July 2011


Illustration Friday: Remedy

This drawing was also my entry for Jillian Tamaki’s “Summer Myths” contest, which I only found out about on Monday – the day it closed. It is pen and ink and – for once! – the original is slightly larger than what you see here. The remedy connection is to do with sunburn.

The drawing didn’t make the shortlist for the contest, but some stunning pieces did. You can see them on Jillian Tamaki’s blog here: Results! My favourite is Roman Muradov‘s picture of the “ancient Poldevian tradition of burning post-it drawings of curious creatures accumulated through dull summer jobs. Usually performed on August 28th (29th if you’re left-handed).

In other news, here is one of several figures I illustrated for Nicole Murphy’s semi-secret project. The others were coloured, but this one was surplus to requirements and only got a touch of shading.

Dalek on the Orient Express

This is, of course, for Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (and not by any means the last Christie title which may make it into the the Dalek Game.

In other news, here is the new header for July:
July Header

Regency Dalek

This is for Georgette Heyer’s Regency Buck (hilarious book, not quite what the title would suggest). I promise faithfully that this is the last Heyer Dalek for some time. Part of the Dalek Game.

In other news: I just took a milo cake out of the oven. The illustrations I did for Nicole Murphy’s secret project are in the wild, but you’ll have to go hunting for them as it has only been downgraded from secret to clandestine. I’ve been writing and having portrait parties and sitting in the sun at markets sketching with friends. I also wrote a new story, about quests and grandmothers and high hills, and have acquired a very beautiful couch from Angela Slatter (part of my collection of literary chairs) but it is in the car because I didn’t think through this end of the removal thoroughly. I will draw it when I can press someone into helping me carry it. I’m wondering whether to use the notorious bottle of blue wine to poach peaches.

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