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Character Art – Yvensar

Hey there folks!  In keeping up with our secondary character series from the Tellest Legends books, we’re got one of the oldest characters in the series to show off today.  You no doubt remember Icarus from The Fall, but his brother Yvensar was a big part of things as well, especially considering how they left things off in a kind of tumultuous way.

Hozure began bringing this character to life in his distinctive art style so that we had a better understanding of his look going into the second Icarus book, The Maelstrom.

Here you can see the four poses we were given to work with.  I always feel so regretful that we don’t have multiple final versions done.  Maybe someday if I win the lottery!

Next up, you can see the character starting to take more shape. Yvensar is a proud elven druid, but without his magic, what does that mean for him?

Yvensar has to practice with his weapon of choice, the staff, in order to be effective in the dark new world that was left behind.  But there may be greater dangers than supporters of the late Rezarius, and the dwarves who hold elves to blame for the destruction of their beautiful planet.

And here you have it.  Our final look at the brother of Icarus. Yvensar lost just about everything at the end of The Fall, so it’s going to be interesting to write about what comes next for him.  Good luck to this proud elf as he deals with the cataclysm that follows the loss of magic from the world of Tellest!

Character Art – Gaston Camlann

The renowned sage, Gaston Camlann, has been one of the longest running characters in my series.  He’s mentioned in The Bindings of Fate, and I used his name in a few “about Tellest” articles because I needed an in-universe scholar to talk about various things, like the world, the Strain, and so forth.

When we first brought him into the limelight, in Mageborn, he became one of our favorite characters.  He speaks to the world almost as if he’s outside of it.  In a lot of ways, I feel as though he’s an extension of me.  Gaston has all the right qualities you’d want in a person, but he’s still somewhat flawed.  Think of him as your grandfather all those times you made him mad.  He doesn’t want to get angry, but sometimes you see it!

In any case, we had a few instances of Gaston already on display thanks to our “generic” short story panel that you see from time to time.  But when we asked Hozure to give us a version of Gaston that belonged entirely to him, he didn’t disappoint us.

We had a lot of interesting poses presented to us, each with their own sense of whimsy.  But one of them stood out more than the others, because it also had more of a sense of Gaston than the others.

Here, you can see Gaston with one of his favorite things: his books. As much a scholar as a sage, Gaston’s love of knowledge and wisdom is a base thing for him.  It’s what makes him tick.  It felt like it would have been a lost opportunity not to feature him moving those old words around like that!

As things moved around, and lightning was implemented, our spectacular sage jumped off the screen even more.  Everything about him seems scraped right out of the back of my mind.

And here you have our final look at Gaston Camlann.  As we said before, Hozure did a magnificent job of capturing this incredible arcanist, giving him a delightful feel and sense.  This isn’t the last you’ll see of Gaston.  Keep your eyes peeled in the weeks and months to come as we reveal more characters in this great fantasy world!

Character Art – Bolt Thunderfury

Hey there folks!  My do we have a treat for you today.  It’s been just under a year since we began working with Hozure (formerly Skence), and we’re so lucky to have had such a wonderful relationship with him all this time.  He’s become one of our most prolific artists, and it all started with a piece he did on Bolt Thunderfury twelve months ago:

Of course, since then, his art prowess has increased tenfold.  We asked him to go back and try his hands at making our characters pop even more than the last time the characters saw the light of day.

Now, it should be noted, Bolt was a special piece for us.  When we told Hozure we wanted to tackle these characters again, he was all about it.  He even did Bolt for free for us—he was the last one, and we technically didn’t have it on order.  So when we received it, it was a complete surprise!

Comparing the two makes it incredible to see how far Hozure’s come.  It’s like night and day, and that’s an incredible feat considering how good his art already was.

And here you have our Thunderfury adoptee in all his glory with a nice background behind him.  Hope you liked seeing what a year’s worth of increasing talent can do!

Character Art – Faradorn

When the first set of Tales of Tellest books came out, we lucked out by finding Hozure, who has done amazing work for us since our initial collaboration.

With the sequel stories now on their way (with Lord of Thunder leading the pack), we wanted to take a look at some of the other characters in each of the series—we already had a look at the younger version of Richard Lener.  Today, though, we’ll take a look at a hero from Arise, who we introduced with his own short story not too long ago.

Faradorn is an elf from an otherwise extinct tribe.  His people could harness the power of light and fire and turn that power into energy projectiles.  Since Faradorn is the only one left, he isn’t sharing that power with anyone, and it’s amplified in him.

Cocky and arrogant, Faradorn doesn’t come off as someone you’d exactly want in your corner—at first.  What he does have, though, is a fierce loyalty once you’ve been properly vetted.  He’s a welcome addition to the crew of Maravek, Venathryn and Vandelas, and that’s important against so powerful a foe as the one in Arise.

While Faradorn’s debut in The City of Light and Darkness was a nice introduction to both this powerful elf and the city of Versali-Virai, it’s nice  to be able to expand on both of them in the upcoming novel. I really hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it!

Character Art – Richard Lener

Hello there folks!  I’m real excited to show you guys a new character today.  Well, technically he’s an old character, but he’s never had art done for him before.  One of our favorite artists, Hozure, brought him to life.

First off, we’ll take a look at the poses we were allowed to choose from:

Since Stealing Seramore is a heist novel, we opted to go for what we thought was the sneakiest pose.

Richard is prim and proper, but he has one thing going against him: his faith in a singular god has got him into a lot of trouble.

Here you can see a few more added details.  Richard also has some great skills as an alchemist.  He’s mixed up some pretty neat potions in his day.

Present day Richard is a lot older than this fellow, but it was nice to take a trip down memory lane and see what he was like when he was young.  Thanks very much, Hozure, for doing what you do best!

Character Art – Eclipse Clarion

Hey folks!  We’ve got another look at a classic character today. Eclipse has been a part of the Tellest universe since As Darkness Falls, but that second book hasn’t had a lot shown off for it yet. We’ve focused on some big characters (Venathryn, Narallyndra, Zoe and Retrus to name a few), but most of the character art we’ve seen thus far comes from Bindings and the Tales of Tellest series books.

We got Hozure involved to do a pretty cool take on our favorite ranger from the Spirit Woods though.  Check it out:

You’ll see a lot of green in there.  We knew we wanted to focus on the strain that Eclipse has.  He can control fauna in some pretty cool ways, making brambles burst from the ground, causing trees to sway, and even coercing vines to do his bidding.

Here you can see that we opted to go with a more reserved look.  He wields a saber here (just a plain one—not his soul saber, Twilight). It’s almost as if he’s daring you to mess with him.

The follow-up adds a little more color and shading, and the texture comes into place a little bit more.  It’s hard to cover yourself in thorny vines without damaging your cloak!

 

And here you have the final look at this awesome character.  There’s a lot more shine here, and the shadow makes him pop a bit more.

We’ve got tons more coming from Hozure in the weeks and months to come, so keep your eyes peeled!

Character Art – Conrad the Blessed

It’s been a while since we’ve had any work done for Conrad, who had his debut short story way back in 2015.  Our cleric who has an even better healing touch than most was cursed in that story, and unfortunately, it’s not the kind of curse where you just lose your socks all the time.

No, poor Conrad has to choose between hurting himself or hurting others.

The Sadori are kind of like Tellest’s take on barbaric islanders.  One of the gods they worship is a great kraken who drags whole ships to the bottom of the ocean (and further).  It was his curse—Kaikano’s Vengeance—that afflicts Conrad.

Conrad can still heal as much as he wants, but there’s a darkness inside of him that yearns to come out.  And the longer he waits, the more it hurts and otherwise affects him.  He can release that darkness at his will, but it always ends up homing in on someone else.

It’s not a secret the cleric wants to let out into the open, either.  Even though he could let out lots of smaller bouts of that darkness, he keeps quiet.  The only people who know about his new power are the father and son clerics, Richard and Robert Lener, and the man who he shares the curse with: Ruslan Ananto.

Hozure did an awesome job figuring out how to show our poor priest in pain like you wouldn’t believe, while still appearing badass in a lot of ways.

We’re excited for more great art from Hozure in the future!

Character Art – David Garus

It’s the start of a brand new year, and we think that it’s going to be the biggest one yet for Tellest.  We’ve got a card game on the horizon, a big stop at Philadelphia Comic Con and at least four new books releasing this year.

One of the things that makes us look forward to our future, though, is the strong connections we’ve made in the past.  We’ve made incredible alliances with brilliant writers and artists over the time that we’ve evolved, and it’s time to show off some of the fruits of those labors.

We’re going to start off art in 2017 with Hozure’s awesome take on David Garus.  David is a mountain of a man with a pretty cool power: projectiles bounce off of his skin harmlessly, no matter the size.  Of course, that doesn’t quite help him against huge catapult volleys that crush the ground he’s standing on, but surviving that is still a pretty cool bonus!

Hozure started us off with a set of sketches.  David’s pretty impressive in that he dual wields a set of battle axes.  He’s tough enough to do so, and talented enough to keep his foes at a distance with those weapons.

Things are even more impressive with this follow-up image.  I love how casually David strolls forward, as if ready to taunt a score of archers into firing off their arrows at him.

Thanks to Hozure for making our first big art release in 2017 an impressive one.  He did a great job, and we can’t wait to show off more of our awesome lineup of art over the next 50 weeks!

Character Art – Christopher Linus

Hey there folks.  Though it has only been a few weeks since we’ve had some awesome Hozure work to show off, it feels like ages to me. We’ve got another cool bit of character art to get into though, and this one finishes up our Bindings of Fate “trinity”.

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Christopher Linus is an interesting character.  In the books, he’s the kind of character who sits right alongside Kaos and Steel Tip as heroes who’ve lost it all and come up from nothing.  As it turns out though, Christopher’s life wasn’t all that great to begin with.

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In an as yet unreleased encyclopedia entry for Christopher, we discover that his parents were essentially cultists, though not perhaps as bad as some in fantasy are portrayed.  Our hammer-wielding hero had his share of ups and downs long before Juramentado made a mess of his hometown.

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Christopher still bears the scars of his past, but only some of them are visible.  Thanks so much to Hozure for doing such an incredible job.  Our figure artist is wrapped through 2016, but you can expect to see more from him early in the new year.

Character Art – Steel Tip

I didn’t realize how long it’s been since we had some Hozure art on this site, but now I can quantify it: too long!  But today, we’re going to rectify that.

The last big character piece that our favorite “figurine” artist did for us was Kaos Kreegan back in August.  We’re in November now, though, and seeing as Michael is working on a story about Ippius now, it only seems fair that we look at one of its greatest heroes: Kevin Dactyls, otherwise known as the ranger, Steel Tip.

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Once again, we’ve got a slightly beardy ranger firing out with his bow.  You can see here, though, that he’s using the Spectrum, the weapon he acquired in As Darkness Falls.  How?  That ain’t no normal arrow!

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Here you can see the iconic green that the ranger is known for, and you can more definitively see the awesome magic arrow that is ready to be fired out.  I love all the details here, from the warped look to the bow, to the magic quiver, Woodchuck, slung over his shoulder.

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Finally, we’ve added a colored background behind the ranger that makes him pop a little bit more.  There’s a beautiful smoky look to everything, and he just comes off looking badass.

There’s no better ally for Kaos than Steel Tip, and we’ve got some very interesting changes coming for his character in the near future (can someone say Retcon?), so keep your eyes peeled.