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.
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.
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.