‘It’s cold,’ I said.
‘And dark,’ said Pudgy Horse.
‘But,’ I added, cautiously, ‘there are those tiny points of light in the distance.’
‘Let us keep walking, then,’ said Pudgy.
‘It’s a time to buy
A time for shopping
Go into the store and make a choice
But everything she sees, it’s like they’re talking
Talking at her with a different voice…’
Illustration for the song, A Time to Buy, from Katie Melua‘s In Winter album.
I enjoyed the gentle satire of this song and creating the illustration for it — though not so much all the straight lines and the geometry, which are not my forte and drive me slightly mad, as those who know me well are aware. I suppose the process echoes the contradiction between the cheerful warmth and the commercially driven demands of the festive season, which I also tried to reflect in this piece.
The department store here was of course based directly on Liberty of London.
‘I wish I had a river I could skate away on…’
Oh, how I wish it. I don’t understand anything.
Illustration for the song, River, from Katie Melua‘s music album, In Winter, 2016.
Incidentally, ‘Natee‘ means ‘river’ or a body of water. One of the reasons this piece is a personal favourite of mine of the album illustrations.