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a perfect job

Often I've had jobs which involve endless meetings with clients to get a piece of work 'just right', and then more meetings, and then they slap some neon green lettering on top of it and I think, that SO wasn't worth the money.

Today was the opposite! The publicist for Rhodes Bakery in Greenwich saw the doodle I made in my sketchbook the first day the bakery opened on the blog of The Greenwich Phantom and told her boss, Paul Rhodes, about it. He ordered three prints: one to hang in his bakery, one to hang in his house, and one for his mum. I didn't have to do anything extra but scan and print, and not only did he pay a decent amount, he treated me to coffee and an almond tart upon delivery! And now I'll feel a warm glow about it every time I visit. Wow, if all jobs were like this, I'd be so very happy and so, um... fat.



Which started me thinking, if you're an artist and looking for clients, shopkeepers LOVE to have local artists draw their shops. So if you don't have any work, just go around your local area, find shops you like and draw them, and then hawk them to the shopkeepers. Solution!

When I first came to London, I was practicing drawing people on the street, but I often put local architecture behind them to give a bit of atmosphere. One day I drew people in front of a Turkish cafe that I frequently visit in Camberwell and printed off a few cards of the drawing. I gave them to one of the waiters, and the next time I visited, I noticed they were displaying the card behind the plastic of their shop front menu. And they must've given one to the next-door dry cleaners, whose shop was sort of incidentally included in the picture, because the dry cleaners had not one, but two framed pictures of it on either side of their shop! More amusingly, they had cropped off the half of the picture with the Turkish cafe in it and blown up their half to triple size on a colour photocopier. Those pictures stayed there for years, until they faded totally to white and the shop redecorated.

Hey, have a look at this brilliant video that Woodrow Phoenix alerted me to, of Posy Simmonds and her work. We both wish they would make an hour-long version.

And thanks to John Rowley for pointing me to a great parody theme tune to the BBC's Antiques Roadshow by Joe from the Adam and Joe Show on Radio 6 Music. I don't know Joe, but he lives next door to good friends of mine, and their kid's always going over to do projects with Joe and thinks he's the bees' knees. (Actually, he's not a kid any more, he's just started film school.)

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bandersnatch_02
Nov. 18th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Nice work! I'm sure it was all worth it for the almond tart...
bandersnatch_02
Nov. 18th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I was just in my local library and just happened to stumble upon a copy of Three Shadows (Pedrosa) on the shelf (which I remembered you recommending a few months back) -- I look forward to reading it tonight...
jabberworks
Nov. 19th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
That book makes for a good night, then!
shug_comics
Nov. 18th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
I listen to The Adam and Joe Show every week. Love it!

That's another beautiful sketch, Sarah.
jabberworks
Nov. 19th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
phlebas
Nov. 18th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
And fair trade coffee at that! Excellent!
jabberworks
Nov. 19th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
It's a good place!
mr_hillmonster
Nov. 18th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Great sketch! Hilarious self-depiction too.

I must give my own personal thumbs-up to Adam and Joe too. Their radio show is the one thing I actually find myself looking forward to each week. You should also check out their Song Wars album on I-tunes - those guys are geniuses with the apple garageband!

(This is Gary Northfield by the way, dusting down a musty old live-journal account. See you Sunday! I still haven't prepared anything for the talk yet. Yikes!)
jabberworks
Nov. 19th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Hi, Gary! I played their show today on the Internet as I was working and it was good listening.

I'm so glad you're on Sunday's panel with me, that'll make it fun instead of totally nerve-wracking. :-)
almilway
Nov. 19th, 2008 08:58 am (UTC)
very wise words, about shops and Adam and Joe!

And a terrific drawing too. I half expected to see an airship in the background. Or a pigeon with a cap!
fazchoudhury
Nov. 19th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Nice work, Sarah! Not sure about drawing the shops here in Tottenham though, it's mostly cheapo fried chicken or poundshop tat. I'm with Gary and everybody else, Adam & Joe are just great, they're something I look forward to every week!

Talking of Posy, have you seen this interview by Clive James with her on Slate?

http://specials.slate.com/clive-james/#1137697603.1

You might have to scroll through their strange interface to find it but it's very good and you get a glimpse of her sketchbook which looks beautiful, I'd love to see more of her sketchbook work. The interview is about half an hour long, not quite the hour we'd all like.
seussscat
May. 26th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Greenwich is such a fabulous place, I never appreciated it enough when I lived in London and now I don't I wish I'd spent more time just wandering round it. Maybe something to do on a trip back. Love Adam and Joe - don't really watch them on the radio but used to watch the Adam and Joe show when it was on Channel 4, their parodies are good!
Plus based on your picture I think I can work out where the bakery is so will stop by it next time I am in Greenwich!
jabberworks
May. 26th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yay! Greenwich rocks. And I think Joe is writing some of the script for the Tintin film!
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