The artiste and her work.
The artwork is done for Why Roses Have Thorns, and all I can say is: Wow!
Natalya far exceeded my expectations. Even with all the hints she showed with the pins that showed her level of research and her sketching, when I saw the inked versions of everything what she did, I was absolutely blown away.
I loved what she did so much I decided to have her re-illustrate The Golden Pedestal when I have the funds to pay her. Please enjoy these samples of her work as I tell of the illustrator I worked with before Natalya.
I had learned a lot working with previous illustrator, who shall remain nameless for the sake of courtesy. Most of what I learned working with him were lessons in getting what you pay for. His work was good, but his timeliness and ultimately his professionalism left much to be desired.
Like many artists, he’d “always wanted to illustrate a book,” but had never done so and didn’t understand how much time that took. I also didn’t understand the ins and outs of this process.
So given the lack of experience on both our ends, we were pretty naïve in our agreement. He agreed to a rate that was below market for the sake of experience, and having this in his portfolio and on his resume.
He overestimated his speed and underestimated how much time he would need. I was patient because I knew he needed other jobs to pay the bills, and this was a new one for both of us. I also had started The Golden Pedestal project early for the sake of taking delays into consideration.
Once he got paid, he disappeared. That made me mad. I had hired a book designer, who needed different file/format to get the book print ready, and ultimately needed the original drawings to make it happen.
The illustrator was nowhere to be found. That held the process up of getting Golden Pedestal print ready, and I had to rip him a new one to get him to meet with the book designer.
I hate it when I have to do that. I don’t like getting angry and acting mean.
It also dampened my enthusiasm to release Golden Pedestal – even though the book designer an outstanding job.
I also realized that his idea of making a painting for the cover made for a poor cover that would not get anybody’s attention on the book shelf.
Yet even if all that had gone smoothly, Natalya’s style has an elegance that is irresistible, and I know the cover would be arresting.
I would love to see what she would do with the Purple Princess, Sir Highbrow Olive, Miss Blue Begonia, and of course, the Preacher Man.
She may even be able to help me come up with a better title for that story.
I hope y’all enjoyed some samples of her work. I have loved working with her.
If you would like to read the previous blog post on working with Natalya Kolosowsky, click here.
If you would like to see some of the original work from The Golden Pedestal, even if I will have Natalya re-illustrate it, click here.
What do you think? I welcome any comments below.