Have I ever told you about Artist’s Editions for Little Monk & the Mantis? Since the book’s release in 2012 their increasing rarity has allowed me to spend more time on customizing each addition to the collection. This year I plan to try something different. I’ve set aside two books which will receive a complete re-inking. I’ve already started and will post updates on their progress.
You see, I’ve often thought about what I would do differently if I were to illustrate John Fusco’s wonderful manuscript again. I’ve even contemplated revisiting the manuscript as a comics treatment. It that way I could re-tell that story using sequential art rather than a picture-book format.
Until then, my closest approximation, in celebration of it’s 10th anniversary celebration is this endevor. Rather than the typical personal dedication and drawing (in the improvised xieyi (寫意) brush style I love so much) I will re-ink two copies of Little Monk & the Mantis. That means each illustration in the story will be transformed into a new work of original art. Once complete, each book will also include a front page dedication to/for the book’s patron. The process has already begun and I will provide updates once completed.
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