Y'all ready? We Free The Stars by @hafsahfaizal is here!
I was so happy to have had the chance to read the stunning conclusion to this duology early, and my heart is whole and brimming with fullness with this story! I laughed, and sobbed, and gasped, it was such a wild ride all the way through the end! The journey these characters trek is so vast, and the feelings they carry are so intimate!
*** Not a spoiler warning, But non-spoilery opinions and feelings on the book below which some may consider as spoilers, sooo kinda a spoiler warning***
To celebrate, I couldn’t help but highlight one of the many romantic moments between our steely duo; Nasira date night! The tension between these two is so palpable, and yet so respectful of each other’s ambitions, which only amplified the yearning - my heaaaart.
Kifah! My spirit person! My hero! 🧡🧡🧡 I so loved how you are the glue, the foundation that kept the zumra whole when it was moments away from shattering.
Altair…. I have no words, but you made me cry more than anything else. I’m crying right now. 😭
I know Hafsah expressed she had a tough journey with this, and I can feel it in her words, but I’m so happy she could share the conclusion of this journey with her readers. Thank you so much and best wishes for the release and future endeavors!! ✨🧡
So very excited to finally reveal this papercraft design, inspired by Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. The original design for this papercraft, (before a quick wardrobe change) was featured on a booksleeve included alongside a beautiful pin in the Beacon Book Box Bitty Box for the special ✨✨GILDED-EDGES✨✨ edition of the book!
From the very beginning I’ve always loved the design of this piece, in particular the snake/skull imagery. Kerri’s Pinterest board was SUCH an inspiration for the art direction and really helped me settle into the mood for this design.
Since Wrath was described favoring long robes, I really went ham on the golden snake, wanting to show off his freakin’ cool tattoo in some fashion. The apple was a fun allegory to the temptation of the Garden of Eden’s serpent, except here Wrath is offering his hand (in partnership) rather than the apple. You’ll also find some other nods to the summoning scene in the bones/candles/fern imagery in the surrounding branches. It’s such a witchy-moody-broody piece, and really high up with my favorites so far!
The book was such a refreshing setting to romp around in, and I love the direction it’s heading into its sequels. But hoooo boy if you all pick up this book, do NOT read it hungry.
Behold! The final artwork from my Spring
2020 quarantine lockdown is revealed! This artwork was featured on a
tote bag in the November 2020 FairyLoot box and is inspired by The Folk of the Air trilogy by Holly Black!
*** SPOILERS FOR Queen of Nothing ****
Originally, I was asked to craft this concept relating to the quote ‘By you, I am forever undone’. So I thought, “When Cardan is undone, what would Jude find?”. A shabby heart; one that looks so like a cocoon just waiting to hatch. The three rings in the background also represent elements that were 'undone’. The crown, the curse, and the Greenbriar bloodline (encircled in starry branches, referencing the prophecy foretold in the stars)
So yeah, was all about those QON vibes….. until.
NOVEMBER 24, 2020
I’ve adopted this as HTKOELTHS fanart, and you can’t stop me.
I cannot. Express. How much patience. I had to scrape. From the bottom of my patience barrel. Before being able to reveal this illustration.
This was an illustration inspired by The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern featured on the latest in the series of puzzles made for LitJoy Crate, and I’m so happy that it’s finally out in the world!!
I don’t know why it’s affected me so much, but this is something I literally fall asleep looking at on my wall every night; it’s like made of dreams and completely my aesthetic. I’m truly in the middle of planning to make this design into an actual working clock of etched/carved and stained wood.
The design was super fun, and a bit deviate from classic imagery for The Night Circus. While the focus here was on the clock, I did try to throw in hints of the different circus tents inside the night train’s cars that circle the clock. The Hall of Mirrors section is probably my favorite aspect, with our secondary characters running through the halls with reflected variants around and between.
And lastly, our two main characters, Celia and Marco are channeling the symbolism of “The Lovers” vignette from the book - always gravitating toward each other, yet never touching.
Time to reveal another Invisible Life of Addie LaRue piece! This time, an illustration featuring a scene from the book where Addie is reading on a rooftop of a building. This was an illustration used in a two-part acrylic framed art print for the Illumicrate October 2020 box. The star pattern was printed on the surface of one of the two acrylic blocks, with the print sandwiched in between - giving it a 3D affect as Addie reaches up to the touch the stars.
This frame concept was perfect for this scene, because in this scene, there are no stars in the sky. Seven freckles, seven stars, allusions to seven great loves in her life. Her life, that only she can reminisce about, only she (and the reader) can see. Without the acrylic frame, you only have Addie cautiously reaching up to an invisible star, but one that seems to be tangible:
So excited to reveal the papercraft artwork featured on the Illumicrate September 2020 mug! This was inspired by #Uprooted by Naomi Novik and features a scene with Sarkan, Agnieszka and the Wood Queen in the heart of the Wood.
The orange entry in the series of rainbow mugs! (have y'all noticed that yet?) Funny enough, this scene IS described as orange in the book, which was so coincidentally perfect?
We did a last minute color change to the artwork after the papercraft was finish to push back the green a bit, which is why the close ups look a bit different. I posted both versions here, but I really love how fully autumnal the mug turned out with the alternate scheme!
This was BY FAR my favorite use of vellum in a papercraft. It gave such a great fade out so that it really looked like our grumpies-to-lovers pair are standing in water!
What’s with your weapon of choice, Kaz? Hmm??
I see you. You can’t go around shucking eyeballs, flexing your skills without a side hustle to practice with.
Happy to share 3 new papercraft artworks featured on the exclusive alternative dust jackets included in the Illumicrate Collections Edition for the Shades of Magic series in collaboration with V. E. Schwab!
The was such a weird-feelings concept to work on! I always had the image of Kell’s coat dissolving into the London skyline, but it was the detail of the transition I left until the very end of the cleanup as I felt it was too simple in execution. I fretted over it so hard, but when I finished a draft, I really loved it for its simplicity after all. (Just BE what you were meant to BE!)
Can I just say that I love the fact that since Kell’s coat has so many various sides and appearances, that every iteration of Kell’s coat in every ADSOM artwork is possibly canon? There’s a camaraderie there that I think about whenever I design a new version. Meanwhile, I still can get away from this crazy hair style. I actually came across a picture of a redhead with their hair styled this exact way, as if gravity was shut off. On Kell, it makes it look like he’s brimming with magic so much that his hair stands on end, like static.
Oooooh the Danes. These two were so delicious to design. But I must admit halfway through working on Astrid, I realized her hairstyle reminded me of Pokemon’s Jesse, and suddenly these two were cemented in my thoughts as a lethal (bleached) Team Rocket.
This was the jacket that started them all! Very early on, I had a vision for Lila interacting with some physical image of magic. The streaks of color trailing her twin knives are what I represented to be the afterimage of magic (same with the little sparks of runes / letters; associated with the verbals used to spellcast). It gave me a great way to show her motion in this mid-air spin, notably in her tournament garb. Her mask, the colors, the sparks and flair gave off a dark Mardi Gras vibe, and I carried the same motifs through out the rest of the jacket designs.
Alucard was also the first of the secondary characters to be added to the jackets! I loved highlighting the confidence and swagger he carries in his persona and magic. Another no-brainer to pair these two up! The friendship that matured between Lila and Alucard was one of the highlights of the series for me, especially in this book. They were like two big cats (…or three) gracefully circling each other, tolerant and curious, but always wary.
This is my favorite of the three covers! The stark black and white composition of this piece just hits me everytime! While Rhy was originally carrying the concept for this jacket solo, Holland was added in later to create a flippable artwork for the dust jackets. They were characters that both had amazing arcs in ACOL, so it was a no-brainer to pair them up for this design.
I wanted to accentuate the weight of Rhy’s mantle as he pulls it around him - the folds in the cloth revealed to be tenrils of dark magic, almost pulling it back or weighing it down further. The same tendrils break away from the mantle to wrap around Holland, who has little power to stop it. It’s just a touchy-feely piece in all the good and bad ways! 😫✨🧡
Finally revealing this illustration, featured on the latest LitJoy Crate puzzle in their August 2020 Box, Elemental Magic! Inspired by Strange the Dreamer by the great Laini Taylor, featuring Lazlo, Sarai and the godspawn crew, Ruby, Minya, Feral and Sparrow!
This concept here sort of derailed a bit, as I had meant to embed the godspawn crew into the pockets of color you would usually see on a moth or butterfly’s wing. I’m not sure if it completely comes across here, but it’s one of those situations when you work on something for so long that it takes off into its own direction and your original ideas begin to blur. But the idea of Sarai having to shoulder the guilt of having a freedom that her spawn siblings can’t experiences is where these symbolic moth wings emerged from. She carries them and their dreams with her while she frolics in the nightmares of humans.
This illustration has such bittersweet memories for me as, in addition to the ADSOM jackets, it was the second of three major projects that I lost in the 2020 Rosie Computer Corruption / Crash. This one got hit so hard that even the project folder was disintegrated. Luckily I was able to refer to the concepts I had sent over to Litjoy via email, but had to reconstruct a good portion of the illustration to get back to where it was.
But I’m so happy with how it turned out - the color palette is once again reminiscent of stained glass and I love how the textures of the smoke, plum tree and wireframe drawings of the spawn’s dream items almost look tangible.
I’m absolutely excited to finally show this illustration inspired by The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, commissioned by V.E. Schwab as a bonus print with every ticket purchase for her upcoming virtual tour in October 2020! I usually take the time to deep dive into these pieces; to explain the symbolisms and inspirations and hidden meanings - but I approached this illustration as how one would approach cutting a movie trailer. To tease your curiosity with its emotions and capture your attention with its mystery, and hope that as you read it, the story behind this illustration begins to unfold with the book.
I hope everyone reading it for the first time can really take the time to absorb it - it’s such a heavy-hearted, slow-burning, and wonderfully atmospheric book. Since I did not have an audiobook version (which I’m STOKED to re-experience when its released), I could only read a little bit at a time on my daily dog walks. But it gave me the time to sink into each segment, and feel a similar stretch of time as Addie was experiencing through her 300 years.
Thank you so much, once again, to V.E Schwab and Tor Books for this wonderful opportunity! I’m excited for it to finally be
released to you all, and super stoked to have been one of the many
artists in these campaign events who contributed what I would consider a
‘review’ with our artwork. It’s something I’ve always thought would be
improbable to review an ARC through art in lieu of written reviews.
Time to drop this art piece! Based on a whimsical scene from SJM’s latest release House Of Earth And Blood. This was built exclusively for atouchofmagicdesign’s (on IG) August 2020 art drop!
I was requested to do this piece before I had a chance to read Crescent City, so I was keeping an eye out for this mysterious ‘Drop’. Little did I know how far into the novel it took for it to actually happened, so it made me just as frustrated with Bryce as everyone around her: 'Take the freakin’ DROP!’.
This piece had a massively different color scheme at first that matched the cover’s gold and red colors, but we shifted the scheme to the current color set and I’m all the more happy for it - it has a dance club techno vibe and plays up Bryce’s party-girl motif. Hence its project title, 'Drop a Beat’. Just looking at this gives me violent cravings for Starbursts and Taffy.
Side note: Wardrobe change! The close up shots show previous differences to Bryce’s lips and shirt color that were not reshot after editing the final photo, for which I no longer have the piece in my possession. My mistake! Ignore!
“My Things”, Part 2 of this project complete! If the last one was an action heavy climax from Neil’s perspective, this is the cool down from Riko’s perspective. And what could cool down something better than Andrew and Neil’s icy stare?
My gosh, trying to capture Andrew’s ‘bored’ stare-down is like capturing lightning in a bottle. Neil’s shit eating grin, I can’t decide, is either trailing from his baiting Riko, or his exhilaration at Andrew’s definitive intervention. (probably both)
This was such a fun project - and a great exercise in anatomy and lighting. By popular request, this pair of artworks is available in my print shop that will perpetually donation portions of proceeds to The Trevor Project! (link posted in bio
THIS, my friends, is called overindulgence!
Part one of two images from the pinnacle scene for me for Andrew in the All For The Game trilogy. This one is called ‘Don’t Touch’. A second rendering named ‘My Things’ will follow shortly. The pair will be available as prints in my shop with portions of sales donated perpetually to The Trevor Project.
Spoilers for the series below!!
I put SO much time and research into this pic; perspective, anatomy, lacrosse gear, bo staff and mace training, SO much research, but still cannot do justice to how hard this series hit me with its characters. This scene in particular, one of the penultimate moments in the series, was the capstone for me for Andrew’s character arc. A throwback to what Andrew said to Riko in the beginning of the series ‘Don’t touch my things,” apathetic Andrew never moved for Neil before this moment. Indirectly admitting that ‘this thing’, is a thing that Riko can’t touch.
Edit: Part 2: https://rosiethorns88.tumblr.com/post/624081397753200640/my-things-part-2-of-this-project-complete-if
Time to reveal my favorite papercraft artwork that I’ve made for the Illumicrate mug series! Featured in their June 2020 box! Based on the Villains Duology by Victoria Schwab!
I always love working in Victoria’s aesthetic - playing with a limited palette is a great color exercise. Fun fact! I created the background by caking on layers of gesso and acrylic, then carving through it with a steak knife to create the ‘wainscoting’ effect; as if carved by the knives present in the papercraft.
❤️❤️❤️Vengeful Spoilers below! ❤️❤️❤️
This papercraft was such a no-brainer. The concept just flowed out so easily, even though the contexts of the character’s symbolism are few sentences in passing. Victor blantantly being skewered by the knives are very blunt representantions of the episodes of severe pain he experiences throughout Vengeful. Eli’s was the most obscure, referencing his father carving 'new feathers into the torn wings of Eli’s back.’ Both boys struggling to make their way toward Marcella, who’s balancing on a bed a knives like a boss and then wisping them away without fuss.
Bonus doodle I made while relistening to the series for this piece - from the scene in Vicious that always sends chills and thrills down my spine.
New papercraft featuring Howl, Sophie and Calcifer from Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle! This was a custom papercraft request that was gifted to a winner of an Illumicrate giveaway!
Super fun time with this one, and easily regret letting it go! Howl was specifically requested to be in his bird form (I guess, one of the more appealing versions). But I was quite interested in the dream sequence when he appears in the tunnel with toys and trinkets stuck to the walls. I imagined that he would possibly roll around in these items and put little gold flecks and nuggets of magic stuck in his feathers as a result.
I finished Crescent City.
I’m so excited to reveal this piece inspired by the Raven Cycle. I loved the character interactions in this so much and it was super fun to hide the ‘easter eggs’ as superficial stylistic emblems in the trees. Each item is a little nods to events, objects and symbols of each character (there are about 15 in total). If you look closely the trees outline a leyline shape around the group. This appeared as the latest Litjoy Crate puzzle in the May 2020 box!
My mind has been feeling restless, so I got some basic papercraft supplies - shout-out to @rosiethorns88 and her beautiful beautiful art for inspiring me to try this
This is my favorite paper brand! 😍 The texture and thickness is just… 😫👍❤
Hope you have fun! 😊
A new illustration of the many numerous scenes I’ve wanted to illustrate since reading QON last November. If it’s not clear, this is the scene when the Bomb asks Cardan to leave the royal chambers so she can repair and redress Jude’s stitches - and Cardan gets the final quip as he exits. These little subtle gestures are easy to miss, but make such a big impact with character and relationship building (at least for the reader’s eyes). It didn’t say explicitly in the text, but I’d imagine Jude was quite in a state after the lines Cardan spoke just before this moment. Quite fun to express, for both of them. (and the Bomb totally knows what’s up)
A new illustration that was featured as a display triptych in the @illumicrate Chain of Gold Special Edition box! It features the main trio from the Infernal Devices trilogy, Will, Tessa and Jem!
I had a really fun time with this piece, and it allowed me to get in some nice expression detail for the two pairings. The flat colors (meant to replicate stain glass) was an appealing style to work in! Black Friar’s bridge can be seen behind the couples in the time period that they’re in. (’A bridge through time’)
I must say, I’m super new to the Shadowhunters world - at least in the book spectrum. I was suuuuuper put off from reading the series since I distinctly remember not enjoying the original City of Bones film. Unrelated to participating in this box, I did get some prodding about this trilogy from other readers, and the time period setting really appealed to my tastes. I started from TID #1, went back to TMI #1 for world building context, and finished off TID #2 and #3 - and I very much enjoyed it! I was working on the Nutcracker Papercraft as I was listening to the final chapters of Clockwork Princess, and y'all………….
I had to RECUT some of the pieces because of tear stains.