A Cover for Flyaway

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My Australian Gothic novella Flyaway will be released in July next year — but Tor.com has now revealed the cover (fabulous design by Jaya Miceli, from a silhouette by me).

REVEALING THE COVER TO FLYAWAY, AN AUSTRALIAN GOTHIC DARK FANTASY DEBUT FROM KATHLEEN JENNINGS

It comes with some useful links (although I’ll let you know more about pre-orders as that becomes available) and a few lovely words from Kelly Link, Holly Black, C.S.E. Cooney and Brooke Bolander — authors whose way with stories I very much admire.

I am extremely delighted with this cover, for which the designer and art directors should get most of the credit (and I adore the typeface), and I can’t wait (I must wait!) for the book to be a real thing in the world.

Corella Winners

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Corella Press have launched their first two titles, and have let me know the results of the giveaway!

1st Prize TP
2nd Prize KS
3rd Prize LLG

They say: “We would like to thank everyone that participated in the giveaway and we hope that the winners enjoy their prizes. We have contacted the winners, eBooks have been emailed, while pendants will be mailed on 11th September, once all giveaways are complete. We have notified the entrant of this date.”

September Calendar: Dragons!

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Somehow — somehow — here is the September calendar. I hurt my hip badly and have been largely horizontal for over a week, which is more than inconvenient for a self-employed artist — if you’ve ever considered supporting the calendar through the Patreon (or the tip jar at Paypal.me/tanaudel) this would be an incredibly helpful time. Even better, there’s a backlog of stationery and stories on the way for supporters at those levels, once I’m on my feet.

But this afternoon I managed to prop myself up at a standing desk for long enough to ink a few dragons, and then sprawl over the bed to construct the rest of the calendar — and it isn’t even (quite) September yet!

Below — for personal use — are two versions of the calendar: pre-coloured, or to print and colour yourself.

I have… quite a few extra dragons to work out what to do with now!

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Corella — two interviews

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As part of the blog tour for Corella Press‘s launch of their first two publications, I (as illustrator) was interviewed by two lovely review blogs:

The Book Muse (blog; twitter) — Corella Press Blog Tour: Interview with Kathleen Jennings

Genie In A Book (blog; twitter) — A glimpse into the life of an illustrator – Interview with Kathleen Jennings

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Corella giveaway

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Corella Press, a teaching press at UQ, is holding a Rafflecopter giveaway to celebrate the launch of their first two books (for which I did the covers).

1st Prize – A 3D-printed silhouette pendant (cord not included)
2nd Prize – Bridget’s Locket and Other Mysteries eBook
3rd Prize – The Millwood Mystery eBook

(Note: Corella is holding the giveaway, I control nothing)

Physical books will be available for purchase from 30th August, on the Corella Press website:  https://www.austlit.edu.au/corellapress

The launch will take place at Avid Reader in Brisbane on 30 August. 

The Power of Three

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Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favourite (and formative) authors, and it was such a delight to be able to do this cover for her novel The Power of Three, for Utz Books.

Here are some of the preliminary sketches: reading the book again (a lovely twisty, funny, mystical plot, with that sliding-through of perspectives DWJ does so well), getting details right, working out how I wanted to draw aspects.

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Then narrowing down the cover treatment — the format had to match other cover designs, which is both a challenging and liberating consideration.

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Finally, developing and refining this cover and a treatment and style that would fit the other covers (similar textures, etc).

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Magic and Marillier

Some very exciting news…67944248_2609297909095152_7477429966599094272_o

I will be illustrating a book of tales by the wonderful Juliet Marillier, from Serenity Press next year.