Litographs use the actual text of the book to create the design using negative space, which I am enough of a literary geek to think is way cool. We played with a few different ideas before settling on the image of Phèdre's eye with the scarlet mote depicted here on the front of the t-shirt. I love the fact that it's an image at once specific to the books, yet mysterious and intriguing in its own right.
The back of the t-shirt features an interpretation of Phèdre's marque, which I think is lovely - and again, it's an image that's striking on its own, but all the more compelling in context. The tote bag will have the same images on its front and back (do tote bags actually have a front and back?), while the poster features the marque. Yet to come: A temporary tattoo, possibly featuring the iconic "Love As Thou Wilt" quote.
In other news, I'll be a Guest of Honor at In-CON-Ceivable in Northampton, MA on August 28-30th. It's my first event on the East Coast for a few years, and I hope to see lots of you there! Come this fall, I've got back-to-back-to-back conventions at, respectively, Orlando, St. Louis and Minneapolis - check out the Events column on the left for dates and links.
Ah, but that's weeks away yet! Until then, I plan on taking it easy, enjoying some sun, sand and surf, and all the bounty that Michigan has to offer in these waning days of summer. And next month - hopefully - I'll have another official announcement to make, revealing exactly what the heck I've been up to for the past year.
See you then!