Tuesday, February 10, 2009

European Refinement.

This is an updated, slightly more "polished" design version of a previous rough for Europe's final harness in Book 3.

That's all...

65 comments:

portals said...

Very Nice!
I look forwarrd to the drawings of Europe in book 3!

Unfortunatly, the death toll has risen by a large amount. now over 170 people have died.

pirusse- A type of fine gentlemans' suit, with many unnecessary bits.

E N Reinmuth said...

Really good design, if I ever had the resources I'd make make it and get Rose Burn to do a photo shoot.



--200 now, officially. They say the guy who started the fires shouldn't be locked up for life.

Kathryn said...

i am really looking forward to looking at all of the pictures in the last book, they are so well drawn. i have a question for Mr Cornish, will you be showing Rossamunds face in the next book seeing as it is the last book and everything, or will you leave that bit a mystery and let our imaginations take over?



the biggest tragedy to hit Australia i think they said on the news. my friend couldn't believe how many people have died over such a short period of time! my heart goes out to all of the people who have lost everything, including loved ones, especially seeing as we have so much compared to them.

Magos Kasen said...

That looks wonderful Master Cornish, as always your drawings are inspiring.

Regarding the tragic fires, I say the evil people who started them should get what they deserve. The devastation caused is easily worth a life sentence.

As always, I await the coming of Factotum with great eagerness.

sacrificiallamb said...

What a great costume! How much is fabric vs actual armouring. im thinking about making appendix 4's and this costume for 2010 launch so my friends and i can be in costume in adeliade when it comes out!

In particular the boots will be the hard part for this one.

Im quite thankful the the bushfires have not spread to SA.

ellorneo said...

Fancy drawings there Mr. Cornish! Looks Asian inspired. Europe inspired by Asia, cool!

My heart goes out to all those suffering from the fires and from the losses. It is a terrible shame to see such things happen.

aciate - apparently a town in Mozambique...

Jenny M said...

Lots of oriental vibes here, great drawing.

Will MBT be a trilogy, or will there be more books after 'Factotum'?

ms_ventress said...

Amazing!

Anna said...

For my sake, I think it remind me of a norwegian or north-swedish folklore dress, except it´s a bit too short. I know that both Norway and Sweden has a lot of different folklore- costumes. Here in Sweden we have a folklore costume for each "former" administrative county district. It´s quite expensive to get one today. You have to have it made if you can´t sew yourself and the fabric, I think, must be woven by hand, or ordered from special places that do such things.

But it´s a very nice picture. I look forward to the other drawings.

monday said...

I agree with anna...it does have a sort of scandinavian aura about the [apron? overskirt?]

just when you think SoCal is the worst place in the world for massive arson...:(

coiled: unfair.

Anna said...

http://www.norskflid.no/hunf/productgroup.aspx?t=rogaland&containerid=10128&parentid=10049&entrypage=true&guid=1&lnodeid=9&pageid=5002


Hope this link works. It´s norwegian folklore-costumes.

Differlot said...

Mr. Cornish have you ever thought of selling a half continent short story with pictures or just selling a book of character pictures?

Sivell-a type of silverware shaped like a hand for grasping small appetisers

Differlot said...

I have a PICTURE :D


bicab- A type of romantic gesture in which you move your eyebrows in a wave motion

Differlot said...

Im withmy friend Daniel

Mingsfoo- A mythical flying creature that changes shape to what you want and gets very jelous at times about looks, can be very friendly and is very clean

D.M. Cornish said...

You're getting the hang of it Differlot!... with the word thingys I mean.

As to further projects, I was just thinking some illustrated pseudopaedia of the Half-Continent would be grand. Maybe after I have written some other stories about the Half-Continent. Because I am thinking, Jenny M, that Factotum will be the last book in the MBT series, that I want to explore the H-c through other characters perhaps - am I giving too much away???

Great link anna! It ha gone straight to my 'Sources' link list! Thank you.

If you weren't an entire ocean appart I reckon sacrificiallamb and Ms Ventress should get togeter and compare costume making notes.

Yes Kathryn I will be showing Rossamund's face in Book 3 - folks here wanted to see (I did a poll last year) so show it I shall. I apologise now if it is not what folks imagined... maybe I should have shown you all right back in Book 1.

And you are indeed correct ellorneo, Europe is very much influenced by what are called in the Half-Continent, Occidental influences.

I'm off to happily ponder a Rose Burn photo shoot of European clothing...

ms_ventress said...

mmmh... The Appendix 5 - caladine spendonette... it is a beautiful costume. I totally want to make that one too! Perhaps like sacrificiallamb I will attempt to have this costume complete for the Factotum release. :)

Mr. Cornish... I might need your help with figuring out the colours. :)

noelle said...

Mr. Cornish, are you ever going to show Europe with her hair down? I'm completely incapable of picturing it for some reason.

Berfri: a hat with earflaps and an attached scarf that covers the nose and mouth, leaving only the eyes exposed. Good for very cold climates.

portals said...

Noelle- Yeah, me too. I think she lets it down in the landaulet in foundling one night.

I think that Rossamunds face looked good at the convention, and I think it's good that it will only be shown in book three. It'll help make the book more interesting.

I'm part Norwegian so I should probably get to know some more about Norway and it's folklore. Just checked out the costumes, thanks Anna.

Mr. Cornish, between now and 2010when Factotum is being published, what will you be doing? Do you have to go meet publishers and stuff, or do you just wait?

Magos Kasen said...

Master Cornish, if you do publish a worldbook for the HC you will officially become the greatest author of all time according to me. That would be mind-blowingly awesome.

Pearlius said...

Girl looks good in her new outfit. :P

I'm bubbling madly away from the inside out for Factotum to come out. I'm re-reading Foundling and Lamplighter for the fourth time just to keep my mind off it. xD

And-- Mr. Cornish -- Are you hinting that there will be a certain book about a certain fulgar that just may be written? Maybe? ;D

Mizzlen: The act of misleading someone in a maze or a place with maze-like features.

anna said...

http://runeberg.org/display.pl?mode=facsimile&work=nfbh&page=0406

This is a site (actually a copies old dictionary on the web) with swedish folklore costumes. Unfortuatly I couldn´t find one equal to the norwegian site. The closest would be www.folkdrakter.se

I found a good one yesterday with pictures from my province but I´ve lost the address.

sacrificiallamb said...

Well ms_ventress if your game i will start posting pics on the facebook page with pattern drafting and such in the next month... we can spurr eachother on :D Thanks to all those who posted the links of scandinavian costume... i was thinking more asian stlye patterns and this made me re-think my design... now i just need a back to the costume...

anna said...

Portals, you know that we swedes nmake fun of the norwegians, right? Like: how do you sink an norwegian submarine? You swim down and knock on the hatch.
How do you sink it a second time? You swin down, knock, they open and say: we don´t buy that again.
Or: Why have norwegians a car-door with them in the desert? When it gets too hot they roll down the window.

I should say that the have a lot of jokes about swedes over in Norway, too.

Ben said...

Hello Mr. Cornish. I would first like to thank you for joining the Facebook group Dinotopia (as it is run by my friend and I), and the say I cannot wait for Factotum. And then I would like to say that while reading through the Explicarium of Lamplighter I noticed that under the entry of Lamplighter Prentice, in the list of standard issue materials there was not an entry for the fusil. I was just wondering if lighters are not issued weapons in the prenticing period, or if that was a mistake.

ms_ventress said...

Cool. Sure sacrificallamb.. I am all for making the new costume. I am already looking at some prop pistols...

E N Reinmuth said...

Bwahaha! Anna, that is better than any Irish joke I have ever heard. Yes, I do thrive off bad humour also...

And thank you so much Anna for posting the folklore costuming sites, I have had such a hard time finding decent references for cloth headgear and these web pages have just what I need. I never thought to look up Norwegian costume...

And Mr Cornish, ponder no more, I have Miss Burn oh her way here under the belief that there is a charity event concerning the decline of Drop Bears... >_>

Bicio: A sweet ale made of Hazelnuts and various wild berries, and mixed with fermented bread wine.

(eh.... I'd drink it)

anna said...

E N R. Thank you and you´re welcome!

With some cloth headgear it hangs on how they are tied. I have and old cloth headgear that my grandmother´s grandfather´s mother (named Anna) has made, but I have no idea how to tie it. When I see picture of it, it looks like they have a bow in the back. The cloth headgear I have is to an folklore dress from a certain area in this province.

monday said...

mere coincidence that norwegian jokes and blond jokes are so similar?
I think not...

E.N.- Drop Bears should be at the very top of the endangered-animals list. you have no idea just how many pointy-hatted people there are wandering in the wilderness these days.

tabit: the silly little fringes on the browband of a horse's bridle

anna said...

Guess we swedes are a bit upset that the norwegians didn´t want to stay in the union we had, that were dissolved about 100 years ago. That and that they have oil and we don´t.

but I´m not "fully" swedish. I´m from the province Scania.

E N Reinmuth said...

I have no idea what blood runs through me....

The name sounds German, but is French. Nan has mostly Irish in her, Pop had mostly German. Birth mother had some Scottish and Scandinavian. That's all I know so far... There may or may not be some Asian hiding in there somewhere.

Egh... I'mma patchwork baby with no heritage.

And Anna, yeah I can understand the trickery behind tying things. I think I've limited my puzzle solving skills to Sudoku and Tetris...

anna said...

Being a genealogist, puzzles is the greatest thing you can do what ever kind it is. The only thing you need is curiosity.

We actuallay has one thing in common E N R. I have some german blood in me aswell. But very little and an inch of Dutch-blood too. Your linage sounds very interesting! what a mix! Mine is just boring swedish-before 1658-danish farmers, with the exception from those person´s I mentioned above.


I thinks it´s a petty that old customs and ways to do certain things, like for example driving in hay with a horse and carriage(?). How many has done that now days? I was lucky to grow up at my grandfather´s farm. He had no tractor so he used the horses a lot. He went with a pitchfork and turned the hay to dry and then I helpt when it was time to get it inside the barn. Just as I helpt driving home wood from the forest. All those old stuff that was almost forgotten even back then.
I really miss that time. You can not believe how good the hay smelled back then! It´s quite different from the hay gathered by machines, I can tell you. All the herbs in it, mmmmmmmm!

E N Reinmuth said...

Anna-
For that last little bit I have to ask.... were you by chance a horse in a previous life?

Differlot said...

I Love BASSET HOUNDS!!!!
AND RUSSIAN DESERT tortoises!!
p.s.
I have an awesome new Picture for me now because i learned how to do it. though you think i would since i'm on my computer, once i FINISH my homework OF COURSE! :D
mines- As some of us would call it Dibs, not to get confused with explosive devices.

me said...

I'm really looking forward to hopefully seeing Europe in "duchess mode"...

portals said...

Anna- Lol, I'm like 1/8 Norwegian. But I have German in me too. They are better than Irish Jokes though, tell us more.

In my previous life I was a ... Parrot.

curiousmoth said...

These designs are really cool to see.

I'd like to see an illustrated encyclopaedia for the H-c. I have Arthur Spiderwick's Guide, from Tony Diterlizzi & Holly Black's Spiderwick Chronicles, & I think something like that would be amazing to see for this series (although with more pages!!).

Be safe all you fellow Australians...

anna said...

I think I was a sabre-toothed tiger in a previous life, lol. Perhaps that´s why I´m in to fangs.

portals said...

Fangs are pretty cool.

E N Reinmuth said...

Whoa, you've been pretty dormant there Anna...

By the way, went to the shops today. My Dad is friendly with the local Butchers and Billy, one of the younger men there, was paid fifty dollars to take his shirt off. The money was for the Bush Fire Appeal. They also has hugs for cash, sausage sizzle, and a fundraiser for the Ellt family who lost their home in the fires. And that's just what one store has to offer for the Bushfire appeal, I could list off what's happening at other stores but my mind would explode.

Just thought I'd raise it. *Shrug*

I have no clue what Animal I'd be like.... What's something that sits on the sidelines but uses it's brain a lot? And doesn't eat fish. And likes stories, Insects and Lizards.... And Chocolate...

portals said...

ENR- Orang utans

anna said...

Well, I feel strangly connected to my very large, some say fat, norwegian forest cat. It´s the eat-sleep-thing and then when I get mad I have a strange urge to attack my prey and bite them and claw them into bits.

It sounds like a whole lots of things is happening where you live ENR.

E N Reinmuth said...

XD Orangutan... I like it!

Anna- How do you feel about Lynxes? I've always thought of them as a pretty awesome feline.

Wait a minute.... Orangutans like Chocolate?

portals said...

ENR- Don't know. We saw them in malaysia. They sit there looking content and eating sugar cane. Sugar cane - sugar - chocolate.

It was quite funny. They passed the sugar cane around and made birds nests in trees.

anna said...

I like any kind of cat. Think we have some kind of lynx up north in the country, not down here. We have wild boar which I don´t like. They´re "shy" animals so you don´t see them much only the damage they cause. But I saw one a couple of weeks ago when I was out riding. Gee, how fast it was and it could jump over fallen trees. Never thought that pigs could jump that high. My horse got freaked by it of course.

monday said...

horses get freaked by everything, anna, but i think a wild boar is probably a good excuse

what's alternately shy and insane, scares people without meaning to, eats barbarously, would rather be nocturnal, and gets very silly around water? because I think I'd be a wolf :)

imickie: a contagious yawn between three or more people

Differlot said...

IS a Fox a Type of feline?

bruffsu- Unattractive and ignorant person

portals said...

Monday- A snake

Differlot- No

verta- An armed nurse who fights its way to injured soldiers.

noelle said...

I think I'm a raccoon, because I can't keep my hands out of anything and I like shiny things :D

Botualms: a group of islands that at first seem idyllic and peaceful with warm weather, balmy breezes, and crystal-clear water, but contain an odorless, deadly toxin in the air that will slowly kill anyone who breathes it in for too long. These islands wreak havoc upon vacationers who find themselves lured to these supposed paradises.

E N Reinmuth said...

Oh yes, I've witness mighty fine freakouts of Horses.

Ever seen a Cat sleep atop a turned over bucket and jump eight feet in the air when the Horse comes to check it out?

The Horse was a whole lot more scared than the Cat!

Foxes are related to the Feline family.

What Celebrity would have been a Wombat?

portals said...

Foxes are with cats up until the order (Carnivora) then the go into Canidae while cats fo into Felinae.
Sorry if I'm being impossibly annoying, but this just sparked my interest.

Who could have been a bat?

Axl Rose could have been a bat, but not a wombat.

I'm sorry ENR, just can't think of one.

monday said...

'celebrity' and 'wombat' don't quite mesh in my mind, somehow.

sulodymb: a widely and blatantly mispronounced word, like the Boston 'Celtics'

E N Reinmuth said...

Sure they do. Who lazes around in what they call luxury but gets really angry when provoked and grunts after you and bites you on the ankles?

Russel Crowe!

(FYI, He's not Australian, he's a New Zealander)

Elijah Wood was a mouse.... no argument...

Magos Kasen said...

What!!! Russell Crowe is the best. Seriously, he is a great actor and a great guy. Plus, he own the Rabbitohs!

portals said...

Magos- have you seen 3:10 to Yuma? May have mentioned it before, it's really good!

Klesita said...

Differlot: just to put Portals comment in plain English, foxes are closer relatives to dogs not cats.

In my mind I'm always a bird (the freedom flights invokes...), most definitively a sea eagle.

Mr Cornish: what about edit a book of short stories, all based in the Half Continent, written by the fans?

Carlita said...

I second the idea from Klesita. It sounds like a fun project, but it would probably have to wait until Book 3 is out.

As for me, I'd like to think I was a lone wolf, but I'm fairly certain I act more like a lost puppy. Oh well, maybe I'm a lost puppy with a lone wolf complex...

lemosu - bitter drink that is made entirely from crushed lemons (peel and all) which is fermented along with 3 sticks of sugar cane per barrel and drunk by the poor because of its supposed health cures.

D.M. Cornish said...

I think I am a stegosaurus.

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Morgan said...

My husband and I are definitely hoping you're planning to write more books in this series than just 3! We've compared you to Tolkien (except far less boring, as I only got half-way through the second LOTR before I lost interest). If you're not going to continue with Rossamund, do continue to entertain us with drama in our dear Half-Continent!

The depth and drama in Lamplighter show how you have developed and refined upon your original idea--I can only imagine how book 3 is going to be! With each work, it is hoped the writer grows and the work improves from it. The amount of information and depth you manage to instill into the Half-Continent still amazes me. Words used in these books are beginning to become part of my everyday vocabulary!

Thanks for reminding me why I got a Writing degree in the first place. Your books are such a nice escape from every day life.

Klesita said...

On a different matter Mr Cornish, have you thought about making good resolution hard copies of the map of the Half Continent. It drives me crazy not to be able to see it whole without loosing detail. I want to explore it but it is so difficult over the web and the copies in book 1 have very poor resolution. I love maps and one of the Half Continent would such a great addition to the series and to any other book you write about the place.

portals said...

Argh! The pressures of a new year!

D.M. Cornish said...

Bless you and thank you, morgan, I shall certainly do all in the limits of my members to continue to produce the best work I can in the time allowed. It is real joy to have people get deep into the same things that I enjoy. I just love what the English language can be made to do. Again, thank you - especailly helpful as today I chucked a wobbly at my computer screen/story because it has been just so hard to write this third book; no part has come easily... can you hear the violins?

Ah yes, klestia, the map - working on that, it is on the "things to do once Book 3 is at the printers" list. I hear you, I AM on it, just a tad distracted right now.

Tell me about it, portals!

Ben Bryddia said...

Mr. Cornish
Speaking of the Half-continent Asia, where in said Sundagrid do silk worms originate, who has the corner on them, and where are the majority of hte poor little critters now?

If I beleived in re-incarnation, I'd propably think myself a beaver. At least that's what my personality tests most heavily on.

gagod: archaic obsolete form of 'was gagged'.
-Ben.

D.M. Cornish said...

In the Sundergird you will find silkworms originally in the Occident (Nenin, Sippon and the like) and also a species far to the north in the Principalitine. Both these regions are the held as the sources of the best silk.

Matt Bean said...

The drawing looks like the singer Imogen Heap from the duet called Frou Frou. I must say it does male me interested in what happens with europe in the third book.