Art courtesy C. Weinman and Z. Chen
It was the just the turn of 2000, and I was going through some tough times that wasn’t going over well or getting fixed. I had started to draw and write on my own around this point, and I had a “fantasy world’ where I’d retreat to escape from everything going on around me. Not a lot of actual “written” content existed for this, but it was vivid enough that I’d remember it through the years. Long after that point of life, its still stuck with me. Enough that I started to rewrite and bring it up to speed as a modern tale. Characters were added and subtracted, and thought was put into the environment rather than just throwing things together.
Somewhere far away in a mystical place, everything floats in an “endless” sky. No land beneath, just on islands. An eternal plummet to a living hell awaits those that fall.
Its here that the story starts, focusing on a young boy named Janus. Living with his foster mother Elizabeth and a small handful of various companions, the group’s routine trip to a city is interrupted by Elizabeth’s sister with a letter from Thomas, Elizabeth’s deceased husband. Containing a last request to find out about Janus’ origins, Elizabeth sets out on a journey with her companions to find what really happened to her husband. Little do they know they will find a lot more than that…
Endless Sky draws a lot of inspiration from some older 90’s cartoons that I grew up on. Most notably The Swan Princess and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Primarily the art aesthetic, I envisioned the original incarnation of my story as an actual animated movie going on in my head. So that tone will carry over to the illustrations. This is a tale to inspire and enjoy reading, much like a bedtime story.
This project officially started at the beginning of October 2015, so it is still in its infancy stage and does not have a concrete release date. As soon as major milestones are met, a clearer picture can be determined.
At its current rate of an illustration every 30-45 days, its estimated that the book will be ready sometime in the latter half of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.
Already we have some illustration work done, along with pieces of concept art.
This project has contributions from four different artists, all collaborating for one final project. They are the lifeblood of all the illustrations and bring these characters to life.
Zi Chen http://failtaco.deviantart.com
Christina Weinman http://christinaweinman.com
Brenna Albert http://kashidoodles.deviantart.com
Also of special mention is our concept writer who helps add that “kid splash” to certain aspects:
Nikki Armstrong: http://nikkiswriting.wordpress.com/