Armin Greder's NEW book…

The printer ELSE in Rome sent me a copy of Armin Greder’s new limited edition, hand-printed book Noi e Loro (Orecchio Acerbo). It’s beautiful, savage and thought-provoking, which is not unusual for Armin. The screen printing is ideal for the inky drawings. See how the other halves live. Thanks Armin.

 Us & Them.  Orecchio Acerbo ELSE, 2018 .

Us & Them. Orecchio Acerbo ELSE, 2018.

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 Illustrations © Armin Greder.

Illustrations © Armin Greder.

Lauren Child Poetry Illustration Prize 2018…

This Tuesday The Lauren Child Poetry Illustration Prize 2018 will have its celebratory prize giving at the House of Illustration. The catalogues including all the winning illustrations and poems faithfully reproduced on very nice paper, have just arrived. You can’t miss them.

Building is easy…

I once worked for a company that designed buildings. I don’t think it’s that difficult. Why, I designed this building in about fifteen minutes, and it didn’t cost me much either. Quantity surveying is an important part of any major construction project and I helped the budget by drawing the design on this used envelope. The rear sides of this building (not shown) are identical to the ones visible in the drawing, so I will save cost again by saying to the construction foreperson: ‘Just do the same on the other sides’. So far, I’m well under budget and I haven’t even planned the interior design, which will be mostly chairs and tables, fire extinguishers and green exit signs. This stage is exceptionally simple and I will do that when I have a moment. Then they just paint it.

 The space within becomes the reality of the building.  Frank Lloyd Wright

The space within becomes the reality of the building. Frank Lloyd Wright

On the backs of envelopes…

Panoramic view…

William wasn’t impressed by the scenic view of London from the restaurant at the top of the building in West London. A frosted laminate obscured his view until he cleverly found an opening. He claimed he could see a castle, a church and a pigeon. To make matters worse, they had run out of hot chocolate and the apple juice was pear and apple juice which is worse than an unsatisfactory view of a capital city.

 Are you going to eat that, William?

Are you going to eat that, William?

How to dance from memory…

Gillian Rubinstein’s picture book Hooray For The Cafe Karaoke has a lot of odd characters in it – and there is plenty of dancing happening in it too. Plus amateur singing.

A notebook from that time includes a few drawings dance-related.

 Almost like the one in the book.

Almost like the one in the book.