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friday tidbits

First, I just had to show you this fab photo of Emma that her mum sent in, with her new Vern and Lettuce book. Her mum wrote on Twitter, Emma got her Vern and Lettuce at last. I'd say (call me Sherlock) that she's happy about this. Hurrah! Emma actually made a page for The Pickle without having seen the whole of Vern and Lettuce. (Read it here, it's the comic on page 6 called Vern and Lettuce Go to Paris.)

And a huge thanks to Deadlyknitshade, who took time yesterday to do a MEGA BLOG POST about what we at The Fleece Station have been getting up to. It's the first time I've shown any artwork from the book I'm working on right now, go over and have a peek here!

I saw an article over on the FPI blog that Shaun Tan's short animation based on his book The Lost Thing has been nominated for an Oscar. I haven't seen the animation yet, it looks lovely. Shaun Tan's work is nothing like mine, but if I could decide to come back as a different illustrator in another life, I'd probably choose him.

The Lost Thing YouTube link

Here's a look at another one of his books, The Red Tree:

The Red Tree YouTube link

Mo-Bot High creator and robot-maker extraordinaire Neill Cameron has been making me laugh on Twitter with comments like these (do go follow him):

*just had the best timewasting illustration enquiry ever. EVER!
*It was a combination of sheer galling barefaced timewastiness and comedy broken english. I may have to frame this and hang it over my desk.
*Here's the killer line: "I am sorry, I didn't think that need pay for your draw, I think that you draw wantonly"
*I shall be spending the rest of this evening, and indeed my career, "drawing wantonly".

*JimbobC: @neillcameron for that you need a kerchief, so you can drape it in a disheveled manner. You have to be disheveled to be wanton I think
*@JimbobC I am always disheveled. I am in fact never knowingly heveled.

And don't miss this mad comics jam, The Horseman's Tale by nedroidcomics and emmycic with an ending by KC Green, because you need to know what happens if a radioactive horse bites you.



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Feb. 18th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
The Red Tree may be the most beautiful picture book ever. Just stunning (and you get to play the 'spot the red leaf' game, because however bleak things look there is always hope).
Feb. 18th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, I love the red leaf motif. Shaun Tan's so good at coming up with his own internal system of symbolism in his books, it's fascinating.
Feb. 19th, 2011 09:12 am (UTC)
Tweet towels
The charity 'We are What We Do' provide a service whereby they will embroider a tweet on a tea towel - aka a tweet towel. I bought some as Christmas presents for people. The phrase 'I think you draw wantonly' is crying out for this treatment. The link is at:


Best wishes,

Feb. 19th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
Re: Tweet towels
Ha ha! That's a great idea. Thanks, Joan! :D
Feb. 19th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
so much good stuff
So much to look at in this one post!

Emma has the reaction that I think most people have when they receive the Vern and Lettuce book.

Great to see what you're working on these days -- and to see your watercolor pallette and brushes!

Feb. 21st, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
Re: so much good stuff
Thanks, David! Hey, I need to do a post about MoCCA and Stumptown, and catch up with you about Stumptown. Are you still planning to go? I'm going to go down on the train with Mary and Mike, I think Mike's booked the tickets.
Mar. 4th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Oscar winner
Did you see that 'The Lost Thing' won an Oscar. They had a feature about it on the Radio 4 film progamme this afternoon. Hopefully this will mean that it will become possible to see it either on DVD or the big screen in the UK soon.

Mar. 4th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Oscar winner
Yes, I'm so glad about it! I just ordered a copy of the DVD from the Books Illustrated Gallery in Australia, really looking forward to getting a peek. I should go back and listen again to the Radio 4 programme, thanks for the heads up about that!
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