Further to my recent post on napkins, I have just returned from the Bologna bookfair, where collaborative drawing happened in a grand number of ways, including this three-napkin bonanza by Elena, Becky, Caroline, Emily and me in Bar 51 (click to see it bigger).
We also drew on placemats and on giant paper on the side of our stand at the fair, and we played a stunning game of telephone pictionary which I hope to share at some point.
In other news, I met hundreds of beautiful books and several beautiful ice creams; I also had an altercation with a wheelie-suitcase on the way to meet a publisher, which resulted in a split lip and an afternoon spent in hospital on a sugar drip. Many lovely Cambridge people looked after me and I am getting less scabby every day.
Oh and here is the suitcase I took (and didn’t trip anyone up with):
This monster Darrel, from Monster Clothes, didn’t make it to Foyles Gallery until yesterday because I had some trouble with his dress. So then he had to come on the bus to work with me:
Then we did some admin:
And finally, made it to Foyles just in time to meet the other Darrel (that’s his hand):
Thanks everybody else who’s been to see too! Tis open til 5pm Saturday, more details on the MA show website.
Whilst on holiday in the Small Isles, Inner and Outer Hebrides, I saw a lot of beasts. I did draw them a bit, but mostly retrospectively on napkins, bus timetables etc. This is not exactly what I saw happening on Eriskay – more a kind of summary of the day’s events:
I was going to say that the two images below did not represent my recent experiences in this way, but actually, the one on the left pretty much happened last week, except that the mouse himself was not at home when I opened the drawer.
I think I have got the bolognese out of my dress, but not the Bologna out of my head. Before unpacking or doing anything useful, I thought I would turn some doodles from queues to see publishers into a screenprint.
So, sometimes you queue for hours with two pigs and a sausage dog and then the Editor or Art Director says “ISNOTFORUS”, and sometimes you don’t queue at all and they say much more positive things. And this year we had a stand for the MA and the publishers really did come and see us and read our books.
And there were giant Sizos on the wall, and Elena‘s Toucan, and all manner of things.
The fair was even more manic and mind-boggling than last year, but whilst running around the four aircraft hangers between queues, appointments, exhibitions and our stand, I did manage to purchase some beautiful things: I particularly recommend Amiga Gallina which features some very fine willow-pattern cows.
Oh dear I started playing online telephone pictionary again, as you can see it is a great use of my time, really advancing my skills and refining my visual language, whilst helping me develop a thesis for my dissertation.
ROAR! Said the angry mastermind duck, and all the other animals were terrified by this well thought out phrase:
You can see the full strip if you like. The only thing is I think most people on the site are American – do they have Mastermind there?
Should I deliver this box? or go dancing? or even swimming?
See the full strip.