A morning in Brooklyn

Handmade Portraits: Sophie Blackall from Etsy on Vimeo.

Whilst checking out some of the squillions of Etsy films on setting up shop, I stumbled upon this one on the work of Sophie Blackall. It’s such a beautiful, gentle film to watch I was genuinely disappointed that it wasn’t longer. I loved finding out more about the way she works – putting down a detailed monochrome layer of chinese ink and then applying colour washes over the top. I think you can buy the Met poster you see her working on here.

Having been thoroughly inspired I found another Sophie short on Youtube. But even better, it belongs to fifteen short films made for the recent ‘Drawn in Brooklyn’ exhibition at the Brooklyn Library. Each on a different acclaimed childrens book artist, how they work and how they feel about their brilliant, culturally rich neighbourhood.

Such a nice way to spend a Friday morning – in Brooklyn, taking in great illustration and great coffee. Maybe one day I’ll make it back there in person.
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Images | Still from ‘Handmade Portraits: Sophie Blackall’, Etsy | The Bridge, Edward Kimber on Flickr |

5 thoughts on “A morning in Brooklyn

  1. Wow!! Her work is just gorgeous and I love how she works with the chinese ink first then watercolour on top…beautiful and very interesting! I just love inspiring stories like this! I feel all energised now :)

  2. Alisa! Have you checked out her book Missed Connections? I have the book as I couldn’t put it down at the store..the illustrations, the concept, it just hits the romantic spot in me. What a wonderful Vimeo! I’ve not ever been to Brooklyn, but someday, I hope. I’m always SO happy to see your sweet visit..I hope you are spending time doing what you love while tending to those you love too. Happy weekend coming up!

  3. (comment on behalf of Colette ~ Sorry Colette, I’m not sure why there was a problem there, I’ll look into it. Thanks for emailing.)

    ‘What a wonderful find these video clips are, how nice to see and hear her talk about her work, and I had no idea she was Australian, I assumed she was a New Yorker. I love Sophie’s style, the Missed Connection pieces are terrific, I have one of her prints in my hall, it makes me smile and long to visit New York again every time I go up the stairs.
    Thanks for sharing these!’

    Colette x

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