2) Questions about my art: Subject Matter
What are those Rhyddion Chronicles anyway?
The Rhyddion Chronicles are a novel project that I’ve been working on since 2001. The first draft was scrapped completely; I’m currently on the third rewrite. The title is not set.
Do you plan to publish the book? Do you have a publisher already?
I plan on publishing it eventually, but no, I don’t have a publisher yet. I’m confident enough in the quality of my writing to think that it stands a chance; if it’s not picked up, I’ll go the lulu way and self-publish.
What’s it about?
It’s a Historical Fantasy novel set in an alternate 13th century Wales (called Rhyddion) struggling with the expansion of a powerful neighbour (Saexony, which is obviously based on England). The protagonist, Aedan (previously Aidan) is a bastard of a noble house of Rhyddion, who finds himself in the middle of the war, while being targeted by the Church for his (very minor) magical powers.
Hang on, I thought you were German? Where does all the Welsh love come from?
I’ve been fascinated with the history of Wales – particularly Llywelyn the Last – for nearly twenty years. Unfortunately, I’ve never even been to Wales (more embarrassingly, I’ve lived in Shropshire for almost a year and never managed to go to Wales!), all I know about the language I know from books. And I have a few people who have helped me with several aspects of the language. I like Welsh folk-bands (especially Gwerinos and Plethyn) from whom I got the proper pronunciation of the “ll” sound.
When are you going to draw your next Harry Potter/Tolkien/Song of Ice and Fire/Drizzt/[insert fandom here] pic?
Obviously, I can’t say. I draw things that fascinate me at any given time. There are fandoms that I have returned to again and again in my life – like Tolkien and Harry Potter – and there are a few that I’ve probably left for good (Drizzt and AsoIaF). As for all the others, I can just say: It’s possible that I’ll draw more stuff about them sometime in the future, but I totally can’t say for certain.
Legolas/Fingolfin has blonde hair/Feanor has long hair/Gimli has red hair/Dwarf women have no beards/Sirius is a different breed of dog/insert other fandom-specific bit of nerdiness here