Accounts & Promotions
First off, I have now a Twitter account: twitter.com/rivers_melodie
where I post not only announcements of my art, but also promote the art of many artists from DA.
I also created a Wattpad account here: www.wattpad.com/user/riversmel…;
where I have posted, and will continue to post my stories.
If you like my work, it will mean alot to me if you would support me there. And on Wattpad, artwork is judged and promoted by the number of stars that it has; so again, if you like my work, it would mean alot if you could star a stor(ies) of your choice there.
I also have a website: Elysian Mark
where PDF versions of my stories, and high-definition versions of my pictures, will soon be available freely for download, under Creative Commons copyright. I'll keep you posted both here and on Twitter when this will be available.
Also, I will post inteviews and promotions for any artist whose art represent the idea behind Elysian Mark. If you agree with the Elysian Mark belief, and wish to be promoted, or if you believe an artist here should deserve promotion, please reply hee or send me a Note. I'll be glad to consider your request.
Speaking of promotions, I wish to direct your attention to these two very talented artists, and
is a drawer and author of a very thought-provoking, mildly politic, and sweet graphic novel about a simple family trying to get through hard life. You can find the entire stories here and in her Tumblr account (more details in her Gallery): charcoalfeather.deviantart.com…
I have myself not completely finished it, but from what I have read, it is a simple amazing story.
is an illustrator and writer, and she has published three beautiful children books with acclaimed reviews. You can visit her website here: www.farynhughes.com/
Her first two books are available here:
Bubba Heard A Mouse: www.amazon.com/Bubba-Heard-Mou…
Penelope's Pizza: www.amazon.com/Penelopes-Perfe… & www.barnesandnoble.com/w/penel…
And her newly released third book, The Boy Who Answered, can be found at her website, and if you are one of the first hundred buyers, you will receive a first-edition version of her book. See her Journal for more details:
New Books!After waiting years to announce this, I'm proud to say the first children’s book I ever worked on is finally published. I started The Boy Who Answered in 2011 when I was just a sophomore in college and even though I’ve grown a lot as an artist since this project was completed, I am still immensely proud of it. It’s a story of a young boy on a journey away from home who learns to push, give, and answer whenever it is asked of him. I can’t wait to share this beautiful, philosophical fable- written by the incredibly talented Hamilton Chu- with everyone who has been so supportive of my career thus far!
I have 100 first-edition copies available. They are jacket-wrapped, canvas hardcover at $23 each, shipping included (U.S). Please message me here or on my Website if you’re interested!
In addition, the book that I worked on over this past
And don't forget to take a look at my good friend first children book, Don't Step On A Yellow Oak Leaf, available at Amazon:
Its a wonderful moral story, with incredible 3D illustrations that not only the children, but also the parents will be marveled by.
The Arkesyyan Chronicles - Short Story Compilation
I'm very soon ready to publish my first book, which will be a short story collection comprising these following stories:
The Arkesyyan Chronicles refers to my fictional historical chronicle that encompass all the major events and worlds relating to the fictional world of my novel series The Shadow Paradigm. So it will be sort of an interlude before my novel's timeline.
Since English is not my native language though, I would need some help with the grammar checking and editing of the short stories mentioned above; so I would greatly appreciate if any of you would have free time and be willing to help me out.
The Shadow Paradigm - Doomsday
The famous novel that I keep talking about. Well, I am proud to say that you can already start to read the first 22 chapters starting from here:
The Shadow Paradigm: Doomsday - Prelude
August 7, 1099 A.D.
The sun was setting behind the glowing Dome of the Rock, its dusky orange light combined with the intense gleam of the gold tiles suffusing the monument's entranceway. An old, cracked wooden table sat in that light, making it the perfect place for reading maps (like the one laying on the said table, showing the Near East territories) and letters such as the one it now held. The seal holding the letter shut had already been broken open, which only its intended recipient would dare to do, considering it was the seal of the greatest power on Earth: the Roman Catholic Church. The man to whom it was addressed was still smiling broadly, almost giggling to himself as he read once again the Decree contained on the parchment; even after an hundred readings, it still made him feel giddy.
"By the power vested in us
I am really looking forward to your thoughts about my novel, for its a 10 year old work in progress, and I would really like to know how you guys like it.
So, about a week ago, I became tired of seeing so many amazing animes, and seeing that its something I could definitively do in the future... and not knowing how to draw. The daunting prospect of going through all the training was terrifying for a newbie like me, so I started thinking. My drawing goals is not to draw realistically... at least, not for the near future. I don't want to do portraits or realist work. I just want to be good enough at drawing to draw the relatively simple-looking anime characters in Last Exile, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Attack on Titan, etc. And... it hit me. I could actually start by trying to draw a scene, or a character. I would need to start simple, of course, but as I draw harder and more complex characters and details, I will learn all the necessities such as proportions, details, etc. And I do mean drawing from a scene, trying to copy eyes-to-hand a scene to paper, not just cheating and calquing a paper on top of a screen and copy directly the lines. Beside, I wouldn't have been able, the image of my tablet can't pass through a simple Letter paper.
So, all I needed was to find a simple enough yet relatively challenging template to start my learning. I needed something simpler than human beings, but more complex than objects.
And... I'm unfortunately a relative fan of My Little Pony. I'm afraid the fault lies in the stubborness of my brother to watch it, and in the presence of the actor of our favourite Star Trek character, Q's John de Lancie.
But, such an unfortunate liking of the show resulted in my finding an absolutely perfect template to start drawing. The ponies are simple to draw by themselves, but proportions can be tricky to get right, so its a perfect learning tool to proportions. And as if it wasn't enough, Ponyville's fashion designer Rarity has fabulous clothings for her friends, and such delicate yet complex clothings gives me the perfect template for learning to draw details.
And the style is not unlike anime, so I'm basically learning to draw everything that I'll need to become an anime artist in the future.
And after I'm done with ponies and zebra and dragon... and Discord... I am moving to try and draw Last Exile characters and style… most probably Dio Eraclea and Captain Alex Rowe as my first tests.
So, all in all, without further ado, I would like to proudly, yet nervously, present to you my very first seven drawings from My Little Pony (in order of creation), all done in the last week (about two per days, in some days); I am quite aware they are not perfect, and you can click on them to see in their descriptions what I found wrong or flawed, but I really enjoyed drawing them and I am proud of certain things, so I hope you agree so too. As for you many awesome guys who have already seen them, thank you for your kindness and generousity, and most of all your support.
And that is about everything I needed to say for the beginning of 2017. I'm looking forward to yet another great year here on DA, getting better at literature, perhaps finally finishing my novel and finally publishing my first book, finally putting my hooves down at drawing, and most of all, spending time with all my friends and getting to know new ones.
Have a great day, you'all!!