October 11, 2019

Fast Forward Four and a Half Years - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

The last post here was on May 1st, 2015. Things went quiet here as we all went our separate ways as life took us in different directions. Not sure why, but I visited here today and realized how long it has been and what the last post was. It was a post by me, and I shared some toned paper drawings from a personal project I was slowly working on. Jump ahead to October 2019, and I have completed writing and illustrating my first book of monsters and stories.

The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia is a collection of stories, research, documents, and anecdotes about the citizens that live and work in the Grand Bazaar. This is the first book in a series with the next two books already in the early stages of production. The first book, Monsters and Merchants, is completely written and illustrated. The content has been handed over to the artist that will be laying the book out for me. Once completed, in very early 2020, I will be looking to crowdfunding to cover production costs. I am really excited about this project! I have a lot of surprises in store for this project and the future. I can not wait to share them with everyone.

I am tooting my own horn a bit, but I wanted to point out how making things takes time. I first envisioned this world 21 years ago. I made my first attempt to revisit it 11 years ago, and I started working on this project 5-6 years ago with much of the heavy lifting of work happening over the last 3 years. Your vision takes time. It is not a race. Do not beat yourself up if things don't immediately take shape. I have waited 21 years to see this come together, I am sure you can make something a little quicker than that!

If you would like to see more from my book, I have a mailing list, a dedicated blog, and I have EVERYTHING posted over on my regular blog. Below is a sample of what I have been creating. 

 The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia
Book 1 - Monsters and Merchants

The Grand Map of the Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia
30 x 20 - Pencil, acrylic paint, and ink on paper
Original - Currently not available 
© 2019 Christopher Burdett

Hollow Alley
16 x 20 - Pencil, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
Original - Currently not available
© 2018 Christopher Burdett

Keeper of the Clocks
16 x 20 - Pencil, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
Original - Currently not available
© 2018 Christopher Burdett

The Grand Bazaar
16 x 20 - Pencil, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
Original - Currently not available
© 2018 Christopher Burdett

The Seated Dead
16 x 20 - Pencil, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
Original - Currently not available
© 2018 Christopher Burdett

Ethra VanDalia  
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available
 © 2017 Christopher Burdett

Kiplorbic Animal Dealer
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper

Original - Currently not available 
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

Quincaillerie
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

Saint Marque
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available 

© 2017 Christopher Burdett

Woven Shaper
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available
© 2018 Christopher Burdett


All images are © 2019, Christopher Burdett

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