“The Burning City”, watercolor and graphite, May 2016. One of the watercolor paintings illustrating my book The Tembelaka Voyage! Here’s an excerpt of the chapter it’s from:
Djaren crept south through Trimela, keeping to the darkest shadows and stepping carefully heel to toe with his soft leather boots, as he’d been taught. Inside, he wanted to run, but that would be stupid, and he knew it. Kara and everyone else already seemed to think he’d combust if left unattended in a rough place. “It’s your face, dear,” Mother had told him once. “One day you’ll find a way to make their underestimation an advantage.” That was something she was already good at.