This blog is a celebration of novel, novel characters!

I love reading novels, and as an artist I know a great exercise to stretch one's illustration skills is to portray characters from a description in a book. This blog is a challenge to myself to do just that so I'll be posting illustrations from whatever book I'm currently reading. Feel free to add comments and send me your fan art for these great titles too!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Errol Stone from A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr

When I picked up “A Cast of Stones” I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, I love medieval fantasy, but it’s a difficult genre with Tolkien’s standards to live up to.  My trepidation being stated, I honestly loved every minute of reading this book.  The world is original and believable, and Errol, what can I write about Errol?  He’s not even a likeable character.  He’s the underdog type of hero, but he’s not even a loveable Bilbo Baggins kind of underdog, he’s a filthy teenage alcoholic, the town drunk.  He’s practically an anti-hero in the beginning. I love it.

Ideas for Liam's look

Errol’s a great hero because he’s human.  We get to see him rise to the occasion while also being shown his insecurities and failings.  I even like that he has an attitude towards Liam, the poster-child of the kingdom, the hero who fights like a god, attracts all the ladies, and is perfectly humble to boot.  No one could ever have a reason to hate him, he’s just that perfect.  I think most of us have experienced jealousy at one point or other, so to have a hero that also has those feelings makes Errol even more relatable.  Making him the main character rather than Liam who is the classic hero-type, is a big part of what makes the story special.

By the end of the story, Errol has changed a lot. These last two images portray my idea for what he might look like towards the end of the book.

Like every great epic fantasy, “A Cast of Stones” has a fully loaded roster of cool characters.  There’s a good mix of personalities, ages, and abilities among the people Errol meets on his journey.  The cast of female characters is just as good as the males.  Some of my favorites are the butt-kicking girls from his time with the Caravan, Ru & Jhade, and the kind-hearted noblewoman Adora who’s introduced towards the end.
Rohka, beautiful & dangerous

I’m glad that I didn’t read “A Cast of Stones” when it first came out because it would be hard to wait for the next installment, “The Hero’s Lot!"  This week I’ve been reading it, and as soon as I’m done I’ll be sharing about it with you!

If you'd like to read this story, the exciting thing is, right now, the kindle version is free!  So, if you read ebooks make sure to knab it! Cast of Stones, A (The Staff and the Sword Book #1)   

Also, check out the official trailer featuring original music, and Patrick W. Carr's website: http://patrickwcarr.com/



  1. I have the first two books of this series and am looking forward to getting the third. Someday, soon I hope, I'll have time to read them. They look great. Loved the trailer. Your drawings are always wonderful. You make me want to find out about Errol.

    Is he an Errol Flynn look alike? :D

    1. Hmm.. like Errol Flynn, that would nice <3 If you don't want to suffer, maybe you should wait until the 3rd is out! I just finished book 2, and will post on it soon. It's going to be hard for me to wait for the next.