Thursday, July 29, 2010


The Cooks, by Sophie Blackall

Departing in my morning from menus and months and seasons (The Project I am working on) I frittered away almost an hour looking at blogs written by Sophie Blackall, thanks to the Sourcerer in Cape Town, who links to one of her blogs.

I wonder if anyone doesn't know her, but until that hour ago, I was one of the unknowers.

She is an illustrator living in Brooklyn, and I am hooked. It is rare for me to find drawings I respond to viscerally, as I am so historically attached to the ones that saw me through childhood, but she taps into that vein of nine year old happiness, as well as supplying plenty of fodder for the big, curious, sceptical me.

Dark Skinned Well Spoken Lady, by Sophie Blackall.

So if you don't know her, have a look at her Missed Connections NY blog, where she illustrates real Missed Connections personal ads that appeal to her, look at her own site, Sophie Blackall
and read the interview Seven Impossible Things before Breakfast for a glimpse inside her studio and process.

She also loves Moby Dick, needs strong coffee and hates the word veggies. Naturally I feel there is an instant connection.

If that black cat of mine ever writes a book, this lady would be his dream illustrator. I think she would see right inside his black cat heart.
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