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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.

I showed off work from my Morris book and comics, and got the teachers-to-be excited about all the amazing creative energy coming out of the UK comics community, and the potential for their students to tap into it by making their own comics. Then I did a bit of a plug for the upcoming DFC Library and led them in some character design with a story-starter. (You can get all the printouts I gave them if you click on the top banner of the Kids at Random House website, or the direct PDF link here.)

Thanks to everyone that made this happen! Here's Hannah with our Kingston University contact and organiser Liz Broad (with yummy mince pies!) and our fabulous Random House publicity team members, Andrea MacDonald and Kelly Tapper. And not in the picture, but the person who brought the whole conference together, Nikki Gamble of Write Away.

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.


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Dec. 12th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
Oh man oh man! Saved that .pdf, I'll pretend it's for when I babysit, but in reality it's going to be a rainy day project all for myself.

It's so exciting to see that teachers are getting a taste of learning with comics/illustration
Dec. 12th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
Yay! Yeah, I love doing the monster making workshop because it means I get to do it, too, ha ha...

And yes, the teachers are SO interested in bringing comics into the classroom, they're totally looking for us to fill them in and give them ideas for how to make reading and storywriting more fun.
Dec. 12th, 2009 10:31 am (UTC)
Love to see the sketchbooks - often more interesting that the finished work!
Dec. 13th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Sketchbooks
I agree! Some of the sketches Chris showed reminded me a lot of some Rembrandt etchings I was looking at a while ago, such lovely texture and solidity they both get with their lines. And I love the way Mini skews things, a bit like Satoshi Kitamura - the two of them are my favourite illustrators for drawing objects.
Dec. 13th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
Hi Sarah - Just wanted to say how much I LOVED the read to inspire conference on Friday :). I feel very lucky to be on a course that organises such amazing guest lectures!!
It was brilliant to be introduced to your work and that of your friends too because I personally LOVE comics and think the artwork was fantastic!
I am definitely going to use cartooning and comics in the classroom - thank you for all the inspiration x x
Sarah G
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