on a desert island with an armadillo and a book
Thanks, Armadillo magazine, for making me this issue’s feature interview! One of the questions was about which books I’d want to have if I was stranded on a desert isle. So in case I ever go missing with an armadillo, I thought I’d leave you this drawing to remember us by. (Here’s the original rough pencil sketch before I traced it on the light box, if you want a peek.)
We’re reading The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois, which is one of my all-time favourite stories (and his illustrations are pretty fab, too). You can read why I choose it and these other two books in the interview.
One more thing: I just realised I’d agreed ages ago to do a workshop for adults on Sunday at the House cafe & gallery in Camberwell. (I used to run it with friends when it was just a gallery, not a cafe.) If you fancy designing a character, playing a story-starter game and making a little book, it’s free and you don’t need to pre-book. All materials supplied (unless you have some favourite drawing pens and pencils you want to bring along); you might need to buy your own coffee.
Make: Illustration with Sarah McIntyre – Sun, 27 March, House gallery, Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, London SE5 8QZ, 2-5pm. (I’ll be leading the workshop from 2-4 and you can stay another hour to finish if you like.)
Just as an armadillo side note, my sister and I used to have a friend with a mother in Louisiana (where, apparently, they have armadillos, and rabies is a bit of a problem). Her mother always gave her the stern instruction, Don’t touch the armadillos. NOT EVEN WITH A STICK. So ‘not even with a stick’ is a bit of a catch-phrase for us now.