The Crowded Artwork

Art by Theo Prins

Art by Theo Prins

An inspiration for me has always been the constant source of artwork that floods the internet. Before the interwebs (and even during, I must admit), I would escape to a bookstore and search through any art book I could find. DeviantArt.com has been a life saver in the last few years, allowing me not only to save money but to keep the images I so desperately horded.

Spread across my hard drive are dozens of images that I have saved that, while not direct representations, give me glimpses of my characters, aspects that (if I'm going to be completely honest) months later I'll go back through my archives and have no idea why I chose that image to represent my main character. Maybe it's just my way of building up that character in my mind and, once he's solidified, I no longer need the artwork to lean on as a crutch.

I'd love to show you all the artwork. Somehow I don't think it'll have the same impact on you as it does on me.

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Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.