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penny farthing

Here's today's morning sketch. Yesterday my friend Dan and I went on a long cycling adventure through London that took us up the canals, past the pirate ships in Wapping, through the Dickensian backstreets near London Bridge and by the houseboat neighbourhoods in the Surrey docks. It felt great to get out.

Right now all the publishers are trying their darnedest to sell books at the Bologna Book Fair, the biggest children's book selling event of the year. If Random House and Scholastic can sell the rights to reprint our books to lots of other countries, it could make finances much easier around here, fingers crossed! I went to Bologna last year to get a first-hand look at the fair, eat gelato, drink prosecco, and attend the bi-annual SCBWI conference. Lots to do here, but I'm kind of sad I'm not there this year; I had so much fun running into all sorts of writers and illustrators and browsing through the French and Korean book stalls.



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Mar. 24th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
Damn those are some stylish mutton chops! I so need to post some more art on lj I've just been so busy with things... and hating everything I draw...
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, Will! I'm really looking forward to seeing you at the Thing!
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Yup... you'll probably need Will repellent for your table...
Mar. 25th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
And here was me trying to organise my Will bait! :-)
Mar. 25th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
you're frying burgers at the thing?!
Mar. 24th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Ha! Love the tag.
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Thanks, and see you soon!
Mar. 24th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Great stuff. Love the tail sleeve. :)
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! I kind of drew it by accident, but then it seemed kind of funny.
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
super morning sketch, sarah! love the li'l birdies hitching a ride.
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Hi Sarah!

loving this picture!!
Aren't bike rides the best?
I am wondering what the name, Penny Farthing, implies. We have a pub in town called the Penny Farthing, which makes me curious.

Mar. 25th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Ah! The answer to your question lies in the next comment. And thanks! :-)
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
It's in reference to the wheels - one's as tiny as a penny and the other is as big as a farthing. God Save The King!
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
When I was a teenager in the DC suburbs, one of the art museums in DC had a small exhibition devoted to Whistler's Wapping painting called "Whistler: Wapping on Thames".
I knew that The Thames was a river, but I thought at the time that "Wapping" was a verb -- possibly related to the sound effect "Whap". I guessed that it might have had something to do with the sound boats make when they bounce on the water.

Coincidentally, for a brief time in high school, I had some mutton chops. They were about two decades ahead of their time (or a century behind the times). None of my classmates was thrilled with my mutton chops and I soon shaved them off.
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Re: Wapping
Yes, 'Wapping' still makes me laugh to myself when I say it. And Spitalfields and Barking and Brockley and... oh, the Brits come up with some cracking names. Pratts Bottom, that's a good one.

I think you look better without mutton chops. ;-)
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Re: Wapping
"Cracking" is a good word too.

I will hold off on re-growing the mutton chops. ;)
Mar. 25th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
I used to live down the road from a village called Ducklington, which, if it isn't already the name of a C-Beebies TV show, bloody well should be.
Mar. 25th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
True, that is a very sweet and cuddly name!
Mar. 25th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Heh, I know. I was always reluctant to go there, in case the reality didn't live up to my expectations.

Really looking forward to my trip, and to The Thing. I also have my ticket for the DFC panel at Ox Lit Fest. WOO HOO!
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