Thursday, 22 April 2010

Book Fair

Well, I just spent two days wandering round and round the children's bit of the London Book Fair. My first time there.

It was rather quiet, due to the lack of planes, and I'm not sure if that was good or bad.
Some Editor/Art Director type people weren't there, but on the other hand, you were actually able to speak to the ones that were there, which apparently isn't so easy normally.

I went to the networking event, which I had expected to be a bit more organised, or there to be an introduction or something.
But the tables and wine appeared, and then after about ten minutes of standing about everyone sort of shuffled in and sidled up to people, and formed little windy queues.

But all in all I reckon it was good. I spoke to a few publisher type people, saw a few new things that were inspiring, and also bumped into two people from blog land - Cassia, and Emma.
I had steeled myself for constantly grinding up courage to speak to strangers, so it was lovely to meet some friendly faces.

I must say I don't generally like doing networking stuff, but the encouraging feedback I've been getting on this blog, did give me more confidence to approach people than I would normally have, so thank you everyone for all your lovely comments :)

And here are a couple of sketches of people I did on the way.


  1. Very cute sketches, Jon! :-)
    Want to tell you, your pictures inspire too! I am happy to go over and over on your site. It's great that we can communicate! I do not even know that I painted and how, if I did not see as paint many others who live far away! Where I may never be able to go.
    Your pictures are Beautiful, John! ;-)

  2. Im positive the fair will help you out John, youre work is absolutely great.

    Oh and the guy on the right side of that sketch reminds me of John lennon.... Living in Fraggle Rock XD Realy nice!

  3. you should have confidence, Jon — your stuff is awesome. Keep pushing forward and drag everybody else along for the fun ...

  4. Thanks guys :)
    A Fraggle Rock John Lennon is a great concept.
    I suppose if there's Lego StarWars, maybe there could be Muppet Beatles Rock Band, and he would feature in that.

  5. Boy your sketches are wonderful..they capture the essence of children and babies so well!!