Christina Engela, Illustrated! #10

Over the last few days I showed you some of my illustrations, drawn to illustrate some of my stories! Here are another five for you to enjoy! Or, alternatively, if you don’t like them, it’ll be a torturous experience!

Just a little necessary repetition here – many of these pictures were included in a number of multimedia projects related to my writing, such as book trailer videos I used to promote my books! I also need to point out again, that none of these images appear in the books themselves.

The process of completing these illustrations was quite a lengthy one – before I even got to the making of the book trailers! First I had to sketch each image out in pencil, then in thick or thin markers. Then I had to scan them in digitally and edited out little blemishes or other flaws on my computer. Sometimes I’d add glow effects or other refinements. After that, I’d save the black and white images to use in future coloring-book projects – and used a graphics app to color them in digitally!

Again, I realize I’m no Michelangelo – I know my limitations, but at least I didn’t make a couple of stick figures with speech bubbles and call it “art” – so save the criticism! Otherwise, enjoy! 😉 Comments welcome as always.

“Bridge Of The Titan” (from “The Devils In The Sky“)

This is a view of the bridge of the I.S.S. Titan as it confronts a hostile alien ship intruding into Terran space. A battle results – and after fierce fighting in which the Titan is almost destroyed, the alien is so badly damaged that it explodes and a lone survivor is picked up in a life-pod.

The bridge layout for most of the Terran starships is pretty much standard, as I explained previously in various articles about my scifi series and short stories. Tech used in these ships is also explained at length in a free guide “The Galaxii Guide To The Terran Space Fleet“.

“Guilty” (from Galaxii #2 “Demonspawn“)

In Demonspawn, the crew of the Mordrake are marooned in deep space aboard their disabled ship, unable to call for help and having to face the reality that they will live only until the air and power run out. The resentful crew lay the blame squarely at the feet of Captain Blaine – who retreats to his own cabin and crawls into a bottle… several bottles.  A matter of days later, the Exo – Commander Lofflin discovers that the Captain has been murdered in his cabin… and the word “guilty” found drawn on the wall in the Captain’s own blood. This is only the start of the story however, because as the Mordrake drifts deeper into uncharted space, it encounters another derelict ship that offers them the chance to repair their engines and save themselves.

“Exodus” – Corsair Ancestors Leave Earth After WW3

At the end of the Third World War, Earth is a devastated ruin. Roughly a decade later, Earth would have already recovered – to face the invading Ruminarii in the Gimp War – but being impatient, the ancestors of what would eventually become the Corsairs build long-range ships and choose to take their chances in the black.

“Map Of Atro City” (from Quantum #1, “Black Sunrise“)

A very basic map of Atro City, the capital of the Terran Colony called Deanna. Most of the landmarks indicated are mentioned in the six current books in the Quantum Series.

“Fred, Barista At The Slipped Disk” (from Quantum #5, “Prodigal Sun“)

Fred the Arborian is a sentient and mobile – that’s walking and talking – alien vegetative life form… er, plant. Wherever he goes on Deanna, people tend to become a little distracted… walking into walls, tripping over coffee tables, things like that. One of the many jobs Fred holds during his stay on Deanna is as a barista at The Slipped Disk, a 24 hour nightclub in the garage levels of The Plaza – the biggest and most fancy shopping center in Atro City. Fred dazzles patrons by fetching, opening, pouring and serving a half-dozen drink orders at a time with all his tentacle-like leafy appendages…

P.S.

I included links to the titles these illustrations appear in, in the headings – leading directly to the books pages on Smashwords, where they are all currently available at massive discounts (up to 60%) during the lockdown season. 😉

If you’d like to review all the previous images, visit the Illustrations page on my website!

Stay home and stay safe!


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