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NEIL GAIMAN Awesomeness and ART!! [Jul. 13th, 2013|11:15 pm]
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I went to "An Evening With Neil Gaiman" Wednesday night. :DD He is definitely one of my favorite writers, and it was so much fun to see him in person! He was on tour, promoting and signing his latest book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It was truly a delight to listen to him talk, answer questions from the audience, and read a bit from his book. As it happened, a thunderstorm rolled in just as he came on stage, and he told us with understated glee that he had promised himself that if that ever happened during his tour, that instead of reading the usual bits from the first chapter of the book, he would read the really scary part from the middle of the book that happens during a thunderstorm. So as the actual thunder rumbled and growled outside the auditorium, he did just that. It was marvelous, as many times the thunder seemed to come just on cue. Hee! :D


Sadly, I didn't get to actually meet him or get a personalized autographed book. Circumstances were that I couldn't stay that night as late as it would have taken to stand in a line of over a thousand fans to get my turn at the signing table. I opted for a pre-signed book, but I was able to stand for a bit on the outside of the ribbon from him and just enjoy the aura of Neil Gaiman nearness that came across while he signed other (early luck of the draw) people's books. ^.^

Two pictures, the second one was taken by my friend L:

neil-1

neil-by-leigh-2-edited


AND, there was another recent connection with me and Neil Gaiman! Earlier this spring, Neil created a mass participation project called, A Calendar of Tales. He asked twelve questions, one for each month of the year, and invited anyone who wanted to, to answer in a sentence or two. Then he picked one answer for each month, and wrote a short story based on it. Finally, he posted those stories and invited anyone who wanted to, to illustrate them. So I did!


The window for creating and submitting the illustrations was about two weeks. O_o I managed to do three - one for February, April and July, and all told, he received over 5,000 entries. My July piece was short-listed for the final published project, so I was thrilled. I now have a lovely e-mail that I may save forever that says, "Congratulations, your art was short-listed by Neil Gaiman... :D I have absolutely no quarrel with the art that was chosen for the final project - they were all brilliant! You can see the final project webpage and read the stories here.

My illustration for the February Tale:

Grandmother's Locket



My illustration for the April Tale:

Don't Bet Your Socks



My illustration for the July Tale:

Walking Home from the Heartbroken Ice






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[User Picture]From: leochi
2013-07-14 05:04 am (UTC)
Oooh, lucky you! He seems such an interesting person. Loved the story with the thunderstorm doing the background music. :D:D:D

Those pics are fantastic! I've toyed with the idea to draw an illustration, too, but in the end I just read the stories. Kudos to you for drawing three! of them. *claps*
Always LOVE the details on your pics.
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2013-07-14 04:05 pm (UTC)
He's one of my favorite writers, and he was so funny and charming in person. Hee - yeah - that thunderstorm was brilliant. :D

Thank you so much, dear!! ^.^ I had a lot of fun drawing these and loved participating in the whole thing - seeing everyone else's illustrations go up on the website. It was great that so many people did art!

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[User Picture]From: anemonerose
2013-07-14 05:53 am (UTC)
I love the polar bears! I'm assuming the words on them are from the story?
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2013-07-14 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie! Yes, I c/p words from the story onto the bears. :D

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[User Picture]From: luci0logy
2013-07-14 07:01 am (UTC)
How very exciting for you. *squees for you*
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[User Picture]From: luci0logy
2013-07-14 07:02 am (UTC)
Oooh! I've just noticed the whales etc in the clouds of Feb's picture. Fabulous!
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2013-07-14 04:08 pm (UTC)
:DD Thanks so much!! I really had fun participating in it, and being part of this huge amount of art that was done. Yay for noticing the sky whales!! ^.^

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[User Picture]From: birdsofshore
2013-07-14 06:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, how exciting for you, and wonderful to see your art! I particularly like the one with the man playing what looks like strip poker with the ducks! LOL! The concept really made me laugh, but also, they are very fine ducks indeed.
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2013-07-14 07:09 pm (UTC)
It was enormously fun to see him in person! :D And LOL - yes - that poker with the ducks story just cracked me up so, I had to draw it. Thank you! I think it took me longer to draw the ducks than anything else in the whole piece - they have so much detail! ^.^
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[User Picture]From: kimby77
2013-07-15 12:47 am (UTC)
I love the art you came up for for this!! I had thought about participating but I ended up forgetting about it (also, was lazy). 5,000 entries! Holy wow.
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2013-07-15 02:16 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you, sweetie!! <333 Oh, that would have been so cool, if you had! :D IKR! - it was like 5,000 and some hundreds - pretty incredible!
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[User Picture]From: vaysh
2014-01-07 04:54 pm (UTC)
I just absolutely love the poking-playing ducks. ♥
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2014-01-08 03:56 am (UTC)
*grin* Thank you! They were the most fun to draw! :DD
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