Illustration Friday: Capable

Illustration Friday: Capable

For the ballad of Tam Lin (as happens not infrequently – Tam Lin and Janet are matters of interest in this house). These are tiny little pen and ink drawings with colour and texture added on the computer, appearing here considerably larger than life size. I took some liberties with the clothing colours – her kirtle is green in the ballad, but I’m going through a stage of green coats.


In other news: I had last lovely morning tea today with Gavin, Kelly and Ursula (of Small Beer Press and general Ursula-ness). Books, drawings, copper teacup rings and octopus puppets were exchanged. I won’t see them again before they leave the country – but with luck I might manage it again before the end of the year!

And look! To Spin a Darker Stair is on preorder (the cover design is yet to be revealed). It has two stories by Catherynne M. Valente and Faith Mudge, and illustrations by me!

8 thoughts on “Illustration Friday: Capable

  1. Very nice indeed – befitting a Child ballad, methinks. I continue to learn from The Tanaudel Literary Salon because until this morning (after finding this site on Tam Lin) I had no idea this was such a well-developed tale with many versions.

    Congratulations on To Spin a Darker Stair! (I first read it as “To Spin a Darker STAR” which would be an entirely different drawing, eh?)

    • Hmm… I like the sound of that. Perhaps I should retitle the blog.
      Thanks for the link to the site!
      To spin a darker star sounds like the Runaway Bride episode of Doctor Who again :)

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