CYCLE CITY has been chosen for the Chronicle Ebook Deals promotion, lasting the entire month of May! It’s only $1.99! That’s less than my library fines! When you visit the Chronicle site, it will redirect you to many different distributers of ebooks including: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Google, and Kobo.
Last weekend, I was invited to Elgin, IL by Katie and Parker Thompson to participate in a Starlight Parade. The Cycle City-themed parade was a way promote their future nonprofit community cycling center, the Elgin Bike Hub. The city of Elgin does not have a single bike shop (YET)! These hard-working, proactive folks are not only looking to create a bike shop, but to play a more ambassadorial role such as: education, community outreach, and working with the city on more comprehensive cycling infrastructure. I was so honored to participate in the festivities and to support their mission!
A special thanks to everyone for accommodating my knee injury!
Friday afternoon I visited the Elgin Bike Hub’s farmer’s market booth.
Friday night, we Starlight Paraded around downtown. Katie Thompson kicked off the parade with the megaphone and Parker Thompson wrapped the whole thing up at the end (Thompson announcers pictured in squid hats). The sky erupted in thunderstorms immediately after and we headed inside to the after party (scroll through)!
photo credit GBPL
Saturday, I read Cycle City and did a drawing demo for families at the Gail Borden Public Library . I love their library bike!!!
My husband's favorite food is ramen, so of course I designed a ramen T-shirt for him! Of all the print-as-you-go shops I have used, Threadless has the best quality ink. Find it here at: https://drawdrawdraw.threadless.com/
image copyright Alison Farrell 2018
Early in 2017, while I was about halfway through the illustrations for my debut picture book, Cycle City (Chronicle Books, March 2018), I had a looming deadline and not enough time. I thought if I could get away from my regular responsibilities for a week, I might have a chance of getting back on track.
I soon learned about the Sou'wester Lodge in Seaview, WA. Sou'wester lodge is a magical, art-loving place that rents cabins, rooms in a house, camping spots, as well as a fleet of vintage trailers. They have a sauna, a massage trailer, a music studio trailer, loaner bikes, and a consignment shop trailer. They host events, retreats, and workshops. And they do artist residencies! I applied, and eventually booked a week there.
The Old Spartan, my residence for one week.
Inside the Old Spartan: compact, efficient, perfect!
At Sou'wester, I worked about 10 hours each day, mostly on linework! So so so much linework to be done! I brought my light table, used a fountain pen and some microns to trace all of my spreads onto 300lb Arches paper (snob-paper for paper snobs). I listened to the entire Harry Potter series on audiobook that week!
Amidst the chaos, one finished piece!
I'm so happy I was able to have a whole uninterrupted week to work at Sou'wester, it really was a treat!
Click through the gallery to see more photos of the Old Spartan and some of the places I walked to in Seaview, WA!