Today I am excited to be sharing with you the artwork from T. A. Bruno’s Sci-Fi series The Song of Kamaria. The next installment, On the Winds of Quasars will be released on e-book on 9/20/2021 – so be sure to keep an eye open for that!!
About the Author
T. A. BRUNO grew up in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry. Since then, he has brought stories to life for over a decade as a previsualization artist. At home, he is a proud father of two boys and a husband to a wonderful wife.
To learn more, visit: TABruno.com
About the Cover Designer
Daniel Schmelling is a talented artist and cosplayer. I met him through Reedsy.com, and I was blown away by his previous covers and his Artstation page. Daniel is always great to work with and never lets me down. He’s become a friend that I can rely on to create the faces for my books. He also does some fantastic horror-themed cosplay! Check out his artstation for more! (https://danart.artstation.com/)
“Hello, my name is Daniel, as you probably guessed and I am a freelance digital artist and designer for 7 years now, dedicated to environments, landscapes and scenery art, including space art, for different kinds of media such as for websites, books and more. Besides, I also provide photo editing and graphic design.
Very early on in my career, I had a kind of fascination with landscapes, space and environments. There are so many different kinds of characters in landscapes, from the good natured, like vibrant with water flowing, the sun shining between tree crowns, to the darker elements, like thunderstorms, deep gorges and volcanic skies.
My approach to new projects is very explorative, abstract, rough and open minded. Usually my work-flow at the beginning of projects is putting down thumbnail ideas on the canvas in Photoshop. Once the ideas are nailed down, I refine and add the intricate details, always keeping the clients needs and feedback in mind.”
About the Illustrator
Jason Hall has been a great friend of mine ever since we worked together years back. I was always a fan of his artwork, and I was thrilled when he agreed to illustrate my trilogy. It’s been great collaborating with him, and he always finds new ways to bring the world of Kamaria to life. I can’t wait to see what he does for book 3! You can see more of Jason’s art on his webpage: https://jasonmichaelhall.com/
Daniel Schmelling created both of these gorgeous covers, with one more slated for the trilogy’s end. We wanted to place the reader on Kamaria as quickly as possible, and the cover is the best way to achieve that. In the Orbit of Sirens has a cover that invokes wonder and just a little bit of dread as you can see the shadow of the Siren on the back peering out at the heros on the front cover. On the Winds of Quasars goes straight for the danger, including a monstrous bird swooping down on our protagonists. Each gives an epic scale that I think Daniel did an excellent job capturing.
In The Orbit of Sirens
THE LAST FRAGMENTS OF THE HUMAN RACE ARE FORCED TO ADAPT TO A DANGEROUS NEW WORLD OR FACE EXTINCTION.
When starship mechanic, Denton Castus, is caught in the destructive path of a devastating war, he abandons his home and seeks refuge on a distant planet. However, this new safe haven has undiscovered threats of its own. Eliana Veston, a scout preparing the planet for the refugees, struggles with a deadly pandemic that is killing off colonists. The hunt for a cure unleashes a new threat to humanity—the Sirens—mysterious beings with incredible powers and a deep hatred for invaders.
On The Winds of Quasars
The thrilling sequel to In the Orbit of Sirens
THE WORLD OF KAMARIA WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
In the aftermath of the brutal slaying of a sacred auk’nai deity, Cade and Nella Castus are taken from their home and brought deep into the wilderness. They must make their way back to civilization, traversing dangerous landscapes as they are pursued relentlessly by their captor—a winged abomination.
As Denton and Eliana search for their missing children, they uncover something that will change all life on Kamaria forever.
In The Orbit of Sirens Illustrations
The Lelantos, the Castus family’s unique spacecraft.
The illustrations of spaceships are a combined effort of both Jason Hall and myself. I had initially created all the ships as 3D models and had Jason go over them with his excellent linework.
A Rushcycle, the hovering motorcycles found in the Song of Kamaria world.
A Matador-class starfighter. Named a matador for the way they dodge Undriel battlecraft in combat.
The Siren, a mysterious being with incredible powers and a deep hatred for invaders.
On the Winds of Quasars Illustrations:
A daunoren staff.
Cade and Nella.
The upgraded Rogers. Readers may recognize the base of this ship from the first novel. 26 years pass between Sirens and Quasars, and in that time, the Rogers gets an upgrade.
Jason Hall created these unique illustrated pieces to transition between parts in each of the novels. Each of these is shown without the Part Heading, and descriptions are kept vague to avoid spoilers.
Kamaria from orbit.
Colassal Timbermen parade.
This is the concept art of a sketch we didn’t end up going with, but I still think it’s cool. It’s unfinished due to us going in a different direction, but I love how dynamic it is.