In 1980 I was already very involved with Darkover and its fan community, and I would also publish my first Darkover book cover that year. I drew sketches and studies for Darkover art in my journal, illustrating the world of the Red Sun. This one was based on the style of Eugene Grasset, a Swiss-French artist of the 19th century, whose art nouveau styling rivaled that of the much better known Alphonse Mucha. I'm linking to a blog which presents large versions of Grasset's "Belle Jardiniere" or gardening ladies throughout the seasons, one for each of the 12 months. I hope the art blog I linked to does not explode or disappear as it features a treasure-trove of lesser known art to look at. I love the Grasset style and not only was it popular and commercially successful in its day, it also formed the basis for the European "clear line" graphic novel style which flourished in the 20th century.
Darkovan garden maiden is ink and watercolor on sketchbook page, 4" x 6 1/2", fall 1980.