Q. What is MeadowHaven?
Meadowhaven is Adele Lorienne’s personal art site, focusing primarily on the original fantasy artwork and characters from two private, interlinking storylines: “The Wars of Avenan” and “Not All Kings Wear Gold,” written by Adele and her friend Kelly Kilbourn. Detailed information on the stories and characters can be found by clicking on the “Wars of Avenan” and “Not All Kings Wear Gold” sections of this website. Art prints, coloring pages and other products can be purchased from the Meadowhaven Store.
~DO NOT take, copy, distribute, or use any portion of the work–-art, writing, or otherwise–-featured on this site without written consent. Everything featured on this site is © copyrighted to Adele Lorienne or to other artists.
Q. How did you learn to draw?
I am a self-taught artist, and learned to draw over the years by study, observation, and practice. Practice is the key! All good artists come from “cruddy” artists who refused to give up. I’ve been doodling since I was a child, particularly on cardboard boxes that I’d turn into epic ships to voyage to other worlds, but I started to draw more seriously as a teenager. In my thirties now, and I’m still at it! :)
Q. Can you teach me to draw?
I am still learning, myself! The only advice I can give is to pay attention to the world around you–how light hits objects, how things are put together, how colors change. Memorize shapes and practice them. Sketch everyday, learn the way things move, how things look from certain angles, find someone to pose for you. Train your brain to reproduce life and then you can bend the rules to fit your whims and develop your own style as an artist.
Q. Where do you find your inspiration?
It finds me. My worlds and characters live out their lives in my head and sometimes allow me to share small glimpses on paper. Sometimes music can inspire me to draw, sometimes just the sound of words, sometimes the world around me, particularly nature, or my love for strong lines and contrasting colors. Anything can trigger an image in my mind, and if I feel strongly about it, I’ll do my best to capture it on paper.
Q. Are your characters from a book or game?
The characters in my artwork are from original, personal stories I share with a friend. The artwork and character information are available to be seen and read on my website, but the written stories are private.
Q. What happened to your “Wars of Avenan” novel series? Weren’t you writing it?
Yes, for almost ten years I had been working on the novels, but eventually it came to the point where it was just taking too much of my time and energy and causing needless stress and frustration. I was earning next to nothing from the sale of the books, spending entire days in my room staring at a computer screen and ignoring my health and family. There was just so much I wanted to tell that the series would probably never be completed, and I could no longer cope. Artwork is my passion now, and it is my hope that it can stand on its own without several thousand pages of writing behind it. My sincerest apologies to those of you who were waiting for the last two novels to be finished!
Q. Is your artwork available for licensing?
Yes! If you are interested in using the fantasy artwork of Meadowhaven for commercial products, book covers, roleplay avatars, or various other purposes, please contact me (Adele Lorienne at firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can discuss details. :) All inquiries are welcome, and I am always open to new propositions!
You can find a current list of companies who have licensed my artwork here: http://www.meadowhaven.net/commissions/
Q. Do you take requests or commissions?
I’m sorry, but I no longer accept requests or commissions.
Q. Can I use your artwork for my RPG site/avatar?
I do have licenses available for some of my artwork! Non-profit only, and there is a small fee. Please contact me (Adele Lorienne at email@example.com) with the title of the image you would like to use, and how you intend to use it, and I will get back to you! I do not allow free usage of my artwork.
Q. What media do you draw/paint with, and what type of paper do you use?
For my pencil work I use an 0.5 mechanical pencil, and acid-free white paper. For digital paintings I use an older program called Photoshop 5.5 and a Wacom Graphire 2 tablet. I also occasionally use watercolor, charcoal, and colored pencils for my traditional pieces.
Q. How do you keep your pencil lines so clean??
I use an eraser. :) Several different kinds. Frequently.
Q. You do so many pencil drawings…can I color one of them?
I have created coloring pages for exactly this purpose! There are currently 44 linearts available to download and color from my Etsy shop, and soon to be coloring books. :)
Q. Can I buy some of your artwork?
Certainly, and thank you for your interest! Prints, gift cards, coloring books and other products can be found in my Meadowhaven Store. They are extremely high-quality, personally approved, and I can hand-sign any print orders upon request.
Q. Is this the end of your FAQ?
Indeed it is! If your question has not been answered here, please leave a comment below and ask personally. :) The comment box below is only for questions!