Orphan Black: The Next Chapter

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!

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And here are just a few of the progress stages!

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Corella Press Mysteries

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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

June Calendar: Against the Flow

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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.

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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.

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May Calendar: Concert

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The printable May calendar page is here, brought to you with the support of my patrons (and if you’d like to toss a few coins in the hat, they are always welcome and keep the calendar happening: Patreon (ongoing); paypal.me (one-off)). And also by a few episodes of This Podcast Will Kill You.

I’m not sure yet if the bilby was a marsupial too far, but I’m quite pleased by its rocking approach to playing the lute. And I do like the idea of bats swaying in the branches, playing their ukuleles at sunset.

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Anyway, this is a trifle sillier than usual, but it’s my birthday month, so why not have a snake playing a lagerphone?

The images below link to full-size .jpg files that you can print at home: pre-coloured, or to colour yourself.

 

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Flyaway has sold to Tor.com!

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Tor.com have bought my Australian Gothic novella Flyaway! I’m so excited to be working with them on this. It was the subject of my MPhil (Master of Philosophy) research (oh, and I’ve finished the degree, and have the certificate!) and soon(ish — next year) it will be out in the world as a real book, oh my goodness.

Anyway, there’s a bit more about it here, with the Tor.com announcement: Announcing Kathleen Jennings’ Debut Novella Flyaway

Thanks are due to a lot of people, but immediately & particularly to Angela Slatter, Kim Wilkins, Lisa O’Connell and Ellen Datlow.

April Calendar: Bears

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Bears!

The April calendar is here, in printable coloured, greenish and to-colour-yourself formats (see the end of the post). It is brought to you, as ever, with the invaluable support of my wonderful patrons over on Patreon.com/tanaudel.

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This began as a series of ideas about transformation. “Snow White and Rose Red” was briefly the leading fairy tale in my mind, which is how the bears got in. But roses mean “Beauty and the Beast”, and then the hinted tales began wandering further afield.

Here’s a quick glimpse at the process. I’m playing around with these negative silhouettes at the moment.

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Then scanned, arranged and coloured on the computer, and bears, everywhere.

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The downloadable files, for you to print at home and use for the April calendar, are below. And if you’d like to support the calendar, and see more behind the scenes, please do consider supporting them through Patreon.

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Queen of Air and Darkness — Banner

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This is a banner illustration I drew for Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in her Shadowhunters trilogy, The Dark Artifices.

It was of course a lot of fun (mitred corners!), but also an interesting challenge to do an illustration of an object that contains an illustration by a character, which is itself in a different medium (and not the first such Shadowhunters illustration I’ve done, either!). But there is a reason, after all, that I love sketching in art galleries.

I was also able to drop into the Simon & Schuster offices and admire paperstock. Shout-out here to Art Directors Russell Gordon (now of 1000 Jars) and Nicholas Sciacca, who have been a delight to work with.

Finally, here is a glimpse at the process behind it: rough positioning and ideas in my notebook; pencil layouts and different treatments; test for a woodcut effect in scratchboard; pen and ink tests.

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And now it’s out as a patch from Topatoco, too!

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Photo pinched from Cassie Clare’s instagram