Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Lynne Chapman: Illustrator in Residence!

The early part of this week was spent carrying on with The Jungle Grumble (hope you like how those two spreads are looking now - still not quite finished, as you can see) but the end of the week has been a little unusual...

On Saturday night I got back from a really interesting, 2-day conference in Derby, for the Association of Senior and Children's Educational Librarians (no wonder it's ASCEL for short!). The theme was 'Communication', and I was invited to speak about how I communication through my illustrations. Since communication it central to almost every part of the process, it wasn't hard to do.

But the main reason I was there was because I had been employed as the 'illustrator in residence' for the conference. Great job eh? I had to attend the 2 days and record it in my sketchbook, the way I have done many times before when I've been a delegate, but I've never before been paid to make it official.

Unfortunately, apart from the preview below, I don't have time to show you my sketches yet, since I had to repack my suitcase and get back on another train the very next day, to travel to Norfolk (the sketches below are train ones, photographed in transit).

That's because this morning I am giving a short presentation at the Reading For Pleasure Conference in Norwich, about how author/illustrator visits are a great way to inspire children to learn. I am a little nervous to be honest, as I have to share the stage with the very witty Steve Cole. Later today, I will also be doing a couple of 1hr seminar sessions with primary teachers, sharing some of the ideas I use during my visits. 

I had to leave home again on Sunday lunchtime because Norfolk is such a very long way away. To get better value from all those hours of travelling time, I am also doing a couple of days in local schools, either side of the conference, before starting the long trek back tomorrow afternoon. Should be home ready to collapse in front of the TV by about 9pm.

I'll tell you all about my adventures soon.


ann @ studiohyde said...

Goodness Lynn, how do you find the time for all these things! Have a great time with it all.

theartofpuro said...

Do you find time to relax every now and then? You did a great work:)

Lynne the Pencil said...

Yes, I have been a bit frantic lately I admit, but I do enjoy being busy.

It's true that I am not very good at stopping either. I don't know how to just do nothing: it makes me twitchy! John's always telling me off for taking on too much and filling every spare corner of my time, but it's so much better than being bored :-)

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