Gathering yesterday at York library for a sketch crawl on York city walls, organised by the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators). People involved in writing or illustrating for picture books always seem a pretty friendly bunch. This was the third time I’d met with this group, so people are starting to get to know each other a bit. It’s always quite helpful to talk to other people focused on the same things as you – conversation yesterday ranged from topics such as whether a spider would forsake breakfast for friendship through to parricide and walls of bones. Childhood can be such a dark time.
We even managed to get out on the walls for a bit, before a light rain sent us scurrying in a cowardly manner back indoors. It was easier drawing in public with a group of people, as opposed to alone. There was a reassuring sense of safety in numbers and a feeling that if any passer-by became too curious the group would descend upon them in your defence, sharpened pencils at the ready.
Here are my pictures.