Well, guys, I'm going to shut up shop for a week. I had been hoping to squeeze a cheeky one in(drawing, that is) before leaving for the Bologna Chilren's Book Fair, but that isn't going to happen. In fact I don't think I've drawn since finding out I'd been selected! I'm so excited about this trip. In fact, I feel really excited about things in general right now. It feels like something is happening, I don't know what. Some kind of shift.
My very favourite illustrated children's book is called The Red Tree by Shaun Tan. I've bought so many copies of this book for people (never for a child, though!) over the years. There cannot be another person on this planet who has bought as many copies of this book than me. It's beautiful and perfect. I can't recommend it enough.
Anyway, the reason I'm telling you this because when I was perusing the list of selected illustrators for Bologna 2009, for the millionth time, whose name do you think I found? Yeah. Shaun Tan. Only Shaun Tan. Me and Shaun Tan on the same list. My life is complete.
Some years ago, before I began blogging and drawing daily, I entered a drawing into a competition at the Sheffield Book Festival. You had to draw a character from a children's book. I won the competition, and amongst the prizes was a signed Quentin Blake book. The book is called Angel Pavement and is about a drawing competition! The book ends with this line, that never ever fails to make me feel totally utterly warm and fuzzy inside;
You can't though, can you?
Bye, folks. I'll try and post some photos from Bologna over the next week. And, maybe, I'll draw soon, too. Cheerio, my ducks.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
like some kind of magic
Posted by andrea joseph's sketchblog at 4:48 PM
Labels: Bologna, Children's Book Fair, childrens
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I have love children's books always, and when you recommended The Red Tree, I had to buy it. It is perfection! I hope your trip is glorious!!!
I am very happy for you!
Andrea, this is one of the best blog posts I've read, ever. I am excited to hear about what happens-in Bologna and beyond!
Congrats again! Becky
Enjoy dear lady. You've earned it.
Whoopeee! Have a great time out there Andrea!
Have an amazing time. Big congratulations!
Good luck in Bologna! Look forward to reading all about it!
No, you certainly can't know what comes next. There's a whole universe in the tip of your pencil.
Good luck in Bologna! :)
Good luck and have a great trip. So excited for you. Eileen x
How utterly freaky! My favourite Shaun Tan book is The Arrival - picked it up in the bookshop in the National Portrait gallery!!! Well I never ... Have a wonderful time, come back with loads of commissions and enjoy every moment.
congrats andrea! such an awesome "shift" for you - enjoy!!
Andrea, all I could say - it's fantastic! And it's the magic of drawing!
Keep your colors flying high!
indecI wish you the best in Bologna Andrea! You know, I feel the same way too, that something is happening. Talk to you soon.
Shaun Tan! What's not to like.
Have a great time in Bologna!
Take a camera - take pictures - post pictures - make us happy.
Hey, I'm a 'Red Tree Pusher' just like you! Have lost count of the number of people I've given the book to who have screwed up their face when they saw it was a 'children's' book, only to come to me later and tell me how much they'd changed their minds :o)
Even have a freaky Red Tree coincidence story but won't bore you or your lovely readers with that.
Tell Shaun I very unashamedly love him if you meet him.
Enjoy the fair and Bologna, and if you have time go to Ferrara, my beatiful city!
Have a great time! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it.
Oh have fun - we will miss you!
I haven't read the Red Tree -- will hae to look for it!
Hope the book fair is awesome!
Good luck in Bologna! Love the quote, too - so true that you never know where drawing might take you.
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. I'm so happy for you Andrea! Say "hi" to Shaun :)
I'm so very excited/happy for you about the festival. I hope you have an awesome trip. And if you want us to be your ducks, your duck i will be.
enjoy the book fair Andrea!
Enjoy the time & mortadella sandwiches :o)
Cheers, everybody, for such kind words.
Stephen, that is possibly one of the most mind blowing books I've ever seen. Can you imagine how many hours went into that book? It hurts my head just thinking about it.
Thomas, YES! We did visit Ferrara and it really is a beautiful city.
Cheers Y'all (that's American, that is).
Sounds like it must have been an awesome trip, Andrea! And very cool about winning that drawing competition (I am not surprised). Love that last line of the book you won, too! :) xo
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