Check Out This WATERSHIP DOWN Print From Black Dragon Press

Black Dragon Press and artist Peter Diamond knocked this one out of the park.

Two things I'd like to say before introducing your eyeballs to Black Dragon Press' latest project (a legitimately awesome pair of screenprints based on Richard Adams' Watership Down): one, this is one of my favorite books of all time, so I'm thrilled that someone went out of their way to create a poster (never mind two distinct, hard-to-choose-between posters) based on the material; and two, I am even more excited to see this slowly emerging trend of online galleries producing posters for books. We need more of that. Lots more. Here's hoping that trend continues.

With that out of the way, here's Peter Diamond's Watership Down, for Black Dragon Press.

Watership Down by Peter Diamond

18x35" Ni-Frith regular edition of 150 (9 Colors)

Watership Down by Peter Diamond

18x35" Fu Inlé variant edition of 50 (9 colors with metallics)

And here's a few detail/comparison shots. Gorgeous.

The regular edition of this print is on sale right now via Black Dragon Press' website (you can find that here), and the variant edition will go on sale this Thursday at 10am CST. Here's what Diamond had to say about the process of creating the set:

When I read Watership Down some years ago I already had dim, bloody memories of the 1978 animated adaptation, so I wasn’t shocked by the violence in the book as I expect many were who read it unprepared. But what I hadn’t expected was the thick, dark vein of fear that runs through the story from the very beginning. Adams went deep with it, building an occult kind of mythology for the rabbits including a dark underworld and a heavenly kingdom, represented by the moon (Inlé) and the sun (Frith) respectively.

The character who best reflects this is Fiver, by far my favourite in the story. He’s caught between the underworld and the living world, and his clairvoyant fear is in some respects the basis for the entire story. The little rabbit in these posters is Fiver, sensing but not quite seeing the danger beneath his feet.  In the Regular edition he stands under the sun at mid-day (Ni-Frith), in the Variant under the moon at midnight (Fu Inlé).

I’ve introduced other elements from the story as well; the shining snare wires, the spirits of rabbits long since gone in the ground, the spectre of the Black Rabbit Of Inlé, and even the wheels of the steam train and the face of Kehaar. See if you can find them!

If you're unfamiliar with Adams' novel (or the nightmare-inducing animated film adaptation that followed it in 1978), then a lot of that is probably gibberish. And if that's the case, I have a homework assignment for you: read and/or watch Watership Down immediately. You won't regret it. And to everyone that's already savvy to Adams' tale: at an edition size of 150/50, these probably won't be around forever, so head on over to Black Dragon Press to pick one up now.

Personally, I prefer the variant, but my wife - an even bigger Watership Down fan than I am - has insisted on the reg. Which one do you guys prefer?

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