Congratulations, Hannah Williams! What a fantastic painting this is, so full of energy and character and terrifying beauty. You captured the climactic scene of Starflower, a moment of villainy and true heroism. Looking at this piece, I feel as though I am gazing through a window right into the world of my imagination.
And the fans must have felt the same, because they have voted you their winner! You have officially won a free first edition copy of Dragonwitch. Email me your mailing address, and I will be certain you are sent one of the very first copies, hot off the press.
However, it was a very close contest, my friends. The top three were all within a single vote of each other! So I have decided to give prizes to second and third place as well.
The second place winner is . . .
The lovely, naive, messy-haired princess of Parumvir is perfectly rendered in this elegant pencil portrait. I believe this must be Una near the end of Heartless, for there is a serenity and peace in her eyes, a sense of new wisdom and understanding. But she still has the mischievous quirk to her lips, like she's just managing to supress a grin at some antic of Prince Felix!
This gorgeous portrait captured the hearts of the voters. Well done, Gwen Phillips! We are all thrilled by your talent. Please email me your mailing address, and you will receive your second place prize: a Tales of Goldstone Wood coffee mug and collection of bookmarks, pencils, and pens!
And the breathtaking third place winner of this contest is . . .
Always Come Back for You
I know I am not the only viewer to gasp out loud when I first saw this amazing piece! The dragon is alive with fire, and the scene is full of his fury . . . but that fury cannot overcome the deep love of Prince Aethelbald for his princess. What a powerful scene to illustrate, and so gorgeously done. I am in awe of your talent, Melanie!
Please email me your mailing address, and I will send you your third place prize: a collection of Goldstone Wood bookmarks, pencils, pens, and stickers.
Thank you to all the wonderful artists who participated in this contest. Every one of you (even those of you who turned in late projects) earned numerous votes from impressed viewers. I certainly could not have called the winner until the very end. I am blessed and thrilled by your talent, and I hope to see more wonderful work from all of you in contests to come!
In the meanwhile, I'll be putting many of these pieces up on the various fan art pages for these books. Feel free to submit more pieces for the fan art pages . . . or hold onto them for future contests! This one was so much fun, I think I might host another one this autumn. What do you think?
In the meanwhile, don't forget the upcoming Parumvir Banquet to which you are all invited in April. And soon after that I'll be announcing an exciting fiction contest. So keep your eyes open!
Be sure to congratulate the winners in the comments below.