As an artist myself I am thrilled to have artwork by another artist/writer inspired by my own work. Sometime ago, when I joined a site specifically for fan fiction, I came across EMK81 and we started chatting, of course about Phantom of the Opera. Soon I find questions in my inbox about precise details of how I envisioned the Erik in my novels. I come to learn there is a portrait in the works!
There is yet another reason I am thrilled, while I am an artist, the human form is something I have always struggled with. So to draw any of the characters within the series I have always had to resort to anthropomorphic stand-ins. In fact, a friend of mine from back in high school wondered if the whole time I was writing I was picturing the Phantom in his dashing red fox persona. I wasn’t, but whenever I wanted to draw him I had to!
I am honored to post Erik Michael’s work as the first fanart work for my series.
More work from E.M.K 81 described as:
And more … This sketch came to my mind with the first chapter of nightingales strain: Nadir is berating Erik for something and Erik is thinking: “Thank God, I can send my conscience on a business trip!”
Erik making his first upper class debut at Reed’s mansion in “Shadowcrest’s Hammer”.
Erik on stage during the performance with the dance troupe at Carnegie Hall. From Chapter 5 of “Gilded Cage for a Nightingale”.