This is a piece of art I drew as a tribute to one of my favourite books of all time: Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks. Running with the Demon, which was first published in 1997, centres on Nest Freemark, a young girl in 90s America, who finds herself in the middle of a supernatural battle between good and evil. I guess it can be best described as a dark urban fantasy, as it has elements of both magic and horror. The story can get bogged down in overly-meticulous detail once in a while, but I think its great strength (which I believe is true for all of Mr Brooks‘ books) is its wonderfully fleshed-out characters, in particular Nest herself.
I’ve seen several covers for Running with the Demon, but as far as I’m aware, only one (from the Japanese edition) actually features a prominent illustration of Nest. I guess that is what initially inspired me to draw this mock cover. I did the rough sketch a few months ago, but I only finished it last week so that I could submit it to Shannara Con, an online event for Mr Brooks that took place last week, The organizers of Shannara Con asked people to send in fan art that would potentially be used during the con itself, but since I was unable to watch the livestream, I don’t know if my artwork was used or not.
This is my Halloween illustration for this year, which features a female vampire. You can see the uncensored version on my pixiv gallery, or on my Fantia page. The image on Fantia is a large-sized image, but to see it you will need to sign up to my fan club’s “Normal Plan”, which is free.
This is the Official Teaser Trailer for Raya and the Last Dragon, a new film from Disney that is scheduled to be released in March next year, in the US at least. To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of Disney animated films. Apart from their stories being generally unoriginal, their heroines all seem very generic. They tend to look the same, act the same, and have a habit of spouting American colloquialisms. However, I have to admit that this film does look interesting.
As you can see, Raya will apparently feature a heroine in an Asian-inspired fantasy world undertaking an epic quest, which could be pretty cool. And if the music in this trailer is anything to go by, the soundtrack will be pretty cool, too. It still has colloquialisms, of course, but if the rest of the film is solid, I think I could put up with them.😊
The Japanese art site pixiv has added an interesting new “Request” feature. It is kind of like a commission system, except that the artist is under no obligation to accept every single request. Also, other fans can buy into a request simply by paying the same price as the original requester.
These kind of things rarely work out for me, but I’ve decided to give it a go, at least for a little while. So if you’re interested in making a request, click HERE. My fee for a request is ¥4000.