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About Varied / Professional Premium Member Astra Crompton30/Female/Canada Groups :iconweaponry-academy: Weaponry-Academy
...a pirate's life for me!
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Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p33 by tarorae
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p33
Professional Hand-talkers.

A few more insights into the upcoming Pirate’s Banquet. What kind of focus we’ll get at the Pirate’s Banquet is going to be largely based on your Votes! Who do you want to see? The Sea Witches? The Hawkers? The Dreadnaughts?
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p32 by tarorae
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p32
Pirate's consensus

Hello Everyone!

A bit of foreshadowing never hurt anybody. Right?

Also, a quick time lapse as Arrow goes about asking pesky questions and getting pesky answers. What do you think will happen at the Pyrate's Banquet? It's going to be one of the vote options this Chapter!
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p31 by tarorae
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p31
Come one, come all, to the Pyrate's Banquet!

Hello there!

I know most of you don't follow/care about/know of my novels, but I'm working on a fundraiser for my next novel: Legend of the Quill. I'd really appreciate it if you'd tell as many fantasy/books-lovers as you can to try to check it out and support it. It will be going live in May.

To stay in touch with my public appearances and new releases, please join my Mailing List!
I'll be sending out monthly newsletters with deals, sneak peeks and news!
Wayward Saga Poster Flats by tarorae
Wayward Saga Poster Flats
Still need to colour this bad boy and finish up the special effects, but here's the line art I did today at the Camosun Comic Arts Festival, and the colours I based tonight while watching the first chunk of Daredevil.
I love superheroes, oh so very much.

These ones are:
Filter (dude in the goggles)
Mythos (dude with the spear)
Limit (Dude with his back turned)
Consequence (lady with the ribbons)
Moment (gal with the pink)
Harrow (dude with the chartreuse)
Blast (lady with the blue)
Brazen (lady with all the colours - and the gloves)

These are my Waywards, and someday I will tell their adventures.
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p30 by tarorae
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p30
The Siren and the Hawk.

I'm super excited for you to meet these two in person. For now, just feast your eyes on how gorgeous they are! :D
The Pyrate's Banquet will be the focus of Chapter 5.
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Legend of the Quill Prelude
  • Reading: The Graveyard Book ~ Neil Gaiman
  • Watching: Downton Abbey
  • Playing: Transistor
  • Eating: Udon soup
  • Drinking: Mango-passionfruit nectar
Well, it seems that all of my hard work is finally paying off. I'm really excited by recent turns of events, and would like to fill you all in:

First - Legend of the Quill is going to crowdfunding! That's right! After 15 years of work (world building, illustrating, editing, formatting), I finally found a company that is capable of affordably producing my dream binding for this book!
However, in order to do it, I have to order 500 copies (which is 5 times more books than I've ever sold of any of my previous titles). In order to facilitate this dream, I will be running a Pubslush Campaign to raise the needed funds. Pubslush is very fast-paced, so it needs all the supporters to be funding RIGHT out of the gate, and that means I need to start building hype! So, please! bookmark the campaign link - I'll be posting up a notice when the campaign has gone live, so please check it out, donate for fabulous perks, share the campaign, and win a little piece of my soul!

Second - Which brings me to my second piece of news: my new job! As many of you know, I went through a divorce, and it forced a lot of change in my life, including (not insignificantly), the need for a new, higher-paying job. Now, I wanted to ensure that I was doing something I loved, rather than just transferring to another dead-end job like the one I was in. I am now working part-time as a teacher at the Community Centres in Victoria, teaching Creative Writing and Making Comics. I am also working full-time for FriesenPress Publishing, a self-publisher. I'm able to apply all my knowledge from having self-published 6 books to date with my creative passion to help others print their books! Our quality and attention to detail is fabulous, so if you're thinking of publishing a book, let me know and I can hook you up with some sweet deals.

Third - Recognition. It's an artist's lifeblood, and I'm finally getting some. I'm so so grateful to all the people out there who have recommended me for contests, or who have encourages magazines and conventions to get in contact with me. Thank you all!! The result of which are some amazing milestones for me: I won first place at the GottaCon Cosplay Contest (my first 1st place finish) for my Zia costume from Bastion. I will be a special guest at the Camosun Comic Arts Festival (April 11th) and at IFcon (October 31st). My book, First Born, is in the running for the Self-Published Fantasy Slushpile Contest. My articles will be featured on various online blogs/magazines over the upcoming months. And my Facebook page… has surpassed 250 likes!

So, if you'd like to be kept in touch for events that I'm putting on (including workshops, readings, conventions, etc) and new releases of my work (comics, novels, cosplay) - please follow my Facebook page, and sign up for my Mailchimp list:

Up, up and away!


Astra Crompton
Artist | Professional | Varied
Astra was born and raised in Victoria, Canada. An only child, she found ways of entertaining herself through self-taught drawing, singing, sewing, painting, writing and creating worlds for her numerous stories. The majority of Astra's art features her original fantasy characters, from Steampunk to sci-fi to high medieval fantasy genres. She is a published author for her Ul-Zaorith novels, runs multiple web comic projects, and hopes to someday put out the related table-top role-playing game Ul-Zaorith: Otherworlds for which she is already working on illustrations and writing. She also freelances for children's books illustrations, book cover design, tattoo design, game design, clothing modification and creation, and character illustration.

Current Residence: Canada/Ul-Zaorith
Favourite genre of music: alternative, contemporary, classic rock, classical, etc.
Favourite style of art: strong line-art, soft colour, dynamic manga,
Operating System: PC
MP3 player of choice: Winamp: tried, tested and true.
Favourite cartoon character: Zuko & Iroh, Jessica Rabbit, Nightwing, Wiccan & Hulkling,
Personal Quote: What is to give light must first endure burning.



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Ai-Megumi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the fave and happy eastern. :)
tarorae Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy Easter to you too!
Leck-Zilla Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I like your cosplay of Ivy Valentine. #GreatJob 
tarorae Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! Next Soul Calibur cosplay I'm working on is Cassandra from SC3.
Leck-Zilla Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
not a problem, one more question: do you have an instagram account

mine is @ebwillpower93 
tarorae Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
I don't, actually. Sorry!
ackbad Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave :)
Mytis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Filmographer
Thanks for the fav! :)
Danijel-Knez Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Greetings and thank you for the fave!
tarorae Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hello! Lovely to meet you~
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