In my last post I talked about D. M. Cornish being a writer and an illustrator. In fact, before he started writing his series, Monster Blood Tattoo, D. M. Cornish spent a long time creating the world where his stories take place, both in his head and through drawings. He has detailed, Tolkien-esque maps at the beginning and end of the books, illustrations of the characters, and an encyclopaedia of terms used within the book.
My favourite illustration is on the first page, just after you have opened the cover – it is a book plate, which reads as if the book has been borrowed from Madame Opera’s Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls – the society where Rosamund, the main character lives at the beginning of the book.
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