“The Sea Bond”, graphite and watercolor, 2010. Interior illustration for my novel The Tembelaka Voyage.
An excerpt from the chapter it’s featured in:
In one moment, when she was impossibly deep underwater, with the ocean pushing in from all directions and the last bubbles of air leaving her lips, it felt like the water, or something within the water, was looking at her and asking what she was. She couldn’t talk or breathe or find a coherent thought to tell it. She found herself pushed all about again, and the surface appeared just when she’d given up on breathing again. A big piece of wood bobbed beside her. She grabbed it and clung like a barnacle.