I bought them at some buy-one-take-one sale in Megamall. They made me remember that I need to read for inspiration and in my line of work, I need loads of inspiration.
Where I work, people write for 9 hours minimum. Usually they extend, since they can’t really handle the job in just nine hours. Our office does not block anything (yes, even porn and tumblr). People turn to Facebook for solitude, which can be a bad thing.
I recently gave books to my sisters as gifts. I gave the youngest a cook book since she really wants to become a chef, and she is still in the process of deciding what to do with her life. The other sister I gave a fashion book that she has been reading since I gave it to her. Ever since she was little she wanted to be a fashion designer.
With my measly pay, those gifts really cost a lot. But I don’t mind. Two years ago I received a design magazine as a gift. It opened my mind to doing graphic design and broaden my horizons. Now I am still in the process of doing what I want to do, but at least I’m in the process of doing it.
I don’t want my sisters to have what-ifs. If they want to do something, they need to do it now. With parents like mine who say they will support what we want but they never do, a little push from their big brother is what they need. And what better way to start them off than with a book that I hope will serve as catalysts to ignite their passions.
I am currently the only one online right now. They are both reading my gifts to them. As of now, I would say my plan to inspire them is a success. Don’t you agree?
The book above was written and illustrated by Ronald Searle. He is 90. But because of wine, he is still breathing and very much alive.
But that’s not the point. Notice the illustration. for years (yes, YEARS) I have been searching for THAT specific type of drawing, just like I have been searching for the origin of the illustrations on the CRANIUM board game. But i digress.
Ever since I was a curious little boy, I have read books. Books from our home, from other people’s homes, and the school library. Most of the time, books with illustrations. And more often than not, THAT type of illustration was what stuck to my mind. Now, after fifteen years, I have found it. I just finished watching “St. Trinian’s”, (2007) and at the end there was a byline that read, “based on the book “The Girls of St. Trinian’s” by Ronald Searle. Afew google searches later, and i found this site dedicated to him, and the header was his drawing. Goosebumps followed, and the I read. (for more info, go to http://www.ronaldsearle.blogspot.com/ )
It was THESE illustrations that suddenly brought me memories of my childhood, of me borrowing books from the school library, which borrowing system was word of mouth, me reading Childcraft (come on, you know this), looking at Le Coeur de France and trying to remember, “where have I seen those figures before?” and other stuff.
His drawings and illustrations are just amazing. the attention to detail, the intricate characters and the way that they look like simple scribbles and doodles, but overall just makes sense- i love it.
My favorite illutrator has finally been named. And his name is Ronald Searle.