Speck Woman

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Hélène Bruneton

An illustration for Robin Hobb's masterful novel, Shaman's Crossing. This portrait is meant to illustrate the first apparition of the Speck woman, as quoted here: She was no guardian warrior! (...) She was very old and very fat. She was someone's old granny, save tat I had never before seen a woman so corpulent. Her bright eyes were hooded with flesh and wrinkles. Dewara wanted me to battle with this? (...) Her flesh girdled her arms and doubled her chin. (...) Her fallen bosom was enormous and rested on the rolling swell of her belly. Her hair, long and streaky grey as a horse's mane, hung like a cloak over her shoulders and down her back. The persisten breeze toyed with its uneven ends. Hr robe looked as if it had been woven from greygreen lichen. It hung nearly to the ground, tenting her immense girth, and her thick ankles and plump feet showed beneath it. (...) My approach had become the cautious creep of the fascinated cat rather than the wary stalking of a warrior. Her face was still, her expression both serene and dignified. Now she seemed, not old, but ageless. Her face was lined but there were the kindly lines of a woman who smiled often and enjoyed life. In a woman of my own kind, I would have found her bulging flesh repulsive, but because she was a Speck, it seemed just another difference between us. (...) She seemed singularly unimpressed with my sabre. She leaned closer, and as she did so, I perceived that her loose hair was snagged on the tree's trunk, as if binding her to it. Robin Hobb, Shaman's Crossing, p. 92-94 hardback edition The markings on her skin, the jewellery and the flowers are also in the story. In fact, that's what's great with Hobb's writing: the visual quality of it, and all these details that are so enjoyable to try to fit into a painting! Made with Painter IX from scratch.


Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy



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