In Search of Emerald Bay – the illustrations

The first real book I ever illustrated was called Into Exaltia, written by Heather Rivera. And that book now has a sequel and I illustrated that as well (so now I have illustrated two books instead of one, which makes me twice as important, right?).

The sequel is called In Search of Emerald Bay and you can buy it right now. Really, there is nothing stopping you, the rest of this post will wait for you to return from Amazon.

In total, there are 12 new illustrations (plus two cover illustrations, one normal and one small). I started drawing in December 2014 and ended in February 2015 (I never said I was fast), and I am quite happy about the drawings. As always, some of the illustrations were easier, some were harder to make. But the whole process was fun and I like the result.

And now to some pictures. The first one you can see below is the front cover of the book (I didn’t make the actual cover, I only did the illustration for it). Then there is my favorite illustration of Emerald Bay, the Library. You can see 5 stages of the illustration from first sketch to final version.

So, there it is. I enjoyed drawing the illustrations and I hope readers will enjoy the book. And my sixth sense tells me that some of you still haven’t bought the book, so, in the name of shameless advertising, I give you the link to Amazon again.


Emerald Bay



The Library – first sketch


The Library – pencil drawing


The Library – partly inked


The Library – rough scan


The Library – final illustration

4 thoughts on “In Search of Emerald Bay – the illustrations

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Lillian. I think there is still a lot of room for improvement in my drawing skills, but I’m glad you like the pictures :).
      Working with Heather on the books is fun, because she’s reliable and knows what she wants. This makes the illustrating much easier. Even the fact that I live on a different continent and in a completely different timezone isn’t an obstacle.

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed your illustrations for Into Exaltia and In Search of Emerald Bay. Now I am responding to you, 2 years later and Inside the Crystal (3rd Prism-Walkers Book) is now completed along with your wonderful illustrations (especially those of Finn and Bronwyn.. proud Grandma). Hope to see more of your work,

    1. Thank you for your comment, I’m glad you like the illustrations and the books. I hope there will be more Exaltia books in the future, illustrating them is fun. 🙂

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