The Art Project: Gideon
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.
A young man sat huddled in the corner. He was small, lean, young, bearded and had a bandana wrapped around his head, two large ear plugs in his ears. His eyes were too wide, his pupils red, his body too twitchy. She seemed to hear him emitting a faint humming. He reminded her of a skater kid.
In BEACON, he is the vampire with no name. In CATALYST, you get to know him as Gideon. He is silly, innocent, and the youngest of all the vampires. He was turned only one year ago and has yet to understand his existence.
Artist: Naveed Anjum
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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.