Monday, August 13, 2012

David Melling LIVE!

This is the David Melling LIVE! event page coming from Mostly Books on Monday August 13. From 10.30am David will be drawing, giving advice and answering questions - and we will be keeping track of everything here.

David created a unique Hugless Douglas piece of artwork during the event. Anyone purchasing a copy of any David's books before Friday 17 August will be entered into a prize draw to win it! 




Two videos from the event - in the first, David explains how long it takes to produce a Hugless Douglas single-page spread and picture book...



and in this special time-lapse video watch David add details to the artwork (zoom up to full screen to get maximum effect!):



14.00 - Time to bring the event to an end. Some final photographs before we upload the video. Here is David with the Hugless art created during the event...



and a close-up...



and finally, a little girl presented me her own personalised Hugless Douglas which I am chuffed to bits with. Thanks Beatriz...and watch out Mr Melling in a few years time...



13.37 - OK, time to wrap up now. Some more questions: "What's next for Hugless Douglas?" - "The next Hugless comes out in January, and is called 'We Love You Hugless', and Douglas will have his own website shortly. There will be a Hugless Douglas puppet book, but not until later next year. Oh, and then another Hugless picture book at some point after that. Plenty to keep me going!"

12:52 - some questions: "How long does it take to create a Hugless Douglas spread?" - "It depends, but usually about a day to sketch out, then maybe another day or so to colour and complete. You might then think 'oh, a few day's then for a picture book' but actually it can take 3 months!"

12.48 - we are doing some filming as David Melling creates a unique piece of Hugless art which will be raffled at the end of the week. Details of how to win coming shortly...

12.20 - (this must be what the BBC Olympic text update people feel like!) Right, another picture from some young fans in the shop this morning...



11.54 - another action shot from the mobile-making activity...



11.46 - I've just had a hug from one of the children. Believe me, I needed one...

11.33 - some photos from this morning. Two families have made the most fantastic David Melling facemasks...




11.00 - utter mayhem in the shop as about 20 kids attempt to make a Hugless Douglas mobile using straws, string and paperclips...

10.35 - and we're off - we have a shop full of keen children, and the easel is up!

10.20 - here's where it will all be happening:



10.05 - if you haven't visited David Melling's official website, now is your chance.

09.11 - for anyone dropping in to the event this morning, we start at 10.30am but you can drop in at any time once the event starts. We have activities set up for children, and a chance of joining in and making your own illustration creations!

08:56 - just opening the shop - high hopes of using the garden dashed by weather - but we can just get cosy inside the shop. We have never done an event quite like this before...and neither has David. To whet your appetite, take a look at the interview we did with David Melling back before last Christmas to get some idea of how he became an illustrator...

6 comments:

  1. Awww looks like a fantastic event, I'd have loved to have been there with my daughter! DM is such a star, love his work to bits!

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  2. We all had a fabulous time thanks to David and Mostly Books for running such a great event!

    Also on the way home several little people declared they want to be like David Melling when they grow up...

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  3. It was a fantastic event - and we shall do something like it again soon...

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  4. Sally, you already have someone like David Melling I think!

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  5. Those videos are fantastic, thanks for sharing. Daughters and I were so happy we could be there :-) Will be linking to this page shortly as so much great info & pics here.

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  6. Thanks Anne-Marie - now that we've worked out how to do the time-lapse thing, we might do this with other illustrators! Mark

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