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superbatprime Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Only just found out about this project (via io9) but I'm rather excited by it.
Going to have a snoop at the kickstarter page now.

The illustrations are superb, since the original book is public domain will you be doing any rewrites to enhance the steampunkiness?
For example the epic battle when they take back Toad Hall and Badger and the boys are swinging cudgels and swords... perhaps those crude clubs could be something more steampunky.

Anyway, I'm off to see about a preorder, WiW is one of my childhood faves, best of luck!
wovenlines Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for those lovely comments! I only just found out about the i09 article myself.

I did consider changing some of the original text, but in the end I thought it would be a greater challenge for me to express the steampunk aspects only through my illustrations. I think (hope) it then gives the book a feeling of having those aspects fully integrated, like the characters and narrative don't NEED to make a big deal about Ratty's Tesla coil gun or Toady's steam-powered gramophone because they are just a part of their normal lives.

Also, in a copy of Wind in the Willows I have A. A. Milne wrote a foreword and basically said the text is perfect, and when A. A. Milne says something is perfect I feel a bit reluctant to change it!

Specific to that final fight you mentioned, I did do an image which will be the heading illustration for the final chapter, and it just so happens it shows them with their weapons. They are still cudgels and guns, but they have been transformed into beautiful artifacts, with a sense of craft, love and purpose to them (but they'll still be good for clubbing stoats).
The image is on this blog post.

As for preorders, once the book is finished (I've done roughly 1/3rd of the illustrations) I'll be posting in all my social media places about how to buy it. So you could follow the blog through G+, or here, or twitter, or any of the means. 
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