Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favourite (and formative) authors, and it was such a delight to be able to do this cover for her novel The Power of Three, for Utz Books.
Here are some of the preliminary sketches: reading the book again (a lovely twisty, funny, mystical plot, with that sliding-through of perspectives DWJ does so well), getting details right, working out how I wanted to draw aspects.
Then narrowing down the cover treatment — the format had to match other cover designs, which is both a challenging and liberating consideration.
Finally, developing and refining this cover and a treatment and style that would fit the other covers (similar textures, etc).
Some very exciting news…
I will be illustrating a book of tales by the wonderful Juliet Marillier, from Serenity Press next year.
Welcome to the August calendar! Brought to you, as ever, with the help of those of you who are patrons on Patreon.
This terribly busy design is what happens when I think I’ll do something quick and early, to get it out of the way before travel, and end up hiding out in Dartmoor colouring tiny bees (so many tiny bees) in between editing manuscripts.
But tonight, fairly unexpectedly, we went to see The Lord Chamberlain’s Men perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Killerton, and it was enchanting.
Below, for personal use, are the printable versions of the calendar — and if you do enjoy these and are inclined to support the calendar (for it does take a bit of time!), then support on Patreon or paypal.me is always welcome!
(I do plan to put together a repeating pattern from this once I’m home from this work trip).
Ah, July. Season of… miscellaneous mustelidae conducting a heist. (Brought to you, as ever, with the support of patrons on patreon.com/tanaudel). Are they stoats? Weasels? Ferrets? Who knows — but lock your strongrooms.
I’m not sure which detail is my favourite. I think it’s the lock-pick, but this one has more comedy potential:
And below are the printable files: coloured and line-only (for personal use). I hope you enjoy them, and if you do, and have a few coins for the tip jar, support for the time (and ink) is always welcome: patreon.com/tanaudel / paypal.me/tanaudel.
In which it takes cutting out a surprising number of chains of paper-dolls to get just the right look.
A deceptively simple piece of a art for a very exciting new project from Serial Box!
And here are just a few of the progress stages!
I’m very excited to reveal these two covers from Corella Press for their first two editions of 19th century Australian crime and mystery.
The original designs (covers and logo) were, of course, cut-paper silhouettes, and very fiddly and gratifying they were!
These two will be launched at Avid Reader in Brisbane on 30 August 2019. The launch is free, and if you’d like to come, you can register here: https://avidreader.com.au/events/corella-press-historical-australian-crime-and-mystery
Mermaids for June! This is largely because I was doing the Mermay challenge (mostly linocuts: you can see the progression on Instagram: @tanaudel), and the only way I was going to get through the last few days AND get the calendar done was to double up (there’s… a lot on).
Rather excitingly, I inked it all with a brush, which is not my usual choice (especially for fine lines!). There are control issues, but the fluidity of it is delightful. Here’s a progress shot.
And below are the full calendar pages, pre-coloured or to colour yourself! If you enjoy the calendar and have a few dollars you’d like to support it with, then that is always very welcome! You can join the patrons who make it possible at patreon.com/tanaudel, or toss a coffee’s worth at paypal.me/tanaudel. In any case, though, I hope you have fun with these folks.