How I experienced the life of a model, with Gudrun Sjoden

I haven’t exactly been blessed with the looks of a model, so no-one was more surprised than me to receive an offer to be photographed for a fashion catalogue. In fact, my first reaction may have been a snort.

But it all makes sense when you find out that the invitation came from Gudrun Sjoden. They regularly photograph their clothes on models who are “non-industry standard” — older, more characterful or larger than most brands would touch with a bargepole. (Makes perfect sense to me: their clothes are made for all ages and spread across a massive range of sizes, so why not reflect customers’ own looks?)

In this case, the shoot was to feature ‘friends of Gudrun’: bloggers, artists, novelists and other creative types. I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved with some events in Gudrun’s London store, and that’s what put me on the early plane to Stockholm for two of the most pleasurable days I’ve had in a long time!

Drawing this sketch diary allowed me to relive the whole 36 hours, bringing back all the enjoyment again. Massive thanks to Gudrun Sjoden for such a fun trip, and wonderful memories. Oh and by the way, the friend D you see in these pictures is http://www.ivyarch.co.uk. Visit her blog to see the amazing clothes she makes!

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Stockholm Diary p1 Myfanwy Tristram

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Finally: my Frome holiday sketch diary

summer dresses by Myfawy TristramWell, this has to be some kind of record: I’ve only just finished my holiday sketch diary, 22 days after returning home. I think we can safely say that it’s time for another holiday now!

I’ve been thinking about why it’s taken so long, and my best guess is that I broke my own guidelines for making sketch diaries: I hardly collected any labels/leaflets/tickets this time, and did a lot more painting. I cared too much about pictures looking right (not that this means they all ended up perfect – far from it!)

Never mind, it’s done now, so here it is, a week in Frome (Somerset, UK).

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My complete Hourly Comic Day 2015

Whew! I did it.

Well, officially I didn’t do it, because I was over-ambitious with how much I wanted to depict (so what’s new?).

I only managed to finish off the last three pages today, so I am posting my complete Hourly Comic Day comic 24 hours late. Here it is.

It’s now past my bedtime, so I will save any sparkling insights for later, and let the pictures speak for themselves. (I just spotted a spelling mistake. Never mind! Bed!)

As always, click if you’d like to see them bigger.

Myfanwy Tristram Hourly Comic Day 2015

Myfanwy Tristram Hourly Comic Day 2015

Myfanwy Tristram Hourly Comic Day 2015

Myfanwy Tristram Hourly Comic Day 2015

Myfanwy Tristram Hourly Comic Day 2015

Myfanwy Tristram Hourly Comic Day 2015

Myfanwy Tristram Hourly Comic Day 2015

Myfanwy Tristram Hourly Comic Day 2015

Myfanwy Tristram Hourly Comic Day 2015

A Bath holiday sketch diary

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

We’ve just returned from a family holiday in Bath, Somerset. One of the things I enjoy most about going on holiday is having the luxury of time to draw – I kept a sketch diary while I was there.

Click each page to see it at a readable size.

Day 1: The journey

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Key learning: light grey, light pink and light blue are not the *best* colours for text that you later want to scan in. This makes particular sense when you remember that illustrators often use blue pencil to sketch under their illustrations because it can be so easily removed afterwards…

Day 1: Arrival, plus bonus page of holiday purchases under £5.00

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Day 1: shops; Day 2: Hedgemead Park

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Day 2: Walk and an afternoon with my bro; Day 3:Roman Baths

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Day 4: Fashion museum
Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Day 4: Fashion museum, Japanese food, the Makery; Day 5: Postal museum

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Day 5: Postal museum, lunch at St Swithin’s Church, park; Day 6: book shopping

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Day 6: The American Museum in Bath, Kaffe Fassett

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

 Day 6: the American Museum; Day 7: swimming and adventure golf

Bath diary by Myfanwy Tristram

Looking back over the week, my primary thought is that while it was a lot of fun, and relaxing, it was a very tame holiday: well, I guess that’s what you get for going, with a family, to genteel Bath.

The only real wildness came in the form of all the yarn-bombing and colour explosions at the American Museum, and to be honest even that is the sort of anarchy that one’s grandparents might find thrilling.

I am off to Santiago in Chile for work next week, though, and I still have half a sketchbook left – so, if I have time to draw, it may end up being a diary of two very different parts.