Some of my art

Hi everyone! I’d thought I’d share something a little different today. While this is obviously a book blog, and reading is my favorite hobby, I also dabble in drawing and painting. Recently I’ve started creating digital pieces through Photoshop, and I wanted to start documenting my journey with that as well. I don’t draw as much as I’d like to, but I want to share something once a week, or maybe more frequently. Here are a couple paintings that I’ve recently finished:


I have a more diverse portfolio of my art (including watercolor, ink, colored pencils, etc) on my Instagram @lwrendraws.

My current goals for my art are to first develop my technique for digital illustrations. I’ve been experimenting with different methodology to see what works best for me, and I think I’m starting to get a hang of all the different tools available. More importantly, though, I’m trying to develop a recognizable style. While working on technique is great, it usually produces some unoriginal images because I’m copying exactly from reference. Although using references is a healthy practice, even for professional artists, I’d like to start adding my own twists and style to the image.

(For those of you wondering, I work in the newest version of Photoshop. I use a Wacom Intuos tablet, which you can find here)

Thank you all for taking a look at my art 🙂

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Review for Halayda by Sarah Delena White

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  • My rating: 2 Stars
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  • Pages: 438
  • Publisher: Uncommon Universes Press
  • Spoiler-free review

A mortal alchemist. A faerie king. A bond that transcends death.

Betrayed by a trusted mentor, Sylvie Imanthiya hides on the fringes of society, caring for half-fae orphans and trading her alchemical creations on the black market. She lives for the one night each season when she can see her dearest friend—a man whose destiny is far above hers.

King Taylan Ashkalabek knows better than to exchange halayda vows with a mortal. Even their friendship is a risk; love is an impossible dream. Then a brutal alchemical attack poisons his realm, unearthing a dark power within him—and leaving Sylvie with the ancient mark of Faerie’s savior.

Manifesting unpredictable abilities and aided by allies with their own secrets, Sylvie and Taylan journey into the wilds of Faerie to heal the damage and confront Casimir, an invincible star-fae determined to claim the realm as his own. But only their enemy knows Sylvie’s true capabilities—and Taylan’s weaknesses—and how to use them in his vicious schemes.

Her fate is life. His fate is death. With Faerie in the balance, Sylvie and Taylan must stand together before reality as they know it is destroyed. Less

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