New pre-made cover

Just a quick update: I recently added a pre-made covers gallery here. I'm currently working on a FAQ page for it, so I hope to add it soon.

Urban Fantasy Cover

This is a painted cover that I recently finished for an author. The commission was for a full cover, including a spine and back cover. Since the book isn't published yet I can only show the cropped version of the front cover. 

Kate Daniels Series: Derek

It's done! It's finally done! I have finally managed to finish this Derek painting. It's been years in the making. I'm not even kidding: the first sketch was done around 2013.

The original idea was supposed to be the character we meet for the first time in the Kate Daniels book. When I decided to actually start painting him late last year, I felt it was more appropriate to paint the older version of the character. I decided to keep the sword from the original sketch: it's from Kate's weapons stash. I felt it was a nice homage to the younger Derek since he took the time and ended up choosing the sword for himself.

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The novella cover I painted only showed part of his scarred face, and since there are quite the coterie of Derek fans out there, I confess I was a little intimidated at the prospect of painting his face in full view (please be kind to me, Derek fans).

The initial concept was to have a dark background dominated by a large moon, but this cast mostly shadows on his face and the whole canvas ended up being too dark for my liking. The final version ended up being more lush and vibrant than the version from even two days ago! It's been constantly worked and re-worked these past couple of days.

I hope you like it 😅

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↪ Find out more about the Kate Daniels series here
→ Derek novella on Amazon
→ Kate Daniels book series on Amazon

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Zaeed Massani

So here is another of my Mass Effect fan art - a head portrait of Zaeed Massani :)  Like the other pieces, I drew this with pencils and later coloured it in Photoshop.  Some 'work in progress' photos below: 

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There's not a whole lot to say about this one.  It did take me ages to find time to actually colour it though (I drew this last summer!).  I  really wanted to include Zaeed's armour.  In the end though, I decided to leave it out completely and just focus on his face.  I also didn't want to obscure his Blue Suns tattoo, which is an important part of his story.

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The drawing itself was intended as a lighting study.  Originally I wanted this portrait to be much darker, with just a beam of light from above illuminating the side of his face and scar.  But with heavier shadows, a lot of the facial features and form were lost. So I scrapped that idea and lightened everything again.

And that's that :) 

Thanks for reading!

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!

Back in 2012, I made a deviantART account but never actually got around to using it.  Well, I've finally posted some stuff:  a certain moogle, and two Jack (Mass Effect) fan art!

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I've had fun interacting with other artists and fellow Mass Effect fans on dA this past week.  Soon I'll be posting a Disanthus collaboration and a few more Mass Effect pieces as well (not Jack *gasp*).  If you're on deviantART, please drop by and say hi! :)


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AC IV: Black Flag - Edward Kenway

Huzzah for "Better Late Than Never" posts! I've had this one sitting on my computer for a while ... just wanted to wait after the new layout and the Innkeeper stuff were done before posting Edward. I'm absolutely in love with Assassin's Creed IV - Black Flag. The naval gameplay is amazeballs.Truth! The first blond assassin in the series which threw me off a bit when I saw the first images. But now Edward has become my favourite character.

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This painting underwent a few big changes. I initially painted him in his assassin's gear, but I actually like him much better as a pirate. I also liked the tattoo's from the trailer a lot more than the tattoo Edward has in-game (seems there are quite a few characters with the same tattoo, so I didn't think it was original enough). Plus, the tattoo in this painting includes the Jackdaw, so there.

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Loads of details crammed into this painting, which took ages to get done and zoomed in at 200% while painting to get it right, even though the original size of the painting is pretty frikkin' huge.

Anyway, the finished version of the painting is posted here.

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Innkeeper - Clean Sweep: Arland & Dina

More Clean Sweep art post that I should have done days ago! This time it's Arland. There's also a wallpaper available :)

I've also uploaded Dina to my gallery - this is the cover art for Clean Sweep :)

The links below will go to my Deviant Art page.

- View the finished ARLAND painting
- Download the Arland WALLPAPER pack
- View the finished DINA painting

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Innkeeper - Clean Sweep: Caldenia

I've added a new painting to my dA gallery, the second in the Clean Sweep series. This one was was painted in a fairly short amount of time, so I didn't save that many progress images, something I usually do a lot because I'm paranoid that Photoshop is going to crash on me.

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Click here to view the finished painting :)

Anyway, I have also posted wallpapers of Sean and Caldenia: the zip folder can be downloaded from the links below (which will take you to my dA page). The wallpaper pack also includes wallpapers for iOS devices:

Wallpapers: S E A N  |  C A L D E N I A

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Innkeeper - Clean Sweep: Sean Evans

First off, you might have noticed that we have a brand new layout for the site. Huzzah. Annette and I have been fiddling with it for the past week. Not everything is in place yet but they're relatively minor things that still need to be done. We'll keep working on the site, but nothing should fall apart anytime soon ^^;

We also haven't had a dark-coloured layout in a pretty long while so it's a nice change. What do you think?

The Important Bit: New Painting
This new post has been in the works for ages, but we really needed to change the site first because ... reasons. I was commissioned by writing team Ilona Andrews this past summer to do some interior art for the first novel of the Innkeeper Chronicles. The story was initially available as a free serial on their website and I was always looking forward to the updates while awaiting the next installment in their Kate Daniels series.

There are a total of five Clean Sweep paintings (incl. the cover) and the first one I'm posting is of Sean Evans.

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Sean was definitely a work in progress: a lot of back-and-forth with the author on this one. He's basically the guy next door and as the story takes place in Texas, I was thinking of a laid-back look and warm colours. The image on the left was Sean in the early stages. The background colours were just 'testing' stages, to see which one worked best. Frankly, I never really 'plan' for backgrounds. It happens when it happens, eh :p

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The author wanted a bigger Sean, so I took out the background and worked on beefing him up. 'Twas a dirty job, but I had to do it ^_^ The shirt also flew out the window because the author mentioned that the shirt was too warm for Texas :) The image on the left is pretty much the final result minus the background.

Click here to see the full painting of Sean on dA.

Let me know what you think and if you've read the book :)

- Ilona Andrews website
- Official Clean Sweep website

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Kate Daniels: Process

So ... I totally forgot to make this post for my Kate Six painting. I only remembered to do this when I burned the entire folder on DVD (2,4 GB by the by) and came across my WiP images.

Kate Daniels is probably one of my favourite book characters ever and I have actually painted her before but then my external hard drive crashed and I lost pretty much everything I hadn't backed-up in a long time. And then I wallowed in self-pity and I didn't do any painting whatsoever for over six months ... probably longer than that. But I always got back to Kate as a subject. I've re-read the books about two or three times now, mostly in preparation for the upcoming sixth book. It was just the right time to start with a new Kate painting.


So this process is something I rarely do anymore: I actually *gasp* sketched it. Ohnoes! I generally dislike sketching because it makes the process so much longer than usual - I'm a slowpoke, if you didn't know. 

Unlike the Connor sketch, this one remained pretty basic. I chose earthy colours to start with. I was sorely tempted to do an all-black outfit, though.

FYI, the first Kate painting was titled "Back In Black". For this version I decided to stick to my colour palette, though her shirt went through several colour processes - one being a blood red.


Once I have most of the colours painted in I can start introducing more colours into the palette. Most of the time this is a process that goes back and forth, and I find it to be the most exciting part when I paint - though it can also be the most frustrating.

These are usually little things that can come up during painting and then, the next day, it was the worst decision you made. Sometimes, they're stupid details I fret about. Like the leather bracelet (which was eventually taken out), and the necklace (which I didn't include at first, then decided to keep).

I think Kate is very practical, so she probably wouldn't accessorize much, except carrying all manner of concealed weapons. In this case, I felt that the details and accessories completed the picture, as it were. For me,  the whole ensemble makes sense.

I also felt that the earthy tones needed a whole lot of sprucing up so I added warmer colours into the mix. But the original colours remained as a base because that first 'feel' I get when I choose colours for a painting are usually the best. In any case, I always try to keep my initial palette to the most basic colours I want in a particular painting, then add more as I go along. Otherwise the whole process becomes too rigid.


The last stage of the painting process is probably the longest for me. Texture brushes are key in this process. Because her outfit is pretty basic, I felt the need to add texture and little details to it which you probably won't even notice in the final (posted) version. The leather pants were fun to work on and one of the first things I finished that included the texture, and this was early on in the process.


If you look at the close-up of Kate's face, you can probably pick apart the various colours I use to add depth, not only for the skin, but for highlights, midtones and shadows for the entire painting. Colours aren't just used to get the mood down for an image, but they also keep a painting from looking flat. Mixing colours is so important. Also, a good tip is to make use of Layers when adding colours, especially to the skin; Layer Opacity can work so well if you get it right!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post. This is a bit longer than I usually like, so I hope you haven't been bored by it ...

Thank you for reading. Leave a comment if you wish!

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For more information about the character Kate Daniels and the book series, please visit the Ilona Andrews website. If you're there, check out their free online serial Innkeeper Chronicles - Clean Sweep.

Wish - Jack fan art

Last year, I made a Jack fan art entitled ‘Wish’.  This post is about the drawing of the artwork :)

For those who don't know... I'm a HUGE fan of Jack!  I think she's a very interesting character and definitely my favourite from the Mass Effect games.  Jack was, of course, voiced by the talented and equally awesome Courtenay Taylor, who I'm also a big fan of.  When I’d heard over Twitter that Ms.Taylor's birthday was coming up, I thought it'd be fun to do a little fan gift.

Initially, I had a few different ideas for the artwork.  After chatting with my bestie, Jayde, I decided to do a portrait of Jack holding a birthday cupcake.  I like Jack's new look in Mass Effect 3 but wanted her in casual clothes, like she's just chilling out, hence the t-shirt (with Hex on it, but more about that later).

Sketching it out

Like all things, I started with a rough sketch.  I like to draw the eyes first because I feel that if they're not right then the whole piece is already lost.  I then worked on her face and hair, shading and detailing as I went.  Screencaps from the game were referenced to help capture her likeness.  Her lips were a struggle to draw.  I decided to leave them for later and moved onto her hands and arms.

Uh oh... time for tattoos

I learned from past experiences that drawing Jack's tattoos can and will make you swear like Jack AND put you in a rather stabby mood.  In my first Jack fan art I ran into a problem where I was so focused on replicating every bit of tatt that I'd forgotten about her body - how the inks should wrap and stretch with her skin.  As a result her anatomy was, I think, a bit screwed :O  So this time I was determined to try and do a better job of it! 


So, why Hex?  As Jack would say: "Hey, why the f*ck not?" lol  But really, I just wanted to pay tribute to another character Ms. Taylor has voiced and felt that Hex would be a good fit for this piece.  She's a powerful undead sorceress  and I love her  "Fear the Dark! " catchphrase. 

Because the drawing was already so busy (with the tattoos) I decided to draw Hex as a simple stencilled logo.

Finishing up...

With Hex and the cupcake in place, all that was left was more shading and detailing.  I also revised her face a little because I wasn't happy with her expression (not smiling enough).  Bestie Jayde suggested a few more tears on her t-shirt near the waist.  I think that was a great call.  And this is the final drawing (which I later coloured in Photoshop).


Thanks for reading!

I can be found on Twitter @Tinkarooni :)

World Of Warcraft - Painting

This has been sitting on my computer for a while. Though the painting was posted in the gallery I never got around to uploading the WiP images. This was the first time I've painted a World Of Warcraft fan art, so it was interesting.

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I had the greyscale thumbnail down reasonably fast, which is always good as I detest greyscale thumbnails ... This method doesn't always work out for me because I usually find it tough to add colours for the painting.

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To get the actual colours I wanted was a bit of a painful process; I don't really like tweaking or filtering my colour layers over the greyscale because that just messes with my head. My personal preference is working in full colour.

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But occasionally the greyscale process works out in the end; it's the 'getting there' that doesn't always make me a happy panda. I also didn't post the full-sized image in the gallery, but here are some close-ups :)

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    AC3: Podcast ft. Noah Watts!

    To the crickets out there:

    Youtuber loomer979 will be hosting a podcast with Connor Kenway's voice actor Noah Watts, which makes me one happy panda. The best thing about this upcoming podcast is that the AC community can participate by submitting questions.

    Please note that if you do submit a question, you are limited to two questions per person.

    If you can't think of a question or you're just a lurker bee - you can always vote for questions that have already been submitted! Read the guidelines on the page, please :)

    The deadline is December 2nd.

    Please spread the word and support this upcoming podcast for our latest AC hero and let's make this a great event with Noah Watts :D

    Submit questions and/or vote here.

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    New artwork!

    Updated my deviantArt gallery with a new painting that was finished about a week ago. Since I was starting on a new Connor Kenway (AC3) painting I wanted to wait before uploading it, thinking I might add/change some things but I liked it the way it was :)The painting is titled Metallic Fancy because initially her top was supposed to be metallic-looking - though it still is, I suppose. But when I added all the jewel-tones, the metallic effect was a little lost among all those lovely colours :p

    My second Connor painting is on its way. I'm determined to finish it before the AC3 European release date on October 31st *fingers crossed*

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    Preview art: portrait

    This is a preview of my latest painting which is almost finished *partyrock*

    I'm also working on a Connor Kenway painting that I hope to finish before the game comes out later this month :)

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