I first came across Sarah McIntyre, a fabulous local illustrator, a couple of years ago, when she drew a cute little sketch depicting herself enjoying the charms of Rhodes Bakery (note the Greenwich Wheel in the background):
and I’ve been following her ever since. What she does for a living involves ‘hopping the gap between comics and children’s picture books’ – including the terribily cute
which is apparently so disgusting that even her mother is ashamed of her.
How about the just-released-last week
or, ta-da! The launching-today (congratulations, Sarah!)
I adore her books – they’re perfect presents for small (and not so small) friends, but Sarah also loves to sketch Greenwich and the days her blog includes pictures of the area are my favourite. She’s given me permission to show you the sort of thing she draws, so you can enjoy them too.
She always dismisses them as sketches, but to me they have a charm that really captures what Greenwich is about – like the gnarled old chestnut above or this mysterious little path – not, perhaps, something someone average would look at as a subject for a drawing given the famous, big-hitter tourist sights, but the way she’s captured it, you just know something magical, probably involving goblins, is going on just round the corner.
That’s not to say she doesn’t do straightforward Greenwich-lovely-spots:
(note Yours Truly depicted as two tiny dots – hurrah!) and she does go further afield – don’t you just love the open, majesty of Oxleas Wood:
Sarah is one busy illustrator – she always seems to be going to open days, literary events, festivals and book signings – one coming up that’s localish is the Crystal Palace Book Festival, which promises bogies, tentacles and tiaras – what more could you ask for…
…but I’m hoping that we can bully her into creating more gorgeous Greenwich pictures – perhaps as a blog or in print, as postcards, Christmas cards, posters or…dare I ask… a book?
You can find her website here (don’t rove your mouse over the welcome page too long, it can be quite hypnotic…) When you’ve seen it tell me you wouldn’t like to see a Greenwich book illustrated by Sarah McIntyre…