January 2nd, 2011

happy new year from the queen of tea and cake

This lovely image was just made by my fab studio mate Ellen Lindner! You can read her start-of-year writeup over on The Fleece Station blog here.

Ellen knows tea and cake better than anyone and recently set up a new blog, The London Tea Report. And she's reading The Comix Reader, which you can read about here or generally on her blog. Some of my memorable teas on my blog have been the celebratory tea for the launch of You Can't Eat a Princess! at The Berkeley, tea with Ellen and the writer Myla Goldberg at Yautcha in Soho. (Although if you just follow my cake tag, you'll come up with lotsa cakey goodness...)

today's sketches

I got these great little notebooks for £1 each in a shop called Tiger, near the Discover Centre in Stratford. They're cheap versions of Moleskines, but I actually like the paper better, more like ordinary cartridge paper. It does show pen through the pages a bit, though.

Speaking of materials, Philip Reeve got an electric eraser-pen for Christmas and he's able to do all sort of things now with light trees on dark backgrounds, something that's been eluding me a bit. (I like this tree drawing in particular.) I might have to get one of those, I remember Will Kirkby (chamonkee) telling me about his electric eraser ages ago. You can see more of Philip's drawings in his Dartmoor Sketchbook and Vern, Lettuce and I make a little appearance on his year-in-pictures blog post. I think we've both had fun drawing trees, despite the chilblains and loss of fingers.