Background: I commissioned several international artists to draw characters from BEACON and CATALYST based upon a few paragraphs of text. I chose a diverse array of styles for this assignment. From comic book to abstract, children’s fairy tale, and hyper-realistic, I wanted each of them to be able to express themselves in their signature styles.
Jo and Cain share a complicated relationship.
Ben Kinkead shows their adversarial side. Even as lovers, they often find themselves at different ends of all topics. They fight as often as they show love. But they cannot break away from each other, for reasons they cannot understand.
Naveed Anjum captures the wonder both of them feel for the other and the sense of mystery they share. For Jo, Cain looks like a Ginger Jesus and embodies the same sense of faith and mystery that she associates with her Calling. They meet only in the night and they only can see each other.
Diana Nemesu's work brings out the simple joy they have at being together and finding one another. Cain in her work is larger than life, and Jo feels small and unworthy in his presence. Yet she revels in the love they share.
Which is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!
Next week: Sophie
November Ellison's new book, Beacon, is a fresh take on the vampire genre by explaining vampires as electromagnetic entities. The book is critically acclaimed for the high-concept interpretation of the vampire romance category, driven by an incredibly complex and intriguing Christian female protagonist.