Fantasy Artwork: Bringing a Fictional Landscape to Life

No animals greeted Hayan as he strolled. Tree branches didn’t bend to welcome him. Everything was still as if his forest died standing up. Leaves on a nearby tree glowed purple but it was a pale shade. The tree across from him was dark. Withered, dull-colored leaves rained down on him each time the wind blew.

He pressed his hand to the dead tree. E’Sully was crying.

“You’re not a prison are you,” he said.

The glowing tree shuddered.

Times like these, when he was connected to the land, Haylan couldn’t see it as a monster determined to punish them for some unknown crime.

(From Eaters of Darkness)

The energy in darkness can make a landscape straight out of a nightmare or something truly beautiful and fantastical. One of the reasons I had a lot of fun building the magic system in The Merging Worlds series.  Darkness’ energy, ironically, doesn’t make every ugly. Certain plants and animals that feed off the energy glow pretty vibrant colors. Generally, landscapes with a lot of negative emotions turn the plants and animals ugly. But, for the most part, how the energy transforms the land is random.
In Easters of Darkness, I explored the origins of darkness’ energy. It’s a collection of Merging World side-stories, 2 of which explore the ancestors of the characters from the main story. 
Just for fun, I’m adding some artwork to the ebook. 
Here’s one made by Ryky.  I tweaked it a bit to fit one of the stories.
I’m currently working on a second image.
I created it from the image at the top of the blog.
It’s pure photomanipulation. No drawing.
I’m not sure it’s done yet. I’m letting it sit for a couple of days.
Both images and probably one more will be in Eater of Darkness
It’ll be available March 24 and I plan on making it free for the first couple of months.  

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