Im very excited to finaally release a behind the scenes look at the painting of the cover for the Dark Blade.
prints available in my etsy shop
this week only any level of patron gets 50% off
I’m incredibly excited to announce the launch of the Shop of Etheria and to celebrate I’m offering all kinds of merch and perks. most of which have only been available at conventions before now.
I am offering a permanent 20% off purchases from my etsy shop to all of my patreon supporters no matter the level of backing. And as a special thank you my to patrons this week only I am offering 50% off any print or digital download for pledging at any level. If there are any prints you’ve been wanting now is the time for as little as $1 you save 50% on your order. these offers cant be combined.
There are added perks for joining at the Adventurer tier you will be shipped a Patreon exclusive 5×7 print of this month’s featured illustration, and if you become an Emmisary of Etheria you will be entered to win a custom painted Karas bust, this is a $98 value and I will customeize the paint job to your specifications(Pictures below).
Monsterpalooza was an amazing success and I was absolutly thrilled to meet so many of you and introduce Blackened Knight to a wider audience. I have several new stories in the works and am going to be releasing some character and location profiles in coming months while I work on getting the next chapter of Knight Errant ready for release. I plan to release these first on patreon then later on http://www.shardsofetheria.com, the first of these is already available to my backers at https://www.patreon.com/shardsofetheria
I make Shards of Etheria free to read because I want everyone to be able to join in the adventure, but this also means that its update schedule is spotty at best. I am always endevoring to give you regular updates But currently I work as a freelance in the entertainment industry, when I take on outside projects I have no choice but to delay releases. Patreon is an amazing platform that allows you to help this series keep going, and me turn down freelance projects and focus on bringing you the next chapter. you can subscribe at any level and cancle at any time. If youve had your eye on any of my prints this is the time to get a great discount.
I really can’t thank all of you enough for following along with me on this adventure and all the kindness youve shown as I get this series going more steadily all the time. you all rock.
If you’re in the Burbank area come visit the Shards of Etheria booth at table 177 bride isle. I’m debuting several new products and this will be the first chance to get them 8b your hands
The thrilling conclusion of the Dark Blade, as Teh’ran makes planetfall the battle between Daniel and Karas comes to a head, don’t miss a minute of this epic finale.
I am very happy to announce the relaunch of my youtube channel with a new vlog, I’ve been working on videos for the last few months and am planning to keep a fairly regular schedule to give a behind the scenes look at Shards of Etheria and my painting process. be sure to give me a follow for more videos,
looking forward to showing more,
Welcome back traveler.
I have been dwelling in recent months how to best bill Shards of Etheria online and have realized while it is, in essence, an online serial or pulp, it is, in reality, a way of premiering stories to you in their early stages. the Dark Blade is a great example of this. the version you read here is essentially the final but I have been still working on edits and illustrations for the print edition, you are reading the first and in some ways raw edition of this story, and it is my hopes that to help it become its best version you will tell me what you think. please comment below, tell me if you liked it, tell me if you hate it.
in the meantime, sit back with your favorite reading device and enjoy part 2 of Knight errant, the Dark Blade,
This image titled Mouse hunt has become my most popular painting at conventions, and I’ve for some time wanted to put a short story to it more firmly cementing this image into the Shards of Etheria universe.
The dragon is young, bearly a yearling. It had never known others of its kind, dragons are hatched in solitude and rarely ever meet their sires. There are so very few dragons in the universe, and they can travel in the space between things, the etherian pathways that connect all that is and was and could be, they have spread far across the universe using this talent. In the times of Illyria, they were hunted by scientists hoping to learn how they traveled. There was a prevailing theory that they would unlock the secrets to a new form of space travel that would render current methods obsolete. But little was ever learned, and now their number has dwindled even further.
The yearling sees a mouse, munching on a small piece of fruit. He is hungry and the mouse would sait that hunger for a time. Yet something was wrong. The mouse was eating a peeled piece of fruit, looking closer the dragon sees a small piece of cord drailing from beneath the grass, the mouse was bait.
The yearling growls alarming the small mouse into flight, it runs the fruit grasped in its tiny jaw. The dragon disappears back into the woods. His presence had been noticed, it was no longer safe here. The memories he had inherited from his line told him the anthropods that dwelled here were dangerous, and not to be trusted. It was time to leave, these hunting grounds were not safe.