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Thelana at Hedonia Print by Alexey Lipatov by AGEOFAENYA Thelana at Hedonia Print by Alexey Lipatov by AGEOFAENYA
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Andre-Instinct Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016   Traditional Artist
It's quite a beautiful landscape. It's a little odd, I suppose, but seeing pterodactyls, a pyramid
with a city around it, a giant-sized planet with a moon in the sky, and what appears to be twelve 
century boats is very pleasing to the eye. Kudos to the artist. Amazing work.
AGEOFAENYA Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Professional Writer
Yes, he's very good. I simply asked for Thelana to be looking over a city, with Greek/Egyptian type architecture. The planet (Infinity) is the gas giant Aenya orbits. The other (Eon) is a moon of Infinity. The pterodactyls was Alexey's contribution. Also, did you notice the falling meteor? Or the rock she is standing on?   
Andre-Instinct Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016   Traditional Artist
Yes, I noticed the meteor and the rock. I also noticed her butt. It's a variety of different
things to list. Like all the individual houses within the city. Quite a detail freak the artist
is. I can relate.

If you don't mind me asking, how does one describe such things in a book? If I'm lost, I
just take the easy way out and draw it. You look at all these movies based on novels and
I think: "How's that described in the book, without spending page after page describing
articles of clothing, alone?"

If you can't tell, I'm not much of a reader. I prefer to tell my own stories. Unless, of
course, something peaks my interests. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.
AGEOFAENYA Featured By Owner Edited Aug 11, 2016  Professional Writer
When I started writing fiction (circa 30 years ago) I tended to describe every little detail, because I liked to visualize my stories. But after a while, I realized this was a fool's errand. I can spend ten pages describing a face, and not only would it be terribly boring, but you'd never "see" the same face I do. When it comes to fiction, the reader does half the work, filling in the gaps with his/her imagination. While I do spend a bit of time describing Hedonia, I never really saw it before Alexey drew it for me. Having all these commissions helps to bring my world to life. And again, this isn't to say this is the only way Hedonia should look. I am currently commissioning a new cover, with the city on it, and I know it will look different and I am fine with that.
Andre-Instinct Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016   Traditional Artist
Yes, that's right. I had a similar problem, which kept me from
pursuing writing until I realized the simplicity of it all. There's
no need to explain every little detail when dealing with the
reader's imagination. The art helps, especially when I'm doing
the art myself. Everything is just the way I want it - the way
it should be.

Well, good luck to you with that book; it's really hard to get
anything out there without a major publication behind it. That's
why it's Amazon for me. No stress. No inventory. Just made to
order. You should try that too. Unless you have the funds.

This is a nice back and forth we have here.
AGEOFAENYA Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2016  Professional Writer
Yes, I appreciate talking to sensible people, which seems to be in short supply around here. Yesterday, I had to block the same troll for the second time. As for having literary ambitions, it is indeed a difficult road to climb. A lot of it has to do, I think, with market saturation. People are too busy these days with their cell phones and PS4s to open a good book. And even those that do have a gajillion stories waiting for them. If writing wasn't in my bones, I'd probably choose any other career. Back in '04, I did try the selfie route, but I was unhappy with my sales. I am going to try again next year with better funding and a bigger marketing campaign. 
Andre-Instinct Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016   Traditional Artist
I qualify as "sensible"? This is the first I'm hearing of it. Funny thing about trolls,
I've been studying them in the wild, on twitter, for quite some time and they really
seem intent of ruining a good experience, for no other reason than just because.
Social media is quite the failed concept. Just like with socialism. Anyway, yes, there's
way too much shit out - I worry about my own project, as well. Though, if I had the
option, I'd make a video game - it's my childhood dream - but writing and drawing is
my best option with no real money to produce. A bigger marketing campaign should
help you out. It's nearly impossible to get people to buy your product, no matter how
great it is, if they don't know it exists. I'll be relying on "word of mouth," I suppose.

We should both get an "A" for effort, no? Then an "A+" for future successes.
AGEOFAENYA Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Professional Writer
Well, it's the people who assume they are sensible who usually aren't. I think trolls are people without any talents or skills to speak of, who wish they could contribute in some way to society, but can't. They're like playground bullies who crap on other kids to make themselves feel superior. If you check out the troll who was harassing me, you'll notice he has no art of his own. He just makes the rounds on deviantArt, looking for stuff to criticize. But it takes real fortitude to put yourself out there, to be judged. 

A lot of people are going to school for video games. I think it's only a matter of time before that market also gets saturated. I mean, who has time to play all these games? I sure don't! If you do manage to succeed at that, let me know. I wouldn't mind an Aenya-inspired game!  
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Rerses12 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 20, 2016
Awesome work !
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