Two Rooks – The Butterfly Princess

November 30, 2017 / no comments

PHILLY AND SHU

‘Two Rooks’

A voice filled Philly’s head, but it wasn’t his mistress’s. It wasn’t painful like hers, but if he listened, it could be just as dangerous.

Promise me. Shu has a good heart, but he isn’t strong like you or me. You must protect him.

His wife’s request repeated in his head.

Protect Shu. Keep him safe.

Steady as a drum beat.

(excerpt from The Butterfly Princess)

THE STORY

Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.

Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.

Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.

But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.

 ARTWORK FOR THE BUTTERFLY PRINCESS

All illustrations for The Butterfly Princess began as drawings in my sketchbook and finished in Photoshop. ‘Two Rooks’ is available for sale at my Etsy Store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWO ROOKS is available for sale two ways. The first is with the book’s title incorporated into the artwork. The other is to have the artwork free of text. Yes, that nasty stubbornpixel.com watermark will not be on the finished piece of art. Have it your way.

ONLY PREMIUM GICLEE ARCHIVAL ART PRINTS

Each giclee is printed on Superior, ULTRA THICK 310gsm William Turner Matt FineArt Paper by Hahnemuehle utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink cartridges (pigment-based) for unprecedented gray balance, outstanding tonal range, and astounding color reproduction. Archival-quality, Genuine mould-made 100% white cotton paper with a matte watercolor texture.
Collectors will enjoy its true matte surface with elegant texture. All giclees are fade resistant and museum quality.

All work is available on Etsy at Stubborn Pixel Studios

 

Kuda – The Butterfly Princess

November 27, 2017 / no comments

KUDA THE TREE TROLL

'Kuda the tree troll'

The creature’s stout body twisted like the trunk of a bonsai tree. The head hung below hunched shoulders covered with flaky scales. Long spindly arms rested on knobby knees. Unlike their relatives, tree trolls were renowned for their gentle disposition, intelligence, and relatively small size. They preferred privacy but tolerated the inevitable intrusions by other creatures seeking their wisdom.

(excerpt from The Butterfly Princess) 

THE STORY

Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.

Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.

Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.

But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.

ARTWORK FOR THE BUTTERFLY PRINCESS

All illustrations for The Butterfly Princess began as drawings in my sketchbook and finished in Photoshop. ‘Kuda the tree troll’ is available for sale at my Etsy Store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KUDA THE TREE TROLL is available for sale two ways. The first is with the book’s title incorporated into the artwork. The other is to have the artwork free of text. Yes, that nasty stubbornpixel.com watermark will not be on the finished piece of art. Have it your way.

ONLY PREMIUM GICLEE ARCHIVAL ART PRINTS

Each giclee is printed on Superior, ULTRA THICK 310gsm William Turner Matt FineArt Paper by Hahnemuehle utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink cartridges (pigment-based) for unprecedented gray balance, outstanding tonal range, and astounding color reproduction. Archival-quality, Genuine mould-made 100% white cotton paper with a matte watercolor texture.
Collectors will enjoy its true matte surface with elegant texture. All giclees prints are fade resistant and museum quality.

All work is available on Etsy at Stubborn Pixel Studios

 

The Dragon – The Butterfly Princess

November 24, 2017 / no comments

THE DRAGON’S EGG

The Dragon’s Egg

“Look,” I breathed. A crack appeared in the egg.

Another crack— then another.

The egg wobbled. A chip of the egg’s shell came off.

A coal-black eye appeared at the hole. It inspected the new world, blinked, then moved away from the crack. The egg shuttered. Another chip broke free. A claw poked through. Then Golden Hill’s first dragon popped out of its egg.

(excerpt from The Butterfly Princess)

 THE STORY

Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.

Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.

Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.

But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.

ARTWORK FOR THE BUTTERFLY PRINCESS

All illustrations for The Butterfly Princess began as drawings in my sketchbook and finished in Photoshop. ‘The Dragon’s Egg’ is available for sale at my Etsy Store.

The Dragon’s Egg

The Dragon’s Egg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE DRAGON’S EGG is available for sale two ways. The first is with the book’s title incorporated into the artwork. The other is to have the artwork free of text. Yes, that nasty stubbornpixel.com watermark will not be on the finished piece of art. Have it your way.

ONLY PREMIUM GICLEE ARCHIVAL ART PRINTS

Each giclee is printed on Superior, ULTRA THICK 310gsm William Turner Matt FineArt Paper by Hahnemuehle utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink cartridges (pigment-based) for unprecedented gray balance, outstanding tonal range, and astounding color reproduction. Archival-quality, Genuine mould-made 100% white cotton paper with a matte watercolor texture.
Collectors will enjoy its true matte surface with elegant texture. All giclees are fade resistant and museum quality.

All work is available on Etsy at Stubborn Pixel Studios

Eldur – The Butterfly Princess

November 22, 2017 / no comments

ELDUR THE CROCODILE

'Eldur'

“Ruckus? That’s what you call this? You said this crocodile would help me. I’d have more luck with a Fart Troll.” Rose hovered over the crocodile’s long toothy snout and kicked him in the nose. “You’re a brute.”

Eldur squinted, following her flitting wings. “I’m a crocodile. You sat on my log,” he grumbled.

Nouka shrugged as if to say, well, he is a crocodile. “It’s just a huge misunderstanding, Princess.”

(excerpt from The Butterfly Princess) 

THE STORY

Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.

Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.

Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.

But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.

ARTWORK FOR THE BUTTERFLY PRINCESS

All illustrations for The Butterfly Princess began as drawings in my sketchbook and finished in Photoshop. ‘Eldur’ is available for sale at my Etsy Store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELDUR is available for sale two ways. The first is with the book’s title incorporated into the artwork. The other is to have the artwork free of text. Yes, that nasty stubbornpixel.com watermark will not be on the finished piece of art. Have it your way.

ONLY PREMIUM GICLEE ARCHIVAL ART PRINTS

Each giclee is printed on Superior, ULTRA THICK 310gsm William Turner Matt FineArt Paper by Hahnemuehle utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink cartridges (pigment-based) for unprecedented gray balance, outstanding tonal range, and astounding color reproduction. Archival-quality, Genuine mould-made 100% white cotton paper with a matte watercolor texture.
Collectors will enjoy its true matte surface with elegant texture. All giclees are fade resistant and museum quality.

All work is available on Etsy at Stubborn Pixel Studios

Introducing ‘The Butterfly Princess’

November 21, 2017 / no comments

'Eldur'

Written and illustrated by Bill Westerfield

Welcome to the kingdom of Golden Hill. A world of magical creatures, witches, talking animals and one incredibly brave young girl.

I am proud to introduce my first novel, ‘The Butterfly Princess’, a middle-grade fantasy following the footsteps of CS Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The Butterfly Princess will never be better than it is in my head. In there, inside my head, it’s perfect. The trick I’ve found is reaching into the deep excesses of mind and pulling that story out intact. As most professional writers know that isn’t as easy as one might think. I can only hope that my dedication to this project has paid off and when you finally have the opportunity to read this young princess’s adventure, you enjoy it too.

Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.

Banrion, the Shadow Witch (detail)

Banrion, the Shadow Witch (detail)

Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.

Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.

But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.

Artwork for ‘The Butterfly Princess’

Illustrations were created for The Butterfly Princess to help promote this project. It was interesting adventure discovering what I could illustrate without creating any spoilers for the story. In the end, I settled on ten paintings. Many of them acting as a POV from the heroine’s perspective. These illustrations will be available for sale at my Etsy Store.

All Butterfly Princess artwork is available for sale two ways. The first is with the book’s title incorporated into the artwork. The other is to have the artwork free of text. Yes, that nasty stubbornpixel.com watermark will not be on the finished piece of art. Have it your way.

ONLY PREMIUM GICLEE ARCHIVAL ART PRINTS

Each giclee is printed on Superior, ULTRA THICK 310gsm William Turner Matt FineArt Paper by Hahnemuehle utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink cartridges (pigment-based) for unprecedented gray balance, outstanding tonal range, and astounding color reproduction. Archival-quality, Genuine mould-made 100% white cotton paper with a matte watercolor texture.
Collectors will enjoy its true matte surface with elegant texture. All giclees are fade resistant and museum quality.

All work is available on Etsy at Stubborn Pixel Studios