Drawing dragons

Beamer Books

On her blog, Ursula Le Guin has announced that Saga Press will be publishing a collected edition of all her Earthsea tales for the 50th anniversary of A Wizard of Earthsea in 2018.  In addition to the already published novels and stories, Ms. Le Guin is adding a retrospective essay and a new story, “The Daughter of Odren”.  And the volumes will be illustrated by Charles Vess, who has worked as a fantasy illustrator for books and comics, notably with Neil Gaiman on Sandman, The Books of Magic, and, above all, Stardust.

Ms. Le Guin details some of the collaborative effort involved in getting her mental image of an Earthsea dragon into Mr. Vess’s physical drawings:

A fascinating process, but not an easy process for either of us, I think …  Two different, intense temperaments; two independent people with a sense of mastery in their respective crafts; one…

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