Even the smallest spark has wildfire potential and Sera was like a living ember. She was the raging fire to Lonna’s calm, cool waters. Short for Seraphina, she was named for her cherubic appearance, her unkempt hair creating a wild blonde halo about her head. Sera’s sweet face got her about near anything she wanted from adults. She hailed from the largest family in the village, stuck smack in the middle of so many siblings she pretended to not know how many she had. Sera slithered out of Sunday service by claiming the bassist gave her impure thoughts, causing her mother to ban her from attending. For a woman with so many children, she was awfully terrified of sex, Sera thought with self-satisfied amusement. After her family disappeared down the lane, Sera took off running in the other direction to meet Lonna in the woods, flying high on the thrill of freedom, on their way to met some wholly unholy ghosts.
High Lonesome is the story of Ghost Mountain, a remote Appalachian village populated by spirits, long-forgotten gods & the descendants of a defunct cult. We follow our hero Lonna, as she outwits gods and ghosts alike to win back her father's soul from the malevolent forces in the woods.
This project tells the story of Ghost Mountain through a series of hand-carved relief prints that are designed as illuminated manuscripts and supplemental illustrations. This page is an invitation to step into the story as I write it: a place to document the process, from taking notes in my little green book to mapping out characters in my sketchbook to pulling the final print. This is a living, breathing story. You are most welcome here, dear reader ♥