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Ezelle Van Der Heever
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
South Africa
What's up? :D I'm Ez! :wave:

I live in sunny South Africa where I spend most of my time indoors, except when I'm leisurely walking around doing errands, strategically plotting my every route to stay in the shade. B-)

In my free time, I work on my illustrated novel project, The Valiard Mansion. If you want to learn more about that, you can pop by my Gallery or visit:

If you wanna ask me anything, just drop me a Comment or a Note. :meow:

Hope you enjoy my Gallery! :hug: :heart:

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I now take commission bookings on a week-by-week basis. To see how many slots I have open for the next week's intake, or to learn more about how to book your slot, kindly visit my COMMISSIONS PAGE.

Looking forward to hearing from you! :D
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If you're a Valiard reader who's just gotten to the end of the final chapter and you feel a little left in the lurch, or if you're set to finish the novel soon, then this Journal entry's for you! ;)

First thing's first

Before I say anything, I want to thank each and every Valiard reader out there. Thank you for investing your time in Valiard. Thank you for reading, for your amazing support, and for your kind encouragement. Some of you have been reading for years — thank you for your patience and for having such faith in me. :glomp: It's been a wild ride, and it was my honour to travel it with each and every one of you. :heart:

All righty! Now to deal with some questions that have landed in my Inbox this past while. :D

What's in the cards for The Valiard Mansion now you've finished writing it?

I haven't exactly popped the champagne for a job well done juuust yet. :giggle: I'll be spending the rest of 2015 polishing the book and doing the accompanying illustrations. I've gone to print out the full manuscript today so that I can get kicking on some detailed editing and fine-tuning, and let me tell you guys, at 140,000 words and 356 pages, it's a whopper! :faint: (Though, hopefully, with some careful editing I should definitely get that word count down.)

Then I'll play it by ear. If it feels like the right thing to do to grab the book and hit the streets to find a publisher, then that's what I'll do. In the meantime, it'll remain online. :D

It can't end like this! Will there be a second book?

Absolutely! It's been in the pipeline since the very inception of The Valiard Mansion.

Tell us everything we should know about the second book!

It will be developed under the working title The Valiard Mansion: Destiny & Fate. It will keep the dual-POV narrative of the first book, with one half following the boys on their adventure to find the Brakirum, and the other half following Ruth as she tries to lift the Mansion's curse.

Story planning for Destiny & Fate will likely span all of 2016 and I should start writing and publishing it in early 2017. However, if I can publish it sooner without compromising on quality, I will absolutely do so.

Why is it going to take so long?

All things Valiard are done part-time. I have more immediate daily concerns which have a claim on my attention. The first book took five years to finish — two years research and planning, three years writing — so compared to that, the second book actually has a bit of a head start. It's not that bad! :dummy:

So now you'll be writing Up Since Dark, right?

Well, sort of. I don't want to get rusty writing-wise, so I'll be writing tidbits for Up Since Dark as well as Gangfield's backstory, and I'll be sharing online whatever's passable. Depending on the reception of these story bits, I'll see if I'll keep posting them, otherwise I'll hoard them for complete novels later on. But most folks follow me for my drawing, not for my writing, so you can bet I'll be drawing lots and lots of scenes and designs for Destiny & Fate, Up Since Dark, and anything else that pops up. :D

And that's all from me for now! Thanks for a wonderful three years, guys!!!

The ayes have it! Valiard Ch.16 is up. Thanks to everyone for voting on the last poll. :D 

28 deviants said Sure thing, Ez. :aww:
12 deviants said SLOW DOWN, EZZY! I'm still catching up! :la:
9 deviants said Anyone else ever notice Josh Groban has a slight lisp?
8 deviants said Will people PLEASE stop calling the Beast "Prince Adam"? THAT'S NOT HIS NAME. A CD-ROM TIE-IN IS NOT CANON.
4 deviants said The dialogue in Mad Max: Fury Road was looped into oblivion.
3 deviants said Samurai Pizza Cats is like if Odekerk's Kung Pow styled VO's were done on anime... and that's not a bad thing.



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Kurooku Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I just.. fall deeply in log with your art!!! <3
I really admire you and hope to draw a day like you do! You have a lot of talent!!
I'm going to start to read The Valiard Mansion<3
You're awesome, Really!!!!
MoonyArsaraidh Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing art! Will take an eye out for your commissiones..hopefully iam able to catch up a slot once it´s open again :heart:
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inspired-flower Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015   General Artist
I love your art! I can learn from it, and it is a good example for any artist :love:
Fantroll15 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello. :3 I have seen some of your gallery, and I love your art work. :3 I wans wondering if you RP, though.
Melbunnie24 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, I really think you're wrong about it not having potential. I really think this could succeed. You just need to know the right people to advertise and your talent will do the rest. Halloween would be the best time to get this out there because of the haunted mansion aspect so I'd think sales will be highest in October. I think you have a big enough fan base to at least break even. 
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