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Valien in Ink by Deisi
Valien in Ink

Last one in the pen and ink series is King Valien, the primary antagonist of Woodwalker. Like Colm, I can't go into detail about everything here, but being one of the Wood-folk, like Mae, he's got rhododendron trees, fireflies, and foxfire. Down by his feet is a bank of mist, referencing his epithet, "Bluesmoke." With the setting influenced by southern Appalachia, I borrowed the Cherokee name for the Great Smoky Mountains--- "Shaconage,"(pronounced "shakonohey") or "place of blue smoke."

More than any of the other characters, Valien exhibits the most vestigial remnants of Tolkien's influence on my work. Shortly after starting Woodwalker, things veered way away from the Lord of the Rings-esque feel I had anticipated, but Valien has kept some of that in his design and characterization.

Woodwalker will be available on May 17, 2016!
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Website and blog: emilybmartin.me
Facebook: facebook.com/emilybeemartin
Twitter: @EmilyBeeMartin
Pre-order the Woodwalker e-book at HarperCollins
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Arlen and Colm in Ink by Deisi
Arlen and Colm in Ink
Mona's two brothers, Arlen and Colm.  I have one more to do and then I'll upload them all together in one big scan so they're easier to see.

Arlen was the easiest to do without giving away anything important, because he's just so rash and unsubtle that he doesn't have that many secrets.  So he's got pearls like his sister, a length of bandage because he's constantly hurting himself, and a jasper pendant he hopes to give to his long lost love who may or may not despise him (we'll let him assume).  But the biggest detail is his atlatl, Bird of Prey, an antiquated weapon that has become his most prized (read: only) possession.

Colm was harder, because he's got more layers to his character and is less action-driven than Arlen.  I can't explain everything in his picture without giving some things away, but he's got pearls and water like his brother and sister.

Last one to do is Valien, and he's kicking my ass, the sly fox!

Woodwalker will be available on May 17, 2016!
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Website and blog: emilybmartin.me
Facebook: facebook.com/emilybeemartin
Twitter: @EmilyBeeMartin
Pre-order the Woodwalker e-book at HarperCollins
My print shop at INPRNT 
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Mae and Mona in Ink by Deisi
Mae and Mona in Ink
Wooo some art I can post without spoiling the plot of Woodwalker!  Mae is on the left, Mona is on the right.

Significant details for Mae include the rhododendrons, alluding to the Appalachian-esque setting of the Silverwood Mountains, the fireflies and foxfire (ie glowing mushrooms) at the base of the trees, which are sacred to the Wood-folk, and of course Mae's compass, which gets her out of more scrapes than one.

Mona's symbolism is mostly pearls, pearls, pearls, her country's primary resource and her folk's livelihood. The flag of Lumen Lake is two crossed bulrushes and twelve pearls, representing the twelve islands in her country, so that's what's going on at her feet and around her head. Her pearl pendant is an heirloom of her throne, the one she's now trying to reclaim.

I need to draw the boys more!  I'll have to get on them.  That.  Get on that.

Woodwalker will be available on May 17, 2016!
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Website and blog: emilybmartin.me
Facebook: facebook.com/emilybeemartin
Twitter: @EmilyBeeMartin
Pre-order the Woodwalker e-book at HarperCollins
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Genderbent Eowyn by Deisi
Genderbent Eowyn
You asked for it!

So, the thing that amazes me about genderbends, whether it's art or cosplay, is the poignant look it provides into the differences in male and female character design.  Turn Eowyn into a man, take away the parts where he's wielding a sword, and it's mostly him being controlled and handled by women.  He has few choices he's allowed to make himself, he's often given labels or roles by the women in his life, and he's forced to adapt to a world where his gender is not in power.  He's a token character with a brief moment of heroism that is 100% defined by his gender.

Don't get me wrong---I like Eowyn a lot.  She's one of my favorite characters (certainly my favorite female character).  And I love LotR more than any other work of literature.  But I have the same issue with her character as I have with the rest of Tolkien's world--- she's a lone voice, a sideline character, ultimately operating with the same restrictions women have faced through history--- that men will control the choices she makes.  To be a hero, she has to defy their orders, and even then, her victory is defined by the fact that she's a woman on the battlefield, not her skills or bravery.

This hit a bit deeper than just the fun Fellowship one I did earlier, mostly because I'm thinking a lot more about gender egalitarianism in fantasy worldbuilding.  With my own novel coming out in just a few months, and in editing the second and drafting the third in the trilogy, I find myself examining the inherent prejudices and stereotypes in our own world.  Eowyn's character and many other characters whose struggles are defined by their gender (Alanna, Keladry, Graceling's Katsa and Fire's Fire) made me all the more determined to create a skilled protagonist whose gender was a non-issue.  I've said it more than once--- I want girl Aragorn where it doesn't matter that she's a girl.  In a world where women have the same opportunities to try and fail and succeed as men, I want the protagonist to be special because of her skills, not because she's a girl with those skills.  I want her challenges to be the ones presented to her by the story, not the ones stuck to her because she's a woman in a man's world.  That's, ultimately, what I tried to create in Mae and Mona and the rest of my worldbuilding for Woodwalker.
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Website and blog: emilybmartin.me
Facebook: facebook.com/emilybeemartin
Twitter: @EmilyBeeMartin
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I am an author/illustrator and hobbyist artist. I write Young Adult fantasy adventure and illustrate children's picture books. I am represented by Valerie Noble of Donaghy Literary Group.

My debut novel, WOODWALKER, will be published by Harper Collins in May 2016. Check out my gallery for related artwork, and head to my blog for sketches and updates!
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Harendita Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh I love your drawing style!! You're amazing
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Deisi Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Hanni-Elfe Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015
thanks very much for the fav :)
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Deisi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Deisi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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Deisi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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