They are both illustrations commissioned for The Dawn Herald by L. B. Mara. This first one shows a dramatic moment when a baby is rescued from a castle tower on the back of a goose. It was great fun to design, especially playing about with the design of the castle. As will all commissions, it started as a rough sketch and developed into a finished drawing:
I was happy with what I had done and so drew the design in reverse onto a large lemonwood block, picked up my gravers and set to work:
It is a special moment after hours (days, actually) of engraving to pull the first proof from the block and see the image just how you had planned it:
Here is the finished engraving:
I am hugely pleased with it. It is now available in an edition of 125 copies, printed from the original engraved block onto a special smooth making of Zerkall paper. Every detail is crystal clear.
It is available from both my Etsy Store and from my Website.