It’s wonderful to welcome T.A. Bruno, author of the Song of Kamaria Series, In the Orbit of Sirens and the soon to be released, On the Winds of Quasars. Mr. Bruno has graciously shared his amazing character artwork from the series. Stay tuned for an interview with Mr. Bruno about the series coming at the end of September.
Thanks for having me back, Lorraine!
The art you’ll see here is stuff I do when I’m not writing. I maintain that whatever mental image the reader comes up with is more accurate than my ability to draw them. I always worry showing an image ruins the fun of imagination. That being said, these art pieces helped me develop each of the characters featured. By drawing and modeling these characters, I had to dive into what makes them unique. It should be noticed, many of these images are of the non-human characters featured in the books. As much as I’d love to draw humans, I find myself disliking my own art when I draw people, so I tend to stick to aliens and spaceships instead. I’ll mention some of my design philosophies for each character and avoid spoilers entirely.
Thank you so much for showing us your amazing, imaginative and brilliant characters. I loved the ecosystem of Kamaria and how organic it felt. Each organism was unique and had a place. As an Environmental Scientist, I love to see the development of nature in books. Kamaria was a truly incredible creation. These are fantastic! I chose to keep them all large sized, rather than a smaller gallery. They are so beautiful, they are better appreciated in full size. ALL IMAGES ARE COPYRIGHTED AND ARE THE PROPERTY OF T. A. BRUNO.
3D Models/Renders: All of these models were created by myself. Initially, I attempted to make a short animated film, so I had created loads of 3D assets. After discovering I had a story worth telling in a novel format, I ended production on the animated short and dove straight into outlining. These models came in handy later. Readers may recognize them as some of the chapter headers. Jason Michael Hall did line art over my models to make them novel-worthy. I was glad these assets came in handy, though! Some of these pictures will have old working-title names. I had conjured up the name “In the Orbit of Sirens” very close to publishing, so a lot of the concept stuff still reflects the old names.
ILLUSTRATIONS: Now that production on the trilogy was well underway, I had stopped creating 3D models and renders for some time. After finishing book 3, I started making some more art again.
Thank you again Mr. Bruno for sharing your creative process with us. These images are stunning and I love to see characters come to life. If you have not read In the Orbit of Sirens, I highly recommend it. It is brilliant science fiction. I am looking forward to On the Winds of Quasars!