This past autumn, I had the opportunity of being asked to provide original artowrk for the charity art auction for the One Book Odessa event in Odessa, Texas. This year, the event celebrated Erin Morgenstern's fantastical novel, The Night Circus. Ms Morgenstern even made an appearance at the event. It was a huge success and well attended.
For my illustration, I wanted to depic one of my favorite scenes in the book. It takes place in Prague, in a rainstorm, and it is the scene where the illusionist, Celia Bowen, learns the true identity of the handsome Marco Alsidair. It's a terribly romantic scene with a magic umbrella that keeps rain off of its holder and warms them up as well.
The book mentions that the scene takes place near the old astronomical clock in Prague. I've never been to Prague, and this required some research on my part. When scouring pictures of the clock and the surrounding area, I quickly realized why Courtney chose to set the scene where she did. The clock is reminiscent of the intricate and amazing clock that resides in the circus. The sidewalks even appear to be "black and white," which is how the circus in the book is adorned. I also researched the street lamps in Prague in order to accurately depict them. Most of the clothing in this scene isn't decribed, but we are told that Celia is wearing a wine colored dress. Marco is described in the book in at least one place as wearing a brown suit, and I wanted to be as faithful to the text as possible.
This piece is available as cards, prints, and small posters on redbubble.com!
©Kevenn T. Smith 2013
Pencil, ink, Photoshop