another 'compilation' by Googling the link that is shown at the end of this video but no longer works... I believe the link would have led to This Video 

8/02/2012

Concept Art: Gree'uhk

I've been encouraged by several friends to get more illustrations up on my blog, since there won't be any in the book. I am planning on drawing out a map that will at least cover the places traveled in Warrior's Fury...


For now, here's some art for the Race that Ayom (a character in Warrior's Fury) is a member of...

~This is the first full sketch of a Gree'uhk that I did.
(The medium is Pen'n'Ink)
~And this is a Photoshop 'painting' :)

Gree'uhk are essentially just a 'branch' of the Melntayjj Race, however, the differences between the two (mainly the Gree'uhk's wings) are enough that they are usually considered distinct by the other Races. Also (and this is a bit of history I will expound on later), the Melntayjj disowned the Gree'uhk several years after the Great Migration, which caused the 'cultural' skew between the two that helped along the other Races perception of the gap between them...

Anyway, Ayom isn't a very important character (and he doesn't have a giant sword)  in Warrior's Fury but he's definitely among the 'cooler'-looking characters in the book ;P

Let me know what you think! :)

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