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Focusing on the seventeenth-century

Ayal Pinkus

Japanese woman in traditional attire

Hi there!
So I made an important decision this week: I am going to focus on stories that play out in the seventeenth-century.

I was making drawings for a nineteenth-century adventure story while I was editing Don Quixote, and jumping between the two was, frankly jarring. This means it will be jarring to you, the reader, too.

An additional benefit is that I can now share the research I have done already among all future projects. World-building for the stories essentially becomes studying seventeenth century life.

I just completed the first editing pass for my version of “Madame Butterfly.” I say my version because I re-cast the story to take place near the Dutch trading post in Hirado around 1613. Something like that which happens in Madame Butterfly actually did happen at the Hirado post also: out of boredom, Dutch merchants would “marry” Japanese women and then abandon them.

For the illustrations, at the moment, I want to go with gray and red to give it a bit of an Asian feel. I made one drawing by way of a style test, see the image above.

The problem is, I re-inked Joseph Clement Coll’s art before that, and it looked so good! Here's an example:

Stylish illustration of a man and woman talking

And so now I don’t know if I should use the color version or stick to black and white. What do you think? Which style would you prefer?

Happy reading!

Yours truly,
Ayal Pinkus