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The Sibyl by KLSteeleArt The Sibyl by KLSteeleArt
The Sibyl is a project I am currently starting development on where the end product with actually be a written novel. I do not want to give very much away, but I can tell you these are the four main characters (Aron, Tahlia, Tzalmon, and Darrach). This is a book about prophecy, corrupt politics, and of course, destined love. This Project is going to really tax my patience. Writing a book, let alone a book series, is not easy. However, since I teach character development at the Art Institute and I am a graduate student currently (I am only 24 people), this is something I am passionate about. I want to show people that creating with purpose gives so much more meaning to a work more than just designing to design.

This is character art for the book. Beyond writing it I am doing a series of character art and the book cover.

The Sibyl and all content (c) Kathryn Thacker (Regochan)
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Nymonyrya Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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KLSteeleArt Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome :o
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
There is a wonderful style and grace to your art; personality shows through with the different characters you've illustrated!
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KLSteeleArt Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much, exactly what I was going for!
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justvrit Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Such a beautiful characters!! The thing I love the mode is their faces!! Especially the look in girl's eyes!! Good luck with your project and in the contest!!
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KLSteeleArt Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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justvrit Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Welcome
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justvrit Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Most*
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nitegrafix Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Amazing character designs!
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KLSteeleArt Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good luck on your novel Project and easy writing! :D
A novel series will be difficult to pull off, I too being at the beginning of my series. I forecast 4 books of my series, 3 novels with 1 of them split in Part 1 and 2, but actually getting the writing done is hard, it is really hard, unless you have a idea sheet you stick to. I should know, these past months I can hardly write more than 1-2 pages every other day.
Note though: If you are good at something from the context of the novel: action, description, narrative or character storytelling, you should base your novel around that, because otherwise you get trapped in mind wrecking dilemmas.
My worst one, which took around 3 months to shrug off was a battle scene. It was 9 pages long - that's all 9 pages, but I couldn't find the right words or situations to make that scene as believable as the ones in which I make my characters tell stories or situations from their pasts.
Your strength in writing is the method which you push forwards your story, but when faced with the other methods you are less adept at, try to take them slowly, calculated and don't loose your nerve... like I did :grump:
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KLSteeleArt Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the advice! I currently have all of the character profiles that are relevant for the first book completed as well as a very in depth timeline for each of them. It is very complicated, but all these pre-planning is just weaving a tighter fabric for the story and making it unbreakable.

I really value the in put. Writing starts in January!
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sometimes a character profile may need to break in order for some events to occur. I realized that keeping characters as rigid to a standard as possible does wrong to the flow of the writing.
For instance, nearly nothing from what I had written 5 years ago is the same as what I create now, in English. During the Romanian version of "Lake of the 40 Towers" - my novel - I kept saying to myself: "The characters have a certain course! I will make them walk through that course no matter what." The end novel ended up really clunky, heavy and false.
In the newer version, I let the characters whalk wherever they need to in order to complete a goal. That goal is a landmark for them: they will pass through this landmark, but how and under what circumstances, that is where the characters and events are there to decide. I tag along with them, I hopes to catch up, so to say.
A little example: My sister (she's the one that created most of the ideas for my new version of the novel) said: "At this A point in time, there will be a weapons training session in which Brunar and Elril (two of my novel's main characters) need to have a sword fight." I stepped on her means and made Brunar be bed ridden by an injury, so the A point in time remains but without him and Elril actually having a sword fight.
I chose, for Brunar, an injury over show of skill because through things which render them helpless or weak characters become more relatable (Oh, wow! he can injure himself as well and battle to become healthy again?! I thought that only happened to me...) and show more they struggle with such an illness/situation both physically and psychologically, whereas in a show of skill, you don't really get to see something relevant from the character's endeavours.

A character is more than a profile, a series of attributes spread over a time-line. They become alive as much as you care for them and nurture them, as if they were your own (fictional) children.
And, if you want to see them develop, they have to suffer, because keeping them in a glass cage makes them very spoiled - not literally, but they become 1 dimensional and predictable.
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