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anna akhmatova

I didn't do a morning sketch today and I could really tell. So here's a late one, I feel better for having done it. Anna Akhmatova is one of Russia's greatest poets, and a famous beauty in her day; photographed, drawn and painted by several of the great masters. I loved her work when I was doing my Russian lit degree and I keep meaning to go back and have another read. [Note to self.]

I originally thought I was going to draw Anna Chancellor, since I mentioned her in the last post, but I did a quick web search and notice the web mysteriously bereft of any profile shots of her. That made me wonder if her publicists prefer straight-on pictures because she does have rather a large nose, in a cool way. And it made me think of Akhmatova, who got to revel in her striking appearance, so I decided to draw her instead.

Events update!
Sadly, I'm not going to get to speak on the DFC panel at the Edinburgh Literary Festival in August, boo.
BUT! The good thing about this being cancelled is that I can go to Oxford's Caption festival on 15 & 16 August. Hooray! I had such a brilliant time there last year; you can see pics and a comic I drew about it. One of the coordinators, Selina Lock (girlycomic) has asked me to give a talk, so I'll let you know when I get the details. Garen Ewing is also going to give a talk on the Sunday about his amazing book coming out about then, The Rainbow Orchid. So put those dates in your diary!

I'll be doing some drawing at Gary Northfield's table this Saturday at London's MCM Expo. I'll aim to be there from 2pm for an hour or so, do stop by if you want a doodle and to say hi.

Cool link: boygirlparty has just posted a great step-by-step tutorial about how to make a quick and easy sketchbook. Have a look!


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May. 18th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
smashing drawing, sarah
May. 18th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Will!
May. 18th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
I love the drawing! Here eye looks so haunted.
Also I'll have to remember to time it right to say hi on saturday. I thought you were going to be there all day.
May. 18th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Ooh, let me know when you're there as well, it'd be fun to go around and people watch with you!
May. 18th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
kim (yunni) and I are going to be there for the whole day :) plus i'm gonna enter the draw a self portrait competiton that's going to be in manga alley. It'll be great to hang out with you, we've not had a chance to natter in ages.
May. 18th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I need to be in Dulwich in the evening, but I'll be around during the day. What's the manga alley competition link?

I thought I'd better set a time to do something at a table, but mostly I just want to see what people are wearing (oh, and the comics) and it'd be fun to have company! I think I might wear these boots I got off Ebay that I thought were going to be far less kinky that they actually are. I figure it's the only place I can wear them and still look conservative to the point of dowdy.

Edited at 2009-05-18 05:22 pm (UTC)
May. 18th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
are they the cool yellow ones?

the link is here http://www.londonexpo.com/show_features/manga_alley__expo.html

The should be some awesome (and terrible) cosplayers there :)
May. 19th, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
No, there's white go-go boots! But they are way more PVC looking than I thought they'd be. I don't think I'm going to buy any more shoes on Ebay.

Thanks for the link! I might join you in drawing a portrait. :-)
May. 18th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
I managed to get myself a table at the MCM too - hopefully I'll see you there!
May. 18th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Whoo hoo!!! :-D This'll be fun! I'm mostly just going to look at everyone else, last year was so fabulously bizarre.
May. 18th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Love the drawing -- they just don't make noses like that any more (except, perhaps, in the case of Anna Chancellor).

Great news about the Caption fest -- you will get a chance to go to the Pitt Rivers museum, which is set to become your new favourite place in the world. (Hope I haven't talked it up too much...)
May. 19th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
I hope I get to go there this time! :-) I remember Caption last year was jam-packed with events and there wasn't any time to do anything else. But since I have two Oxford-based publishers at the moment, I'm sure I'll get there at some point!
May. 19th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Wow, her nose is awesome! Like a well of magnificent power!
May. 19th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
She pulls all her best ideas and language out of it! :-D
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