A Burden of Gilt
Art © Taral Wayne. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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Note by Leem: A post-2nd Anniversary picture. Originally drawn in 1979 and recently posted on FurAffinity with the following comment:
This is actually two separate drawings. I did them that way so that one could be mimeographed in “gold” coloured ink, and the other in ordinary black. (A primitive form of colour separation.) I’ve scanned each separately, and also together, and this version I’ve coloured as it was meant to be seen.
The piece illustrated an article I had written. In those days I tended to find a lot of loose change people dropped on the street. Sometimes whole dollar bills, even fives and twenties. But most often pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. I had a number of amusing anecdotes about this and wrote them for a fanzine 30 years ago. Of course, I never found any gold plated girls -- it was only a metaphor, I’m afraid.
I asked (pretty much knowing the answer) “Was the lettering inspired by Roger Dean?” Taral replied:
Very much so. I found the style a lot of fun and something of a challenge. I don’t remember how many fanzine logos I did for people -- but most of them never seemed to be used. I wonder if most other fans hated Roger Dean or Yes?
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