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.
She was perched on a slender branch with a careless grace, both legs dangling freely in the air. Her hands held the branch on either side of her, and her posture was slightly hunched. She was thin and tall, looking like a model except for her long gray hair. Her face was unlined and young, full pouty lips and eyes that wanted to laugh at everything they saw. Everything about this woman’s body language seemed casual, but her alert and watchful big brown eyes gave her away. She stood up, brushing the leaves off her loose, wide black pants. Her oversized shirt read “Grateful Dead” with the skull logo. Luna smokes, because it amuses her. She's already dead, so she knows it won't kill her.
Introduced in CATALYST, Luna is a vampire that is as practical as she is aloof. She draws Jo in immediately, and they develop a kind of standoff friendship.
Artist: Diana Nemesu
Next week: Katie
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.