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Lily Archer

For myself and for many people I know, opening a book is like opening a window into another world. It's not just a window in the vague metaphorical sense, where it gives you a glimpse or an idea of another time and place. It is a way to see. A vision of the places and characters the author describes, projected on your mind's eye. You can lose yourself in a book, until everything else around you becomes sort of faded and gray and inconsequential, and all your focus is on the marvellous scenes you can almost see through the turning pages. What would it be like, if that were the real experience, instead of the almost-not-quite? If like C.S. Lewis's Lucy looking in the Magician's book on Dufflepud Island, the images could come to life and the characters' voices could be heard? If like Bastian in The Neverending Story, the face of a hero or an empress might spring into the air in front of you, and then you could find them looking into your eyes, and inviting you to join them in their word-bound country? Media for this picture are watercolor and fine-tipped Sharpie marker, but I also listed digital because of a complication in getting this into my computer. My scanner is about a fourth of the size of the paper on which I was painting, so I scanned it from several angles, and tried to piece it back together on my computer to get something presentation-worthy. Some elements of the original may have been rearranged or lost in the process.

Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy

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