ArtOrder's INSPIRED, which is an art book containing a juried collection of works from more than 30 international artists. Kristina has a black and white illustration in INSPIRED that caught my eye, and when I went to her webpage, I found her portfolio even more impressive. (I also read and enjoyed this Women in Fantasy Illustration interview with her on Kiri Leonard's site.)
Several pieces in particular made me think Kristina would be a great fit for illustrating The Labyrinth of Flame. Like this color piece that totally reminds me of Lizaveta (even if Lizaveta would have darker skin):
|"Liliana Vess" by Kristina Carroll (c 2009 Wizards of the Coast)
|"Leviathan" by Kristina Carroll
Kristina and I have discussed the project - she's excited to work on The Labyrinth of Flame, and I'm even more excited to have her on board! All I need is that last little bit of funds and I can be certain of commissioning art for three scenes (and if the KS goes past the goal, I can add more), so please -share the Kickstarter link with your friends, your neighbors, your twitter followers, random people on the street....okay, maybe not that last. But still - we're so close. Just a few more backers and this book can be something really special, so enormous thanks for any help in getting the word out to people who might not yet have heard about the Kickstarter or the series!
Moving on from beautiful art to beautiful landscapes, today I thought I'd share what a day canyoneering in Zion National Park is like. Most of the Utah canyons I've been showing off in these past weeks have been dry canyons. The only time water flows through them is during a flash flood (though occasional pools of water may remain in "keeper potholes.") The canyons in Zion National Park are different. Many of them are wet canyons, formed by streams that flow year-round, and even those without a full-flowing stream often have deep pools and flooded passages. Sheltered from the sun, the canyon water is frigid! The air temp in the open desert above may be 100F, but within the canyon, you need a wetsuit or even a drysuit to stave off hypothermia.
Today's pics come from a short but fun little slot in Zion called Keyhole. A typical Zion canyoneering day starts with a hike to the head of the slot, which in Keyhole's case requires a steep, dusty scramble down a cliff:
|Our group scrambling down to Keyhole's entrance
|My husband setting up an anchor while two other members of our group look on
|Keyhole entrance: a drop into the dark!
|Disengaging from a rappel while floating in a pool of murky, mucky water is a vital canyoneering skill
|My husband on rappel
|Looking up: Keyhole is a very tight slot! This is about as open as it gets.
|My husband sloshing out of a flooded passageway
|Once done, it's back up to the car for another adventure! (Keyhole only takes a few hours, so we went on to do a different slot in the afternoon.)