This took me forever. I feel like lately I’m psyching myself out of finishing art lately. Getting back into this is more difficult than I thought, but hopefully I can keep posting at least once a week. As always, thanks for the support! Also, I’ll be starting some new projects soon so keep an eye out!
Here’s another bookmark to go with your copy of SongBird by Dighm Liting! I’ll be printing a bunch of these soon once I’m done with some more designs so look out for them! This one is the mermaids who have some of my favorite designs and I’ll be putting out some sketches soon as well.
Meanwhile, you can purchase the novel here:
Ansa’s straightforwardness tends to rub people the wrong way but she’s a good ally to have when you’re in a pinch. She’s a crack shot and seems to know a ton of necessary information that no one else does. Despite her strong, sturdy air, she can be as elegant and beautiful as her gold laced bow and quiver.
Ansa’s Profile will be posted on 2.26.16
Age: ?? Species: ??
Likes: Being helpful, Having a good time, Whistling, Archery
Dislikes: Arguments, Unproductive people, Wasting time, Stupidity
Ansa is truly the Golden Girl in many different ways. Though she comes off as playful and carefree, she’s pretty no nonsense. She doesn’t like misunderstandings or pointless arguments and isn’t afraid of putting herself in the line of fire if it means solving them. That’s not to say she’s argumentative. Ansa has no problem backing out of a fight if she feels her interjection would be pointless.
Ansa is sturdy and reliable and an excellent shot. She knows a lot about Tuonela and her knowledge proved useful quite often, though no one would really like to admit it. Her straightforward and fearless attitude tends to irritate most people and her strength as a woman tends to intimidate the boys. Not that she’s concerned with any of that. Ansa’s too busy searching for something important, although it’s not entirely clear what that thing is.
Greta finds this curious object in the midst of a bad decision but it may just help her preform one of her most virtuous actions. Magic is easiest when channeled through an instrument, they say. Laced with runes, this pen is designed to turn one object into another.
Hilja is the captain of the she-pirates and a dangerous person to make an enemy out of. She wields an elegant black and gold long sword called The Black Mamba and a separating serpent-like red blade called Crotalus Ruber. (Neither names are mentioned in the book so this is more of a fun fact! :D) Obviously Crotalus Ruber is the one on top and The Black Mamba’s on the bottom. Hilja is a single sword user so she never wields them together. The Black Mamba is for close combat and Crotalus Ruber is for long range.
I’m pretty sure they’re not the swords on her profile only because I designed them after I drew her so pay no mind to that. Another fun fact: The Black Mamba is the name of one of the the most venomous and silent killing snakes in the world while Crotalus Ruber is the name for the red rattlesnake. I chose these names for the colors of the blades, but also the amount of noise and grace they produce in battle.
The process for acquiring this weapon turns out to be longer and more excruciating than Hanno would’ve preferred. It’s a short bow made for speed and hunting that doesn’t require as much strength as others making it excellent for beginners. The thin layer of jewel-like stone that’s encrusted into both bow and quiver is purely ornamental, but something about it’s blue glow feels very magical to Hanno. Perhaps that’s because it reminds him of his sister.
A reference for Paavali’s swords from Song Bird. Paavali is a skilled young swordsman who’s been stuck in Tuonela for so long he can’t remember when or how he got there. He can be playful, but takes life very seriously. He’s a bit simple minded and short tempered, but he’s fiercely loyal and always keeps his promises.
Paavali uses twin blades so both of these swords has a brother to go with it that looks exactly the same. He like to carve his name into one of the blades, but I opted out of doing that here. The one on the right is the style he starts out with, but he ends up with the one on the left. I would say the keep that in mind while you read, but I think it’s fairly obvious. :)