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morning sketch

I've had some time to work today. The four house guests are touring the Tower of London and the Time Mangement Super Fairy is doing comics 'work experience' with ellenlindner. I tried to get going without doing a morning sketch, but failed miserably. After my morning sketch (in the afternoon), I did a little better.



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Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
This is lovely. Reminds me a lot of Jan Ormerod.

Do you know her? Author and illustrator of the fantastic books Sunshine and Moonlight, each of which is completely without words, and told entirely through pictures -- these gorgeous, photo-realistic illustrations that just somehow manage to evoke the details of domesticity circa-late 1970s/early 1980s (when I was a kid) so strongly that to look at the books is almost to travel back in time.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks! I really like her work, particularly 'Lizzie Nonsense', really nice palette in that one.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'll have to dig deeper into her oeuvre -- mostly I just read Sunshine and Moonlight, maybe because the little girl in those books looks exactly like my daughter, and they make me wish I had a big 1970's dad beard.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, they do have a somewhat dated hippie feel like Joy of Sex, but lovely all the same. I once heard her give a brilliant talk at a SCBWI conference.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Joy of Sex! Exactly! And all those 1970s lime greens and mustardy yellows. So evocative.

(Been browsing on your blog, btw., and hugely impressed with your work and general productivity levels. [doffs hat] -- so, how did you end up moving to London, and what do you like/dislike about it? I'm a Brit now living in the US, so I've kinda gone the other way, and often ponder a move back...)
Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I came to London for looove... I met my husband when we were both working in Moscow. He had a flat in London and I didn't have anywhere yet, so I moved in with him. I love living in London, even more than when I first arrived. I visited Urbana once and almost died of heatstroke. The thunderstorms were pretty cool, though. Do you like it there?
Jul. 22nd, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Curiouser and curiouser -- what were you doing in Moscow? I studied Russian and spent some time in St. Petersburg, but only saw Moscow fleetingly. So your husband is a Brit?

Urbana is perfectly nice, in a laid-back, leafy college town kind of way. The people are all very friendly and educated, the streets are clean and traffic-/crime-free, it's pretty much yer classic "good place to raise kids" (and yes, apocalyptic thunderstorms!) Still, I do have a hankering to return to Britain, even though on paper it makes no sense (high cost of living, lower salaries, bad weather, gangs of surly youths roaming the streets and emptying trashcans over each others heads, etc. etc.) Still something deep within me craves all that, which would be fine if it was just me, but with my family in tow, the decision is not just mine to make. I don't know, I go back and forth on this a lot -- I have never lived in London (raised in Henley/Oxford area, studied Japanese at Edinburgh University, then high-tailed it out to Illinois) so maybe that's be an adventure all of its own. You've never been tempted to return Stateside?
Jul. 22nd, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
That's interesting you also studied Russian! I did my degree in Russian lit at Bryn Mawr, and I mostly lived in Moscow but I visited Petersburg a few times, great fun taking the night train up there. I was studying for a year, then I worked as a full-time copy editor at The Moscow Times for a year (after a brief stint at Shakespeare & Co, which was fun but didn't pay the rent) and taught art one day a week at the Hinkson Academy. Stuart's a Brit and he was working at the embassy there.

Henley's a lovely area, we went on a hike along the river there awhile ago, great pub somewhere along there! I'd love to watch the boat races some time but haven't got around to it yet. I think I would miss the green-ness if I was from those parts.

Returning Stateside - I miss my family and the mountains and rainforests and coastline of the Seattle area, but I'm also really happy here. Not quite sure where I'll end up!
Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Would that be Shakespeare & Co. in Paris? Or is there one in Moscow too? Have you visited the one in Paris? An utterly magical place.

Cool that you popped up to Henley -- that's where I was born and raised, and I have really never actually seen a Boat Race (during the regatta us townies tended to disappear into our homes until it was all over, although I do have great memories of walking around town and seeing all these gangs of four really tall skinny blokes plus one little tiny girl -- rowing crew plus the cox -- wandering around)

The greenness is indeed very special. Out here in E. Central Illinois there is certainly greenery to be had, but it's a different shade of green, and the topography is roughly that of a brownish pool table, stretching out to the horizon in all directions. *sigh*

Ah well, for me the main thing I miss is the proximity ro Europe, plus the hard-to-define British sense of humour. Folks out here tend to be extremely perky and generous and outgoing, but they take themselves so darned seriously.

Well, best of luck with everything. I have a couple of picture book manuscripts, which I'd be delighted for you to cast your eye over, send me feedback, etc. If you are too busy, I'll totally understand, but by way of a bribe perhaps I can send you some sub-standard and weird-tasting American chocolate?
Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
That's brylcreem!
Jul. 22nd, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and thanks for adding me! :-)
Jul. 22nd, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
This is really beautiful, Sarah - I love the treatment of the cloth, hair and hands (especially her left, non-writing hand - lovely, subtle use of shadow!
Tell Elena I say hi :)
Ellen L.
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