I internalise a great deal, but say far less.
It’s International Faerie Day today! It was Midsummer earlier in the week, and Benjamin Britten’s opera of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on BBC Radio 3 as I post. An opportune time for a friendly reminder of my Pictura: Faeries colouring book (Templar Publishing, 2013).
Shown here is half of the eight-panel, concertina-folded book. All pennies thrown into my bonnet via the book’s purchase most gratefully received.
Cover illustration for The Arthurian Concordance, ‘an encyclopedia of all things Arthurian’ by Phyllis Ann Karr, to be published as a companion to the new edition of Le Morte d’Arthur, whose cover I posted a little while ago.
I quite enjoyed working on this piece, although it progressed at a glacial pace, as usual.
Trivia: the beast’s snake head is actually an amalgamation of three snakes (though of no specific genera): cobra, python, and horned viper.
Familial, material, and romantic love all play their parts in this Russian tale, in which Tsarevich Ivan, Tsar Andronovich’s youngest son, discovers the culprit who nightly steals the Tsar’s golden apples: the firebird.
Some more recent retellings have occasionally conflated this tale with that of Koschei the Deathless by casting him as the antogonist, and indeed this was the basis for Stravinsky’s ballet of 1910. Here, the firebird’s brilliant feather, which had torn away in Ivan’s grasp when he attempted to catch the bird, becomes the light which frees Koschei’s prisoners from enchantment and aids Ivan in Koschei’s destruction.
For the 2017 Month of Love challenge, ‘Metamorphoses’
In Greek mythology, Daphne, a naiad, was transformed into a laurel tree after begging for help from her father, the river god Peneus (or from Gaia in some versions) in order to escape Apollo’s amorous advances.
Cover illustration for a new edition of Le Morte d’Arthur which will form part of an ‘Arthurian Library’ of three books, a project led by Stewart Wieck of Nocturnal Media. The project Kickstarter was launched a little under two weeks ago and was funded within twenty four hours. At the time of this post, it has already reached its second stretch goal.
I worked on this illustration at sporadic intervals last year. Though the various sums of its parts are individually fair, I’m not so happy with it as a whole — which, not putting too fine a point on it, is a bit of a mess. Suffice to say that I lost my way with it… I still hope to be able to redo the piece afresh, though that remains to be seen for now.