Friday, October 23, 2009

IN THE WARRIOR'S BED

This was done not long ago for a book called In The Warrior's Bed, by Mary Wine, Kensington Books. It's a Medieval/Scottish genre book, which I haven't read.I have been getting a lot of compliments on this cover, though, and I am working on its sequel, Bedding With The Enemy.
It's nice to work in the Medieval era for a change from Regencies. Does anyone know why there are so many Regencies these days? They used to be the tamest books out there, but now, the shirts & gowns are flying off! I this cover, I chose a period pattern as a background. I knew the art director wanted to keep the design simple and I love working with patterns. This one reminds me a bit of Fortuny, the great Italian designer from the early 20th century. I was very impressed with his studio in Venice and loved the way he resurrected Rennaisance and Medieval patterns, often printing them in gold or silver on velvet. Let me know what you think!

Please leave your comments!

17 comments:

Veronica Bennet said...

Ah ok James. If your reason for absence was this beautiful medieval illustration forgive you!
I like this period and do not know if I told you but my husband and I are taking part in medieval parades this period.
I have a beautiful dress! Dark red, very romantic.
I will send you the photos.

Can I add the new artwork on the web page of my site?

Ciao
Vero

James Griffin said...

Hi Veronica, Please do put it on your page! Do both of you dress up in medieval costumes? I'll bet it's beautiful.
James

Veronica Bennet said...

Thanks James.
Here is the gallery updated:
http://www.veronicabennet.altervista.org/jamesgriffin.html

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Veronica Bennet said...

Even if late Happy Halloween James.
Unfortunately I'm at home with the flu and I could not celebrate!
Instead you have celebrated?

ciao
Veronica

James Griffin said...

Hi Veronica, So sorry to hear you have the flu! I did a little celebrating with my neighbor's kids. No costume for me this time. I hope you feel better soon.
Ciao, James

Veronica Bennet said...

Ciao James, mistake or today is a holiday in America?
Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend.
Veronica

James Griffin said...

Hi Veronica, Yes, it's a really big holiday and everyone eats too much! It's pleasant, though.Do you celebrate a harvest festival in Italy?
I hope you and family are well and happy.
James

Veronica Bennet said...

Do you celebrate a harvest festival in Italy?

No, we do not celebrate but we have many more such as:
l '' Immaculate Conception (8 December) or the Liberation Day (April 25). Are all festival where you eat a lot ^ - ^.

Any festival is excuse to eat all together.
We are fine thanks. I hope too that you're well.

Ciao
Veronica

p.s: I spoke with Eva, I'll write soon so I'll tell you.

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James Griffin said...

Thanks very much for your comments, 123 123!
Here's a link to the Fortuny Museum in Venice (in italian) http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it/frame.asp?musid=2&sezione=musei
Here's a link showing one of his signature dresses: http://www.vintagetextile.com/new_page_119.htm
He was a painter, set designer fashion designer, inventor and textile innovator. A renaissance man.
Thanks again!
James

James Griffin said...

To PuraAbarca,
感谢您的好评论!
我感到鼓舞。
James

Veronica Bennet said...

Hi James how are you?
Step out of your blog often but is a bit I do not see new illustrations so I'm worried.
All right?
We're fine, nothing particularly new.
Instead snowing here today and it's all beautiful.
You soon...
Ciao
Veronica

James Griffin said...

Hi Veronica, thanks for asking. I'm very well, but extremely busy these days. Not a bad thing, considering the world economy at the moment.
I'll post something very soon.
I'm glad it's not snowing any more in Italy! There was a bad frost here in Florida and now everything looks brown and dead.
Ciao!
James

Veronica Bennet said...

Hi James I'm glad to read that you are well. Just as I am happy to read that soon you will put a new picture.
I look forward to.
It snowed here yesterday, but today the sun took away everything. I love the winter, I wish the snow all year round., I'd be happy.
Good work James, see you soon.
Ciao
Veronica

Rebecca Hassan said...

love the use of colors

James Griffin said...

Rebecca, So glad you like the colors! Something I really have a passion for.