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Fantasy Artwork: Bringing a Fictional Landscape to Life

No animals greeted Hayan as he strolled. Tree branches didn’t bend to welcome him. Everything was still as if his forest died standing up. Leaves on a nearby tree glowed purple but it was a pale shade. The tree across from him was dark. Withered, dull-colored leaves rained down on him each time the wind blew.

He pressed his hand to the dead tree. E’Sully was crying.

“You’re not a prison are you,” he said.

The glowing tree shuddered.

Times like these, when he was connected to the land, Haylan couldn’t see it as a monster determined to punish them for some unknown crime.


(From Eaters of Darkness)

The energy in darkness can make a landscape straight out of a nightmare or something truly beautiful and fantastical. One of the reasons I had a lot of fun building the magic system in The Merging Worlds series.  Darkness' energy, ironically, doesn't make every ugly. Certain plants and animals that feed off the energy glow pretty vibrant colors. Generally, landscapes with a lot of negativ…

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