My brother spent ten years writing an epic fantasy novel. I loved it. I did quite a bit of art for it over the years, and when he asked me for a series of sketches which could become a calendar, I was delighted to oblige.

Here it is. We’ve reached the end of my “Sketch” series.

12 isn’t a bad number, not in the slightest. But I can’t help but admit that I feel a little sad to have reached this point. I’ve liked writing about this series; it is close to my heart and a major stepping stone in my learning how to create digital art.

Without further ado: the last one.

Bridges of Silver Glass

This one started entirely differently from all the others: it started physically. I got paper and pencils and drew the beautiful floating islands over a sea of crashing waves, all connected by bridges of silver glass- something my brother described in his novel to painfully beautiful effect. He liked the drawing it so well that he matted it and hung it in his room (high praise from my brother), where it remains to this day.

He loved having creative input on this one, helping me tweak the shading and the clouds until they suited his vision.

From a technical standpoint, it is certainly not the best piece of the series. Stylistically, it’s a bit different as well. Nevertheless, this piece was the ending and the beginning of my “Sketch” Series in a number of ways. It was the height of my expression of love for the story which my brother wrote, and it was some of the loveliest prose I’ve ever read. And it was at the very end of his story – the moment when everyone’s fate depends on what occurs in this stunning setting.