So, I get insecure about my artistic abilities, but I promise you, I did not use a model for this sketch. This sketch, drawn from my imagination, is of my villain, Michael Valentino, formerly called Michael Julian Crawford. As I have mentioned, he is the most highly developed character in my first book. He was born of a Sicilian Mafia boss and a prostitute, abused by them, then raised by humble Italian parents. He grew up, went to school, and joined the Italian military. He came over the United States and went to Harvard Law School, then became an extremely brilliant practicing attorney. He did well at his law firm and became senior partner, controlling most of the business. He rose to fame, made a lot of money, invested it, and acquired companies. He was a modest billionaire with real estate in Manhattan. And thus we have the culmination of the events in the book. Michael Valentino was a strong man, but his weakness was when someone whom he loved was in pain. He would have done anything to erase the lack of confidence and self-criticism in the heroine. Michael Valentino, who is aptly named after the Archangel Michael, is strangely a protector and champion. I mention him right now because I lost the original sketch I made in high school, and I drew this one a few days ago. I am not as happy with this one as I was with the original one, but I thought I did alright. I think the character is so important that I dedicate my thoughts to him quite often.
K. E. Ward
Author. My first novel is published under the author name, "K. E. Ward," and is available in paperback from Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. My second novel and three of my novellas are published on www.free-ebooks.net. I am into creative writing, visual arts, dancing, acting, and singing. I live in a household with roommates and two dogs. I love coffee; I live in Seattle, WA. Most days I spend reading in a corner of my couch and trying to figure out how to be most creative with my time and my energy. View all posts by K. E. Ward