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happy 80th, shirley hughes!

I sometimes think about what it would be like to meet my favourite writers and illustrators, and wonder what they're like. But it's also a bit terrifying when so many of them are gathered in one room. While the froth of London Fashion Week was going on outside, the real people who I think make London cool and transcend style were gathered for a quiet celebration in the small RCA's senior commons room. I've written a review of the event for WriteAway, and I was felt very privileged (and slightly bewildered) to be there.

Shirley Hughes is amazing. While I don't always connect with the style of her artwork, I have huge respect for her long career and her marvelous draughtsmanship and design skills. Like Philip Pullman said in his speech, she communicates a love for her subjects, who are us; and when she does so, we are loved. Shirley Hughes hasn't even thought about retirement yet and she hinted at various books in the works. That's one of the great things about illustrating: you just get better and better, and since it's something you love, it's what you want to do long past days when you would stop going to an office for a different profession.

I made an effort to meet Philip Pullman, since I'm a huge fan of 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, and he was patient and spoke to me for awhile. I was very glad to talk with Jane Ray, whom I'd met earlier in Newcastle at a SCBWI conference. It was exciting to meet Posy Simmonds for the first time, and I'm looking forward to her talk for Comica at the ICA in November. I briefly met Jacqueline Wilson, bedecked in her customary rings. And seeing Anthony Browne made me laugh, because he somehow looks so much like his artwork.
...What an evening! I do so love living in London.



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Sep. 20th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
i really like that piece, as well as pretty much all your other stuff.
Sep. 20th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, new livejournal friend! :-)
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
Love your drawing of Shirley Hughes, so lively and full of affection. Sounds like quite an evening. Did you notice the advertising bar running beside this drawing? Thatching, thathers, thatch insurance. Hmmmm.
Sep. 20th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, that's crazy. Thatching advertising, can you beat that. Well, I guess it's relevant... but they are *watching* me! 8-D
Sep. 20th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
You met Pullman? WHOA, and you his biggest fan! I'm SO chuffed for you! And eager to interrogate you about what Posy Simmonds is like...?
LOVE the sketch, 'specially those hands!
Sep. 20th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Her padded east-asian-style jacket made using a Japanese brush seem appropriate. But I had to fudge it and use dip pen on the hands because I still don't have enough brush control when I'm doing outlines.
Sep. 21st, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Love the drawing
I love the drawing! She looks like some one you would love to meet, just full of life and still beautiful at 80. Good job.
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