En­ter­ing Shad­ow­land

Iain first wanted to be a writer, and re­cently com­bined art and lit­er­a­ture in his de­but book

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Iain McCaig, best know for his work as a con­cept and sto­ry­board artist, wanted to train as jour­nal­ist, which he thought would lead him to pen great works of lit­er­a­ture. Af­ter three decades as an artist, he wrote his first book, com­bin­ing words and pic­tures in the wildly in­ven­tive Shad­ow­land. Even though he’d writ­ten screen­plays, he felt some­thing was miss­ing from his work.

“I felt the call of that other, long lost fork in the road, only stronger now be­cause I had some­thing I re­ally wanted to say. And so I wrote Shad­ow­line: an art book-with-a-story, as a way of tak­ing read­ers to that Shad­ow­land realm of the artist, to show them what lies be­yond the paint and pen­cils.”

But what ex­actly is Shad­ow­land? “For me, it’s a place of eter­nal con­trasts, of breath­tak­ing muses and hordes of un­dead dead­lines. I Hulk-out there, be­com­ing a mon­ster that thinks in a whole dif­fer­ent way from this mild-man­nered Iain. It’s a place as real and fa­mil­iar to me as the world I come back to, one of friends and fam­ily and in­ter­views. I didn’t write it to be a writer, I wrote it to com­mu­ni­cate. Which is when I fi­nally got an inkling of what writ­ing was all about.”

“…and a not-so fic­tion­alised peek into my cre­ative process. Part story, part art book, part art classes. I’m work­ing on the se­quel.” Wel­come to the shad­ow­line

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