Nope, today it's all about beetles.
Oh, but wait--I said I'd be posting this time about my artwork. Well, yes, that's quite what I meant.
Remember that key on the cover of Caprice Hokstad's book, The Duke's Handmaid?
Part of my agreement with Grace from Splashdown Books was that I could retain partial rights to my drawing. In other words, in its singular form I would not resell it to anyone else, but I'm allowed to use it in my own artwork. So, I let the drawing sit for a while as I waited for inspiration.
That's where beetles come in. I love them. They are amazing examples of God's creativeness and love for variety. I have this book called An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles:
The prologue begins with:
Asked what could be inferred about the work of the Creator from a study of His works, the British scientist J.B.S. Haldane is reported to have replied, "an inordinate fondness for beetles."
To make a long story short, key becomes beetle.
And what goes with a key? A lock. Then take that lock-beetle and submit it to Digital Dragon Magazine....
And we've made the rounds back to published drawing! All because of my inordinate fondness for beetles.
Next time, more detail on the process of doing cover and interior art for books.