This morning I drew some of the of the people who work at my local caff (which is currently exhibiting some artwork I did for Tate) on my local caff...
First is, please support the Strumpet. I'm in it. A long, lightly fictionalised, autobiographical comic - the longest thing I've drawn for some time. Here's a taster. If you'd like to see more, go fund it!
Secondly, please come along to my book signing at The Book Barge on Monday 24th September. It will be moored outside The Narrowboat Pub, Islington. There are rumours of wine and if you're lucky I'll draw you a free biro tattoo.
Here's Ali, head of the amazing Age of Reason studios looking impossibly glam in the scarf I deisgned for her.
You can get hold of the massive version here - in time to use as a Jubliee/Olympics (or anti, if you read it that way) dress or flag.
If you buy a copy of my book, London Walks! from the Tate shop before Christmas you might find your copy contains this original illustration I did of the Vorticists exhibition inside the front cover.
More details in the Tate email (sign up for it here). The winner will be randomly selected on 20th December.
I'm visiting the Tate on Friday and will be signing more copies for the online shop so I hope everyone else who buys a copy will at least get my now trademark 'diseased London pigeon'...
When did you know you wanted to be an illustrator?
For years I resisted becoming an illustrator: at school art was considered a second-tier lesson for students who couldn’t cope with ‘academic’ subjects. I did an English degree and doodled during lectures but I don’t regret it because reading and writing are at the heart of what I do.
What piece of art most inspires you?
Right now nineteenth-century cartoonist Honoré Daumier’s Les Bas Bleus series about the pretentions of female intellectuals: satirical but also deeply sympathetic. His lithographs have such wonderful tiny touches like the smoke of a woman’s cigarette clearly made by wiping a drip of acid across the plate he was working on – such personal, hands-on ‘moments’ draw the viewer closer to the moment the picture was made.
I did a Q&A with the Tate: see more of it here...
And please enter my Tate print giveaway here.
Elliot, looking round a corner,
Piper the whippet.
...but sadly I didn't get to draw Leyla who spent such a long time sitting in front of the glass on the other side of the bookshop windows, drawing me drawing.
(all photos that are not mine courtesy of Tate Publishing, drawing courtesy of Leyla)
Last week, I asked Londoners to send me their photos. Some of them I'd met before, like...
...Sakura of Chasing Bawa. She sent me a photo that cropped her feet, so I designed some boots for her.
Graham (below, right) sent me a photo of him running the London Marathon.
Kelley sent a photo of her wearing a hat the size of a teacup, and carrying an eagle.
I replaced the eagle with a London pigeon.
(all photos c/o me or Tate Publishing Fleurette's closeup by Anya Rice)