Abhorsen’s House

May 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm 5 comments

Posted by: Kali Ciesemier
Book: Sabriel
(purchase on Amazon)

Oh boy guys, it was so hard to choose what to draw this month! Sabriel has a harrowing encounter with a Mordicant, she finally makes it to Abhorsen’s house (her childhood home), AND meets her sardonic traveling companion and friend/foe, Mogget the cat (who isn’t really a cat after all). I did a lot of preliminary work and made several starts on different scenes which are chronicled on my blog. In the end however, I went with a spot sort of illustration of the entrance to Abhorsen’s House, complete with Mogget at the door. I’ve been drawing a lot of dark stuff for this book, and I wanted to do something a little brighter and lighter.

Abhorsen’s house is located on a tiny island in the center of a river at the very lip of a waterfall (fast water is an excellent defense against the dead!). It has tall whitewashed stone walls surrounding it, and the house itself is also white with a cheerful sky blue door and a red brick path leading up to it. With all the white in it, I thought I’d try sort of a spot style incorporating the white space of the page, but I ended up getting into some of the details. I think it turned out as a cross between a spot and a full page? Lemme know what you think!

Check out http://kalidraws.blogspot.com for more info and pictures about this latest adventure!


Entry filed under: Sabriel.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lizardek  |  May 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Spot on!

  • 2. Andrew  |  May 28, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I devoured the Abhorsen series when I was younger, and it’s really quite nice to see art inspired by Mr. Nix’s many words. 🙂 I love the little details, like the stars and shadows on the door, and the (of course) tiny little bell on Mogget’s neck. And that brick walkway! Gorgeous.

  • 3. Sarah W  |  May 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm


    ….the write up on your blog is fascinating (and I already look forward to a few of the little sneak preview-y things implied in the rough guideline). It’s really neat to see the detail/thoughts behind the illustration choices. And free-magic Mogget looks fantastic!

  • 4. Pragmatic Mom  |  June 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    That watercolor illustration is so awesome! I love the shadowing!

    I wanted to share my list of Favorite Picture Books You’ve Never Heard of at http://www.pragmaticmom.com/?page_id=1919

    Pragmatic Mom
    Type A Parenting for the Modern World

    I blog on children’s lit, parenting and education

  • 5. Azdaja  |  November 16, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. I adored this series growing up (and still do!) and the art you’ve done of it is quite exquisite!


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