A Cool Review for Shine in the Guardian

Shine by Candy Gourlay
'A precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.'
Philip Ardagh, The Guardian
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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Can I Keep a Comic Diary?


So when my classmates from high school learn that I got a children's book published, they assume that I illustrated it. 

This is because I was the one who couldn't stop drawing in class, as Miss Valdivia, my stenography teacher will attest. Don't get me wrong - I don't think I'm an art for art's sake artist. And I'm not a fine illustrator with all the years of training and art understanding. What I used to draw were comics - just more storytelling, but with drawings! 

But I put my love of comics on hold a long time ago, when I decided to try to make a living. I do sneaky comics now and then, but only for myself. I just don't think I draw enough to be good. I do a lot of wistful comic reading of the blogs of friends who are compulsive comic makers like Sarah McIntyre and Amanda Lillywhite.

Well, some illustrator friends recently told me off. If you want to draw, just do it, said my friend Bridget. So from last Thursday, I've started a class on Drawing the Graphic Novel with Emily Haworth-Booth at the Princes Drawing School in Shoreditch (thanks for the recommendation, Bridget!). 

Attending my first class was so liberating. The main thing I took away was: just draw and stop worrying about getting it wrong. Just DRAW! It is so liberating ... but can I keep it up?

So I think I'm going to have a go at keeping a comic diary. Here's my entry from yesterday, about waking up with a sore ankle. I'll tell you what: it didn't take me very long ... and it made me very happy. And drawing makes my brain think about my writing in a different way. Hey, this might be a good thing.


9 comments :

  1. This is good stuff Candy! I look forward to more of your diary comics and I hope your ankle is better now :)

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  2. Heather Kilgour4 May 2014 at 21:30

    Oh no, that last image doesn't look good!

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    1. No ... I'm not exaggerating! *whistles*

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  3. I love this! (I hope you're fine now, though.)

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    1. Thank you. I guess I will just have to drop out of that audition for the Royal Ballet.

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  4. Its an expression of your stoty telling...

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  5. Hahahahahaha! That's all I have to say.

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  6. It's good. I can definitely see the potential for a book. You should start getting to know the folks at GOSH! :)

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