Hurrah! Whoopee! Yee-hah! I have finally finished the scans (see Working On The Scans), the window blinds in the studio are pulled up for the first time in days, and does the sun stream in? Of course not. Because it is raining fit for Noah.
It is drumming so hard on the roof and the velux window just above my head that I can barely hear my music. And the forecast is for it to keep at it all day. Which is a bit depressing, but is particularly annoying today, since I have to walk to the post office at some point, to post the DVD of reworked scans and the endpaper artwork (see Tracing up the Cover of Dragon's Dinner) off to Hodder
Maddy the cat has the right idea for a day like today. She is currently curled up on top of my monitor (I still have an old-fashioned one, not a flat-screen, which is massive as an old-style TV) warming herself nicely by blocking the cooling vents, which probably means that if I don't turf her off soon, the computer will start to smoke...
The image above is from A Lark in the Ark by the way, which seemed irresistibly apt. It's a very silly story written by Peter Bently and was a joy to illustrate. The animals get bored, so decide to play Hide and Seek in the ark. They hide in Noah and Mrs Noah's bedroom (where they are not allowed) and the book has flaps for you to find them all. But what's particularly funny is that they have all dressed up in Noah and his wife's clothing and Peter has rhymed the animals and outfits - bears in flares, wombats in combats, llamas in pyjamas etc.
A great idea, you might think, but one that would probably run dry after 4 or 5 animals. But Peter came up with 16 different ones for me to illustrate, and all of them squeezed into cupboards, or behind furniture, which was sometimes a challenge to fit in, as of course they always had to be drawn in pairs.
A little quiz question for you now: those who know my work, might recall that I have drawn 'bats in hats' once before. Remember which book? I'll leave you to think about that one, and give you the answer later.
If you want to hear how I went out sketching old boats to get reference for A Lark in the Ark, see highlights from my sketchbook, and find out who I based Noah on, see A Real Lark in the Ark in The Picture Gallery.
Right, where's that brolly..?