A win­ter warmer

How a hair­cut helped in­spire the hero of a new chil­dren’s book

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A boyfriend-and-girl­friend duo from the UK has col­lab­o­rated on a new chil­dren’s fan­tasy book. The Leg­end of Ever­win­ter, by au­thor Tara Be­han and il­lus­tra­tor Matthew Hill, tells the story of three friends on a jour­ney to ful­fil an an­cient prophecy in a far­away land.

In­spired by Harry Pot­ter and The Lord of the Rings, with a nod to Dis­ney films, Matthew says his big­gest chal­lenge was to cre­ate a book vis­ually so­phis­ti­cated enough for adults to en­joy, and colourful and fun enough to cap­ture chil­dren’s imag­i­na­tion.

“I de­cided to vary the style of each il­lus­tra­tion in re­la­tion to the mood of the story,” Matthew says. “When some­thing sin­is­ter is tak­ing place, the art­work be­comes muted and real­is­tic. When some­thing pleas­ant is tak­ing place, the art­work be­comes much more stylised and colourful.”

Work be­gan on the book back in au­tumn 2012, but it wasn’t un­til the fi­nal few months of pro­duc­tion that its over­all ap­pear­ance was fi­nalised.

One of the book’s cen­tral char­ac­ters is in­spired by Matthew’s ap­pear­ance in his younger days, when he had dread­locks and pierced ears. And it may not be the last we’ve seen of the pro­tag­o­nist, with more tales from Ever­win­ter in the pipe­line.

“I’m sworn to se­crecy re­gard­ing this mat­ter,” Matthew says. “But I can say 2014 is look­ing very promis­ing.”

The Leg­end of Ever­win­ter (£3.99) is out now. For more in­for­ma­tion and to or­der your copy visit www.hamp­ton­bond.com. Imag­ineFX read­ers can re­ceive a 20 per cent dis­count by us­ing the code ‘tarabehan’.

The il­lus­tra­tive style in The Leg­end of Ever­win­ter varies from scene to scene, based on the un­fold­ing ac­tion.

Artist Matthew Hill wore dread­locks and ear­rings in his youth, not un­like one of the book’s main char­ac­ters.

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