I've always sketched or painted characters, objects, settings and other elements from the novels I write; often this helps me translate something imagined more fully into story reality. This is an important part of my process, particularly when it's something I've coined or invented. I've dreamed up so much to build the Toriana universe that I'm on my fourth sketchbook now.
In the months ahead I'd like to share some of those sketches and paintings with you. If you'll forgive me in advance for being a painfully average artist, I think it'll be fun to show you some of Toriana through my eyes.
Without further to-do, here's one of the first gadgets I invented for Her Ladyship's Curse(click on image to see a larger version):
The BrewsMaid is an automated tea maker used by common people and heated by steam piped from a building's boiler and circulated through a steam dog (a kind of hot plate/burner.) It has two valves; one to access the boiler feed pipe and the other to regulate the flow through the steam dog to adjust the temperature from boiling (to make tea) to warming (to keep the kettle hot.) Fill the kettle, suspend the heart-shaped infuser inside, switch it on by adjusting the valves, and in a few minutes your brew is made (and no, I couldn't resist the pun.)