This painting is impressively done and i love the style it was done in. This is a perfect image of Jean when he is getting poled down the river by Bug in the first book (except maybe for the fact that Jean has whine rather than an apple). if i were to offer one criticism it would simply be that the style of the glass from which Jean is drinking looks more like one meant for a less refined beverage. i understand that this may just be an artists interpretation but i felt that i should offer something more substantial than a pat on the back.
You know, before painting this picture I hadn't been reading the book for almost a year, and I didn't remember what Jean was actually eating or drinking! I used that kind of simple glass (the same glass used in taverns throughout Italy for wine) because Jean and the others were pretending to be simple bargemen and dockers, so they wouldn't use crystal goblets. Of course, this wouldn't mean drinking low-level wines, especially if the drinker was Jean, because not even the best sommelier could distinguish a glass of simple wine from one of Chianti DOCG Conti-Serristori Riserva 1967 at a distance. (BTW, drinking the aforementioned wine is nothing short of a mystical experience...)
Thanks for explaining that to me. i am rather ignorant when it comes to foreign drinking habits so i accept that i was wrong when i criticized that part of the picture. if you don't mind i do have another question though. i have no memory of Jean having any jewelry, did you add on the earring to make Jean more human or did i just miss that part of the book? in my opinion if they wanted to appear simple and avoid distinguishing characteristics the bastards would refrain from things like jewelery that they could be identified by. once again i would like to say that even though i am puzzled by the earring i still think that this painting is absolutely enchanting.
Just an invention. There's no mention of it in the book, but many men wore simple earrings during the XVI-XVII century, they said it would improve eyesight (this is the reason why it was common among pirates). I know, the books aren't set in our world or in that particular age, but there are many similarities to some places in Italy (Venice, Genova, Naples...) during that time, as Scott Lynch admitted, so I thought it wouldn't be such a bad idea taking this sort of 'licence'. In fact even the optics should go, Jean would use them just for reading, but IMHO they add 'colour' to the character.
it is a good touch and i have nothing against mixing the culture of Locke's world and our world to create a more complete image. i just questioned whether it was ,in the thief makers words, "circumspect" enough for a crew like Locke's.