The Final Interior Piece for Of Sand and Malice Made

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I mentioned in a few posts the past week or so that I’m putting together a new project to release a triptych of Shattered Sands stories in a bound volume called Of Sand and Malice Made. I’ll be running a Kickstarter for the e-book, trade paperback, limited edition hardcover, and audio versions of this book in a month or so. In the meantime, I’m leaking the artwork as we move along.

This final piece is for the last story in the triptych. It shows a young man who starts as a brash youth and goes through some pretty harrowing things. This image captures a point in the story where he’s taking a breath, merely glad to be alive if not completely whole.

Bright Eyes and a Wicked Demon Grin Final

Bright Eyes and a Wicked Demon Grin by René Aigner

There’s some brilliant work in the architecture and in the details of his clothing. But I love the look on his face, the moment he’s sharing with the world.

I’m getting really excited to get this triptych packaged up and out in the world. I’ve been working on getting all the arrangements made for the audio version this week, and it’s all coming together nicely.

Keep an eye out for the announcement of the Kickstarter in about 6 weeks!