Happy new year! This is a little round-up of the art from all my 2017 monthly calendars (made with the support of my wonderful patrons on patreon.com/tanaudel). More to come this year (January is already up, if you missed it: Clockwork Birds).
Welcome to 2018 (almost)! I’ve started the year with a little clockwork bird calendar, because they are so cheerful, and also because I have a story coming out in April from Tor.com (!) in which I picked up a few threads from “The Emperor’s Nightingale” and ran with them. It is called “The Heart of Owl Abbas”, and like this calendar has a noticeable lack of owls.
As has been the case all this year, the calendar is brought to you with the support of my patrons over at patreon.com/tanaudel. If you’d like to sign up to support the calendar and other art (for as little as $1 a month), you’ll even get it a few days early!
There are two colourways this month, as I was feeling indecisive. Pattern to follow. Please feel very free to print these for your personal use – pre-coloured, or to colour yourself! And if you did colour any calendar pages this year, I’d love to see photos if you’re happy to share.
The December calendar is here!
Clearly I haven’t quite got Kij Johnson’s The River Bank out of my system (and if you are looking for gifts for this time of the year, it is an excellent one – the Washington Post agrees, and included it on its list of “50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2017“!). I’ve started a series of posts about the process of illustrating it – they begin here: The River Bank Process – First Response.
While The River Bank doesn’t make it into winter, The Wind in the Willows of course does, and the image of the mice singing carols outside Mole End is one of my enduring memories of that book. So I ran with that.
I think Toad in his moments of mellower, generous pomposity would have the best tree, and insist on (recognisably) playing Father Christmas.
Beryl skating was one of the first sketches I made for this idea (also, if this were a climate in which sweaters were warranted, I would want hers).
Went a bit stocking mad here.
Now, all these pictures take a lot of time! They have been sponsored all year by my wonderful patrons at patreon.com/tanaudel – they get the calendar early and $3+ patrons also get occasional downloadable stationery (there will be print-at-home cards using some of the images from this calendar). If you enjoy the pictures, and would like to keep seeing the calendar happen, and want to be a patron of the arts, see sneak-peeks, etc, you can join in here at Patreon (a few more supporters and we might yet be able to restart the Dalek Game!). Or if you use the calendar and would like to fling a few occasional dollars in the direction of the artist, this is my PayPal link: paypal.me/tanaudel.
And at last! Here is the December calendar, to print at home – precoloured, or to colour yourself.
For this month’s calendar, a Goblin Market, brought to you by my supporters on Patreon (it would be lovely if you could join us! There’s advance news and sneak-peeks of projects).
I don’t recall, now, why I was thinking of Christina Rossetti’s poem. One does, I suppose, from time to time.
The sisters ought to both have yellow hair, but there was too much yellow in one area and so they are now just… two more girls walking through the market.
Bonus fact: The 10th anniversary edition of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones (with my illustrations!) comes out in November. I had to illustrate a page of a menu, but there wasn’t enough information in the book to complete a whole page, so I filled it out with fruit from Christina Rossetti’s poem.
As an aside, my favourite of the many interpretations of “Goblin Market” (although not the most convincing) is that it can be read as a diatribe against the rise of advertising and consumer culture.
That is a wombat at the top right of the full illustration. Many of you probably know this, but I saw some friends find out recently so maybe it isn’t as widespread a piece of knowledge as I thought: Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Christina Rosseti”s brother) had two pet wombats, which is why they occasionally get into Pre-Raphaelite art.
The calendar can be printed from the files below – pre-coloured, or to colour yourself! And if you like these calendars, please consider supporting them for $1 or so a month (or, if you prefer not to subscribe but would still like to toss something in the direction of your friendly neighbourhood artist – think of this as illustrative busking – my PayPal link is paypal.me/tanaudel).
It is spring here (and a warm one!) but I know that is not the primary festive focus of friends in other hemispheres. So this month it is rather happy skeletons.
You can print them either pre-coloured, or to colour in yourself. And if you have a spare $1, please do consider supporting me on Patreon, which helps make the calendars (and more!) possible.
In other news: The harpies are up on Redbubble as T-shirts, notebooks, scarves etc; The River Bank has been published and is very beautiful; the new limited edition Angela Slatter story The Tallow Wife (illustrated by me!) is available at Conflux this weekend, and we are both here to sign it; I will be going to the World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio at the beginning of November, and (all going well) will have original art for sale there.
September! It is spring here, so this month’s calendar is all harpies and flowers.
They’re all based on assorted pigeons, and some of the flowers are real. Ish.
As ever, they are brought to you by my dear patrons at patreon.com/tanaudel: for as little as $1/month, you can get the calendar early – and other news and updates.
I have been travelling for weeks, and still feel like I’m in motion. So, for August: a coracle race! (Also brought to you by a coracle-bound mouse in Kij Johnson’s forthcoming The River Bank (illustrated by me!), late-night discussions of Narnia and Reepicheep while at Readercon, and by all my supporters on Patreon, who get the calendar early – you can too!).
Edit: I left this open to confusion. These calendar mice are not specifically in The River Bank, but the monochrome fellow below is, and the book does of course feature certain folk Messing About In Boats.
You can see more River Bank illustrations at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, or preorder the book from Small Beer Press.
I had to research coracle races for this calendar, and the energy expended is hilariously disproportionate to the speeds achieved.
As usual, the calendar is below – you can print it in colour, or in black and white to colour it yourself.
If you like the calendars, please do consider supporting them on Patreon. $1 a month adds up and goes a long way towards keeping your friendly neighbourhood illustrator sufficiently caffeinated to get them done!