The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

Cover rough for Willful

By day I am working on paintings for The Wilful Princess by Robin Hobb. Black and whites. Not sure which will be used but the book will be published in October /November 2013 by Harper Collins, Voyageur, to coincide with Robin’s visit to Brighton for the World Fantasy Conference. So, there is some pressure to complete.

border, number endpapers? flight breastfeeding Lostler

 

sketch for stag hunting

 

rubbing of a lino

 

I read and re-read the book. Then I began to sketch out ideas. I had hoped to do wood engravings, then decided on lino cuts, but the paper quality I am told will not be sufficient to carry the repro for lino so turned to painting with watercolour in black and white. And now I am glad that I did.

So, here is  four days work. I was contracted to do 10 black and whites, two colour and a cover, but with details and things and love of the story I have got carried away and am also hoping that Harper Collins will put money in to produce the book with decorated end papers and a ribbon.

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The Princess riding out with the head of the stables Stallion and the smith

 

The Motley Court setting out on a ride

We hope to have signed copies available from Solva Woollen Mill and with great good fortune we may have a few signed by both myself and Robin.

 

By night I am reading Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb in order to produce 2 more covers for the Brazilian publisher who are splitting the first series into five books and using my jackets. So I spend my days and nights steeped in the wonderful world of Robin Hobb and once again find myself to be in hopeless love with Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. More compelling than Game of Thrones. Sometimes I just love doing the work I do and count myself to be the most fortunate of women.

Meanwhile I am also thinking about Christmas cards, bears, dragons and swans.

More about my connections with Robin Hobb.

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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35 Responses to The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

  1. Mari Burton says:

    These works of art are hauntingly beautiful. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. I love Robin Hobbs work and your work so both together will be thrilling.

  2. A combination of your work with that of Robin Hobbs would make for a book to be treasured forever.

  3. I read some of these, but should go back and get caught up again to read the rest. These pictures give me a clue and a hope that the book I stopped with (because I was broken-hearted with the ending) have gone on with a more positive story.
    Sandy in Bracknell

    • Jackie says:

      Sandy, read ALL of them. They are brilliant. They do put you through a mill as few who write can do, but they are masterful works. Love the Fool, love Fitz, Nighteyes, Malta, Spit, Heeby, all of them. Just wonderful.

  4. Carrie says:

    These black and white illustrations are wonderful, love the Raven dropping the crown… simple and evocative. Robin Hobb’s writing is so compelling… I’ve read several different things by different writers since my last immersion into her world, but her stories always hover somewhere in my subconcience tugging away at a part of my mind. I must get hold of those I haven’t read yet… glad there’s more on its way!

  5. Tom Hirons says:

    Absolutely beautiful.

  6. Val says:

    Lovely..really lovely :0)

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  9. Stefan says:

    Those are beautiful. Remind me of the German Niebelungen saga. Amazing work.

  10. Jo Silverleaf says:

    Awesome art! I love Robin Hobb’s writing, and the combination will be completely awesome! Can’t wait to read the book!

  11. Laura says:

    So glad there’s more!

  12. Laura says:

    I love the piebald horses n the ravens

  13. Glenda says:

    Ohhh…. I must have a copy of this book. How can this Yank from across the pond obtain it when published? Breathtakingly lovely. I “feel” the story.

    • Jackie says:

      Two ways. First is that it might get published by Harper Collins USA. Second and quicker is that I am hoping Solva Woollen Mill will ship signed copies. They do so with my other books. With luck we will have signed ones from Robin too. Fingers crossed.

  14. Viv says:

    Fabulous artwork. Will be so great combined with Robin Hobb- my favourite author.

  15. Stuart Hill says:

    Beautiful work. I found the stag hunted by the dogs quite breathtaking.

  16. Grace says:

    My thought was also,’Breath taking!’ (and so speedily!!???!!!)

    • Jackie says:

      Not really speedy. The hard work of thinking about it has been happening for a long time, and the working 10 hours a day, seven days a week makes it seem speedy.

      • Grace says:

        That is an intense schedule, plus handling ‘life’,i imagine challenges and sacrifices.In any case,your efforts have been most fruitful and come through in great generosity.Thank-you Jackie

  17. Mark says:

    As a lifelong fantasy fan I’ve often looked at Robin’s books but still never got around to reading them. Like many authors who have been prolific in the same imagined world, the number of Robin’s books and where exactly to start with them can be intimidating. As you’ve read so many, Jackie, where would you suggest jumping in to start reading? I’d love to start exploring her world.

    • Jackie says:

      Start with The Assassin trilogy. You need to start there. What you will find then is that there are so many more ahead. I began originally with The Liveships, but then had to go back to the beginning when I was commissioned to work on the covers. If you can, get them from an Indie bookshop. Not all Indies are good with these. They are scared of Fantasy, which is a great shame. They reluctantly stock Game of Thrones because it sells. Many, to be honest, are rather snobbish about them. And I don’t understand why. They are some of the very best books I have read. And I would rather read a Robin Hobb than Hilary Matel. But hey, each to their own.

      • Mark says:

        Thank you so much for the advice, Jackie! Now I can jump in and explore and I’m very excited to do so.

        I agree entirely about the snobbery around fantasy. I’ll take the joy of a good story, well told, over any concerns about reading the “right sort” of story any day.

      • Caroline says:

        Hobb / Lindholm will be canon in two or three generations. Conan Doyle, Austen, Shelley – snobs turned their noses up at them once upon a time too. Society rarely seems to value their contemporary artists highly enough.

        • Jackie says:

          She is one of the best writers around today I think. Lucky to work with her, and to have met her. Would rather read her books, and those of Kij Johnson than many of the pompous prize winners chosen for their impenetrable literary method and ‘cleverness’.

  18. Absolutely beautiful! You have definitely made me want to read the book!

  19. Christina says:

    Smashing!!! I know the book and with your wonderful drawings it all came back to me immediately. The hunting scene is breathtaking. Living together with a spanish sighthound I can perfectly see her in your painting.
    I’m completely addicted to Robin’s books and feel the same conc. A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s really great stuff, but Robin’s work gets directly under your skin and in your heart. And stays there!
    Mark, I envy you a lot!!!

  20. So looking forward to The Piebald Prince – love Jackie’s art especially with Robin’s books. Bet you are pleased to learn there is a new Fitz and The Fool trilogy on the way!

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  22. Lisa Elinor Morrison says:

    I have just bought the book and the illustrations are beautiful. I have been a Robin Hobb fan for years but I definitely think your covers are my favourite.

    I am thinking about seeing if I can incorporate one of your crow illustrations into a tattoo design. I love that they are both sinister and elegant at the same time.

    Would I be okay to do this?

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