So, it’s been a busy couple of weeks for me, and I haven’t had much time to blog, since I’ve been working on the sequel to Into the Dead Fall. (the bonus book I added to The Scorpion’s Mate). I’ve made significant changes to the original story, and reworked a lot of scenes, but I’m happier with where it’s going now.
I have also been waiting to publish this particular blog.
Normally, I like for readers to be able to imagine my characters as they see them, rather than me giving them a canon image to hold in their mind while they read. This is because I often prefer to read this way myself, imagining the characters as I would see them, rather than what the author might have intended ;). This works great with human characters, but gets a little more complicated with aliens, since even the most detailed description can’t always capture what you are intending to convey like a simple image can.
I know I often struggle to picture alien characters when reading the work of other authors, so I’m not the least bit surprised that some of my readers have left feedback that they were having a difficult time picturing Thrax. How I would love to be able to feature him on the cover, but there are limitations to that, since covers are usually created using stock imagery. I could have commissioned a full-color illustration, but there was no telling how long that would take to complete, given how complex Thrax’s appearance is, so instead, I commissioned a character illustration from the artist, Mike Alvear, who has done previous work for me, including my avatar, which is an illustration of Balfor.
Mike sketched the original concept art that I started from ages ago when I first decided to turn my monster into a romance hero. Thrax started off as an antagonist, and he went through many physical and mental changes before he ended up where he is at now. 😉 You can see from the original concept that he was somewhat more alien than he ended up being in the latest character illustration.
Here is the latest character illustration, just to give readers an idea what Thrax looks like to me, though there are certain changes that may have made their way into the book that are not pictured on the illustration, mostly because it is simply too complex an image that I didn’t want it to be too busy. And of course, some things are being left to the imagination. 😉
I want to note that in the illustration, his pincers are extended, so you can’t see his upper hands beneath them :D. I’ve still left the more human-like part of his face concealed, because I really want the reader to see that part of the hero in their own mind’s eye and not how I might picture him.
Many thanks to Mike Alvear for drawing these illustrations to help put an image behind my vision. I’m always amazed at how close he can get to what I’m picturing, though I imagine that some of my descriptions cause raised eyebrows, lol.
Let me know what you think. If you read the book, The Scorpion’s Mate, is this how you pictured Thrax? Or did you have something totally different in mind? I will be including this image in an updated version of the book, so that readers will have a reference to go off of.