Friday, 20 March 2009

Sketchbooks and Children's Festival Events

Me again. You may wonder how come I am posting this week, when I am supposed to be so busy travelling the world (well, England anyway). Aha! Well, sneakily, I set up some posts in advance again.
I was very bad and, instead of doing all the sensible things I desperately needed to do, like writing invoices and sorting back admin, I 'wasted' valuable chore-time, setting up my blogs for this week. Slap wrists.

Anyway, as you read this, I am in Shrewsbury doing storytellings and creative writing workshops for their Children's Bookfest. It's a little special, as it's the festival's 10th anniversary (I have been promised cake!)

These drawings are of course from last week. I was rather pleased with this one below, although I got very tetchy doing it - I was sitting just up from the door to the buffet car and, every couple of seconds, another person would walk by on their way to get some breakfast.
Sometimes they even queued between me and my victims: particularly irritating, as I never know whether this might be my last few seconds before the subject moves!

You can see more of my train sketches here or watch a film of me talking about my sketchbook work.


Felicity said...

I've been reading through Bloglines, not commenting as I assumed there would be millions of comments...! Your train sketches are just out of this world! They make me feel totally incompetant as I heven't the nerve to even try and they inspire me no end as they are so wonderful!

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you so much! Although, I definitely wouldn't want to make you feel intimidated.

The secret is to hold your sketchbook just below the level of the train table, especially if you can get a seat without anyone next to you. You can even put your handbag on the table in front of you.

Then nobody will see, so if it's rubbish, what does it matter? But it probably won't be rubbish and, at risk of sounding rather school-marmy: you'll never know if you don't give it a try...

Felicity said...

Thanks very much Lynne! That's a great tip, I think I can manage that! I hear so many artists doing it in full view of everyone so I assumed you were too. While that is great, if I make eye contact with anyone, they keep looking back as if I'm a escapee ;)! The trams here in Geneva are not so easy so hints and tips on how not to be noticed are very welcome! Thanks again!

Lynne Chapman said...

Wearing an ipod helps a bit too - you feel somehow slightly seperated from who you're drawing. People are also less likely to approach you or say something.

Good luck!