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Seen in Society of
Illustrators Annual #40
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Interior art for The Stone Fey
by Robin McKinley
Publisher: Harcourt Brace
Editor: Allyn Johnston
Designer: Linda Lockowitz
Watercolor on paper
"Through him she saw her
Hills, as she had never seen them."
At this point in the book Maddy is
sharing the experiences of the Fey...as much as she can being human that is. This
section describes things like the taste of the water in the streams, and the dozens of
lichens and rocks that are meaningful to the Fey.
I felt that while the prose was very descriptive and specific, the story at this point is
almost a daydream. Maddy's on cloud nine, the euphoria of the relationship still
present, so I felt I wanted to try to illustrate that daydream-ish quality, when things
look better than reality.
While I feel the painting turned out fine,
what has really surprised me is the response of my friends. They almost uniformly
like the painting better than I do. Some people have said it's their favorite
painting from the book. For me it's probably # 4 or 5.