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book traumas

So in yesterday's post, I was all obsessed with wanting to read the second half of Bee Season by Myla Goldberg. I stayed up really late finishing it and was totally traumatised and had crazy dreams all night. It's an amazing book, but really hard-hitting. I woke up still kind of freaked out, so over breakfast, I read another book, Shutterbug Follies by Myla's husband, Jason Little, that had arrived in the previous day's post:

Reading the second book helped calm me down a bit, so I could get on with proper work today. But for my morning sketch, I drew Shutterbug Follies' main character, Bee, trying to comfort Bee Season's Eliza, who still exists as totally traumatised in my head. I don't think Bee would understand anything Eliza's been through, but I think she'd still want to help if she could.


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Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
I really like this drawing and the composition. I also enjoy the little details like the missing parts of the fence, the weeds growing against the wall, and the fact that the laces on one of Bee's shoes have come undone.

What did you use to colour this piece? (if you don't mind telling...)

Sep. 3rd, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
Thanks, Paul! The fence is a bit of a nod to ellenlindner, who put some chain link fence backgrounds into some of the pages of her book, Undertow. She did some colouring for Shutterbug Follies and I did some tonal work for Undertwow, so it seemed fitting. :-)

I just used dip pen with india ink and Photoshop colouring with a textured background.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
I haven't read "Shutterbug follies", but I read Bee's second adventure "Motel Art Improvement Service" when it was serialized online at Act-I-Vate. (it's now been pulled offline and will soon be published as a book, I understand. only a 3-pages excerpt remains on A-I-V). It was pretty rad.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)
Cool! I'll have to read that one, too. I was chuffed to see two people I know, goraina and ellenlindner both took part in colouring Shutterbug Follies. I met Jason on the train on the way back from Caption this year, he's a nice guy. I wish I'd been able to read stuff by both him and Myla before I'd met them (but these things happen).
Sep. 3rd, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
Wow, I like this drawing a lot! Unfortunately, I haven't taken the time to read Goldberg's book, but I've read the first and some of the second Bee books.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
Cool! Bee Season's well worth reading!
Sep. 3rd, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
I'm still trying to work up the nerve to watch the Bee Season movie adaptation. I have heard mixed things about it. But I realllllly want to see that one scene inside the storage unit...
Sep. 3rd, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, that's totally what I was thinking! It must be such a visual climax to the film, I really want to see it, too.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
For one thing, I didn't know Myla was partnered with Jason. Cool, kids.
I used "Bee Season" in a parody of those endpapers they put in Beatrix Potter's Warne books, with the characters hanging around a decorative border reading books .. I put Mrs Tittlemouse reading "Bee Season", which you will "get" if you know Mrs Tittlemouse's story.
Sep. 5th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
secret lives of the graphic novelists
That's great fan art.

I didn't realize that some artists did colors in other artists' books -- coloring gossip, wow. I had no idea. I'm a little bit stunned.

I listened to "Bee Season" on tape and liked it. I really don't want to see the movie because I like it just fine as a book. (And I don't have the same kind of curiosity I had when I went to see Watchmen on the screen).
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