A morning in Brooklyn

March 23, 2012 § 5 Comments

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.

Images | Still from ‘Handmade Portraits: Sophie Blackall’, Etsy | The Bridge, Edward Kimber on Flickr |

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§ 5 Responses to A morning in Brooklyn

  • do a bit says:

    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 :)

  • shirley says:

    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!

  • francesca says:

    inspiring! really lovely. x

  • Alisa says:

    (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

  • Beautiful, thank you for sharing!

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