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

Awesome work!
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Yup! And a tiny bit of collage.
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
OMG that is awesome! LOL@ the withnail and I reference.
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, getting that in made me way too happy. ;-)
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
So many brilliant little details! And is that a fly dotting one of the i's?
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
I love the vegetables sprouting on the shelf.
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Mar. 16th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Wow - this looks so great!
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mike!
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..
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Hee hee...
Mar. 16th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
I love this illustration!
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And you've been turning out some amazing stuff lately!
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.
Mar. 16th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I just noticed the silverfish climbing up the cabinet too. <3
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Mar. 17th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Supremely awesome! :)
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.
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. ;-)
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
the jars look so cool! but when did you take reference photos of my room :O
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
When you were SLEEPING. Ooooooo!
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
Mar. 17th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
that was me leaving that last comment... I'm still jetlagged...
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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...

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.
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!
Mar. 19th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! I had a lot of fun with the details on that one!
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
Tastes nice with head cheese.
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