There’s a fair bit going on in offline life at the moment (mostly good and hopeful except for the leaky roof), but this weekend past I finished two covers with which I am very happy. The first has been announced!

This was a fairly short turnaround. I ended up putting together the thumbnail roughs in my notebook during a panel at the Brisbane Writers Festival (this is pretty much my ideal way of working – I had SUCH A GOOD TIME at the BWF).

Bloodlines - thumbnail sketches

Then I made an oval template by quartering, cutting, unfolding, fixing etc a piece of white paper (because sometimes it’s satisfying to do things from first principles, she said lazily), pencilled and cut out the image. I had a lot of fun with architecture and venetians, although it got a bit non-Euclidean. I want to do more of these.

Bloodlines cover artI scanned that, cleaned it up, added a dash of red and white, and then sent it off to Amanda Pillar, the editor of Ticonderoga Publication’s newest anthology, Bloodlines. She and Russell B. Farr put the cover together wonderfully. I think it looks fabulous.

Bloodlines final cover

And yes, my secret identity, writer-Kathleen, has a story in it (and made it onto the cover too!). In fact, it is a pretty good lineup of dark urban fantasy:

  • Joanne Anderton “Unnamed Children”
  • Alan Baxter “Old Promise New Blood”
  • Nathan Burrage “The Ties of Blood, Hair and Bone”
  • Dirk Flinthart “In The Blood”
  • Rebecca Fung “In the Heart of the City”
  • Stephanie Gunn “The Flowers That Bloom Where Blood Touches Earth”
  • Kelly Hoolihan “The Stone and the Sheath”
  • Kathleen Jennings “The Tangled Streets”
  • Pete Kempshall “Azimuth”
  • Martin Livings “A Red Mist”
  • Seanan McGuire “Into the Green”
  • Anthony Panegyres “Lady Killer”
  • Jane Percival “The Mysterious Mr Montague”
  • Paul Starkey “The Tenderness of Monsters”
  • Lyn Thorne-Adder “Lifeblood of the City”
  • S. Zanne “Seeing Red”

It will be launched in October, but pre-orders are open now. See more at:

I’m quite fond of my hands, and all, but I need to find a camera angle that’s less in love with my knuckles.

This little cut of Red Riding Hood’s old (=connection to topic) grandmother is part of an ongoing project I like to call OH MY GOODNESS MY PHONE DOES TIMELAPSE VIDEO.

Illustration Friday: Old//


A little gif of the development of a detail of Flight, the book I am illustrating for Angela Slatter, from Tiny Owl Workshop

Scritch scritch scritch.

I am having an !August!, but for the very excellent reason that I am working on the illustrations for Flight, a story by Angela Slatter scheduled to be published by Tiny Owl Workshop at a date rapidly drawing near.

Here is a sneak-peek.

And a vaguely interested fox.

And a marginal paen to my pen.


Illustration Friday: Grow

A tiny cut-paper Daphne, prompted by a recent reading of Mary Robinette Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey, and the magical tableaux therein.

The original silhouette is all one piece, then scanned, taken apart and coloured on the computer.

Illustration Friday: Tiger

Tyger Tyger, burning bright
In the forests of the night…

-William Blake, “The Tyger”

A little cut-paper piece, made while listening to a Stuff You Missed In History Class episode on Calamity Jane (sometimes what I was listening to associates itself lingeringly with a piece).

RedBubble has recently introduced hardcover journals (lined, blank or grid pages), so I have uploaded this design there: Tyger, Tyger. I’m waiting for my first order to arrive so I can see how they look – very excited.

KJennings -Redbubble Tiger

Sense and Sensibility - work in progress

I have a new design out for Litographs! This time, it is for Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. I thoroughly enjoyed sketching up the thumbnails for this. I love how gentle the contrast between the sisters is in this novel (as compared to, for example, Pride and Prejudice). Neither course of action is only fraught with danger or guaranteed to bring happiness. And Edward is just so decent and nice. And also I hope Margaret grew up to be an explorer.

Sense and Sensibility - sketches


Here is the cut-out design. I’m glad Litographs went with this one – it is very easy to concentrate on just Marianne and Elinor, but they are almost the median point of the story. Everyone else takes sense and sensibility to greater extremes: Mrs Dashwood, who can’t grasp the idea of economy, Mrs John Dashwood who grasps it too well (the gradual bargaining-down of her husband’s proposed generosity is just awful and masterful). Willoughby, who feels too much. Edward and Colonel Brandon who are similarly governed by good sense, but with rather different impacts on the people they love. Margaret who is marvellous. Anyway, back to the art.

Sense and Sensibility - final silhouette

The clouds would not be in the final (I would invert the birds), but I like to keep the pieces together where possible, to create a single picture, in case someone would like to frame it.

And here is the design on a tote. It also comes as a poster and a t-shirt, and in different colourways.

Sense and Sensibility - Litographs

Please buy lots. I don’t get a cut, but I do have a wish list of classics I’d like to illustrate, so if you buy these they might get me to do some more.


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