Still Learning…

Priestess

I’m not really happy with this image. I really like the costume…but I can never get it to work with anything! And something about this whole scene is a bit…bleurgh.

What I do like–and I learnt from playing about with the rock I left in the scene–was how to puppet wrap an image. Which is how the magical symbols are around the sword. So I am pleased with that. 🙂

#digitalart #magic #ritual

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A Fae and her Dragon

A fae and her dragon

I worked out how to ‘see’ Depth of Field for this one – viewed from above in the Aux Viewport – and I could move it exactly. I may have squee’d. Rather loudly. *shuffles feet*

This info is probably on the Daz forum – somewhere – but I admit to my eyes glazing there after a bit and it’s more fun ( if f-r-u-s-t-r-a-t-i-n-g ) to work it out for myself. The lighting fell into place too. DForce? *grr* I had four vert explosions before I fiddled with the surface dials. Honestly, dForce is a pain…

Best bit was finding the background almost instantly on Depositphotos. Colour match, and everything.

Also, I always like drawing/colouring in a dragon’s eyes.

I admit, this looks a little chocolate-boxy…and it is, but…fae-cloth never holds blood stains and in the shafts light, is that the fall of dandelion clocks, or ash…?

Yes, these are the things I think about *after* I’ve made something. Welcome to my brain! 😉

And now…onto something new!

#digitalart #fantasyart

Background, Depositphotos. The Fae and her Dragon, mine 🙂

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A rather nice review

It’s been *gulp* five years since Thrones of Desire released, but it’s always nice to get a review. Here’s the mention I get:

Also striking is Kim Knox’ [sic] At the Sorcerer’s Command, a tale of richly-sustained atmosphere and suspense in which a taboo sex act becomes a catalyst for a near-impossible feat of magic.

You can read the full review here

And At the Sorcerer’s Command is now available to buy on its own.
At the Sorcerer's Command

Miar is her people’s only hope to defeat the sorcerer who has besieged her home.
She has an unusual talent. She’s a soul-catcher, able to twist any soul to her will.
And Varun, the man who must guard her, is willing to use her and her gift anyway he can.

You can buy it in these places:

Amazon US : UK : DE : CA : AUS
iBooks : Kobo : Scribd : Barnes & Noble

Excerpt

The air reeked of blood and tar, wrapping around me, mixing with the distant flared hiss of fire. I shivered. I should’ve been in my master’s rooms, hunting through ancient scrolls for a defence against the sorcerer, Kiritan. Not here, lost in a sea of tents flapping in cold, night winds. The creak and thwack of the timber-framed mangonels ran ice through my blood. I wasn’t a soldier. Far from it.

Panic whipped my nerves, my heart beating hard. I hadn’t volunteered for this sortie. I was an apprentice, barely that, with the first swell of magic in my blood. But I’d also shown another skill. A skill the Duke’s new paladin, Varun, commandeered as he fought back against the besieging army.

“Keep up, Miar.”

Varun’s low voice cut into my thoughts and he grabbed my arm. His strong fingers bit into muscle, their heat bleeding through the thin sleeve of my shirt. The familiar scent of leather, metal and skin wiped away everything else. He pulled me close and his breath brushed my temple. “You know the drill. Concentrate. Stay close. Try not to be stupid.”

I stiffened. “Then you should’ve left me behind.”

His grin burned, the heat of his mouth taunting me. There was that hint of a growl and it hollowed my legs. “I’m not letting you go, Apprentice Miar.”

His words sank into my belly, shoving aside my fear for a much darker want. I’d lusted after Varun from the minute he’d appeared in the Hall of Magic. Not that I could have him. My untouched body was promised to my master when my studies were complete. Payment for his skill and time.

Varun had only been weeks in the fortress. And I should never have met him. He did not believe in magic.

Kim Knox – Romance with a brew of sex, magic darkness and technology…

 

Stones, stones…and oh look, more stones

research books
I thought I’d start to share snippets about my research books…because there are quite a lot of them and they are just…<–there.

The Book of Stones
This book, I love. It weighs as much as you think a book about stones would weigh as there are about 550 rock-filled pages.

For a writer of fantasy or paranormal magical stories it’s crammed with useful information. Every one of the roughly 500 minerals listed has an image and its keywords, elements, chakras, a break down of its composition and the opinions of the two authors on its particular qualities.

Knowing this sparks little moments of inspiration, of defining a character, of sharing something that can add extra meaning to a scene. It does for me.

Also, I’ve learnt that people work the green volcanic glass –Gaia stones– from the reheated ash of Mount St Helens. Yes, I’m a complete magpie for stuff like this!


Kim Knox – Romance with a brew of sex, magic darkness and technology…