Sarah McIntyre (jabberworks) wrote,
Sarah McIntyre

crazy sunbeams, rainbows an' stuff on the moor

So many of my trips for work the past couple years have started with this bear. Whenever I visit him at Paddington station, he asks if I've brought him marmalade, and sometimes I remember. This time I brought him Nutella, which he thought wasn't too bad, although we made the jar look like it hadn't been opened so I could give it to the Reeve family, with whom I was going to stay.

I was going out to Dartmoor to visit the writer and illustrator Philip Reeve to work on a couple secret projects we have tucked up our sleeves. I brought all this work to do on the train, but by the time I got to about Bath, I just wanted the train to arrive. My new phone lets me send text messages – with photos(!) – so I started texting pictures of a very bored cat.

One of the best parts of the journey is when the train goes right by the sea in Dawlish. I took this using an app called Instagram and thought it looked very artsy-fartsy.

And hurrah, the train finally arrived. The rain was tipping down on the moor, so I didn't do any landscape sketches right away, but I did it the warm kitchen and make drawings of everyone in the family. Here's Sarah, who's a great photographer, surrounded by gadgetry.

One of the first things I saw outdoors was a very wet and muddy alpaca named Alfie (or is it Iggie? I get them mixed up). He looks like he only has one ear in this photo.

Sam and I drew a comics jam and called it Ferrari Spider.

Even though it was technically a work visit, we did go out the next day for a lovely walk on the moor.

The clouds around the tors were very dramatic.

Playing around with my camera phone again. Here's a big, snotty highland coo. I love how this photo looks like it could've been taken anytime in the last 50 years. I tweeted it and Hayley Campbell at Gosh! Comics tweeted back: HIGHLAND COO! My Dad's favourite poem goes like this: "I saw a coo upon the hill, it's no there noo -- it's shifted."

We got well rained on, but we all had good jackets and boots, so it just made everything look more dramatic. I love the way this photo captures the light on the wet tussocks.

Okay, by this point the light display was just getting a little surreal...

Some lovely old standing stones. My studio mate Gary just saw them and got excited. Gary: Cool! How old are those stones? Me: Very old! Gary: Thanks for that.

This old stone bridge looks like something out of Lord of the Rings. That's Frodo the poodle sniffing around.

While we were having lunch, Sam had a bit of time to plough a few furrows. You can see a drawing Philip made over on his Dartmoor sketch blog.

Thanks for a lovely visit, Sarah, Philip and Sam!

Tags: dartmoor, hiking, reeve

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