Illustration Friday: Hero

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I haven’t done an Illustration Friday piece for quite a while, but here is a little scratchboard hobbit for this week’s topic Hero.

Locus Interview – Raised by Wolves, & ABC interview

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When I was at World Fantasy in November, I was interviewed by Liza Trombi of Locus Magazine. The interview is out in this month’s edition, and look at that line-up — I respect all these artists hugely. Charles Vess is one of my artist heroes and inspirations and his interview is online: Narrative Impulse (the Singer Sewing Machine story always sounds like something out of O’Henry).

And before I left, Rhianna Patrick of the ABC interviewed me for her segment, and that is online here (full disclosure: I’d just thrown out my back and was on painkillers).

January Calendar: Keys

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Welcome to the first calendar page for 2019! Here, for January, is an assortment of keys, brought to you as ever by my wonderful patrons (should you wish to join us, there might even be some new Dalek comics coming in the new year).

These are of course highly improbably keys, some suggested by existing stories (secret gardens and labyrinths, and “Rumpelstiltskin”, some searching for their own tales, and several just highly improbable. The dual music-box key is my current favourite, although I had fun with the puzzle key above it, too.

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Because I am such a decisive person, there are three printable colourways for this month (and patterns to come on Redbubble items and Spoonflower fabric in due course — but there are many other designs up there in the meantime).

And I’d also like to include a shout-out here to one of my two favourite purveyors of magical keys (the other doesn’t have a web presence — yet!). Spike Deane makes enchanting glass keys, and other fairytale art, and is also on Patreon.

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You can access the designs to save and print at home by clicking on the images below. And if you’d like to get calendar designs earlier, as well as sneak-previews of other projects, printable stationery, and many other things, those are available at my Patreon page — even $1/month helps these pictures happen!

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Alice’s Tea Party

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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).

 

Be Bold: Small Art for a Big Cause

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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.

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It began, of course, as a silhouette:

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With colour added subsequently.

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It is available for a limited time through the Light Grey shop.

World Fantasy Judges!

The 2019 World Fantasy Awards Judges have been announced, so if I seem to be quieter either online generally or about my reading, specifically, this is why!

The judges are:

  • Nancy Holder (USA)
  • Kathleen Jennings (Australia)
  • Stephen Graham Jones  (USA)
  • Garry Kilworth (United Kingdom)
  • Tod McCoy (USA)

Details on submitting works for consideration are here: https://locusmag.com/2018/12/2019-world-fantasy-awards-judges-announced/

The judges will be reading and considering eligible materials until June 1, 2019. All forms of fantasy are eligible, e.g. epic, dark, contemporary, literary.

Qualifications: All books must have been published in 2018; magazines must have a 2018 cover date; only living persons are eligible.

The award categories are:  Life Achievement; Best Novel; Best Novella (10,001 to 40,000 words); Best Short Story; Best Anthology; Best Collection; Best Artist; Special Award: Professional; Special Award: Non-Professional.

 

Corella Press

Do you like crime? mystery? forgotten books of the 19th century?

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I’m very delighted to be involved with the cover designs for the first books of this new teaching press at UQ: Corella Press.

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Corella Press is a not-for-profit small press committed to making beautiful, collectable editions of recovered Australian nineteenth-century crime and mystery stories.

Corella Press launches with Bridget’s Locket and Other Mysteries by ‘Waif Wander’ (Mary Helena Fortune). This triptych of works by a premier Australian crime writer of the nineteenth century includes Dora Carleton: A Tale of Australia, a novella published for the first time since 1866.

I will reveal more as I can. In the meantime, here is a teaser:

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