Astrid Lindgren is one of my absolute favourite children’s book writers, and of her books one of my ultimate loves is Ronja Rövardotter (1981, I read it in fantastic Dutch translation: Ronja de Roversdochter, translated as Ronia the Robber’s Daughter in English). It’s so beautifully done, full of feeling, humour, brilliant characterisation and tension, and with incredible illustrations by Ilon Wikland which could never be topped, only sighed dreamily at for their total perfection.
I wanted to experiment with painting something bigger and backgrounded in gouache, and Ronja fan art seemed like a nice way to try that! It’s not really what I was aiming for, and there’s a whole lot I’d like to do differently, but it was fun anyway, maybe I’ll have another go at some point. In the meantime, go and read Ronja, hide from enemies with her under dense pine branches, smile quietly at the stars, and cheer at her stubborn courage!