Friday, September 16, 2011

The Familiars - "Secrets of the Crown" Released!

Recently the new children's novel that I have been busy with drawing and painting late 2010 to Early 2011, has been released now.

You can purchase a copy of it either in your local Chapters, Indigo, Borders, or Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

On, you can purchase it as a hardcover book or an e-book on kindle.

After illustrating the first book, the adventure continues in book two of 'The Familiars - Secrets of the Crown'. The book will be a continuation of the first book.

When human magic disappears suddenly from Vastia, it falls on the familiars, Aldwyn the telekinetic cat, Skylar the know-it-all blue, jay, and Gilbert the gullible tree frog--to find the Crown of the Snow Leopard, an ancient relic that can reverse the curse. They learn that the only way to do this is by following in the purple paw prints of Aldwyn's father, who'd gone missing while searching for the Crown years earlier. This magical spirit trail extends into the Beyond, where our heroes encounter new enemies and danger, while Aldwyn learns about his mysterious past.

Full of high-flying adventure and heartwarming friendships, SECRETS OF THE CROWN shows how great it is to be familiar with The Familiars!

Here are a selected few illustrations that I worked on - all of them were done traditionally, in total I have completed about 20 illustrations for the book:

Follow @the_familiars on twitter for more future updates on the series.


Scott Altmann said...

beautiful! These are so great-my son was looking at them with me and went "Wow! He's really talented!"

Chanp said...

Thank you for the kind words Scott and son! See you at NYCC this year again?

Pat said...

You make time worthy with this pages Pete.
Love the feeling, and how messy the hair is on Aldwyn during the journey, makes me think he's really having a huge adventure.
And that image where they're all walking into a desolate plain reminds me a lot of trips I've done around my city, and maybe I shouldn't think it's a warm image, since it's all lonely, but I do... crazy memories.

Take care Pete!!

mëgaboy said...

hey !

thanks for your words, I think your the first foreigner (no french) to post a comment on my blog !

cool works here too, I have the impression that we have some influences in common !

and sorry, I do not speak English very well...


wren said...

Hi Peter,

I love the drawings and the final painting in the post. Your a great artist and an accomplished story teller. I've actually been a fan of your work for some time - you guys who get into Spectrum are illustration royalty. Thanks so much for stopping by the Proserpine blog and showing my project some love. I will be hanging around your blog a lot for inspiration.


Chanp said...

@Pat Thank you. I am glad you enjoy the illustrations. You should check out the book if they have in your library. Its a pretty fun read if you are into children fantasy novels. ;)

There are warm moments, and there are the more solitude moments.

Chanp said...

@megaboy - Thanks for visiting. Its always great meeting artists in different countries.

@wren - thank you for the kind words and compliments. You do great work yourself! I will be checking out your blog as well.

Pat said...

I actually was trying to figure out how to get the book, cause I'm into children fantasy novels actually, I'm the kind of person who buys a book for its cover lol. Specially if there are beautiful illustrations inside.

I couldn't find photos in my gallery of that kind of dessert, but google has them :P

Take care Pete!

Tim Robinson said...

Excellent work, especially the "Secrets of the Crown" pieces.

Chanp said...

@Tim Thank you!
@Pat Nice photo, that is very close to the setting of the piece! As for where to find the book, you should be able to find it in many stores online, especially amazon. they should ship to your hometown i assume?

Pat said...

very true, sometimes I forget libraries aren't only the actual stores at my city :P

Fiammetta Dogi said...

Great work! I love your book cover illustration. I was having a browse in a bookshop here in Italy where I live and when I have seen your painting I just thought "wow!...who is this illustrator?!".