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draw serge

Here's my contribution to Jonathan Edwards' Draw Serge site, where about a zillion people have already drawn French legend Serge Gainsbourg. Early this year, Ellen Lindner and I went to see the new film, Gainsbourg, Vie héroïque, when we were in Angoulême. I had a hard time taking it very seriously (mostly likely due to my bad French) but I loved the scenes when Serge and Brigitte Bardot have just broken up and his parents are trying to comfort her while also being totally weirded out by it.

For this drawing, I did it freehand with a fairly thick felt-tipped marker. Sometimes that works better than if I scuff away first in pencil, but then I never know exactly what I'm going to get. I like the slight hesitancy of the lines here, it kind of works for this picture.

I spent all day yesterday moaning about having to sit in front of my computer and answer e-mails and set up Powerpoint presentations, so this morning I cycled the 14-mile loop of the Thames Path from my house and took a few photos. I discovered a new section of the path (cutting through Surrey Docks Farm) which pleased me to no end. The cafe there looks great, I must go try it sometime when it's open. I had coffee at the Brunel Museum cafe (only £1!), which was open early today for kid workshops.

This huge building site in the Docklands looks almost like a lunar landscape.

Fabulous looking old machinery in Surrey Quays.

Almost abstract art, such great colours and textures.

Some poor cyclist named Darren got killed here. :(

Shadwell Basin and the Gherkin:

More cool machinery. The cormorants and I were both staring at it.

A few critters on my newly discovered section of the path.

And a duck with a great hairdo.



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Jul. 28th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
This looks so fun....I need a bike! Boris sent me a letter today offering me the chance to win one, maybe I'll get lucky!
Jul. 28th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Ooh, fingers crossed! Viv has a new bike, too. And so do Gary and Lauren, for that matter, if they can get their tyres fixed up. We can all totter along the Thames together!
Jul. 28th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oh man! Do I have a drawing for that Draw Serge site!
Jul. 28th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
GO FOR IT! :D (I want to see!)
Jul. 28th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
I hear the Gainsbourg movie got re-cut for international release and this version is 15 minutes shorter(but maybe easier to understand for non-French people ?)...
Jul. 28th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Ooh, really? I wonder which bit they cut! I don't like the thought of the non-French having to miss out on bits. Hmm.

I was guessing I would've been fine if the film had been subtitled. But I'm kind of glad I saw it the first time in French and didn't lose the bottom of the screen.
Jul. 29th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
Gonna have to come down and do some long walks in London! You've inspired me!

Cool photos...

Matt Badham
Jul. 29th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
Cool! This city has more amazing hidden gems to offer than anywhere on the planet. Bring your bicycle and I'll take you on a tour!
Aug. 7th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
viva serge
That's a great likeness!
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