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I was very lucky to see Sophie Blackall giving a lecture at the Metropolitan Museum. She pretty much talked about herself, her background, and how she gets her inspiration. Part of her fame comes from a “missed connection” so to speak. You mean synchronicity? Perhaps. I first encountered her work on the NYC subway. I take it everyday and I noticed these cute illustrations of subway commuters. They represent everyday New Yorkers sitting on the train going to their unknown destination. So much subtlety in the images! I enjoy looking at them while I sit on the train. At the end of the lecture, we all took part in an interactive game w/ the audience. We all had to draw either a head, torso or legs. Then piece them together. The result was a mish-mash of strange images! Here’s an example of one. I drew the head on this one. I have no idea who drew the torso and the legs.
Sophie has such a great sense of humor, warmth and humbleness. It was nice to see the face behind the illustration.
Here’s a sample of her work. Sophie has illustrated over 20 children’s books and released a book for adults called “Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found”. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal & Washington Post. Here’s the link to her website for more details….and pictures!