In 2009 a stunning illustration was created by the talented artist Phil McDarby of the scene 'Luring the Draccus' in Patrick Rothfuss's award winning book The Name of the Wind. The author was so impressed with the imagery that a rare A1 Limited Edition Print Run of 50 prints was created on Museum quality paper. Each print is hand signed by both the author and illustrator and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Infact every print is unique in its own right as they have a different line of text from the book written inside. A truly wonderful collector's item that can only go up in value. Read on for more details by the illustrator himself Phil McDarby:
"In early 2009, my sister handed me a book - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. She told me she had read it in one sitting, and was about to read it again. I was sold before I'd turned a page.
I was in Edinburgh for a few days in March, and took the book with me. As I nursed cups of coffee in cobbled corners, sat in leafy parks and wandered in the shadow of majestic, ancient buildings, I read compulsively. My surroundings echoed the hallowed grounds of the University, and I felt an incredible connection between where I was in reality, and where Pat took me in my imagination. It was a pretty magical experience, suffice to say. I've been a fairly voracious reader for my entire life, and for a book to affect me this deeply was truly something special.
When I got home, I looked Pat up on the Internet. I found his blog, and it turned out he was about to embark on a European trip, taking in Edinburgh on his travels. It was the nudge I needed to get in touch. I went to great lengths not to come across like a gushing, over-zealous fan, but that's pretty much what I was, so some of it may have crept through! I cheekily included a link to my site, telling Pat that I earned my crust creating
Fantasy and Sci-Fi imagery.
A little while later, Pat replied - gracious soul that he is. He had lovely things to say about my work, which was humbling in the extreme. As he signed off, he threw in this seemingly innocuous comment.
"Have you ever given any thought as to what the Draccus might look like?"
I let that thought rattle around my head for a couple of days, and decided I'd give it a whirl. It was a great challenge to set myself, because I had
never attempted something so 'exact' before. My work always evolves as it goes, often becoming something that only vaguely resembles the initial idea, but with this, I tried to stick to Pat's wonderful words. About 2 weeks of my spare time later, I had something I felt I could send to him.
His positive reaction was just fantastic, and I was over the moon. We talked about getting it printed and sent over to him etc, and that got us both
thinking. I had recently met with Dominic Turner of Exhibit A Studios in Dublin, about creating Limited Edition prints of some of my imagery. They
are the only Print Company in Ireland with accreditation from the UK Fine Art Guild, and the quality of their work is just sublime. It seemed like the
perfect opportunity to do something special with 'Luring the Draccus'. Through a lot of back-and-forth with Pat, we decided it would be cool to do
a signed A1-sized Limited Edition of the image, to the highest, Museum-Quality Standard. Pat came up with the wonderful idea to handwrite a
different line from the book on each of the 50 prints, making them totally unique.
And here we are. The first 25 prints have winged their way through stormy skies from Dublin to Wisconsin and back, and they are ready to fly the coop. They are signed and numbered by Pat and myself, come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Exhibit A Studios, and feature a handwritten line from The Name of The Wind.
Throughout this whole process, Pat has been an absolute star, open to all ideas and full of suggestions.
Thank you Pat - for the book, and for your enthusiasm and support. You're a diamond."
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