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Benja and Akema by JJwinters Benja and Akema by JJwinters
My African fantasy book, Kingdoms of The Sun, initially began as a graphic novel. But the story expanded to the point where I decided a regular novel would be the best format for it. I'm almost done writing the main story in the book. But as is the case with writing epic tales, there are lots of subplots, histories, characters, lands, cultures etc., that develop alongside and within the story you're telling. So I have a lot to append at the back of the book to fill in the gaps. This image represents one of the stories that will be in the appendix section under 'The Origins of The Sun and Moon'. It's a tale of Benja and the demigoddess, Akema.
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chillher Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016
nail'd it.
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cherry12 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Jesus, I wanna buy and read this! Have you done an art trade with loish? You should do an art trade with loish :3
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JJwinters Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I bet she get tons of requests. Anyhow, the book will be done. I'm aiming for next year. But I want to take my time so it's written the way I've always imagined it.
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job!  I especially like her braids. ^^
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JJwinters Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I do too! :)
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lavenderl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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ChocolateNews Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this looks awesome :D
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JJwinters Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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MapaloChisala Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Wow man i love the overall tone you've given the art you really captured that setting sun look. And also the detail on the characters is amazing.
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JJwinters Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Not gonna lie, this was a fun piece to do. I usually hate most of my work the minute I'm done but this is one of the few pieces I actually like along with the recent African Belle piece I did.
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MapaloChisala Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome man, But can i ask you and honest question what do you find more challenging, writing or the artwork?
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JJwinters Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Writing. To write you need to have a good story (or idea). To have a good story, you need to have great characters to move that story forward. So I always find constructing a story and coming up with good characters a tedious process because of lots of rewrites. It's fun but tedious. The artwork is easier because I just go after the mood and the image I visualize in my head and do everything humanly possible to recapture it on canvas. 
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MapaloChisala Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah man i totally agree writing is incredibly challenging, its kind of like its own science.
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NeoTetsaiga Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely work! Clap 
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JJwinters Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Neo!
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DaBrandonSphere Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
They are a sweet couple!
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JJwinters Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They really are. With them, I tried not to plan anything, I just wrote and found myself going in places I didn't know I could go before. I hope people will like their story as much as I did.
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asanteM Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
Amazing. I'm writing a fantasy novel too and I know exactly what you mean. I'll share this on NUBIAMANCY.
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JJwinters Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's always humbling and an honor to find myself on Nubiamancy next to those great other artists. So thank a lot! 

Also, I hear you. I thought I could keep it tight and stick to a simple story but fantasy novels are always leading you into new places and you're always finding yourself making constant updates and changes to make room for an ever expanding universe. Have you come up with a title for your book? Please keep me updated. I'm a sucker for scifi and fantasy.
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asanteM Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
Yes I have, but keeping the titled tight-lipped. It's a very unique one and I wish to keep it that way by not mentioning it here for all to see. :)

If you were my Facebook friend I could give you a link to read excerpts.
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JJwinters Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I totally understand. If you don't want to post it publicly, you can send it as a note here on DA to me. And which platform/website are you using to post your story excerpts? I think in about 2 months, I should be ready to start posting story excerpts as well.
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asanteM Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015
Sent you a note. 
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JJwinters Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! I'll check it out!
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Nighteba Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work. :)
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JJwinters Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks alot, man!
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Nighteba Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, man... :)
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