Thursday, October 23, 2014

Featured Artist in Cascadian Subduction Zone

This month I had the honor of being the featured artist in Cascadian Subduction Zone magazine which is focusing on women and the gaming world. It's the first time I've gone more in depth on my background and I also show a range of art from videogames to my novels, including images from HENGE. The cover features my artwork from CLAN. The magazine also contains a lot of articles from talented people in the industry, so I hope you'll check this out! 




I got the printed version... Check it out!







--Realm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Art - Wordless Graphic Novels

Last weekend I had the honor of attending Art Spiegelman's talk on wordless graphic novels accompanied by slides and live jazz, which made for a very cool visual and auditory experience. Art Spiegelman is a legendary graphic novelist who created Maus. If you are interested in history and graphic novels, you must check Maus out.


I was introduced a few new favorite artists that night, which is not something that happens often.

First off, Lynd Ward. His art is so contrasty and dramatic and perfectly composed. I fell in love right away.



Next, Si Lewen. His art conveys motion with unique shapes and style. I thought it was so remarkable and inspiring. I must have his art in my house. MUST.




I hope you guys check these incredible artists out! I know I'll be collecting more works by them.


--Realm

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

HENGE - Blog Tour + ARC

Hello everyone! HENGE has been sent to proof! Want to read HENGE a month before it releases? ARC (Advance Review Copies) are now available to those who are willing to post a review during the release month of November. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like a copy!


Also, HENGE tour sign up is available on Candace's site! You can also contact her if you are interested in receiving a free copy of the book for reviewing. (You can choose to review when it's convenient for you within a few months.) The tour will run Nov 10 - 21:



HENGE is set for release date: 

11 / 11 / 14

Let the countdown begin! Please stay tuned for preview scenes from the book!


--Realm

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

HENGE - Illustration Preview

Today I am showing you a preview of the illustrations in the paperback version of HENGE. Note, this is not a graphic novel, but a regular novel with around 15-20 illustrations in it. I took a select few images and cropped it onto one page.





Stay tuned for more! I am planning on putting up preview chapters soon.


--Realm

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

HENGE - Cover Art

Hello everyone! Thank you for taking a part in the HENGE cover reveal! It was a lot of fun and I'm so thrilled that you guys liked the cover and premise. In case you haven't entered yet, the raffle for a $30 gift card is still going



The day the cover was revealed, groundbreaking Stonehenge discovery was made! I thought that was pretty neat. And the moon was crazy bright that night. Plus, MAVEN (same name as the King's right hand in the Le Fay Series) is arriving at Mars!

Stay tuned for more preview materials!


--Realm

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

HENGE - Cover Reveal

Hello, everyone! I am so very excited that today is the HENGE cover reveal.





Go over to Candace's blog to check out the book cover! (Plus, a chance to win a $30 Amazon gift card!)

I had a very clear image of what I wanted for the cover... something mysterious with a hero shot. I mocked up a few sketches before I landed on this image. I really hope you guys like it!

In the future, I plan to do a giveaway of the signed artwork print.

Along with the cover reveal, HENGE now has a Goodreads page! Please add it to your shelf if you're interested in checking it out!

Thank you,


--Realm

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Photos - Moon Viewing Festival

We went to the Japanese Garden in Seattle for the Moon Viewing. Lanterns were strung up on trees and set up along the paths. The atmosphere was very romantic. Wooden flutes were playing as well the shamisen. 

Koi fish gather around me:


Autumn is near as the waxing Harvest Moon rises:


Hello, Moon!


Night descends and the ghostly, meditative moon dance begins over the pond:


 The whole garden is lit up:


Candle-lit boats sail across the water:


Autumn is near. With the book release of HENGE coming closer, I think this fall will be a special one. Tomorrow is the cover reveal... Hint: there will be moonlight! 


--Realm

Sunday, September 7, 2014

HENGE - Sign Up for Cover Reveal

Hello dear bloggers! My host Candace has a signup for the Henge Cover Reveal available on her site if you are interested in joining in on the reveal! HENGE is a YA Fantasy. Stay tuned for the reveal on Wednesday! 



--Realm

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Author Tip - Book Release Plan

Around three months before your release date, you might be overwhelmed with all the final crosschecks involved in releasing a book. What will the final product be? How much is there to do? What is the promotional schedule going to be?

I've organized my book release the same way both times now. 

For the book (labeled as "product"), I print out an outline of the entire story so I can review the written product as a whole. Next, I print out small versions of all the illustrations I've done so far, and then mark where the illustration is within the outline. That way, I can see which parts I would still like to make an illustration for, and plan accordingly. 

For promotion, I print out the release plan calendar (which is usually 3-4 months) and cut out a bunch of promotional ideas (trailer, tours, reveals, etc.) and slide them across the calendar to plan. When things are cut out, it's easier to move them, find a rhythm, and change your mind. I also cut out giveaway items and match them to tours and promotional images that I'd like to release. 



Here is how my floor currently looks like:


This setup will remain until the book release! I hope seeing my planning method will help you, too!

To see previous tips from me, check these links out:



Coming up next... Cover Reveal! 

Cheers,


--Realm

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trip - Leavenworth and Winthrop

Have you guys heard of the Carlton Fire Complex? It's supposedly the biggest fire ever in Washington. Joey and I happened to go near it twice this summer.

First, we went to Leavenworth for our friend's wedding. It smelled like a campfire there and the mountains were covered in smoke. 

 Smoke in the mountains:


Our stay in the cabin was nice, though:


Thunder, rain, sunshine, and epic twilight during the wedding:


The weekend after, Joey and I had to travel to Winthrop to check out a wedding venue for our own wedding. 

Mountains during the drive:




Once we passed the Cascades, it got very smoky:


 I felt like I was on an alien planet. The midday sun was sunset-colored (this photo has not been altered with filters or contrast):


Ashes were falling from the sky:


At night, I forgot one of my bags in the car so I had to step out into the night to retrieve it. My jaw dropped when I look at the near-full super moon... which was bright red from the forest fire effect (photo has not been altered with filters or contrast):


I watched the moon for several minutes, totally entranced:


I'll never forget that moon.

Enjoy the last of summer everyone! Hope every moment is beautiful. 


--Realm