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some tractor relief

I've been a bit stressed out lately with deadlines (the most pressing being my picture book artwork for this spring's Bologna book fair, a deadline which is... tomorrow!). But people have been very kind. Here's a picture from Sam Reeve (who's nearly eight), which arrived this morning.

His dad wrote: I told Sam how hard you were working, and he thinks what you need is a picture of a tractor, so he drew you one: it's Steve Arrowsmith Brown's, splitting logs.

And it's true, a tractor was just what I needed! Look at the detail on this one, Sam drew it from memory. You can see another one of his fab tractor drawings here. Thanks, Sam!

And thanks, Dan Fone, for recommending what's my new working music album of choice, How Strange, Innocence by Explosions in the Sky. (I've been listening to it on Spotify.) Alex Milway recommends the Parades album by Efterklang, particularly the song Cutting Ice to Snow, which sounds like it would fit nicely into one of his yeti books.


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Mar. 14th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Oh Sarah, these are truly great.
I can barely draw a stickfigure so I do envy this tractor!

And good luck with the deadlines. Had no idea you were a stress-bunny! You never let on for a single moment when I "see" you on Twitter.

Happy drawing, my friend!

Liz (@LizUK)
Mar. 14th, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Liz, it's such a fab drawing. :D Aw, I don't like to vent too much online, but this morning on Twitter, I did throw a coffee cup wildly in Alex Milway's general direction (but it hit a wall instead).
Mar. 14th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
That's an amazing tractor! Grind on!
Mar. 14th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yee haw! :D

You, too, girlfriend! I know you have heaps on at the moment. Really looking forward to seeing you at the Oxford lit fest. We both live in London but I can see that far-off festivals are going to be the way we catch up with each other this spring! Could be worse places to meet, I suppose. :)
Mar. 14th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Holy cow, that's a tractor I would be proud to say I had drawn. (And if I tried to draw one, I'd have to have photo ref. of it, so it's extra brilliant that he did it a capella.)
Mar. 16th, 2011 08:12 am (UTC)
Hi, Mark! I agree, I couldn't draw one half as well from memory either!
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