Sometimes I like to create artwork based off books and then deliver a print to the authors in person as a surprise. This past week I completed this fan piece based off of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and drove down to Nashville to hand a print over to the Aussie on his book tour. He was a great guy and lots of fun to meet again (I had previously given him a Storm Dancer piece).
For this piece, I decided to attempt a decorative border that told part of the story and in sequential order. So at the top we have references to the Corvere family crest, which is two crossed swords and a crow over a red sky. I also made the circle that of three suns because the setting has three suns. Coming out at the end of the crow’s wings are ribs because Mia lived in “The Ribs”. Then we have a noose from some hangings she witnesses and a barrel that she was put in. Below that there is when she meets Mr.Kindly. Then there are the 27th that are her tithe. Next is her voyage on a boat. The bottom corners then address her education on poisoncraft with The Spiderkiller, the amulet that hurt her, the key Mother Drusilla wore, fire and then her rising from the blood.