Somewhere along the way as I owned a Newfoundland dog and began writing the novelette “Factory Tails: All Good Dogs Walk on the Left”, I began to experiment with loosely drawing Ebony’s head and giving it a geometric-like background effect around the image.
One of the results is this drawing of “Rocky”, a main character in “Factory Tails”, and another version is offered below.
“Factory Tails” is a world in which dogs are the protagonists, the antagonists, and…well, dogs are all the characters in this story told in a time when only dogs remain on the Earth. Just like their human predecessors, these dogs compete for work and retirement benefits in the factory, Big Blackie Biscuits, the only working industry in the country.
You may read more of “Factory Tails” here.
“Factory Tails” and the artwork in this blog are part of the personal and copyrighted work of Barbara Anne Helberg
In experimenting with my own artwork for my fiction stories, I’ve found that using simple geometrics is a good place to start.
In the artwork above, I used geometric figures over stenciled horses to complement one of my novelettes, Triple Crown Run by Smarty E. Jones, which will appear later in another of my blogs.
I enjoy using colored pencils, markers, and color, or gel, ink pens, as well as black and white drawings for my projects.
Below is another piece of handcrafted artwork which I created for “Factory Tails“, which can be read in chapters here.
Creating my own artwork is something I like to do. It enhances my own enjoyment of the writing project at hand, and creating it is a relax mode for me as I roam the woods of wordsmithing.
Artwork from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
As I am not a true illustrator but I do appreciate “hand” artwork, I always find myself trying to create something different and entertaining for my fiction. Using geometric forms has helped me to achieve this.
The above artwork, with a basic geometric background, is an example of this effort.
I used colored pencils and gel inks to create this drawing that became a major format for my Factory Tails trilogy, from my Novels In A Nutshell series.
Cover artwork for the novelette FANS, also from my Novels In A Nutshell series, is shown below.
+++++++ Factory Tails may be read in chapters here.
+++++++ FANS may be read in chapters here.
Geometric and Cover Artwork from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg