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Character Art of Lyan and Shobura from Sorceress of the Dryads

I got a real computer graphics program - GIMP - in late December of last year. Since then, I've been exploring how to use it and make various kinds of art with it. This is my first time doing character art (as opposed to monster art), as well as my first time (successfully) making a …

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Silmavalien and Minth (Art for DragonBirth, Book One in the Return of the Dragonriders Trilogy)

It's been about a month since my last post, so here is a post for a piece of art I did quite a long time ago! Actually, I did it along with a very kind friend, who drew the picture for me, since I am not very good at drawing faces! In fact, I am …

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Hope: A Poem for DragonWing

Down the dark'ning halls Of frozen night and colder lightFlies an angel wingedOf tidings true the messenger. Cracks impris'ning ice;A burning day and warmer darkDawns in shadow brightThat brings a death of fairer life. A once-frozen lifeGives way to death as cold as ice –Death can break life's deathTurn living death to dying life. To die, to rise high …

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Dragonrider’s Nuisance: An Excerpt

Noren saddled Evena, and mounted her. It was a couple hours since sunrise and the realization that the partner of his heart was a member of the persecuted race of dragons, whose existence he had still then doubted. He now understood the source of the change in how Silmavalien had regarded the 'gods,' which he …

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The Legacy of Queen Valiena and Dragon’s Mystery: An Excerpt

Silmavalien was the name of a girl of about thirteen. She lived in the small village of Treas in the rich land north of the proud city-citadel of Kranah in the kingdom of Silrah. One late summer afternoon she sat in the village square with the rest of her family, tired, hot, and exhausted after …

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Awakened: An Excerpt

Cassian Shearin Muireal was a slender girl of nine years old. She had soft, thin, blond hair and hazel eyes. She was generally energetic and aware of her surroundings, but there was nothing particularly unusual or spectacular about her or her three-years-older sister, Amrath Shearin Muireal. Amrath was built about average. She had dark brown …

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