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another peek at morris!



Oh hello, I am allowed to show TWO spreads from my upcoming book with Giles Andreae, Morris the Mankiest Monster. So here's the second one!

(Click on the image to enlarge.)



I got to write all the little labels on the jars. At first, Hannah the editor said that some of them were too nasty and I'd have to rewrite them. But I think maybe she forgot, 'cause they're still there... heh heh.

I used the first scene in the film Withnail and I as visual reference for a truly grotty kitchen. You might recognise the curtain pattern, water heater and gunky sink.

If you're at the Bologna Book Fair, keep an eye out for this book on the Random House shelves, under David Fickling's imprint. (Or even better, send me a photo of it!) :-D

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penrod_pulaski
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
wow, that's beautiful!
jabberworks
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
rannigan
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
This is great! Was this done with watercolors?

Awesome work!
jabberworks
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Yup! And a tiny bit of collage.
ginasketch
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
OMG that is awesome! LOL@ the withnail and I reference.
jabberworks
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, getting that in made me way too happy. ;-)
eruditebaboon
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
So many brilliant little details! And is that a fly dotting one of the i's?
ginasketch
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
I love the vegetables sprouting on the shelf.
jabberworks
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
It is! Waiter, I think there is a fly in my font.
jabberworks
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
And the sprouting vegetables... well, that would be from my own kitchen. Eek.
ginasketch
Mar. 16th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Mine too haha. Especially onions and potatoes.
eruditebaboon
Mar. 16th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
I am sure my potatoes are trying to grow legs so they can escape.
ginasketch
Mar. 16th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
I just had an image of a War of the Worlds potato Tripod.
mikedawsoncomic
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Wow - this looks so great!
jabberworks
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mike!
wilburonline
Mar. 16th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
looks great, sarah, must've been great fun to draw -- i LOVE the fact that you used withnail and i (brilliant film!) as reference material for the kitchen..
jabberworks
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Hee hee...
derbyartist
Mar. 16th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
I love this illustration!
jabberworks
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And you've been turning out some amazing stuff lately!
ztoical
Mar. 16th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
the colours are fantastic and I love all the detail - the fox out the window, the little mice, the frog, will most def be picking up a copy.
ginasketch
Mar. 16th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I just noticed the silverfish climbing up the cabinet too. <3
jabberworks
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! Hey Cliodhna, thanks for the e-mail about drinks after the Thing. I'm looking forward to that.
mr_hillmonster
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Supremely awesome! :)
hamrab
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Oh, hai...
Okay, so I'm being random again but I like the way you start this post with 'Oh Hello'. It reminds me of a lolcat. They often say 'Oh Hai' as in 'Oh, hai. I was trying to protect your fish when it fell out of the bowl but then I tried to put it back...' 'Oh hello' is an odd way to start a blog post. Do keep it up!

Morris still looks great. I can really relate to the expression on his face on the cover. There's also something disturbing about his shorts that I can't quite put my finger on.
jabberworks
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, hai...
You can be as random as you like, m'dear, it's part of your charm. ;-)
chamonkee
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
the jars look so cool! but when did you take reference photos of my room :O
jabberworks
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
When you were SLEEPING. Ooooooo!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 17th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
That's so wonderful - your details are always amazing. And I even see a couple of mice there. Kids are going to love it! Is every spread this detailed? It must have taken you years
almilway
Mar. 17th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
that was me leaving that last comment... I'm still jetlagged...
jabberworks
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Alex! You seem to have landed on your feet, what with all the festival planning!
ext_138579
Mar. 17th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
Ooooh that's mankey. Hooray :D

I absolutely LOVE his body hair, that's drawn by way of genius.

I had a kitchen like that once I'm sure... I can't quite remember...

Viv
jabberworks
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Viv! Yes, my kitchen isn't as spotless as it should be right now. In fact, I think I have a sink half full of india ink water, I should probably go take care of that.
eadesmust
Mar. 17th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
This is sooooo good! I've just spent a good ten minutes looking at all the detail in the picture and I was still discovering new stuff. All the little creatures, the labels on the jars, the mankiness of that sink. Kids are going to love this book!
jabberworks
Mar. 19th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! I had a lot of fun with the details on that one!
apwildman
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
HEAD LICE CHUTNEY!!!!!!
BLLEEEEAHHHH!!!!! :-o
jabberworks
Mar. 19th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
Tastes nice with head cheese.
ext_176295
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Brilliant, Sarah. Love the magnificent "matter" oozing out of that sink...
jabberworks
Apr. 17th, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, Nelson!
presentinglenore.blogspot.com
Apr. 17th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
It looks great Sarah! We'll definitely order a copy :) Daniel is just finishing up his final artwork for the first Buffalo book so he's totally stressed out, but he told me to say hi for him!
jabberworks
Apr. 17th, 2009 09:28 am (UTC)
Hi, Lenore, it's great to hear from you! I was just thinking about you both the other day and wondering how you were doing! Pass on my good wishes to Daniel for his book, that's very exciting news. :-)
xx
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