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rainbow orchid fan art

I've been picking away at this picture for nearly a week, in the little gaps between my work, and finished it this morning! It features my take on Josette and Eloise, the lovely and capable French Tayaut twins from Garen Ewing's remarkable adventure comic, The Rainbow Orchid. Here, they've just uncovered a slightly dishevelled French-made Spad XIII aircraft in their hangar and get set to fix it up. Thanks to _w_o_o_d in Brest for advising me on the French text, which roughly reads:

-So, Josette, what do you say?
-Just need to put in a bit of elbow grease and we'll get this baby off the ground!

I was very pleased to learn the French also use the phrase 'elbow grease', and on the word zinc, our good Frenchman commented:
"Zinc" means the same thing as in English, but is also an old slang term for a plane, in use since World War 2 at least. But in different contexts, it can mean the counter in a bar (which used to be covered in zinc).

Hooray, Garen, and good luck with your continuing work on The Rainbow Orchid!
Keep an eye out for the first of three parts of this book, which Egmont will unveil sometime this year! Garen's also doing a remarkable story called Charlie Jefferson and the Tomb of Nazaleod for the DFC. Don't forget to subscribe so you can catch that story and all the other amazing things coming out in the weekly comic! Lots of good things happening in British comics these days... it's all very exciting!

Edit: Note from Garen: By the way, Tayaut means "tally-ho!" (which is why I chose it) - though more precisely it's used to alert hounds during a fox hunt. I'm using it more in the context of "here we go!" or "the game's afoot!". French pilots did use it in WWII, apparently.
See Garen's notes on the Tayaut twins



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Feb. 3rd, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Un peu d'huile de coude! Lovely!
Feb. 3rd, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I notice they don't actually seem to HAVE elbows, but ah, well.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Overlubrication?
Feb. 3rd, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, you're probably right. We'll all have to watch out for that one, it could be problematic.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
Absolutly amazing. I love the colours and I remember how cool the inks where from when I saw them in the flesh.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Will! I'm still in awe of your temporary tattoo koi!

Edited at 2009-02-03 06:28 pm (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you Sarah! As I've already gushed by email, I'm flabbergasted by this lovely piece of work - thank you so much :-D
Feb. 3rd, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha... just read your blog notes, and all I can say is that this is the special episode when Josette and Eloise switch jumpers to fool everyone... an essential plot device for the apocryphal story I made up for them, um, just now. ;-)
Feb. 3rd, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
this turned out so well! the colors are so luminous! lovely stuff, sarah....
Feb. 3rd, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Meg!
Feb. 3rd, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
This illustration is gorgeous!

I love that window so much!
Feb. 3rd, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Ta muchly!
Feb. 4th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
You're ink and watercolor work is always so gorgeous!
Feb. 4th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
Re: Swoon
It is a very good day when I manage to make David Lasky swoon! :-D
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