Sunday, 1 November 2009

Big Draw Dinosaur Day!


On Wednesday, I spent another day at my exhibition. The theme was Big Draw Dinosaur, so I concentrated on reading Gnash Gnaw Dinosaur! and showed people how to draw their own T Rex, like this one by Bethany:

I knew I'd have to draw lots of different dinosaurs on the flipchart too, so had to swot up on my other dinos - I haven't drawn most of them since I finished the original illustrations back in February of last year!


I sat on the train with lots of scrap paper and practiced drawing diplodocuses, pteradons, kronosauruses, stegosauruses etc. etc. until they were passable. I caught the odd person peeking, obviously wondering what I was up to.

This meant that I didn't sketch at all on the way there, but luckily did quite a few on the way back as you will see.

The day was great fun: I was on the go pretty much constantly, with a grabbed sandwich for lunch, but not even time to eat my banana! As well as my workshops there were other activities going on, including decorating dino foot-prints, which were then stuck onto two enormous diplodocuses on the stairs:

When it was all over, I relaxed with a coffee and a slab of excellent walnut cake at a local cafe, with an old friend who'd come all the way from The Lake District to see the show before it finishes next week. Thanks Mary!

Then I got my train home and began sketching: the man below is the one the hands above belong to. I think he was marking exam papers.


I wasn't very happy with this next sketch and nearly didn't scan it in, but when I'd played around with colour in Photoshop, it seemed to work a lot better, even though it's not a very accurate depiction of the subject:


This next guy was sitting next to exam-man, and was getting on my nerves. He kept changing position, so in the end I abandoned him altogether. But I came back, and almost finished him off just before Sheffield, which was when I noticed he was reading Plato. I was sufficiently impressed to forgive him!

Before I go, I'd like to say a special hello to anyone from St. Stephen's Primary who's reading - it was lovely to see so many children turn up on to see me. Your books are finally on their way by the way!

5 comments:

Jessie said...

Lovely sketches Lynne! What lucky children being shown how to do draw disosoars and Bethany's has a hint of your style!;D x

cassia said...

that last pic is brilliant though. Glad you finished it.

Think Bethany has an excellent sense of motion in her pic too- very unusual for young folk to get that working, I'd say. Once again, I reckon we need to watch our backs! New wave of up and coming illustrators ahoy!

Damian Harvey said...

You know, some of these streelife/trainlife pictures, with your writing on them remind me them what that Toulouse Lautrec fella did. If you know what I mean.

Lynne Chapman said...

Thanks guys!

Bethany was very keen - I did 3 more or less identical sessions that day, gaving flipchart drawings away to kids who guessed what I was drawing or answered quiz questions from the story. Bethany came to all 3 sessions, because she was determined to win a picture to take home!

Ira Robbins said...

As always, so full of fun and color!

I love the portrait sketches in w/Photoshop.