Don’t be mad if this is the first you’ve heard of Kali Ciesemier. While you may have run across her work if you are deep into illustration blogs, for many she’s a new artist. Currently spending her days as an adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute of Art (where Jose Villarrubia and Daniel Krall also teach), Ciesemier is also spreading her wings as a freelance illustrator. One of her most recent works is this short comic she did for an elementary school reading text book.
The short comic Kali illustrated is based on the mythological Hawaiian goddess of fire Pele and her sister, Makola, a sea goddess. Although only four pages in length, it’s a beautiful piece of work with the artist doing everything from pencils, inks to coloring and I hope to be seeing more of her in the future!
Nerds worldwide are rejoicing today because after six years and countless delays and false starts, author George R.R. Martin has announced that A Dance with Dragons — the much-anticipated fifth book in his seven-volume epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, making the jump to TV on April 17 in the form of the HBO series adaptation Game of Thrones — is now officially and firmly slated for a Tuesday, July 12, 2011 release. I’ll be spending most of my day gibbering giddily, but if you manage to pull yourself together, do check out a trio of very cool A Song of Ice and Fire illustrations by artist Kali Ciesemier. That’s Jon Snow above; click the links to check out her takes on Sansa Stark and Brienne of Tarth. Winter may be almost over, but Winter Is Coming!