Thursday, 17 December 2009

Good Luck Cassia!


I was sad to hear that my new friend and fellow illustrator, Cassia Thomas, is imminently deserting The North and disappearing Down South. Shame on her!

Actually there are perfectly good reasons, which is why friends forgave her sufficiently to get together in Manchester this week, partly because we fancied supping some mulled wine and pottering through the markets, but also as a kind of send-off.

Though the others were all fresh-faced, disgustingly young, up-and-coming writers and illustrators, they were polite enough to affect not to notice the old bird nudging her way in, and a good time was had by all.


As you can see, we made the obigatory stop at Waterstones and signed our stock. This is Melanie Williamson who is moving in the opposite direction to Cassia, and has already got herself studio space in Manchester (is this part of some kind of Cosmic Illustrator Balance?).

These sketches, by the way, are those I did on the train, on the way there and back. It takes an hour, without too many stops, so is ideal.


Good luck with the move Cassia (get on with that packing missus!) and don't be a stranger. x

8 comments:

Susan Faye said...

Hi Lynne! Your artwork is so delightful and it is inspiring to "meet" an illustrator who has had such great success in the childrens book world. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you Susan! Love your wildlife paintings - so rich.

Jessie said...

I like the 'cosmic balance' idea! Old bird? I think you're younger than me and I'm only just starting out!xx

Claire Massey said...

I can confirm there were no old birds in sight! Lovely post! And really hope you've started packing now Cassia!x

geni said...

Hi Lynne, Just want to say that we're inheriting Cassia! Isn't that great. Looking forward to welcoming her into our southern illustrators group, based in the Guildford area. Love your work by the way, always makes me laugh. Have to dash, paint brush in mouth and canvas drying rapidly....

Lynne Chapman said...

Thanks Geni. Look after her for us!

Tomás Serrano said...

What a wonderful drawing with that fantastic removal van!

Lynne Chapman said...

Thanks Tomas - it's from one of my very first picture books, about a little mouse who doesn't want to move house.