December 11th, 2009

kingston university: read to inspire conference

Yay, I got to hang out with some of my favourite illustrators today! Here's Chris Wormell and Mini Grey. Chris does some of the best linocuts I've seen, and Mini comes up with the most wonderful textures and beautifully wonky perspectives when she draws objects, besides telling great stories.

I've just recently been able to meet the very talented Hannah Shaw, who showed the conference's group of teachers in training some of the cool Photoshop tricks she uses in her books. (Here's me with Morris the Mankiest Monster and Hannah with Erroll the Squirrel... closeup of the Erroll finger puppet.)

I wasn't paying a whole lot of attention to drawing well, but my notes kind of give a feel for what was going on. Although I didn't take many while Chris was talking, I was too enviously gazing on his studio photos of all his fabulous printmaking equipment. I loved seeing their sketchbooks, that was a real highlight.

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Hey, thanks, Lydia Calman-Grimsdale, for blogging about my comics workshop over on your JAPS school blog, yay!

If you're in southwest London, come along tomorrow to the great indie bookshop that is The Golden Treasury and get your Christmas copies of Morris the Mankiest Monster and colour monsters with me! I'll be there from 3pm and the nearest tube station is Southfields.

And just one more totally unrelated thing, I got a big kick out of The Onion's video for the Annual Take Your Daughter to War Day. Go have a look, heh heh.