STEP ONE ILLUSTRATION BRIEF / CONCEPT
"When her mother forfeits her to the fairies, a fiercely independent twelve-year-old girl must use her magical affinity for parsley to escape the fairies' ravenous clutches and get back home."
In the classic Italian fairy tale, a young mother steals parsley from the Faery Queen's garden while pregnant with her daughter, Prezzemolina. As punishment, the Faery Queen steals Prezzemolina away on the eve of her thirteenth birthday to her castle. In Sean Miller's retelling, the kidnapping happens in modern times and Prezzemolina must use her wits to escape.
This client gave a generous amount of creative freedom for his debut middle grade novel. The requested elements included: lineart reminiscent of a 16th century woodcut, a vaguely historical time period, the Faery Queen's castle in the distance, and the incorporation of a garden.