Hello again, dear reader! This time, I thought I might share some art process and a bit of poetry with you. The following images are (in order) the drawing for the Tea Dragons Alphabet poem (more about Tea Dragons in a bit) and the finished “painted” version.The drawing was done with graphite and black coloured pencil on Bristol, and the “painting” took place in Photoshop.
The painted version *is* a bit colourful, for me, but I hope you are not too badly shocked.
Here, now is part of the verse that it illustrates. ( I did promise you poetry, after all)
A is for Assam, a champion brew
B is for bones, crushed and mixed up with glue
C is for cups which we make from the bone,
D is for drinking, our tea skills we hone.
E is for Earl Grey, full of bergamot,
F for the forest where tea dragons go.
G is for gurning and grasping and grit,
H for the houses where we like to sit.
The verse, is by my wife and partner in crime (and other unsavoury activities) Nimue Brown. It is part of a book project we started last year which is called (unsurprisingly) Tea Dragons. It began when I was making sketch cards for an impending Steampunk event and began drawing Steampunk dragons. One of them ended up being named Earl Grey, and that was all Nimue needed to start writing. It will all be be a book one day soon. Ostensibly for children but I think it will please adults every bit as much. It will be lavishly illustrated and, rather than wait for a publisher to be hunted down and tied to a burning contract, we thought it might be as well to bring this one out ourselves, via crowdsourcing. That will probably be some time this summer, so please stay tuned.
As always, I hope this finds you well, inspired, and thriving.