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Character Art – Adelia Kreegan

Hey there folks.  We’re back with another Hozure redux today, with arguably the most popular character he’s ever worked with.  Adelia was also one of the first characters he did for us, so it’s great to see her freshened up a little bit.  It’s actually amazing how good a job he did with her as well.

As is always the case with our collaborations with Hozure, we started with some poses:

He gave us more this time than usual, which made it extra hard to choose.  But choose we did.

Our new Adelia just looks more complete.  Hozure’s always really good about choosing the little details, and in this particular piece, he gave her plenty, which you can even start to see in the WIP shot.

Everything gets more impressive with the completed version of Adelia.  Her spell, her staff, her belt, her footwear, the design of her dress.  This is probably one of my very favorites from Hozure, and it’s easy as anything to see why!

That little bit of background color adds a bit of contrast to the character, and you can see her in all her glory even better.


We’ve almost wrapped up the “redux” series.  By now, you’ve got to know who comes next and last.  Catch us here again in just three weeks!

Character Art – Adelia

Well he we are again folks!  And on a brilliant August Wednesday, where we’ll now be showing off art for the foreseeable future. We’re doing this to also give Tellest another day on the market featuring our own content now that we’re about ready to drop some bigger news on a more consistent basis.  Art Wednesdays will be joined by short story Mondays and a smorgasbord of Tellest related content on Fridays, whether that’s a promotion for one of our books, a sneak peek at a new project, or some other pretty cool feature.

That’s something to think about as Friday rolls around a little closer, but for now, let’s focus on this instead: a new art piece from a new artist!

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That right there is a nice sketch from Jackie Wei, an artist that we tested out a while back.  She’s tackling Adelia again, because you can never have too much art featuring Miss Kreegan, right?

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That sketch evolved into a really cool, flowing gown, though you can see the rest of the outfit fits right in with Adelia’s more popular threads.  Oh, and look… there’s even a feline companion!

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Once you add a dab of color, it pops even more.  We invited Jackie to take some inspiration from some of our other art, and throw Adelia into Folly’s Glen if she wanted to.

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And that is just what Miss Wei did.  She utilized Dena Helmi’s concept art of Folly’s Glen, and dumped Adelia right into it.  Who’da thought, right?  In this last bit, you can see that Jackie added some magic to the appearance as well.

That’s it for now, but stay ready for next Wednesday when we return with more great art from one of our tried and true artists.

And make sure to come back here on Friday, when we’re announcing an awesome deal leading up to an awesome event later this month!


Art: Adelia by Clover-Teapot, part 2

In early September, we showed you a new collaboration that we had with an artist called Clover-Teapot.  She started us up with one of our fan favorite characters, Adelia.


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It’s time, now, to show you the extent of her work, and how awesome a job she did.


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This was a rather subtle change—she altered the way that Adelia was looking within the subject matter.  Our mage is fully aware that she’s being watched.  At this point, it could almost look like this is one of those paintings that watches you, its eyes following you throughout the room.


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The eyes and the shading were changed further here, but the biggest difference is likely the way the magic is presented.  Adelia has a wide array of magical abilities to tap into, so we wanted to present something that didn’t have a particular affinity.  The swirls of colors don’t necessary evoke a specific elemental magic, and that gave us just what we wanted.


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This was our finished piece in its entirety.  The painterly window and each little bit of the portrait pops that much more now.  Even though the changes were subtle each time, they still managed to come together to look absolutely amazing in this last piece.  Adelia has come a long way since the girl on the front of the Mageborn cover—it’ll be interesting writing her from point A to point B!

Character Art – Adelia Kreegan

I always think, Tellest can never have too much Adelia.  She’s a huge part of our second phase of stories, and I think she’s a character that a lot of people can kind of relate to.  And because we see her in two different points in her life, we see both the meager beginnings that most of us have, and the great potential that we’d like to see ourselves arrive at.

We recently had the opportunity to work with another new artist. This time, it’s Clover Teapot, who did a remarkable job with Adelia, to the point where I think we may have our most definitive piece of her yet.  But as always, I ramble too much.  Let’s allow the art itself to express itself.

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We started with the black and white pencil iteration, as we’re oft to do.  In this case, Clover was hooking us up with what she calls a painterly window—it’s a bit more expressive than a lot of work that we have because the art almost seems to pop right off the screen.

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This is how you know that Clover means business.  We very rarely get the double pencil sketches, but she made sure that we were happy with the piece going into the coloring phase.  In this particular phase, our artist worked on refining some of the features, making Adelia a little more sensual and provocative in her appearance.

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Of course, you never really get a feel for where the finished piece is going until you see the color hit the page (or screen).  Adelia looks so bad ass here, and we still had three more changes to go before we saw the final iteration.

Because this was such an extensive process, we decided to highlight Clover’s work across two posts.  Stay tuned in the next few weeks to see the completion of this incredible piece!

Art: Adelia Figurine

We’ve been on a strange kick, lately, where we have been showing art from the same character multiple times.  That’s just kind of how things have fallen into place, but I won’t complain!

Today, we’ve got another piece for you from Skence.  This one will just be a quick post, because this was the initial piece that we did with the artist.  Think of it as kind of an audition.  In this case, Skence didn’t keep the sketches that he was working on, so we’ve just got the final piece.  That said, it was an awesome piece, and it led to some other great “figurines” going forward.Adelia11

Art: Adelia Kreegan

Adelia is fast becoming one of my favorite heroes to put on display. She carries a sense of whimsy to a series that can be dark and cold, yet she’s able to hold her own against whatever odds come her way.

Today, we introduce a new piece of art for our favorite sorceress, in addition to a new artist we hope to work with for a long while.  John Becaro is another artist from the Phillipines (like Joman Mercado), and he does work in an excellent superhero-esque style that I really dig.  So when we found out that he had some commission slots open, we picked up a pair, and he set to work on Adelia.

His first sketch came through, and we could see that he definitely put his personal touches on it.  I’ve modified it a little bit for visibility. Originally, it was done in pencil, so this makes it a little easier to see:


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After that, he put a little bit of color to the picture.  It’s a flat look, but you can really tell where he’s going with the final piece.


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And while I think that’s really decent already, John really blew us away with his grand finale.  It’s amazing what a little shading and an awesome background can do!





This is the oldest look that we have for Adelia, besides what we’ve seen on the cover of The Bindings of Fate.  It’s a far cry from the meek thing we saw in Mageborn!


We’re looking forward to more from John Becaro, but I hope this tides you over until then!

Art: Adelia

I’m at the point now where I’m constantly looking for artists who can take my breath away.  I don’t think we’ve had one that’s worked on Tellest commissions that hasn’t fulfilled that sole duty.

We’ve got a special treat for you today, though.  A new artist, RedPear, is going to be doing some spectacular character portraits, and we start with the hero of Mageborn.  Here is her process:


This is Adelia as she would appear in The Bindings of Fate, so considerably later than what she looked like in Mageborn.


To be perfectly honest, I liked the sketch just the way it was.  And of course, RedPear had to go and blow my mind…


Hwabam! I think that’s the only thing that can really be said here.


I still can’t believe the quality of that there piece of artwork, but I’ve seen it, and some followups from RedPear.  You’re in for a treat on many more occasions!

Oh, and our wonderful new artist also added a splash of color as well:


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Art: Mageborn Cover

While many of the people who have spent time on this site have seen variations of the cover of Mageborn, it’s difficult to truly appreciate all of Leo’s hard work with titling necessary for sales purposes, or cut down into thumbnail sizes.

Leo and I first started by discussing what was necessary for the cover of Mageborn.  We knew we needed to represent the main character, Adelia Kreegan, and we also knew that her interaction with the story’s feline companion would be a nice introduction to the most whimsical of the Tales of Tellest.  We also contemplated the inclusion of the major antagonist of the story, the great tyrant black dragon, Scar.

Ever one to give his clients a choice, Leo provided me with four options to choose from:








While each of those sketches were appealing to me in their own way, especially in light of some of Leo’s prior work, we decided to focus on one that had more of a hopeful, lighthearted cover instead:

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We were really able to capture that delightful whimsy, thanks to the runes and magic literally jumping off the page.  The sketch, while very ably demonstrating his talent, does very little to showcase just how powerful his skills as an artist.

Here is the final piece.  Take note of all the beautiful minor details – he did a wonderful job, and fully established his spot in Tellest history.