Saturday, January 14, 2017
"Knives" title page
This is another one of my title pages for a story by Marion Zimmer Bradley. This part of Darkover looks like an Italian hill town, some of my favorite world architecture. Italian settings are fitting for the operatic melodrama of Bradley's writing. The story was about a young woman who runs away to become a member of the "Free Amazons," a feminist medieval guild and sisterhood. They are forbidden to carry swords and this is a gun-free civilization, so they carry long knives instead.
This piece is not well preserved; the white streaks are due to reflections off the shiny warped plastic in the portfolio book in which this art copy is unremovably entombed.
Original is black ink on illustration board, about 8" x 10", January 1983.