Character Art – Roguish Christian, Sexy Walter

As anyone who has known me for any length of time can attest, I am giddy whenever anyone draws my characters. It does not matter if they draw them in compromising positions (all the better, I would say) or doing something decidedly ‘them’, I am instantly enthralled and grateful for the chance to see my characters come to life. I miss writing comics. And I plan, sometime soon, to start work on a graphic novel script. In the meantime, there are two exceptional artists who have been spoiling me rotten lately.

Heather Watson

Heather and I are old friends who go back years upon years. She is the only person, besides my Victor, who has read the rough draft versions of the first four and a half of Flynn’s books. (The ones I have been polishing and publishing as The Vampire Flynn Series.) As such, she has depicted Flynn in varying forms for me: (Click on each image for the larger view.)

She even drew the image I have been using as my author picture.

Well, when I created my newest protagonist, Christian Richardson, I had the itch to see him depicted in visual form and Heather was more than gracious enough to grant my wish. Here is the roguish mercenary himself (and just as shadowy as a figure like him should be.)

Heather is also a gifted writer, and has her book The Drowned available on I highly recommend picking it up, and not merely because she makes me happy with her art. 😀

Olga Masià

Now, Olga and I are recently acquainted. She followed my deviantART profile a couple of years ago and has read my meandering posts with such vigilance, I have harbored a weakness to write whatever she asks me to. 😉 In return, she has given me images like this one of Flynn:

Flynn says he is partial toward anyone who can capture his good side. Unfortunately, he often has to share my head space with a variety of fellow miscreants, Christian (pictured above) being one of them. Before Christian appeared, though, there was Walter, the vampire art thief who features in my work in progress “Thick as Thieves”.  Well, Walter was none-too-pleased one night with how much attention Flynn gets for his erotic hunting tale, A Vampire’s Game. When Olga told him Flynn’s work was art, this is what he said:

Olga promptly made up the slight to Walter, in the image below of him and his maker. I must warn, though, it is not safe for work, but I leave it here as my small morsel to those of you who might appreciate such things. I shall share more of the fantastic artwork drawn of my characters soon. For now, curl up on a couch with your favorite book (character)…




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About Connor

Peter Dawes is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author of dark and historical fantasy, Connor Peterson. Local to the Philadelphia, PA area, Connor is the wordsmith behind the Vampire Flynn and Deathspell series and has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box (published by Ghostwoods Books) and the anthology Nocturnal Embers (published by Crimson Melodies Publishing). He is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, an active participant in the Philadelphia writing community, and volunteers as a municipal liaison for National Novel Writing Month. While Peter Dawes is also the name of the fictional protagonist of the Vampire Flynn books, Connor assures the reader he is not now, nor has he ever been a vampire. (Any similarities are purely coincidental.) You can follow him on Twitter (@peterdawes) and Facebook (@AuthorPeterDawes), where he actively avoids being on time for any of his publication deadlines.

6 Responses to Character Art – Roguish Christian, Sexy Walter

  1. These are amazing! Even though I’m usually the one drawing my own characters, a friend once did fanart of one of my books for me, which was, needless to say, an awesome feeling, so I can understand your need to gush about these. I really love that Christian pic. The blue coloring is so vivid yet calming. I also can’t help but be in awe of the water–that type of thing can be such a pain to depict, so bravo to the artist! Also, love that little comic where Walter breaks the forth wall. I couldn’t help but giggle. 😛

    • Peter says:

      I have wished I could draw from a very young age, ever since I have read comics and watched cartoons. Alas, it is not my talent, so I whimper at artists and lavish praise each and every time they provide me with pictures.

      Heather’s pic of Christian is the latest addition to the collection and I have to agree that she did an amazing job with it. I like what she did with the colors and water as well. And the needle-esque daggers? Warmed the rogue in my headspace’s heart. He has demanded I equip him with them now.

  2. I have forgotten how we met XD It’s like I’ve been always bothering you with my fangirl comments on DeviantArt and suddenly I have my drawings posted in your blog. I’m so happy and flattered that I could close my eyes and just die. Thank you so much, for all the atention and all the nice words. dear friend.

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