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fancy dress

Here's an experimental little painting I made this morning, trying to get away from always using black outlines for everything. (It's very much inspired by Hayao Miyazaki films.)
Artwork: I'm selling this painting for £40 + £5 registered mail postage (a little bit more for postage if you live outside the UK). Image is 16x13cm.
Edit: image sold

Opening the post yesterday was great fun; Marc Ellerby (burnt_jamb) sent this Vern and Lettuce painting!:

And I got three beautiful books: Marc's comic, Ellerbisms, Volume 2. My favourite lines so far:
American Girl: Oh my God, the way you eat! It's SOOOO British!
Marc: Huh? Why?
American Girl: You're using your KNIFE!
Marc: Well, how else am I s'pose to eat?
American Guy: With just your fork, dude. It's ONLY breakfast.

I know Americans eat differently, but thinking about it, he's right, we actually have different cutlery etiquette for different meals. And an American would never eat a pancake, a steak and a hamburger in the same way, while a Brit might. Hmm.

Teddy's reading The Babysitters Club: Claudia and Mean Janine by one of my favourite comic artists, Raina Telgemeier (goraina). I read it through once already and it's a ripping good read and so well drawn. I got so caught up in the story that I need to go back through it a second time to spend more time appreciating the artwork. I like all the teenage sister conflict, I could totally relate to that one. (My sister and I fought like cats.)

The other book is The Best American Comics, edited by Lynda Barry and two great artists I met through ellenlindner: Jessica Abel and her husband Matt Madden. I actually bought the book on the basis of the incredible cover painting by Eleanor Davis (squinkyelo). A quick flick through makes the book look like there's a very good chance it will live up to its cover and editors.

Illustrator and animator John Rowley just sent this photo of my drawing that he's framed in his house. Hooray, good to know my baby has a nice home.

And I got this message from the dad of a DFC fan in Lincolnshire that made me very happy:

Thought you may like to see this. I captured this on my phone while sneaking around the corner when I came home from work on Friday pm. Sorry for the poor quality but can you see how he is concentrating!! Alex always disappears off somewhere to read The DFC. By chance and it really was, Alex was, on the Vern & Lettuce page.



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Oct. 22nd, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
I absolutely love the fancy dress painting.:)
Oct. 22nd, 2008 09:13 am (UTC)
Thanks, Gina!
Oct. 22nd, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
Wow I want to see kids running around the streets in those costumes at halloween!
Oct. 22nd, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Me, too! We get really boring costumes in my neighbourhood. Mostly a group of teenagers with one plastic mask between them, hoping for handouts but not getting the whole 'costume' thing. The kind that would make you worry if you didn't have anything to give them.
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah we get those in our area too. The roam the night in packs of ten or more. Still this year I'm going to be hiding in a shack in the woods with friends at least 10 miles from the nearest surley trick or treater...
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
The colours and shapes in that first piece are completely wonderful!
Oct. 22nd, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
Oct. 22nd, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
that lantern is so pretty
Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think I was thinking of that lovely Sargeat painting, with the two girls and the lanterns. (Doesn't look anything like that, though!)
Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Oops, Sargent, not Sargeat (as in John Singer).
Oct. 22nd, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Awwww!! I'm happy you liked the new BSC, Sarah! And I also love bears. :)
Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
It's great! The last Mary Anne one was my favourite, but I think this one even beats that. I really like the visual differences between Claudia and Janine, their body language and glances and stuff. They're both very believable, I know people like both of them.

And I think it's hilarious how Mary Anne somehow manages to look the most hip, even though she's supposed to be kind of mousy. I think it's the fringe.
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Oh that's lovely! The lanterns are splendid.

And the pic of Vern and Lettuce with the penguin is ace. I love the way Lettuce is showing signs of becoming a member of the Anthill Mob. One day eh?!
Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Haha... I couldn't get the link to work, but I think you must be referring to her five o'clock shadow... :-D Time for the wax, Lettuce.
Oct. 22nd, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Great painting, as usual!
Oct. 24th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that!
Oct. 24th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
is that painting still available, pray tell?
Oct. 24th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Sorry about that, it already got taken. (By another lawyer, funnily enough!) Let me know if you see something else you like, though. I'm going to try to keep up this morning drawing thing, at least for a little while.
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