On a lark, I picked up an old favorite, The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce. Daine was my favorite Pierce heroine as a kid, and after being underwhelmed re-reading Alanna, I thought it was time to see if I really am old and grouchy. Turns out I'm only partially old and grouchy--- I still like Daine and her magic, although I get more uppity about character inconsistencies/random plot devices than I used to. The first book is by far my favorite --- the last two leave me a little muddled.
Numair always seemed a little half-baked to me. He has this cool backstory that we get hints at--- imprisonment, fallout with family/friends, working as a street performer, etc.--- but Pierce sort of drops all that in the narrative after Daine finds out about it, which to me robs the reader of the chance to really make that emotional connection. In the end, I find him kind of hard to pin down. Is he a ladies' man? Socially awkward book nerd? Ultra-powerful mage? Street magician at heart? A bully ("Daine, WEAR A DRESS!")? A sweetheart ("You're alive!")?
BUT dang if he doesn't make me want to draw wizard magic! So here's a bunch of magic sketches, some inane doodles, some nicer doodles to make up for it, and then one last inane doodle to finish it off. I like the description about the air appearing to bend around him when he's doing hot shot mage stuff, so that's what him sitting against the wall is all about (at Pirate's Swoop, during the siege). I like that idea--- I feel like if magic were real, that's more of what it would look like, more subtle than the smoke-and-sparks we use in books and movies to get the idea across.
Anyway, carry on. Photoshop CS6, Wacom Graphire 4 tablet.