So these are all the calendar pages from 2018, made with the support of (and released early to) patrons on patreon.com/tanaudel (should you care to join…:)
My personal favourites (as calendar patterns) are currently the selkies (May), sacred deer (August), and ships with seamonsters (December). But I’m rather fond of the stories hidden in July (walking characters) and October (Gothic). And Goldberry’s shoe. And the spotty cat. And swans in sweaters…
Some of these are up on Redbubble as prints and patterns, but if there’s anything else you’d like to see there, do let me know!
Holly Black’s The Wicked King, the follow-up to The Cruel Prince, is now well and truly out. Finally. I’ve been sitting on the plot of this book for a year and am delighted at seeing everyone else’s reactions to it now.
I did not do the cover — that is by artist Sean Freeman and senior designer Karina Granda, and they have a post about it here: Evolution of a Cover.
I, however, did draw the internal ornaments, and… updated the map.
The map begins from the same place as my map for The Cruel Prince, with certain shifts and adjustments for the direction this book takes.
Below is one of my favourite changed details. Before:
I’m gradually expanding the published maps category over on my portfolio. Stay tuned!
Last year’s Alice in Wonderland design is now up on Redbubble! (And as of the time of posting, there are about 12 hours left to put in Christmas orders, and a discount code for 20% off: LASTDAY).
Light Grey Art Lab, as well as its many other marvellous exhibitions, is currently exhibiting and selling Small Art For A Big Cause, featuring many of their regular artists. You can find the images on their Instagram (always worth following in any event) under #smallartforabigcause or on their website, and framed prints can be ordered from the Light Grey shop.
My piece, Be Bold, was inspired by the heroine of “Mr Fox”, and other fairytale ladies.
It began, of course, as a silhouette:
With colour added subsequently.
It is available for a limited time through the Light Grey shop.
Tansy Rayner Roberts’s Creature Court covers have been revealed!
These city silhouettes were so much fun (and detail), and the silhouette of Aufleur, for Book 1, is at the World Fantasy art show in Baltimore right now.
If you’re at World Fantasy, the art show this year is FABULOUS. And I’ve brought a lot of original art including this one.
The cats of November!
Greetings from sunny California, with a background soundtrack of trains, coyotes, and The Fictator typing in the next room.
These cats were so much fun to draw — especially the brown and white one. I’ve always hesitated a bit over cats, but this time it seemed to come together: the reference, the practice, and memories of cats I’ve known, the way they move and look suspiciously around and the peculiar arrangements of their muscles.
Printable versions are available below – pre-coloured, or to colour yourself.
This month’s calendar is, as usual, brought to you thanks to the support of people through Patreon (there will be some new sneak-peeks and glimpses of work in progress going up there soon, if you’ve been considering joining — and two years’ worth of printable December stationery at the $3+ level, if you’re so inclined).
GennaRose Nethercott – The Lumberjack’s Dove
I have just had the opportunity to design a second enamel pin, this time for GennaRose Nethercott’s beautiful poem The Lumberjack’s Dove, just out from HarperCollins. My copy just arrived in the post this week, together with a beautiful poem by GennaRose just for me (and, separately, Tom Hiron’s Falconer’s Joy – another poem of a very different modern mythology).
I really enjoyed designing this pin. It was a completely different proposition from the Creature Court enamel pins, in both style of book and of art. The approach, however, was similar: to create an image that would undeniably connect to and represent the book but also function as a beautifully (if mysteriously) iconic design in its own right. Something people might want to wear or admire even if they hadn’t read the poem (or novel), but with a connection it would be difficult to forget.
Below are some of the process sketches (supporters on Patreon got to see this one in more detail as it developed).
And here is the final pin. I have not yet worked out how to photograph gold properly, but it so very shiny!
For information about opportunities to get a pin, follow GennaRose. The National Poetry Series Competition winning poem is now available from HarperCollins: The Lumberjack’s Dove. And for more behind-the-scenes art than I can share entirely publicly, check out my Patreon page.
Oh, and I design pins now.