It wasn’t easy deciding which scenes from The Tower to illustrate. I wanted to space the pictures out fairly evenly throughout the book so that, as with Wild-born, there would be at least one image per chapter. Unfortunately this meant I sometimes had to choose between two potentially good scenes that were just too close to each other to draw both. In such cases, I often sided with the scene that would better balance the frequency of appearances by the main cast so as to give fairer coverage to each of the characters. But in the end, the final arbiter of which scenes got drawn was sheer gut feeling: some images were just too good to pass up.
One of the most interesting things about the process of illustrating these books is when my artist invariably asks, “What, exactly, are the characters wearing?”
And I don’t know.
With my minimalist approach to writing, I don’t often specify my characters’ attire unless it is directly connected to a scene (such as someone wearing dark clothes to blend into the night). So when it comes to fashion, usually I just give my artist the scene’s time and season, and ask her to make the call. I’ve always been happy with the result.
Nowhere in Wild-born does it say that Alia wore a shirt patterned with cherries, or that she had on a shirt sporting a giant star during the climax of The Tower. But it seemed only right have these designs in the illustrations, if only to seek some balance with Adrian’s colorful wardrobe. And of course it was fun to add a few extra unicorns not mentioned in the texts.
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