Blog Header Redesigned by Kim Bartolome

Have you noticed the beautiful new look of the blog care of the new header? I’ve been toying with the idea of changing my blog’s header for a while now. As much as I love my previous header, I’ve had it for more than three years and it wouldn’t hurt to redesign the blog. The previous header was designed by my graphic artist friend Kim Bartolome. You can check out his artwork by visiting his Deviantart site or Facebook page. I asked Kim if he’d be willing to draw a shiny new artwork for my blog header and I was thrilled when he agreed to do it. I thought it would be nice to have a consistent artistic style even with the change of design.

I told Kim about the kinds of books that I enjoyed reading and gave him free rein on what he wanted to include in his artwork. I love the epic fantasy feel of the whole thing and how the female warrior can represent so many of my favorite characters. The lion can also stand for Ilona Andrews’ Curran from the Kate Daniels series or C.S. Lewis’ Aslan or even the lions in EWein’s Lion Hunters series. I also love how this gorgeous artwork looks like a painting. I’m pretty hopeless when it comes to art so I’m in awe of anyone who can come up with something like this.

Here’s the progress of the artwork while he was working on it:

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If you’re interested in requesting artwork to be designed by Kim, whether it’s a blog header or not, feel free to reach out to him at k.bartolome(at)yahoo(dot)com. What do you all think of this new header? Do you think it’s a good fit for my blog? Would love to hear what you guys think.