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weekend catch-up

I've been doing LOADS of drawing today for my upcoming Scholastic book, but I'm still waiting to hear if they'll let me post sketches as I go, or if I need to keep it under wraps. This was my first weekend at home in more than two months, so I tried not to go anywhere near the Internet, and mostly succeeded.

But I got this really lovely drawing from Simon Tofield of the Simon's Cat animation and books, as a pat on the back for winning the Sheffield Children's Book Award and just as a general encouragement sort of thing. Our studio are big fans of the Simon's Cat team: Simon, Mike Bell, Nigel Pay and Daniel Greaves. (And the cats, of course.) Thanks, Simon!



Have you seen, writer and illustrator Alex Milway has started up a new blog! Be sure to bookmark it at AlexMilway.com.

And I can't remember if I've mentioned it, but fab Seattle-based comics artist David Lasky (dlasky) has posted a bunch of photos from my sister's first solo show of paintings.



David pops up a lot in my head as my alternate universe buddy, that place where I never moved away from Seattle and am now sharing a studio with him and my sister. In that place, I've just done a series of paintings and sketches of those massive orange loading cranes down by the docks, the ones you pass on the way to Alki Beach. I love those things, every time I go back to Seattle, I wish I had a few weeks to do a project around them. They're a bit like the big red horses you see in early 20th-century Russian paintings, so iconic. But I remember it being a bit tricky to find a place to park anywhere near the cranes, since they're on private dockland. Although I also have a fuzzy memory of being lost in the car somewhere around them with my Taiwanese sister Joyce, when we were sixteen, at about 4am, which felt well dodgy. I think we'd been TP-ing someone's house, shockers! The other popular wasteful things to do at the time were 'forking' people's lawns - sticking plastic forks in the grass in the dead of night, or noodling them - sticking dried spaghetti in the lawn which would wilt in the rain and be impossible to pull out. Apparently 'flocking' was all the craze after I left, which involved a night-time raid to cover a lawn with plastic pink flamingos, but that seems like it might have been out of our price range. TP-ing involved the most skill, or you'd lose your roll as you threw it over a tree. It's the opposite of environmentalism, really, we were such little wasters.

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cleanskies
Nov. 29th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
Those cranes are beautiful, you should draw them!
crazycrone
Nov. 29th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
Cranes
Yeah, amazing things!
And how super cool to have a card from Simon's cat!

Edited at 2010-11-29 08:27 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Nov. 29th, 2010 08:27 am (UTC)
The cranes look like red metal flamingoes (or perhaps giraffes)
mr_sadhead
Nov. 29th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, if you'd stayed here would you be doing as well as you are now? This is the place people are from.
dlasky
Dec. 7th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Viva Seattle-Tacoma!
This is the place Sarah McIntyre is from, but for me, this was my destination and has become my home.

Leeann and I keep eyeing Portland, but we're still most comfortable in Seattle.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 6th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
sarah mclntyre
Hi sarah why don't you come to Drayton Park school so I can make a commic and by the way I was'nt here but I want to see you.
jabberworks
Dec. 6th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Re: sarah mclntyre
Oh, I'm sorry to have missed you! But you can make comics anytime, all you need is some paper and a pencil! (Or you can draw them on your arm if you don't have paper.) ;)
dlasky
Dec. 7th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
I am only now seeing this
Sorry I'm slow to notice that you mentioned me in one of your posts...! Sarah, I'm so pleased to be your alternate universe buddy! And to share a studio (somewhere, somehow) with the amazing McIntyre sisters -- how inspiring! I'm glad, at least, that the Internet has kept us from being complete strangers.

I've seen a few Seattle artists take on the cranes as subject matter. Most notably Mary Iverson:
http://maryiverson.com/paintingviewer5.html

I was involved in a TPing incident in 5th grade. I think I got it out of my system and didn't do it as a teen. Still, bad karma for me, right? I have to draw more public service comic books to make up for it. Never heard of raw spaghetti (noodling) before - how innovative!
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