Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Reader Q & A: I bought Return to the Castle, but the book for sale now looks different than my copy, why?

A revised edition of Return to the Castle was released in February 2015. This edition catches many of the editing errors that snuck through in the first release.

 

The most notable difference is the chapter numbers. Though the books have the same content and the same scenes, they were split differently so that the new edition has one less chapter.



You can figure out which version of the book you have by looking at the back cover. A little bird has been added on the newer edition for easy identification. :-)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Peak into the Office Studio

Hi everyone, I know we've been quiet over at Centernia.com the past week.  There is a very good reason why.

Many artists and authors have a studio or office in-house. It's a private sanctuary where they can work on ideas. The office where I wrote the majority of Return to the Castle is a small spare bedroom in my townhouse.  I love being surrounded by a color-controlled environment where everything has a visual harmony. I usually work on a triple-monitor setup, (Cintiq, laptop, external monitor). I keep a select number of books on the shelf, primarily art books and references.



I have a desk for traditional drawing and painting supplies. Unfortunately, I don't work in real media much anymore with the exception of pencil.

Any art in the room has special meaning to me. This is a vintage poster from my hometown of Syracuse, and these metal figurines were a highschool graduation gift from Mrs.Weiss, the teacher mentioned in my dedication.

 

This last photo is bittersweet. For the past few weeks, my pristine workspace has been in a state of shambles with no hope for recovery.  We're moving to a new, larger home with a gorgeous green backyard and plenty of space for a new studio.  My current space, and entire house, is a disaster area. We move in the end of June, expect Centernia updates to resume in July. :-)