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Book Talk: Eli Warren by TheGeekCanPaint
Book Talk: Eli Warren
This will probably be the last character from my story "Return to Death's Province" to be shared for a little while. These last few days I've been so busy at work I've had to work through my lunches, which is where I do a lot of my drawing. And my time at home has been limited so I've needed to focus my attention on other things while there.

This is Eli Warren. He's a wizard and father of Commander Mike Church, whom I shared the drawing for earlier. The mission going into Death's Province requires the presence of a wizard to break through the "door" of the protective barrier encompassing the land. To be safe, Idoless's army brings 6, including Eli. Of the 6, Eli is the only one present voluntarily and the only one not speaking out about what a bad idea it is to break in. Eli and Mike are clearly close and share each others confidence. He is often by his sons side.

His description is one of the few that changed after I drew him. There were things I knew I wanted, but didn't think through properly until he became visual. For example, I knew I wanted him to have long hair, but as a dark skinned man, his hair wouldn't likely be straight and hang the way I envisioned, so I gave him the tiny braids. Also his outfit looks a little KungFu-ish... which I'm okay with. I call him a wizard and wanted robes of some fashion, except not the traditional cloak or pointed hat.

Eli is a serious man, usually focused on what needs to get done not quick to take a break for anything more than needed rest. He's regarded as the greatest wizard in the nation of Idoless.
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Book Talk: Sophie Cassidy by TheGeekCanPaint
Book Talk: Sophie Cassidy
Over the last few weeks I've introduced the lead characters of my book "Return to Death's Province", which is the first in what will be a series called "The Secret War". But there are still more characters to meet. Today I'd like to share with you the sisters, Sarah and Sophie Cassidy. The Cassidys don't have a huge roles in the first book, but will play leads in the later books. They're only in "Return to Death's Province for about a quarter of the story.

I can't say too much about them because most of their back story isn't explained until the 2nd and 3rd books. I can say, they are the only characters in the first book not from the same nation as the rest of the cast. They are from Lithostone, a nation very much like Idoless with a few key differences; one of the biggest revolving around woman's "rights". In Idoless gender roles are very much enforced. Women aren't allowed in the armies, or even to fight in any way. That's not the way it is in Lithostone, likely because it is the only nation of the five that has a queen ruling it.

Though they don't look anything alike when we meet them, the girls are actually twins. I can't go into what happened to Sophie to make her look the way she does, but it's certainly something mystical. For an hour a day, Sophie can access superhuman strength, but even without that, her physique makes her stronger than the average woman and even many men. The girls couldn't carry themselves more differently. Sarah is confident and bubbly, while Sophie is quiet and shy. Embarrassed by her appearance she covers herself in a suit of armor. It's hinted in the first book that one of them is a lesbian, though it's not reviled which one is till the second.
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Book Talk: Sarah Cassidy by TheGeekCanPaint
Book Talk: Sarah Cassidy
Over the last few weeks I've introduced the lead characters of my book "Return to Death's Province", which is the first in what will be a series called "The Secret War". But there are still more characters to meet. Today I'd like to share with you the sisters, Sarah and Sophie Cassidy. The Cassidys don't have a huge roles in the first book, but will play leads in the later books. They're only in "Return to Death's Province for about a quarter of the story.

I can't say too much about them because most of their back story isn't explained until the 2nd and 3rd books. I can say, they are the only characters in the first book not from the same nation as the rest of the cast. They are from Lithostone, a nation very much like Idoless with a few key differences; one of the biggest revolving around woman's "rights". In Idoless gender roles are very much enforced. Women aren't allowed in the armies, or even to fight in any way. That's not the way it is in Lithostone, likely because it is the only nation of the five that has a queen ruling it.

Though they look quit different when we meet them, the girls are actually twins, this is Sarah. She is extremely acrobatic, quick and a skilled fighter. Sarah is confident and bubbly, while Sophie is quiet and shy. It's hinted in the first book that one of them is a lesbian, though it's not reviled which one is till the second.
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Book Talk: Albert Larson by TheGeekCanPaint
Book Talk: Albert Larson
The last time I posted a character, I mentioned there was one more main character I had yet to share. Well, here he is, the Kirk, Albert Larson. The term "Kirk" has a silly origin. I've been a fan of the name from the old Star Trek show/movies, but because it would be so quickly associated with that I didn't feel it should be used as a persons name in my stories. So I made it a title.

In my story, a Kirk is the equivalent of a priest or pastor. The world my story is set in, all the gods of all religions except the God, whom I personally believe in, have made themselves physically known to the world, so all religions have a firm place in the 5 nations/countries it's made up of. Kirks represent all these different religions, there aren't different sects, or multiple denominations, the Kirks are familiar with all the gods and the religious practices that go with.

Albert Larson, is an old friend of the lead characters. He's been a Kirk acolyte for much longer than he should be, but that's because he has an unusual affliction. While he looks like he's in his later 30s or early 40's, he's actually in his 90s. His slow aging makes the order of the Kirks a bit untrusting of him, but he didn't let that stop him, so there was only so long he could be kept out. When Jack returns home, his friend has recently been ordained as a Kirk. The problem is, Albert is troubled by something. I can only say so much without ruining the story, but now that he's a full Kirk, he has access to all the Kirks archives and in his enthusiasm to soak up everything he can, he discovers something, and when he gets involved with the mission to Death's Province, many of his suspicions and theories are confirmed.

Albert's unique aging isn't explained in the first book, but will eventually be in the later books... probably the third, but maybe the fourth depending on how things go. But when it does, it will be a big event.
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Book Talk: The Cardinal by TheGeekCanPaint
Book Talk: The Cardinal

I've introduced all but one of the main characters of the book I'm writing "Return to Death's Province". I do have a drawing of him - I've done multiple drawings of most of the characters, because, well, I'm me. What I'm trying to say is, the drawings I've been sharing are the sketches that I plan to use when assembling the new cover painting and I'll share them as I finish them, which will be sporadically because the drawings are only one of a number of things I'm working on. So, while there's the other main character yet to be properly drawn and a multitude of supporting characters. The character I am sharing with you today is the character who sort of bridges the gap between lead character and supporting - "The Cardinal" who isn't so much a main character of the story as he is a constant within it.

When Jack (the main character) agrees to help guide the mission into Death's Province, he first goes back home to Castle Idoless, where his mother was one of the maids before she died. In the few days he's there before leaving on the mission, Jack discovers the castle is being plagued by a thief that goes by the name of The Cardinal; a sort of a Robin Hood type - stealing from the rich to give to the poor. He's also my little way of tipping my hat to superheroes, with the cape and theatrics and whatnot. The Cardinal is a mystery to the people of Idoless, no one knows who he is, yet he's been around for ages... much longer than and person could live. Is he a ghost, or perhaps just a name passed down through the generations? No one knows for sure. Few have ever even seen him. Jack has a brief run in with the masked bandit and learns that the Cardinal actual has ties with his deceased mother.

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Keith James
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
My name is Keith James. I’m a thirty-something geek residing in Saint Paul, MN. Yes, I said geek, I've embraced who I am and proud of it! I am also an aspiring illustrator and here in DeviantArt you will find a majority of my artwork. Anyone is welcome to take a look through it.

I’ve been involved with art as long as I can remember and knew I’d be working in it since I was in kindergarten. And while it's not yet my profession, I'm working on it!

I attended The Columbus College of Art and Design where I graduated with a BFA majoring in Illustration. I have a love for superhero comic books, children’s books, science fiction/fantasy, animation, and the theatrical arts. So take a look through the galleries, I hope you like what you see!

Current Residence: Saint Paul, MN
Favourite genre of music: Rock and Broadway
Favourite style of art: Illustration: Childrens books and Comic books
Favourite cartoon character: Stich or Yakoo Warner
Personal Quote: Success doesn't taste nearly as sweet without failure as an appitizer.
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Well my first attempt at selling some of my art is officially underway.


Tonight I posted 7 musical themed paintings I did back in college. They are small and basic illustrations. The most I asked for any of them for a starting bid was $25, though most I went with $20... and free shipping for all. 


After, I'll attempt to sell some of my superhero art, some of which is a bit more involved, so I'll be asking a touch more.


John also wants me to try selling prints of the picture I painted for him for his birthday. I'm not sure about that yet... maybe.


Finally, I've got a handful of pretty big paintings I'll be finishing with. My Star Wars posters and 3 unused Harry Potter Paintings. I'm not quite sure yet how much I'll be asking for them.


We'll see...

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SamanthaMaetzStock Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
I don't have a lot of $ myself, but I'd be very interested in seeing what you have for sale! I went to your website, but I didn't see a link. So...I probably am looking right at a link but not seeing it. Also, I want to say good luck on your book. I was reading the descriptions of the character and the story lines, and it's definitely something that I'd want to read. I read a lot of male/male fanfic because it's not easy to find in mainstream media; I don't have cable, and regular TV seems to make a joke out of gay and lesbian relationships. I suppose that's why I don't watch much TV. It's the same way with books; I only started reading slash fiction about 3 years ago, and it's opened my world up. A friend asked me why I read it. There's so many reasons, and she just didn't get it. There's a long story there, and I won't spam your comment box with it :-P Anyway, good luck, and if there's a link for the for-sale art, let me know! 
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello, and thanks for the message!

You didn't miss anything on my website, there were no links for selling my art. I posted a handful of paintings on eBay to see how they'd do. I started simple and tied selling some old projects from college where I reproduced a photo image from theatre shows. Those started at $20-$30 depending on the size of the piece. Then I also posted the 3 Star Wars "posters" I painted, which were much bigger and more involved images and those I asked $500 starting. I sold 4 of the smaller paintings but all the other auctions expired and there isn't currently anything up for sale, though I will eventually try again.

Thanks for the luck wishes on my book.

I haven't read any slash fiction, mostly because I'm kind of a "purist" when it comes to characters I like, and it seems to me most slash fiction takes a known character and makes them gay or hooks them up with another character than they are in their original source material. While I understand wanting something like that (as a gay man myself, I'd enjoy if characters I liked were gay) in my eyes they cease to be the character I grew to love. Please understand, that's just my reason for not partaking in slash, it's not a judgment on the stories or anyone's enjoyment of them.

While my story doesn't revolve completely around the gay relationship in it, it is a serious part of it, yet it's not crammed down anyone's throat. I'd like to think I'm handling it in classy way, though I won't know until it's published and people actually read it. That said, I feel perhaps now is a good time for my story because people who wouldn't otherwise be open to reading it in the past would be.

Oh, and I agree about TV tending to make jokes out of most of their gay characters. It's not 100% of the time, but more often than I care for. 
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rtrose Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
You're a great artist!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoy my stuff :)
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captainwonderpanties Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
GAH. YOU ARE SO AMAZING. I just can't.. <3
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very kind, thanks! I'm so glad you enjoy my art :)
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TheArtOfWarHeads Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Dear Keith,
This is 'TheArtOfWarHeads' writing to you about what feels like more than a month since your last painting. I know you're not dead, and that you're a busy man, and I hope you show me a sign you've illustrated chapter 2 of 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban', or at least an update. I love your artwork and hope you will get your works published.

Best regards,
TheArtOfWarHeads

p.s. I'm a Hufflepuff, by the way.
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Nickolas,

Yes, it has been a long time since I posted my last painting. It doesn't just feel like it, it HAS been over a month. I appreciate you taking the time to write me. I won't go into all the messy details of my life, but you summed it up accurately when you said that I'm a busy man and that is exactly the reason I haven't not only posted something new in all this time, but I have done next to no artwork at all in that time as well. I have been trying to get my act together and make time for art, but life keeps getting in the way. Things WILL clear up and I WILL be doing more art - Ch.2 of Azkaban is for sure in that plan - the drawing is already done, it's just a matter of painting it. As well as a whole bunch of other stuff. But it will take a bit more time before it happens.

Your message to me has made me realize just how long it's been since I've been active here, so I'll post a journal entry soon (probably tomorrow/Monday) at least explaining what all has been going on keeping me from art. It's not all bad, some things are very good. Your message has also made me appreciate just how long it's been since I've made some art. While it hasn't worked out for me yet, I'll be doubling my efforts to make something happen. Anyway, thank you again. I truly appreciate all your kind words about my art. Hopefully there will be something for me to share in the nearer future :)

~ Keith James
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MEMartist Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist


I love your HP pictures! They all are so dynamic!
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TheGeekCanPaint Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the compliments! I had just started Prisoner of Azkaban and needed to take a short break from Potter, but I'm in the process of getting going on them again. There should be some new stuff soon!
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