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taking them epaulettes up a notch

There were a couple great drawings of epaulettic enhancement in yesterday's comments by bandersnatch_02 ahd ztoical, which made my own drawing of fluffy epaulettes look, frankly, pretty wimpy. And we can't have that.

Good news for me, I met my deadline and got the last of my picture book artwork turned into Scholastic UK yesterday... big relief! I'm not allowed to say anything about the book, yet, but I'll fill you in as soon as I can. It's all very exciting. Katherine (the editor) and Rebecca (the designer) were very happy with it and I brought in some fairy cakes to celebrate. Except I'd never made fairy cakes before, and it all got rather fraught when I made a double batch of batter and then realised I'd lent my cupcake tin to the neighbour, who had gone out; then the fairy cakes came out with a very strange texture, kind of like cornbread, even though I'd been following Nigella's recipe so diligently; then the Royal icing had a weird taste that got better after you chewed for awhile, but didn't compensate for the initial 'ew' feeling when you bit in. I hope, for their sake, the Scholastic people just quietly tipped them into the bin after I left.

How embarrassing. I don't think I'll be getting my Domestic Goddess certficate anytime soon.



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Mar. 19th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
Oh, what a fabulous horse!
Mar. 19th, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: Squeee!
Thanks! I used to draw horses a lot when I was a kid.
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Mar. 19th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
I think that is a very good plan! I saw him reading what you wrote and he had a very pleased expression. (He still calls you 'that guy who was driving in the Rapture'.)
Mar. 19th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
Now those are pretty darn epic!
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you, king of epic!
Mar. 19th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
What a splendid depiction of epaulette enhancement.

It is my firm opinion that one's epaulettes can never be to proud or too gaudy.

yours truly

Griselda Primrose
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Epaulettes
I can't get tips from a better source! ;-)
Mar. 19th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Seeing this gave me an epaulettic fit!
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
I hope you had a stiff cup of tea afterward to sort you out. ;-)
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Mar. 19th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm proposing them as the next addition to Heathrow. I'm particularly interested to see how the Greens campaign against them.
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
The key to a good epaulette, I realize, is the brocade work. You can't have the tassels without the nice fancy bits around the top.

And it's a good thing his horse is nice and chunky, and hence able to support the sheer weight of those epaulettes.

(In French, epaule = shoulder, as you probably knew, so they're 'shoulderettes,' which for some reason puts me in mind of the Rockettes, only with extremely overdeveloped deltoid muscles as if they had spent a long time swimming...)
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oops, forgot to log in. That was me, by the way.
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
You just can't go wrong with stellar brocade work. We should all take that to heart.
Mar. 19th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Ha! today's drawing is spiffing! I love his face almost more than anything else.

Although I simply love epaulets to death too. I want to find some in real life and affix them to my jacket. It's not a nice jacket, just a practical one, it would be horribly mismatched, but I enjoy being strange.

When I saw your post the other day, I immediately though "I should do a be-epauletted doodle for Sarah!" Then I scrolled down and saw someone else had, and so I didn't. But then some more people did, and it's a bandwagon! Hurray! I leap into the fray!

Everyone else's are all delightfully whimsical and gravity defying, mine seem to have gotten bogged down with reality a bit. For comedic effect! Woo!
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
That is excellent!!! Can you imagine the indigestion one could get from eating epaulettes to excess? (Always remember not to eat them at least one hour before swimming.)

Do post a photo if you manage to track down some magnificent epaulettes!
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Thanks! I think most horses have indestructible stomaches though, epaulettes are more worser for humans. Unless they're chocolate epaulettes.

Can we eat them while swimming though, as long as we don't have them before?

Certainly I shall post a photo! Had a cursory glance round eBay, they have some very impressive ones, but they're all historical items from actual generals who fought in wars and things, and a bit out of my price range. I'm hoping to accidentally wander past a store called "Epaullettes' Backwards-R Us" whilst they're having a huge sale, and then all of my problems would be solved. ALL OF THEM.
Mar. 19th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Mar. 19th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
Goodness! I love his huge tassely shoulder pads!
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you! :-)
Mar. 20th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
That one is just great!
Imagine him riding on a parade with lots of people standing nearby!

I drew one too, but I guess my epaulettes look kind of like spaghetti

Malte (
Mar. 20th, 2009 09:39 am (UTC)
Lovely painting! Mind if I post it in the main blog?

I loved your work in the GOAL Anthology, great stuff. And spaghetti epaulettes going to HUGE next season, just you wait.
Mar. 20th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
Thank you,
and yes, feel free to post it.
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know whose facial expression I love more the horse or the guy
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
that was me, LJ is being weird.
Mar. 20th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, that was fun to draw. :-)
Mar. 21st, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I really like that fat happy horse. He's so dancy!
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