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.