New Tribute Art: The Spook under the Starblaze

This artwork is a tribute to a character named Telzey Amberdon. Telzey, the creation of famed American sci-fi author James H. Schmitz, is a powerful psychic prodigy from the human-colonised planet Orado, and she appears in several stories in which her special abilities frequently get her both into and out of trouble. The scene I chose to illustrate is from a story titled Goblin Night. In this story, Telzey finds herself being hunted by a powerful beast known as a spook, which is under the control of an evil individual. (Incidentally, because of their appearance, spooks are also referred to as goblins, hence the story’s title.)

Although Goblin Night was originally published as a standalone short story, it was later incorporated into the novel-length version of The Lion Game. If you are into cool, sci-fi heroines having adventures akin to those you find in spy thrillers, I definitely recommend reading this novel. As well as, of course, Telzey‘s other stories!😊

New Tribute Art: Running with the Demon

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.