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sarnies with chris riddell

Yesterday I had lunch with an illustrator I've always admired, at least ever since the Cartoon Museum opened and I studied the way he drew the bony knuckles of an old man's hands in a political cartoon. He's Chris Riddell, and you may know him for his Ottoline books, his political cartoons in The Observer, his many collaborations with writer Paul Stewart, such as The Edge Chronicles or his funny little literary parodies in The DaVinci Cod. (You can read a longer list of his work over on Wikipedia.) Here's a picture we drew together:



Chris doesn't use any digital elements in his work, just pens and paint, and we had fun geeking out over such things as quality of line, lettering with brush pens, and ink stains on the inside of one's jacket pocket. (Yes, his jacket lining is a bit of an inky mess.) We had our sandwiches outside the Observer offices, overlooking the canal, which was completely choked up with green algae.

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 15th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Chris Riddell and the Big Draw
Chris Riddell was really nice to my kids at a Guardian Big Draw event (back in the day when they were held at the Newsroom) - they were slightly in awe of him because of the Edge Chronicles. Speaking of which, some enterprising Guardian organiser should snap you up for this year's event - I can see you commanding a table in King's Place.

Best wishes,

Joan
jabberworks
Aug. 16th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Chris Riddell and the Big Draw
Aw, thanks, Joan! And yes, Chris is lovely, I'm glad you and your kids have had a chance to meet him!
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