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I haven't done any blogging in a while, and previous attempts ground to a fairly shambolic halt.  Besides which, having a username that nobody (including me) can actually pronounce is a joke that quickly wears thin.  So, here's to new beginnings.  I tried to mark the occasion by defecting to a new blogsite, but many of the alternatives are rubbish, and those that do come recommended are apparently too complicated for an old geezer like me.  So here I am, back on LJ.  You know where you stand with LJ.  Still a new start, though.

Story so far; Had a couple of weird years trying to make my way in the world of children's book illustration, until it became apparent that, notwithstanding an unacceptable degree of compromise, this was never going to work out.  Then a brief flirtation with the form of the "comic" or "graphic novel" (I don't know which of those terms sets my teeth on edge the most) which took the form of doing an MA in Illustration at the University of the Arts, London.  Strange, strange times...  

Here's a couple of samplettes of my graphic novel project, which I thought might have some life beyond the MA but which has run into a few difficulties for the time being.

And wouldn't it be the way of things, just when I was occupied with that, I got my first ever commissioned work!  The Collins Beekeepers Bible, with illustrations by me, is due for publication in March of this year.  The perfect late Christmas/early Easter present for the bee enthusiast in your family!

Whilst at art college, I became increasingly convinced of the heretical notion that words are all important, and found myself pushing for ever fewer images and more text.  (I feel strongly about this, and you can be sure of many rants on this topic in future posts.) Recently I've been having SO much fun at a creative writing class at Morley College.  My tutor was Barbara Marsh, formerly of The Dear Janes, who used to sing about female masturbation, amongst other things.  I definitely feel that I want to write.  And draw.  And bring the two together.  Somehow.  Watch this space.  

Date: 2010-01-03 10:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Welcome back, Paul!

Date: 2010-01-04 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Arina! Hope all is good with you!!!

Date: 2010-01-03 11:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your stuff is amazing! And your story was inspiring. I've been trying to get into Children's Picture book illustration and am now turning my interests to scientific illustration. Still haven't gotten commissioned but your tale gives me hope.

Thanks for the add.

Date: 2010-01-03 11:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah! You were trypanocorax? :)

Date: 2010-01-04 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi Gina! Ah, indeed, trypanocorax was me. I see every image I ever posted vanished when Yahoo Geocities closed down, so it seemed as good a time as any to start anew. Thanks sooo much, you are too kind to me! I love the idea that you are making a similar journey, away from children's books (not that there's anything wrong with it per se) and toward scientific illustration. Yay you! I had the notion that scientific stuff WOULD be what children want I still reckon it is, but it's not what children's EDITORS want! I used to turn up at these children's publishing conferences where you get to have your portfolio reviewed by the great and the good, and their jaws would just drop at the diagrams of bird skeletons and insects and things.
I wanted to say that if I can get a commission it can happen to anyone, and WILL happen to you. I am the world's WORST networker, and being visually impaired and having trouble getting out and about doesn't help. But this bee thing came about because a friend (who IS in kids' illustration) met the editors at a children's party because she went to the same church as the parents of a child who was at the same nursery as the editor's son. Whether the planets will ever align themselves like that again, and get me a second job, I'm still waiting to see...
Have been peeking at YOUR stuff. I love it! Especially the devil characters! Looking forward to seeing more. Past my bedtime, but I just spotted the link to your main website, which I shall snoop at with fresh eyes tomorrow
P :)


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