Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Oh No: It's Happened Again!


I've been bravely soldiering on (what a martyr...) with my cold. I visited St Alban's Academy yesterday (which, oddly, is in Birmingham rather than St Albans). I'm not complaining - Birmingham's much nearer, but far enough for a good batch of train sketching. I started at Sheffield station:


It was a full train and the sun was right in my eyes if I faced forwards, so I bent to round to draw this guy who was sitting right next to me. He was a big bloke, much bigger than me, so I sat staring up at him while he worked on a laptop. He affected not to notice:


Anyway, my voice was a bit croaky from the outset of the visit, then I worked all day with quite a lively bunch of Y7 children, and the croaking became a weird kind of 'yodel'. By the end of the afternoon, it was really breaking up and I said my farewells in a stage whisper.

These are a couple of sketches from my trip home:


This morning I awoke as a total mute. Apparently there's nothing at all to be done about acute laryngitis. I just have to wait it out. This is the 3rd time the exact same thing has happened. Last time, in March, I actually tried a day of mimed storytelling.

So, today I have let down St Giles Primary in Killimarsh (so sorry guys) and tomorrow I've had to cancel a day in Stockport. Luckily there is a week's gap after that, so I hope to be back to my normal gobby self by then.

I hope you like the drawings: at least I've had time to scan them in for you while I rest up. Even had the opportunity for a little experimental tinting in Photoshop. I've not had time to play for simply ages - every cloud...

If you're interested, there are lots more train sketches on my website. Later on today, I'll pop some of my drawings from earlier in the week into the Picture Gallery.

9 comments:

traylorillo said...

Cracking idea, tinting in PhotoShop. Why not add some colour?

Tomás Serrano said...

Lynne, I think they look great. Five stars of five, he, he.

jeanette said...

hi lyne it's me jeanette from y5st.stephens school the head teacher and the school is asking you plz can u write a book about st.stephens school.

james said...

thanx for visiting lynne your pictures are realy good we like the peom about the dinosaurs well we just like them all do you think you cood visit again to are school from james

beyonce glim said...

hi i am beyonce i love your books lyne they r so cool rnt they i love them so fetch

abbey said...

Hi Lynne This is Abbey your pictures are great!!! You are a great illustrator when you came to are school that was great!!! my mum said she thought you had done my dinosaur picture because i did another one at home !! and i said no it was me she still hardly belives me know hahaha you are a brill illutrator i wish i could draw like that i bet your really proud of yourself arent you iv got a well good idea why dont you write a book of your life and put loads of yyur train pictures in seeya

Ale Acosta A. said...

Lynne! those are great sketches... I love the colors too!

Lynne Chapman said...

Thanks everyone! Lovelt to hear from the folk of St Stephens - gald you had a nice day! It was fun, wasn't it?

Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli said...

These look great. I really like the sketch with the lady in the gray coat.