November calendar: house plants

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Further note: Travelogues: vignettes from trains in motion is out now to buy from Brain Jar Press and most of the usual online places, and is also just the right size to post to people who like words and trains and travel. And Flyaway, my Australian Gothic debut, is also out now for purchase (Tor.com and Picador).

I — possibly alone in my generation — have not acquired any house plants this year. But people won’t stop talking about them, and they started creeping into my thoughts.

There are a few tangential allusions in here, as well as some plants I just wanted to draw.

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October Calendar — Musical skeletons

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Further note: My first book, Flyaway, is out! It’s an Australian Gothic story (so perfect for October), from Tor.com (US) and Picador (Aus) and is available through most of the usual places. And my second book, Travelogues: vignettes from trains in motion comes out in October. It is available to pre-order from Brain Jar Press and most of the usual online places, and is also just the right size to post to people who like words and trains and travel.

Welcome to October! It is spring, here, so it’s difficult to get properly spooky — the trees are turning purple and red and white and the bush stone-curlews are sobbing in the shrubberies.

So here, for this month’s calendar, is an orchestra for a danse macabre.

And I’ve made it into a repeating pattern, so it is up on Redbubble on various things (shirts, scarves, phone covers, etc).

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September Calendar: Wreath-toss

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Further note: My first book, Flyaway, is out! It’s from Tor.com (US) and Picador (Aus) and is available through most of the usual places.

It’s edging into blazing spring here in Brisbane. 

The September calendar comes from a simultaneous reading of The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer, A  Surfeit of Lampreys by Ngaio March and The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker, with a lot of reference to Diana Sperling’s sketches (which you can find as Mrs Hurst Dancing), especially for the yellow gloves.

Originally I was going to make it a more romantic scene, but between Diana Sperling and the Lampreys (and of course the general influence of Diana Wynne Jones, whose characters can never quite escape their families, whatever magic is going on) a family rivalry became more appealing. 

The structural reliability of these flower-wreaths is questionable, but it is based on various games like the game of graces and the single-stick version (serso?) in the illustration below (I’m not sure of the source of the picture which seems to be fairly widely shared without attribution).

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August calendar — wildflowers

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Flyway is officially published, and sighted in bookstores! So for August’s calendar I wanted to do something that would be a nod to it. 

I thought about illustrating the mysterious lanternbush, but then decided that since I so often play with fairly European-inflected fairy-tale plants, I should try my hand at some more Australian varieties. So this improbable vine has flowers to varying degrees suggested by many of my favourites — bottle brush and Geraldton wax, banksia and silky oak and flame tree, rice flower and native jasmine and several varieties of wattle, bluebells and gum and box, something that hangs over fences near here, and everlasting daisies.

I particularly like the undercolours on this, and one day I will remember to design for that first.

I’ve also put it up on Redbubble as a print, as well as a repeating pattern on various items (including masks):

(I have to wait for the test swatches to be printed and posted, but it will be on Spoonflower fabrics/wallpapers eventually — they also have pre-made masks and mask-making kits.) Edit: It is now up on Spoonflower: Wandering Wildflowers.

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July Calendar: Sew a fine seam

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For July, here are threads and bobbins and awls and wax, and the daily tools so often adjacent to fairy tales: bodkins for poisoned lacings, winders to hold the thread for clues, needles and pins to choose your path by…

There are no scissors, because I wanted this to tie in to the scissors calendar from November last year. I kept the colour scheme, but added pink (for the clover flowers and other details). And I’ve had a few requests for a repeating pattern for the scissors, so I’ll try to do both at once. I’ll let you know when they’re up. In the meantime, both this design and Scissors are up on Redbubble as prints, masks, cushions, etc.

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June Calendar: Ominous Groves

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For the June calendar — a series of ominous little groves, each with their own story — some allusive and some elusive.

(This one, above, is the sketch from the post More Legs Than Strictly Necessary).

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May unicorns

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A little joy, if twilit, for May: a frolic of evening unicorns.

These are just because it had been a few years since the last unicorn calendar. I’d revisited some old silhouette unicorns recently, and started drawing them in the margins of my notebook, and the design is always an interesting one to play with. These are a bit horsier than usual — I think my favourite approach starts moving past goat into greyhound.

And it’s also up as a print and a repeating pattern on Redbubble on cushions, throws, clothes, etc: Twilight Unicorns. (Spoonflower to follow, but I have to wait for the sample swatches to arrive). Edit: It is now up on Spoonflower as fabric and wallpaper.

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April Calendar: The Go-Betweens

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For the printable April calendar, here are an assortment of crows — or ravens, or interchangeable corvids, as the case may be — carrying messages and tokens.

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This is partly because, for reasons associated with Flyaway, I’ve been talking to people about the fairy tale of “The Seven Ravens”, but mostly because when I was going through all my sketches for possible calendar ideas, a crow started calling outside my window.

(The Go-Betweens were, of course, also a Brisbane band, possibly most famous for Streets of Your Town, but also here is a lovely Winterpills cover of Bye Bye Pride).

And it’s also up as a print and a repeating pattern on Redbubble on cushions, throws, clothes, etc: The Go-Betweens. (Spoonflower to follow, but I have to wait for the sample swatches to arrive).

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March Calendar: Giants

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The March calendar (supported by patrons, who get it early, and you can too) is gargantuan.

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They are perhaps a little more trollish than gianty, but they’re my giants.

think my favourite is the mountain giant just waking up. But I also like the one that just found a dragon.

(If you’re a fan of giants, sea-serpents, or remarkably strong and beautiful ladies, here’s an Irish fairy tale in a series Katherine Langrish is sharing on her site, Seven Miles of Steel Thistles: “Simon and Margaret”).

I was playing around with textures digitally in this one — some spare ink washes from when I did the City of Bones 10th anniversary edition illustrations. It’s a little more directional than I’d like but it was, by then, about 1 in the morning. Here is what the colours look like, without lines.

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2019 Calendars roundup

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Here are all the 2019 calendar art pages in one place.

They are brought to you with the support of my patrons over on Patreon. They get calendars early-ish, sneak-peeks, behind-the-scenes, occasional comics, and journal extracts: more here.

October (cold hands) has probably been the most popular ones, particularly on Redbubble. I do like it very much, especially as a repeating pattern, and I think it’s one of the best, but mostly I’m still slightly startled that I was responsible for it.

My personal favourites are currently down the centre of the image: I don’t do much architecture, so the floating castles pleased me. The beer-drinking fiddle-playing squirrel amuses me very much. The density of the floral ground in the woodland sceneis satisfying. Scissors, like pigs, are hard to draw, and these definitely read to me as scissors.

The 2018 round-up, for comparison.