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This morning I was planning to draw one of the trees in our local park. But I got chatting with a neighbour on the walk toward the studio and he walked me almost all the way there, and I only remembered I was going to stop at the park when I reached the front door of the studio, and then felt too silly to double all the way back (and I was cold). So I drew this in the studio, messing around a bit with my Wacom tablet. Not quite the same as drawing outdoors.

This picture pretty much sums up where I am right now; if you've e-mailed me the past couple weeks, and I haven't replied, please don't be offended! I'm drowning in unanswered e-mails, so if something's urgent, please just write to me again and give me a prod.

I met up with David Fickling and Dave O'Connell on the South Bank to talk about the picture book I'm doing after the one I'm working on now, and spotted these lovely little bird houses in the window of the Royal Festival Hall. I vaguely remember someone asking me to design one, and not having time to do it, but really wanting to. A bunch of kids from that exceptional charity Kids Company have created miniature rooms, it's beautiful.

I'd love to make Vern and Lettuce's tower block out of stacked shoe boxes this way; I really need to make time to do that some day.

Great news for FPI reveiwer Richard Bruton, he's managed to assemble an excellent collection of comics for his school library; have a look here if you're stocking a library and want some recommendations.

And I always said I'd never be one of these people who post silly cat videos, but this one did make me laugh. I've never seen cats boxing for such a concentrated way for so long. They have a much longer attention span that I do.

Patty-cake cats on YouTube (Thanks to follicaly well-endowed writer Philip Ardagh for the link.)


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Love the stylised nature of today's sketch.
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Selina! x
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
I could see it on a t-shirt with the Bird Brain caption :-)
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry to bother on top of the countless things you're doing- could you please check the link you were providing for recommended comic books for school libraries- as I do know a school that could really benefit from having comics...
Feb. 3rd, 2011 09:12 am (UTC)
Oh, I can't believe I messed up that link (bird brain!) Thanks for giving a shout! Fixed it, and here it is:
Feb. 3rd, 2011 10:36 am (UTC)
lucky library!
What a lucky school library that is! I know that at the secondary school my boys go to there is a huge demand for graphic novels. Volumes of 'Bleach' are particularly sought after. My boys are lucky in having access to a lot of graphic novels at home (never sure if 'Grandville', 'Hound of the Baskervilles' etc. were bought for the adults or the kids in this house) but of course other youngsters aren't so lucky. Richard Bruton has done a great service for his school.

We saw the Kids Company boxes when we were at the Festival Hall to see the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble on Tuesday night. Clearly lots of youngsters at the concert were very taken with them. For model homes though I don't think you can beat the London Fields one on display at the Museum of London:


Maybe Vern and Lettuce need to take a trip to Beckonscot.


Best wishes,

Feb. 4th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: lucky library!
Oh, cool! That's a brilliant link, I hope I'll get to go to the Museum of London and see it. And yes, Vern and Lettuce would love Beckonscot! I should take them, I went there when I was 18 and thought it was so fab.

Cheers! x
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