October 24th, 2012

mcintyre sisters in manhattan

If you haven't yet read my article over David Fickling Books' blog about my sister (we were asked to write about someone in our family), hop over there and find out a few things about the legend that is my sister, Mary McIntyre. I really miss her, I don't get to see her very often because she lives in Seattle. So this weekend, we met in the middle, along with Stuart and Mary's partner, former Seattle PI reporter Mike Lewis, who runs the Streamline Tavern with her.

We managed to hit two museums during our visit, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here's a page of sketches based on paintings I saw at the Met. (See if you can guess which paintings.)

I've always thought this American folk art portrait was wonderfully quirky, by Ammi Phillips, painted between 1834-36.

Mary's always telling me off for making too many pictures of 'nice, smiling' children. She wants me to show a few nasty or creepy children. So I'm obliging her with this reinterpretation of Phillips' painting. I quite like it, I think I might work it up into a lino cut or something.

Here's our gang on the steps of the Met, finishing up the giant pretzels we bought from one of the Vietnam Vet food stands out front.

I think pretzels are a good excuse for Mary to eat mustard. She loves mustard and I drew this portrait of her. She's kind of hard to draw, but I keep trying.

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the shoo rayner drawings school & me!

Do you remember when I said that I'd watched this Shoo Rayner Drawing School video...

...and then posted this customised drawing?

Well, Shoo made a response video, and further customised his skull drawing! Why not try your hand at coming up with yet another version of it? Shoo has hundreds of videos on his drawing channel if you ever need a bit of inspiration about what to draw.

Hey, and Shoo also posted an interview he did with me in Wigtown last year! Thanks, Shoo! I think I was very scatterbrained from doing a wild children's event right before it, so I come across as a bit nuts, but hey ho. It was a fun festival.

I think I actually prefer this other (very candid!) video interview of Shoo and Debi Gliori, where I'm safely tucked behind the camera, ha ha. (Scroll partway down the blog post.)