I just got to the stone carvings in “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” and I’m adoring it. I can see why a lot of people love this book. I’m tempted to just go upstairs right now so I can keep reading because it’s too loud right now to focus on it and it’s killing me. The pictures in my mind of this part, it’s just skdjfhjshd I wish I could draw well enough to do something for it.
Sabriel by Margot Wood
In the early 1990s, Garth Nix went to a flea market in Sydney, Australia and looked through a box of old, early 1900s photographs that were being sold for a dollar a piece. As he flipped through the photos he came across a photograph of a young woman in a military style coat wearing a belt made out of bells and holding a sword. He studied the photo, wondering who this mysterious woman was. He purchased the photo, took it home and promptly wrote the draft for his young adult high-fantasy novel, Sabriel.
THIS DID NOT ACTUALLY HAPPEN. But what if it did? And that, my beautiful friends, is the idea behind this fauxto.
I wanted to do something different for my Young Adults fauxto series. I’ve recently been doing character portraits and knew I wanted to do one for Sabriel, but to give it a twist, I wanted to take a fauxto of a real person that would serve as the inspiration for the fictional character. Does that make any sense?
Basically, in my imagination, Garth Nix based Sabriel off a real person and I wanted to explore what that woman would look like and voila, you have the image before you.
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My friend Margot (The Real Fauxtographer) has an amazing series where she interprets YA novels into these wonderful, wonderful photos (see also, her Code Name Verity photo, and her photo for Shadow and Bone - amazing).
I had the privilege of sitting for her on her Sabriel photo. Personal bias aside, this is a pretty special photo to me because Sabriel is one of my absolute favorite books ever, and she’s a heroine near and dear to my heart.
When Margot first approached me about this portrait, I shared with her that a lot of readers may disagree with her interpretation because Sabriel is interpreted as white (I mean, it’s pretty canon). Her response - “you’re pale, you have dark hair, you’re Sabriel” - while simple, is gratifying and validating to me. Not a lot of people would be flexible to the idea of having a POC pose as a traditionally white heroine, making this doubly special, and even more awesome.
i saw this and thought “omg that looks JUST LIKE reelbs” and then i saw this post and i’m so thrilled it really is you because this series kicks so much ass and this is a really really great interpretation
Anddd I’m going back to my sitting and just staring for a bit. I’m so tired. And my ankle is suddenly angry as all fuck for rushing to my feet. I’m moody and in pain and so very tired. Maybe I’ll go tackle Cooper and get him to calm down and force snuggle him.
So I guess my neighbor’s dog got loose and there was a bunch of people trying to help it. I mean, we live on a super busy road that people speed on constantly. And a lady came to my door asking if we had a dog loose and I was just like “Um…. Cooper, you’re right here, right? I’m not going crazy, am I?” Because seriously, that’s his life story. And the awkward thing she said it was a lab.
So I’m guessing it’s the one that lives at the yellow house down the street, which I told her that. But there are a few lab mixes around and mines the only one that’s not either monster sized or just a little thing. So it’s sort of easy to narrow down so when she said big, I knew it was that one.
But still. People need to watch their dogs on this road, the other one nearly got hit the other day. Not that I can talk, Cooper’s gotten loose a million times and we’ve had to chase him down (once I was barefoot and the side street is one that isn’t paved all the way, so my feet were a bit of a mess by the time I DID get him).
Now Cooper is throwing a fit because there was a strange person on his land and he wants to go out sniff the shit out of things and I’m being worried about freaking run away dogs because he does NOT play well with other dogs. The jerk face.
I’m selling all my ASOIAF pieces as prints at the Ltd Art Gallery “WINTER IS COMING” show! They are all available online as easily frameable 8x10 giclee prints on watercolor paper for $20 each, should you like to buy one. They’re each limited to only 25 prints, too!
In the past I haven’t offered all of these for sale as prints because the original files were kinda small, but I went back in and reformatted, tweaked colors, and cleaned everything up.