Mazes for Marly

I’ve started book decorations for Marly’s Maze of Blood. There are six sections, each of which gets a full facing-page illustration, and numerous chapters, for which I’ll make half a dozen vignettes that can be repeated throughout. The preliminary sketches for the sections are underway, for which I’m making simple paper mazes to serve as models for the final renders.


A writhing mass of fleshy botanicals decorates the cover of the book, and I’m using the same idea for one of the page decorations. The passion-flower features prominently in this one,bursting from the top of the man’s head, and I may well change his eye to a passiflore bloom.


Passion-flower blooms

3 thoughts on “Mazes for Marly

  1. I am very much enjoying how you are taking the maze of Marly’s title and using your illustrations to explore the labyrinthine mind of a writer, who was known for his tales of extravagant adventure and who used his imagination to escape a world which was limiting and claustrophobic.

    Graham Greene said: “Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”

    Marly’s book, with the accompaniment of your evocative illustrations, promises to be an interesting exploration of the human drive to create.

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