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Major LOTR artist Ben Wootten to draw for The Chronicles of Covent…

The Chronicles of Covent® is proud to announce a major new art alliance! Sadly, Rob Joseph, who did the cover for Shade 3, is tied up with other projects, so we have had to look into other options. After canvassing many other capable artists, we have received a major opportunity to work with a big name artist. The Chronicles of Covent® is honored to be working with Ben Wootten on our next cover for Path of the Magi, which is the first in our new adventure line of tales.

Ben Wootten’s laundry lists of achievements are remarkable and he has completed artwork for many major brands and iconic films we all know and love. Ben’s past clients include Star Wars TCG, Wizards of the Coasts, World of Warcraft TCG,  Everquest, Dungeons and Dragons RPG, Pathfinder RPG, Paizo Publishing and many more. Ben worked for Weta Workshop for 10 years. During his time at Weta, Ben was smack dab in the middle of the art design for major motion pictures such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson’s King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Ben was the co-creater of the Peter Jackson’s Balrog you see facing Gandalf on the Bridge of Khazad Dum. In fact, Ben is also credited with the design for The Ringwraith and Steed, Strider’s sword, Gandalf’s Glamdring and many more. By the time Ben Wootten worked on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, he was the head of design at Weta Workshop for the Narnia films. To learn more about Ben’s accolades, check out this interview with Weta Workshop which speaks about much of his work on the films.

Many of Ben Wootten’s sculptures/collectibles from the LOTR films can be purchased at Weta Workshop’s website. Well, the ones that aren’t already sold out. Most of his movie collector’s items were auctioned off for thousands of dollars. Ben recently completed two killer art prints for Weta, which can be purchased here and here for a steal price. The first is an astounding picture of the Balrog’s epic battle against Gandolf and the second is a breathtaking scenic revisitation to Bag’s End at the Shire. Gandolf is knocking at Bilbo’s door. Ah, the memories…

We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Ben Wootten and will post pictures of the artwork as it progresses. Stay tuned for more blog updates in the near future. Now about Path of the Magi. It is first book in our Adventure Series line of tales that features a more traditional quest for a party of heroes. For readers wanting a lighter fare from Covent, as opposed to our dark and foreboding Shade series or the terribly sad and tragic Elf Wars trilogy, this new adventure series is for you.

Path of the Magi dives into the world of magicians and its struggle due to the abolishment of magic in Doljinaar. For those of you looking for more noble traditional heroes, this book is for you. The Adventure Series will also introduce more heroes and villains who will play a major role in our grand epic saga The Triloriad™. Since we released Shade One, readers have been begging for more Festan La Faun, Merrymaker Extraordinaire and Minstrel at Large. Our readers’ hunch that Festan is a major character  was completely correct and his appearance in Waiting Game was more a cameo than a one-off. I just couldn’t resist throwing Mr. Dark and Grim Shade in with the happy-go-lucky Faun for a few scenes. Expect plenty of Festan in Path of the Magi.

On the more serious side, Path of the Magi will introduce several important mages, warriors and a dark vengeance-fueled villian. The Greater Powers of magic have left many, many wounds upon the world. More details to come. Ben Wootten is already hard at work on the cover. Here’s a sneak peak of the work in progress…a very, very rough draft, but it already has us foaming at the mouth. Nothing like seeing our dragon priest come to life in a full coat of glorious chain mail robes. Thanks Ben!

You can learn more about Path of the Magi at our preview link here. Sample chapters to come! Look to the blog to reveal more info and Wootten art snapshots in the coming months. You can see more of Ben Wootten’s jaw-dropping art pieces on his website:http://benwootten.daportfolio.com/

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