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This is one of the first images I ever produced relating to the Stone Dance. It depicts one of the Chosen, and already contains many of the books’ core elements. Anatomically bizarre, the figure presages some of the themes of mutilation and freakishness. There is the complex symbolism of the nested crowns, with the feather-like ribbing, but abstract butterfly patterning. The mask is already there—though at that stage it was quite Art Noveau, as are […]

Chosen Costume

Like other wealthy, courtly, caste-based societies, the Chosen adorn themselves in elaborate, symbolically complex costumes made from exotic and precious materials…

Court Robes

Court robes are worn by the Chosen and the Wise at the court of the God Emperor. Architectural constructions as much as costume, a court robe consists of a skin woven from precious metals and stones hung over a framework of bones. These rough sketches give an indication of how they might appear. Note the extreme height resulting from the wearing of court ranga worn. Note also the sculptural integration of the crowns with the […]


The first image is a sketch—that I made, I don’t know when—that is a precursor of the image that appears on the cover of the Second Edition The Chosen. The second is a page from my notebooks, in which I worked out how such a crown might be constructed from various components. Both reflect my interest in symbolism as expressed by costume. The contrast between the aesthetics of the naked human body as promoted by […]