Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mordraud I and Book two

The realm of Cambria has been ravaged by war for decades. Towns and villages are reduced to heaps of rubble and wasteland. On one side, the Imperial Lances and Cambria’s fearsome chanters, capable of shaping reality through the power of their harmonies. On the other, Eldain’s proud rebels, guardians of the free domains in the East. Three brothers are born and grow up submerged in the despair of the fighting, smothered by a hatred that infects them and fuels them to seek each other out on the battlefield. They are dragged by remorse and recrimination with roots too deep to be eradicated, tied double to the blood-steeped failure of their family. And so the war front becomes the stage where Mordraud, Dunwich and Gwern will play out their personal tragedies, between irresistible passions, rampant careers, and drawn-out nights shivering in tents assailed by the Long Winter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2088 KB
  • Print Length: 518 pages
  • Publisher: RAMPART (June 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 14, 2014

Cambria is burning. Its flames consume the dying dreams of Imperial glory, along with the rebels’ yearning for revenge, helmed by Eldain. The war has come to an end and, with it, a duel between brothers. Gwern, the youngest of the three, sets off to seek Mordraud. This journey will take him to the city of Syl, where hired assassins and conscienceless merchants cut deals in the shadows of its myriad of bridges. The same murkiness where Dunwich has stowed away, after desolate flight from what took place at the foot of the golden gates. 
The brothers’ paths will cross again, once Gwern comes to learn the secret that has always conditioned his family: what is man’s Limit? What mystery is concealed beyond the infinite ocean surrounding the world?

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  • File Size: 2050 KB
  • Print Length: 564 pages
  • Publisher: Rampart (July 3, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 3, 2015

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Pop Painting

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Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at the painting tools, methods, and inspirations of one of the top artists working in the growing field of Pop Surrealism. For the first time, beloved best-selling author and artist Camilla d’Errico pulls back the curtain to give you exclusive insights on topics from the paints and brushes she uses and her ideal studio setup, to the dreams, notions, and pop culture icons that fuel the creation of her hauntingly beautiful Pop Surrealist paintings. 

With step-by-step examples covering major subject areas such as humans, animals, melting effects, and twisting reality (essential for Pop Surrealism!), Pop Painting gives you the sensation of sitting by Camilla’s side as she takes her paintings from idea to finished work. This front row seat reveals how a leading artist dreams, paints, and creates a successful body of work. For fans of Camilla and the underground art scene, aspiring artists looking to express their ideals in paint, and experienced artists wanting to incorporate the Pop Surrealist style into their work, Pop Painting is a one-of-a-kind, must-have guide.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160774807X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607748076

Tips, tricks, hints, motivation, and inspiration in this all-encompasing art book.  Great for the amateur as well.  Beautiful, colorful pages. Shadows, light sources, blending, layers, and brushstrokes are just some of the fun content in this book.  A must-own book for any artist, including photographers!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.