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Okay, I'm off to Brussels for the wedding of two of my best friends, so I won't be posting for a few days. Here's a card I made for them, two people who have struck the most amazing balance between living simply and living the good life. Which involves lots of sunlight and good wine and picnics and riding their bicycles in the park and tending their cabbages (not to mention the incredible things they do at work, which I won't go into just now).



I don't usually get around to wrapping gifts very attractively, but I was kind of chuffed with the way this one came out, using a recycled trade show poster and some Chinese-made dolls I bought from a stall in Hay's Galleria:


And how cool is this! After teasing him about butt nuts in the last post, chamonkee got me back here with a brilliant and very mental portrait, including Lettuce and Vern. Will Kirkby, you totally rock! :-D



Today in the tube I saw a poster for a free exhibition of all sorts of skeletons dug up under London. ginasketch gave a great link to a Times article, including a map so you can find who's been buried beneath you. The exhibition runs until 28 Sept at the Wellcome Collection in London. I'm going to try to get down there at some point to do some life drawing... er, death drawing.



And Caption photos keep coming in, here are some more by tallguywrites.

Brian Sibley has written a heart-felt and fascinating tribute on his blog to Pauline Baynes, illustrator of many books I grew up with, including the Narnia Chronicles, who died the Friday before last. I'm sure many people will remember her work very fondly, and Brian's fortunate to have known her so well.

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squirmy
Aug. 12th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
I love the wellcome collection. I always think it's too small! Still, thank you for telling us about that, I think I might wander down there at some point myself.
chamonkee
Aug. 12th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
why thank you for the kind word. I just doodled on the back of your envolope..but you'll have to wait until you get back to see it.
nice_cup_of_tea
Aug. 12th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
love the card and can't wait to catch up with you soon in person!
yfrontninja
Aug. 12th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, I want to see skeletons.

Also, I keep getting blown away by your art. I'm glad we are new LJ friends.
dlasky
Aug. 13th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting the link about Pauline Baynes. I was surprised to learn that she was still alive! Her interior illustrations in the Narnia books (with covers by Roger Hane) were reproduced so fuzzily that they looked like they had come from a different time and place than the 20th century -- like they predated C.S. Lewis' writing even! It was nice to read about everything she'd done and learn that she was still working up until her death. (I was also reminded of the 'Borrowers' books and how much I loved them back in 4th grade..)
witchdoctors
Aug. 13th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
That present rapping is mighty impressive.
knitfish
Aug. 13th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Cute pic on top, cute wrapping! & that skeletons exhibit looks rad! I wish I was in london!! I took forensic anthropology last semester in school so we looked at, worked with, and learned all about the human skeleton & how to tell a shwak of stuff about people just from the skeletal remains. I know, morbid a bit, but also fascinating! Also, great sketching opportunities. Really though, do people consider Grey's Anatomy sketches morbid?

~Nessa
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