Concept artists Klaudia Bezak, Tadeo Phillips, and Ted Buffington have crafted conceptual drawings which have shaped the mood, feel, and whimsy of 'Diamond Dragons'. I'm especially amazed at the two castles/fortresses which Klaudia designed; one for the heroes, and one for the villains. The designs remain almost precisely as I'd imagined them when I first began envisioning 'Diamond Dragons'. As the old saying goes: "a picture is worth 1000 words". Perhaps 2400 in this case.
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Additional artwork, editing, coloring, layering, shadowing, and all post-production by Matthew Carauddo.
Some new artwork for 'Diamond Dragons', book 2 will debut the wonderful artwork from Josephine Albers! Stay tuned to learn more about her three awesome concept drawings for DD2 (and, in general).
When I considered the book cover art (front and back) for 'Diamond Dragons' (book 1), I had some very specific design elements in mind. These elements would end up being present in books/screenplays 2-6 as well.
After encountering examples of their work online, I contacted Team Miblart, and worked very closely with them to create the 'infinity symbol + dual wings + yin-yang + sun & moon' style emblem and logo. Hidden gems abound.
You can learn more about their work here:
Book two's cover designs (both digital and print versions) fell into my own hands, and it's likely that books 3-6 will also be arranged and designed myself. I'm extremely impressed at how well book two's design turned out, and I'm even more excited to reveal covers 3-6 when the Time is correct...
Eamonn Cseplo is nothing short of brilliant with the conceptual pieces of music he's already composed. One track in particular is immeasurably sad and poignant--and rightly so--since it complements the death of one of the Dragons (I'll not say which at this point). Additionally, his more heroic and uplifting compositions are also wonderfully energetic, and evoke the types of emotions from music which we all crave.
CHAPTER ARTWORK TEASER:
Fabian Schock ("Free The Tears")
BOOK 1 LAUNCH TEASER:
12 Titans ("Weightless")
More music from additional artists is coming soon!
Prior to being drafted into the book version in August-September of 2020, 'Diamond Dragons' was initially created and developed as a SCREENPLAY over 2018-2019.
After the screenplay became further solidified, I reached out to the voice-over community in order to give some of the characters voices (during pre-visualization):
CALI ROSSEN ('Raeniya')
JOHN MEISSNER ('Titan')
NADINE CHARLESON ('Violetta')
ADAM SARTAIN ('Bardiche', 'Elliott')
GAIL VAN COTT ('Casscadia')
DENINE ROCHELLE ('Gertranimor')
SOPHIE WARDLOW ('Starshaa')
DEE FLYNN ('Syrenne')
As the world-building and pre-visualization of 'Diamond Dragons' continues to grow, you can expect to hear more vocal work regarding the characters in due Time.
My abilities to work with 3D artists have been limited, but I'm extremely grateful for Sanjay Adhikari, who provided most of the 3D landscapes seen in the rough pre-visualization video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uldeip28I68 .
Additional 3D artists, modelers, renderers, animators, and general artists are currently being considered.
If you'd like to work with 'Team DD', please contact us!
Although the following individuals did not directly contribute to 'Diamond Dragons', they are most certainly upon my 'Mea' (mind) when it comes to expressing 'Chi-Yong' (gratitude):
Aaron Dinette (and his son, Will Jr.), Caitlyn Carauddo, Richard Garriott de Cayeux, Anthony LaGuipa, Kevin Cosme, Edmundo Cabrera, David Simmons, Pagan Malcolm, Lisa Loucks, Kristina Cranjcec, Summer Mclean, Alvin Collier, Josephine Albers
A heartfelt 'Chi-Foi' (honor) and Eyayeli-ha (spiritual/celestial tidings) to you all! :)
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