Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Femme Fatale of Amber

From my stash of 1980s fan art comes this interior illustration, part of a suite commissioned and published by a fan magazine called "Shadow Shiftin'." The zine was devoted to the world and characters of Roger Zelazny's "Amber." "Shadows" were alternative universes where the characters were sort of the same but lived different lives, and the physical world worked differently. In this fan-written story, a middle-aged, middle-class American guy is somehow translated between universes and ends up at the royal court of the perpetually scheming and fighting Amber family. The visiting Earthman is being approached by one of the sneaky dangerous princesses, and he is at the same time realizing that he really is in a castle in the clouds, where "down" is miles, or even universes, away.

Ink on illustration board, 4 1/2" x 10", spring 1983.

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