Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Pharmacist's Charm

This rather old-fashioned drawing is an illustration for one of the "Lythande Wizard" stories of Marion Zimmer Bradley. I did it for "Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine," which always featured at least one story by her in each issue. This story was called "The Wuzzles," and was about a village that had been invaded by magical, grain-eating fuzzballs, similar to Tribbles, called "Wuzzles." Wuzzles could only be defeated by magic, but the wizard Lythande was allergic to the magic and couldn't use it without a counter-charm. That, in my memory, was provided by the young pharmacist, here shown holding the magic bag of herbs. His assistant is smitten by him, and at the end of the story the feeling is mutual. So they take on the responsibility of ridding the town of the pests. I'm sure I didn't get all of this correctly but it was 25 years ago. You can just see a Wuzzle poking its fuzzy head into the lower right corner of the image.

Black ink on illustration board, 9 1/2" x 6", September 1991.

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