You might recall a while back, I shared an illustration of Wynter that had been drawn for me by one of my favourite readers, Laura.
Well I got some more wonderful illustrations in the mail a few days ago and I just have to share them with you. These quite seriously rock, my dearies. Even more so when you know they have been done by the outstandingly talented, internationally acclaimed Estonian translator Eve Laur - seriously, how much talent is one person allowed have? Shouldn’t there be a quota?
Apparently Eve so enjoyed reading The Poison Throne and The Crowded Shadows that she was moved to dust off her pencils and paper and do a few drawings! I love how vividly she sees the characters and how much thought she put into these pictures ( for example she wrote this in her note: I’ve left the clothing, furniture and surroundings deliberately vague, because it would take a lot more research on 16th century costume etc to do it. - WOW. Talk about a woman after my own heart! I’d feel exactly the same.)
Here are Eve’s drawings, I’ve put sections of her notes under each.
Before she could finish her sentence, Christopher had reached down to his calf and come up with the longest, wickedest dagger that Wynter had ever seen produced from a boot."
EVE’S NOTE: I played with the idea of what a “wickedest dagger” might look like. They had all sorts of fancy weaponry those days, why not something like this? Christopher doesn’t actually look the way I first imagined him. For me, he looked more European. But since (in the blog) you said he was half-Saami, I made him look more like original Saamis did. Today, Saamis look pretty much like Finns and Norwegians, among whom they live. Still, there is a touch of Asiatic background in their gene pool even today.
And, sorry, Wynter has lost her curls. It somehow seems to me that she has straight hair.
...she put her hand against a thick wad of cotton that he had placed under the wound. It caught the fresh blood before it trickled down Razi's belly and stained his britches.
Wynter and the King jerked into motion and, between them, they made it through the empty corridors with no one to witness His Majesty the King acting as a crutch to a lowly carpenter.
EVE’S NOTE: I don’t know if Lorcan looks like an Irishman. I gave him a face that goes with reddish-blond or light brown hair here, so he looks like a typical Estonian man. And, I’ll still have to remove Jonathon’s collar. It didn’t come into fashion until half a century later, if we stick to the year 1500.
"He sat up straight, tossed his hair back in a womanish manner and fluttered his eyes, he waggled his backside on the cushions like a woman walking suggestively and murmured in a soft, feminine voice, 'Would'st like some more sweets, Lord Razi?'"
EVE’S NOTE: To my mind, absolutely THE funniest scene in the whole book! Makes me laugh even now.
Wynter’s hairdo while she’s wearing her apprentice uniform - what is a club of hair? It’s not a plait, and it’s not a bun. The closest match I found was something from Sharpe’s Regiment. (ME: the way Eve has drawn Wyn’s hair tied is exactly right - though I always draw it looser and more like a roll of hair, that’s only for visual effect. Eve’s is actually the correct way!)
Christopher threw his head back, attempting to butt Razi between the eyes. The blow would surely have broken Razi's nose had it connected, but he seemed to be expecting it, and had already twisted so that Christopher's head struck his shoulder and not his face.
EVE’S NOTE: I had trouble with this picture. When I tried to draw Razi’s grasp the way you described it, the hold just didn’t seem to be firm enough. Christopher could have wriggled out too easily, or pull his hands to where he could reach his weapons. So instead, I used a hold that is used for restraining and controlling riotous children, to stop them from hurting themselves or others. Still, I’m not too sure that it works for an adult male - he might be just too strong or too heavy to be controlled like that. There may definitely be a better way of grabbing him, I just don’t know it. Have to admit my incompetence, sorry!
There you have it! The drawings show you just how talented an artist Eve is, the notes show you just how painstaking her translation work must be. I only hope we get to work together some day, can you imagine that mind being applied to translating your work? No wonder she won an award for her translations of Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials.
We’ve come to a conclusion re The Rebel Prince Competition by the way. TOMORROW (evening) WE ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS!