Here is one of my favourite things I have done in some considerable time. Here it is in pencil. (on a toned background)
This is the cover art for When We Are Vanished, a new book by my wife and partner in crime, Nimue Brown. If you have been following this blog at all, you will already know that I am an ardent fan of her work, and have been since first reading her writing. ( Nearly a decade before we met in person!) I was lucky enough to have this book read aloud to me as it progressed, and it is haunting , numinous , dreamlike and fiendishly clever. Think somewhere between DeLint and Atwood in terms of tone and subject matter. You will be hearing a lot more about it before too long. When Nimue described the scene she wanted for the cover, I was thrilled. This is exactly where I am happiest or, perhaps most gladly challenged. No, that’s not quite it either. More, that this is the sort of thing that I most want to try to make visible and depict. It’s not too terribly much like what what was in my head before I started, but there is no surprise there. Sometimes my hands have ideas of their own, and it’s best not to fight that too much. I love depicting the uncanny, the not quite this, and not quite not-either. Things that can (if i get it right) evoke a complicated response. Plus, an opportunity to draw teasels and wild roses. They are not in the story, but I managed to convince Nimue that they were implied. (and wild roses are a nod to Lord Dunsany, so that was not a hard sell)
When we are Vanished will be coming out soon from Snowbooks, who we have a wonderful relationship with and hope to work with for many years to come.
I hope (as always) this finds you well, inspired, and thriving.