Saturday, September 14, 2013

A color sketch to sell the manuscript originally titled "An Ban Rî" (Gaelic for "The Woman King") published as "The Pirate Meets the Queen" by Phylomel, 2004. Granny or Granuaile, was Chieftainess of the O'Mally clan on the coast of County Mayo, Ireland. She raided English trading vessels and was made an outlaw for her efforts. Doing research in Ireland in 1999 and 2001 I learned that some thought of her as a traitor and others as the very best example of Irish courage. Granny was a complex figure, but what a dynamic person! This border treatment never made it into the final product but I like it and am inspired to use this method of multiple storytelling on a page in a future project. Erin Go Bragh! Water color, gouache, 2003.

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