Wednesday, July 9, 2008

in progress

o I have been hard at work the interior illustrations of my new novel "Where the Mountain meets the Moon." It's a Chinese folktale-inspired fantasy, so I want the art to have an Asian traditional feel. But the novel is not a classic retelling or historical story, so I want the illustrations to traditionally inspired, but not reproductions.

The chapter headers are drawn in the style of chinese papercuts. There is still no word on whether interior will be color (cross your fingers!) but if it is these will be red on white:

And, if color does get approved (double-cross your fingers!) there will be 9 full page color interiors. I chose 9 because it is a Chinese lucky number symbolizing forever/everlasting---and I want this book to everlasting for the readers as well as in print forever! I have been looking at cloisonne and the art on Chinese vases and dinnerware as inspiration for these pieces:


Only about 20 more chapter headers and 1 more full page interior to go. Then I get to paint, hopefully (triple cross your fingers for the color interior!).

3 comments:

DaisyBug said...

I can never decide which I like more - your writing or your illustrations, Grace! I shall cross my fingers and my toes for color! :D

Yoshi and Sylvia said...

Hey Pacy! It's Sylvia from Japan!!! How are you doing? You seem really busy from the looks of your blog! Please feel free to check out my blog though I havent worked on it recently! lol ANyways, i hope you are taking great care of yourself and I look forward to seeing more of your art! (that dragon pic is awesome!) -Sylvia and Yoshi

janschop said...

These drawings are a wonderful mix of traditional with contemporary. Can't wait to see this book! Hope you get your color but they will look great in black as well.