Illustration Friday: Fearless

I unwound after a tense day by testing a new pen nib (and thanks to some gifts from my sister: a sour cherry tart and some more novelty cookie cutters). The nib is excellent – not as fine as I’m used to, but I only had to dip it three times to finish the picture.

This is the irrepressible Princess Eilonwy “of the red-gold hair” from Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, after finding the sword in the tomb below Spiral Castle when rescuing Taran the Assistant Pig Keeper and (accidentally) a wandering bard. Taran and Eilonwy grow up over the series, but Eilonwy never shuts up. She has a lively turn of phrase, is unfazed by magic swords, underground kingdoms, Cauldron Warriors and oracular pigs, and has an endearing dedication to finishing embroidery even though she isn’t very good at it.