Diabolical Plots Year Three: The Art

This Spring I had the pleasure of creating the cover art for Diabolical Plots: Year Three, an ebook anthology of stories from Diabolical Plots, an online magazine of science fiction and fantasy. The editor, David Steffen, was fantastic to work with and it's my hope we will work on future projects. He previously licensed The Alchemist for the cover of the Long List Anthology Volume 3.

For this new anthology I created an original illustration inspired one of the stories in the book. For Now, Sideways by A Merc Rustad is a beautiful, emotionally charged story about a woman at the end of a war on an alien planet. It's not your typical military science fiction and I didn't want the art to be either. The painting is as much telling a story, through the characters, as it is expressing an emotion through color palette. 

Maybe Tomorrow  by Amanda Makepeace

Maybe Tomorrow by Amanda Makepeace

Prints of Maybe Tomorrow are now available in my store. I'll also have some with me this summer at LibertyCon and DragonCon. Interested in reading the story that inspired the cover? The ebook is available for preorder from Amazon for only $2.99!!

Diabolical Plots: Year Three (Diabolical Plots Anthology Series Book 2) 
by David Steffen et al. 
Link: http://a.co/4ECK8lp

Reinterpreting Mythology

Harbinger (left) and Raven Queen Rising (right) were painted only months apart in early 2017. I'd like to say this was planned in advance, but sometimes my subconscious gets the better of me and I paint on auto-pilot. It was only after the Raven Queen was finished that I realized what I'd done. Many of the colors seen in the raven's wings are echoed in the Raven Queen, especially in the background. She herself, is pale like the skull the raven wears around its throat. The two paintings depict the same being in different moments of time.

Though traditionally Morrigan is associated with crows, I decided to stay with the raven. I couldn't get the idea out of my head--the idea of this goddess going into battle only to say, "No more war." I saw her rising up into the sky to shed her corvid form, to break free from her own mythology.

I like to think the goddess might be appalled by the wars of the modern world or maybe she's just grown tired of humankind's lust for blood.

She persisted-- 
Amidst the flames and stars she rose
To shed her wings instead of blood. 
No More War. 

© Amanda Makepeace

Taking a Second Look

Toward the end of 2017 I decided to take a look at this drawing again. I don’t often return to pieces I’ve finished, but this one was calling to me. I’m glad I listened! I used a combination of Tombow Mono pencils and a 2B mechanical pencil to help smooth and fill in some of the amazing texture on this paper, bringing more depth to the shadows and intensity to the drawing.

Raven Sight, Graphite, 11x14 inches

I realized after comparing these two images that I'd been lazy, or most likely busy so I rushed her the first time around. Now she is finished and you can tell. This is a good example of why it's important to set a panting or drawing aside for a short time. It's important to distance yourself, even if only for a day or two, to regain perspective. When you've been staring at a piece day after day for a week or more the chances of missing exponentially increase! 

I've been asked a couple times and it's true, I used my own witchy face as the inspiration for this portrait. I wanted something between the recent photo of me on the left and the younger me on the right. 


The next seer portrait, Owl Sight, will feature my daughter. I'm calling these the Blood Mountain Seers, named after my favorite mountain in North Georgia.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is this digital or traditional?

I worked in traditional mediums for years before I began exploring digital painting in 2013, so it's not surprising one has influenced the other. My digital art is created using Photoshop and a Wacom Intuos. I sometimes also use Corel Painter and Mandelbulb 3D (a fractal generating program). 

Most of my traditional work now is graphite or watercolor, but I do create originals based off my digital paintings. These large pieces are one of a kind artworks, on canvas or fine art paper, usually framed. They are a mix of digital, acrylic and sometimes other mediums. I only sell one piece like this, a specific size too, as the original. Originals are sold through my Store, the Changeling Artist Collective, Conventions and occasionally Gallery Shows. My large originals are often reserved for convention art shows.

Graphite Pieces

Graphite was my first love. There’s something very satisfying about picking up and pencil and bringing something to life on a sheet of paper. My paper of choice is Stillman & Birn Zeta Series. I’ve used a lot of different pencils over the years. My current favorites are Tombow Mono100’s. I occasionally play with powered graphite, graphite in mechanical pencils and watersoluble graphite too.

What brand of Gold Pigment do you use?

I prefer Kremer Gold Watercolor. It comes in a pan. They have a few different golds, this is one the I use: IRIODIN® 300 GOLD PEARL, Colibri Gold.

Where's your Bird Whisperer Art?

My art for the Bird Whisperer Project is a mix of sketches, drawings and finished paintings. Some pieces are NFS. If it's a digital painting, you'll find prints in my store. The best way to purchase a traditional piece is to follow our page and contact me. We post new art on the last Wednesday of the month.


Do you take commission requests?

I’m open for book cover illustration and gaming illustration. I will occasionally accept personal commissions as time permits. You can email your project and/or ideas to makepeace.arts@gmail.com.

I love your Alchemy drawings. Do you ever design tattoos like these?

Yes! I will create a little alchemy just for you. Get in touch with me for more details: makepeace.arts@gmail.com.


What is the difference between Open Edition and Limited Edition Prints?

All of my prints are produced by a professional printer using archival quality inks and paper. Limited Editions are numbered/signed and limited to a specific run of prints (25, 50, 200, etc). These prints ship from my studio to you.

Open Editions are printed with the same inks, but on a standard matte paper. These prints are not hand signed and they ship directly from my printer.

I recommend framing my prints to protect them and prolong their life. You should refrain from placing them in direct sunlight, heat or humid environments.


How long will it take to receive my order?

Orders are shipped in 7-10 days. Once shipped most domestic orders take anywhere from 2 to 10 business days to arrive depending on the efficiency of your local postal service.

Do you accept orders placed outside the US?

International orders are not available through my shop, but you can contact me directly to discuss placing an order.

What if my order arrives damaged?

If your order arrives damaged please contact me within 14 days. You can send photos of damaged artwork and packaging to makepeace.arts@gmail.com. Prints can be replaced!


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