The Queen of Nothing, the third in Holly Black’s Folk of the Air trilogy, and sequel to The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King is now out! I’m visiting Massachusetts at the moment and got to ride along to Holly’s first event of her tour, at An Unlikely Story. But now I can also show you the map.
I have loved adjusting the map for this series (although altering wave patterns in ink with each new ocean detail, and splicing them in digitally, was certainly a challenge!).
Under the map (above) are sketches of possible treatments of the corners and new details. But other new pieces came from the little thematic sketches I made along the way (no spoilers).
A few of the little original ink drawings of tiny new details are now available at Book Moon Books in Easthampton, Massachusetts (or will be by tomorrow, when I am sketching there!). Below is the tiniest.
(The cover art is not by me. Sean Freeman has been illustrating those, with design by Karina Granda. BUT I did draw the foil designs under the dust jackets on the hardcovers — and got to meet a girl with the Cruel Prince design tattooed on her arm, which was very exciting!).
Art by Sean Freeman, design by Karina Granda, tiniest fox by me, SNAKE by Holly Black
In preparation for Nanowrimo, the ebook of The Writer’s Book of Doubt is on sale for US $4.99. If you haven’t got a copy, now’s the time to get one — with illustrations by me! (And if you are at the World Fantasy Convention in LA this weekend, the original map art will be at the art show).
Amazon: The Writer’s Book of Doubt
Books 2 Read:
Note re links: I’m experimenting with affiliate links, which means I might get paid a small commission if someone buys something after clicking a link on my site. This is early days, so I’m really just testing out the program links at this point!
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.
Update: The Light Grey prints have finished, and the original art has sold, but the design is now available in white-on-black through Redbubble as an art print, but also on notebooks, etc.
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.