The Lapins hop over.

Louise Lapin drawing in my living room.

Louise Lapin drawing in my living room.

I love Lapin’s work and was so excited when he agreed to contribute to An Illustrated Journey.  We became pals over email, then got to know each other better over Skype. Maybe you remember this interview we did recently:

Last week Lapin, Lapinette and baby Louise came over from Barcelona to visit us in New York and brought Veronica Lawlor (another genius contributor to the book).  We had  a lovely evening of chatting, drawing, sharing sketchbooks and guzzling vin.  Here are some of the highlights:

Veronica, Lapin and JJ share sketchbooks.

Veronica, Lapin and JJ share sketchbooks.

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From Lapin’s sketchbook: Louise and other subway riders.

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We joked that one of Lapin’s eye’s is a fisheye. It might be the left one.

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I recognized some drawing buddies and contributors to An Illustrated Life in Lapin’s sketchbook. This is France Belleville, the car loving genius.

It was fairly intense being drawn by Lapin. He sat super close to me and insisted I look him in the eye the whole time. I felt we should have gotten married after.

It was fairly intense being drawn by Lapin. He sat super close to me and insisted I look him in the eye the whole time. I felt we should have gotten married after.

Veronica drew Lapin drawing me. I love her loose style.

Veronica drew Lapin drawing me. I love her loose style.

Veronica works so spontaneously she was able to knock out two amazing drawings while Lapin was still drawing every zit on my nose.

Veronica works so spontaneously she was able to knock out two amazing drawings while Lapin was still drawing every zit on my nose.

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Lapin kept drawing while we talked. Here are JJ, Veronica and me well into our third bottle of wine.

It's only right that a Lapin is drawn to my jackalope.

It’s only right that a Lapin is drawn to my jackalope.

She's learning from the best.

She’s learning from the best.

I have never seen a two year old work so intently on a drawing.

I have never seen a two-year old work so intently on a drawing.

There's more than one artist in this family.

There’s more than one artist in this family.

A creative collaboration.
A creative collaboration.

19 Comments

  1. tremmacy

    look at how she is holding the pencil! My kids took ages to learn that. Beautiful family and friends moment….

  2. Dee

    Delightful! Delightful,!

  3. Cecile Somers

    Trop cool tout ça! Wonderful drawings, lovely light room & gathering. Love the stamped (?) page numbering in Lapin’s sketchbook. Love his light & almost ephemeral style.

    • dannygregory

      In the video interview, Lapin explains that he loves to draw inI old ledger books.

  4. Nikita

    how come you say “vin” instead of “wine”? …is the Romanian word thou, so I understood.

    lovely friends you got!!! amazing post!

    thanks one more time!!

    • dannygregory

      Just trying to be amusing- ‘vin’ like Lapin is French

  5. Chris

    I felt we should have gotten married after.

    LOL Danny.

  6. Sharon

    What a fabulous collaboration of creativity! That little girl is amazing!!! Can’t wait to see what she does as she gets older!!! Thanks so much for sharing this delightful post!

  7. Lynn Cohen

    What a fun time with artistic friends! Thanks for letting us have this intimate peek into your soirée!

  8. Darlene Propp

    Absolutely fascinating video. I learned so much and you are both delightful people. I so enjoyed this.

  9. Elsie Hickey Wilson

    Marvelous experience! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  10. Liz Fraser

    Wonderful feel good photos. Thanks for sharing them.

  11. romy sai

    That looks like a great night, Danny! No better path to conviviality than drawing together over a bottle.

  12. Holly Kreag

    Beautiful! And how inspiring to see a little one follow in her parents’ footsteps. :) I followed in my dad’s, and now my kids are following in mine, and I’m thankful every day. What a fun evening you had!

  13. Brian Lapsley

    Danny, what kind of pen does Lapin use? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • dannygregory

      Inquiring minds are invited to read page 154 of An Illustrated Journey on which Lapin says:”the UNI PIN fine line 0.1mm suits my taste. It’s waterproof and the black ink is very dark; I love it.

  14. Veronica Lawlor

    What a wonderful time we had laughing and drawing and drinking wine! Thank you Danny and JJ for your hospitality.

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