I've just finished the illustrations for a new book that's set to be published by Paravion Press. It's called Willow Baby and it's a fairytale-style poem written by violinist and story-teller Max Baillie. It's the first in a cycle of 5 poems. Here's a little taste.
I normally work with fineliners, which produce a very steady line, but for this book, I wanted a look more akin to a woodcut, so I used a japanese Pentel brush pen. It lets you make hair-fine lines as well as thick. generous ones, and it gives you less control, which can be a good thing. For the colours, I used Cretacolor AquaMonolith watercolour pencils. Here, in fact, is the colour scheme:
I chose autumney colours, warm and sort of faded. And as you can see, I'm big on patterns, whether it's the surface of water, high grass or tangled hair.
A date is yet to be set for the book launch, and I will of course post about it when I know. But in the meantime, you can find more of Paravion's publications here, and see Max's website here.