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Inspiring projects and ideas for the whole family

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4 Why draw?
6 Lets play!
8 50 shades of grey
10 Drawing like great artists
12 Drawing with kids
14 Q&A

The Big Draws patron Andrew Marr offers a


personal testament to the power of drawing

rawing is one of lifes simple


pleasures, something we pick
up as children and from which
we can continue to find
enjoyment for years to come.
Brought to you in association with
The Big Draw and Artists & Illustrators
magazine, this free 16-page Lets Draw
supplement has been designed to
encourage the whole family to discover
(or rediscover!) the simple joys of putting
a pen or pencil on paper.
We hope that our simple project ideas
and easy-to-follow demonstrations provide
a little inspiration for you at home and
dont forget to take part in a Big Draw
event during October find about some
of the highlights on page 5.

Stuck for ideas of what to draw next? Try these


eight great projects that are fun for all the family

Talented graphite artist Kelvin Okafor gives a


masterclass in how to create a tonal portrait

Illustrator Marion Deuchars shows you how


to create a drawing in the style of Paul Klee

Why all children deserve the chance to


experiment with top quality art materials

Illustrator and Big Draw patron Posy Simmonds


reveals her favourite pencil and hidden talents

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Lets Draw 3

hy would
anyone in
their right
mind seek to
encourage other people,
strangers with lives of
their own to live, to draw?
Why should there even be
a Campaign for Drawing?
We dont need campaigns,
apparently, to persuade
others to write, or take
photographs, or play
music. Whats special
about drawing?
I think the answer is
that it is an important
part of being fully human
which has, for very
specific reasons, fallen
out of practice and habit.
Most educated people
understand that to
survive in the modern
world they need to be
able to write, to explain
themselves, as well as
to read. Generations have
grown up sending
photographic images to
others, once by snail mail
and now by Instagram.
In many ways, with everyone
clasping their mobile phone,
this is the most imageconscious society in
human history.
Drawing, the primal way
of making images, has been
important since Homo
sapiens left Africa and
began to colonise the planet
and arguably before that
too. We dont know any
cultures around the world
where drawing didnt
happen and wasnt valued.
There are plenty, of course,
whose drawings havent
survived, from the Bronze
Age Britons whose bark
rotted centuries ago, to
rainforest tribes, again using
quickly-perishable materials.
But from the ancient
Chinese, to the Aztecs, the
Inuit and all modern
cultures, drawing has clearly
been an important part of
how the human being
expresses culture.
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WHYDRAW?
BBC broadcaster, Big Draw patron and avid drawer
Andrew Marr explains why we should all rediscover
the simple joys of putting pencil on paper

In this country, as in many


Western countries, there was
a golden age of drawing
around a century ago. Mass
media were well advanced,
but photographic imagery
was still of poor quality and
relatively expensive.
So skilled drawings filled
newspapers and magazines,
advertisement posters and
cheap books. I had a great
uncle, killed in the First
World War, whod made a
decent living drawing coats

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and costumes for


department stores, and the
illustrations for the new
cowboy stories; and you can
stand for the thousands of
sketchers and illustrators
who dominated the visual
imagination of the Victorians,
Edwardians, and right into
the inter-war period.
Even then, the golden age
took a long time to die. In the
1960s, when I was growing
up, cartoons were
everywhere. The books I

loved most had beautifully


drawn illustrations; all boys
and girls were brought up
with the drawings of Eagle,
Look and Learn, The Beano,
Jackie and so on.
But as photographic
reproduction got better and
better, and faster and faster,
the drawing culture withered
away. We are now in the
ridiculous position of having
a couple of generations who
have almost been taught not
to draw that they cant

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draw that drawing is
only for some tiny,
bizarre elite of artists.
And, of course, when
people get to art school,
they are then taught
that drawing has almost
nothing to do with
art at all.
All of this is an
outrageous waste of
human talent and
expressiveness. Most of
us can draw. All of us
learn to look, to see the
world more sharply, and
to enjoy the simple
pleasure of making
something, when we
learn to draw. Talk to any
engineer, inventor or
designer, and you begin
to understand how
fundamental drawing is
to the economy.
And as I have learned
after my stroke, drawing is
a wonderful therapy and a
way to connect again with
the beauty of the world
around us, for the princely
sum of the cost of a 3B pencil
and a cheap notebook.
To undertake a campaign
on behalf of drawing is
therefore to try to wrench
back part of the culture that
has fallen away, and to give
ourselves a tool and practice
that should have been ours
all along. Its not a campaign
for art, still less for the art
market. Its a lot more
important than that.

Drawing Picks
Here are nine highlights from the hundreds of Big Draw
events taking place across the UK over the next month
1. JOIN THE BIG DRAW PARTY!
28 September, 11.30am 4.30pm
V&A Museum of Childhood, London E2
Join author Jacqueline Wilson and illustrators Nick
Sharratt and Marion Deuchers for the
Big Draw 2014 launch party.
Open workshops include
cartoon portraits and
pavement art.
All materials will be
provided free by
Big Draw sponsor
Faber-Castell.
thebigdraw.org/
event/3430

2. HOW TO DRAW
VINTAGE FASHION
12 October, 1.30pm
Fashion and Textile Museum, London SE1
Create illustrations and designs for vintage-style
clothes inspired by the museums Knitwear: Chanel to
Westwood exhibition.
thebigdraw.org/event/2833

3. LIFE DRAWING IN THE LANDSCAPE


18 October, 12-6pm
Tything Barn, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire
Drawing neednt always be indoors! This figure
drawing event takes place in the beautiful Welsh
countryside with longer poses as the day progresses
thebigdraw.org/event/3054

4. ITS OUR WORLD


18 October, 1.30-4.30pm and
19 October, 12-3pm
Kelvingrove Art Gallery
and Museum, Glasgow
Organised in collaboration with the RSPB,
these two workshops offer the chance to
explore the relationship between nature
and the local architecture.
thebigdraw.org/event/3284

5. AMAZING ART
SUPERSIZED WEEKEND
25 and 26 October, 12-3.30pm
National Maritime Museum,
Falmouth, Cornwall
Andrews A Short Book
About Drawing is published
by Quadrille, RRP 15

Work with Falmouth University students to create


personal sketchbooks inspired by popular painter
Kurt Jacksons fishy-themed new exhibition,
Line Caught and Local.
thebigdraw.org/event/3154

6. DRAWING WITH INDIGO


25 October, 1-4pm
William Morris Gallery,
London E17
Textile artist Lucille Junkere will show
you how to draw with stitch and ink,
using Victorian designer William Morriss
favourite shade of blue.
thebigdraw.org/event/3023

7. JAPANESE ART AFTERNOON


30 October, 2-4pm
Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth
Museum, Grasmere, Cumbria
Introduce the kids to traditional creative skills
popular in Japanese culture such as origami paper
folding and elegant calligraphy.
thebigdraw.org/event/3351

8. EVOKING MEMORIES
THROUGH DRAWING
1 November, 2-4pm
The Creative Quarter, Folkestone, Kent
How can we literally draw on our memories? This
inventive multimedia workshop will find out while
exploring the towns history as a cross-channel port.
thebigdraw.org/event/2982

9. DRAW IT OUT
2 November, 1-3pm
The New Art Gallery Walsall,
West Midlands
Learn how to make your
own drypoint etching at
this drop-in workshop
a great way to
introduce the family
to the delicate art of
printmaking and
approaching drawing
from a new angle.
thebigdraw.org/
event/2693

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Lets Draw 5

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Look away!

Sit down opposite a friend or family member with a pad


of paper and a pen or pencil. Now, try to make a line
drawing of them without looking at your page focus
only on your sitter at all times. Hard, isnt it? You wont
produce a perfect portrait, but this quick exercise helps
hone your observation skills.

WHATEVER NEXT?

Turn on the TV. Watch part of a favourite


programme and then turn the TV off again.
Try to imagine what happens next.
What might the characters be doing?
What locations might they visit next?
Draw the imagined scene.
If you have a digibox, you could
even pause the programme
and see how your drawing
compares to what really
happened on the screen.

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NEW WORLDS
Ever wanted to visit another planet or go back
in time? Well, now you can by drawing yourself
in a whole new world!
Find an old photo of yourself or print one out on
the computer. Take a pair of scissors and carefully
cut around your silhouette to remove the background
(kids you can ask your parents to
help with this bit!).
Glue the back of your
cut-out figure to a larger
sheet of white paper.
Now, draw yourself
a new location on the
paper around your
photo. Where will you
go? The only limit is
your imagination!

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Walk the line

Look around your house for an object with an interesting


shape maybe a plant, a toy or a bunch of bananas? Place
the object on the table in front of you and try to draw it in a
single continuous line without lifting your pen or pencil off
the page. Try to describe both the outline of the object and
also any key internal shapes or details.
This game is a great way of learning how shapes relate
to one another and developing hand-eye coordination.

This is a
great lesson
in style over
accuracy!

LEFT IS RIGHT

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Are you left- or right-handed?


Try putting your pen or
pencil in the other hand
to complete a drawing
of a person or a
scene. You will no
doubt find it harder
and struggle to
achieve an
accurate likeness
but you might also
find it is a more
expressive or emotive
drawing as a result.

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whole family

Grand day out

This is a fun one to try after a family holiday or day trip.


Take a large sheet of paper and divide it into rectangles
using a black pen and ruler. Challenge your kids to create
a cartoon telling the story of what you did that day,
drawing the people involved and the places visited in turn.
If they are older, you can call it a graphic novel and get
them to add speech bubbles or develop the expressions
on the characters faces. Date the drawings they will
become fun visual diaries to look back on in years to come.

WINDOW DRESSING

Sounds
incredible
Play some music and draw
what it makes you feel or
think about. Let the rhythm
of the music influence the
speed of the marks made.
Use coloured pens or
pencils to reflect the
mood of the music. Do
this with friends or family
and compare your
drawings of the same
songs at the end.

Find a dry-wipe marker, chalk pen or


similar that will write on glass and wipe
away easily (be sure to get parental
approval and have them test it in a small
corner first!). Choose a large window in
your house and make an outline drawing
on the glass of the scene you can see
outside. Embellish the drawing with
patterns, shapes or extra characters
animals, people or maybe even imaginary
monsters. Have fun turning the real world
into something more fantastical!

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50 SHADES OF GREY
Kelvin Okafor shares his techniques
for creating lifelike tonal portraits

oung British artist


Kelvin Okafor
only graduated
from Middlesex
University in 2009 but he
has already gained a huge
following for his beautiful
tonal portraits of friends,
family and celebrities.
His work has been
featured by the BBC, The
Guardian and Daily Mail,
while his debut solo
exhibition at Londons
Albemarle Gallery last spring
was a great success.
My art developed from a
sort of obsessive desire to
achieve greater realism and
emotional expression in my
drawings, he told us.

I actually dream about how


I will start and finish a
portrait. I continue to
reference my photos while
Im drawing, but I already
know how the portrait will
look when its completed.

You will need:

A range of graphite pencils,


grades 5B to 5H
A white chalk pencil
Black Faber-Castell
Polychromos pencils
Cretacolour graphite and
charcoal powder
Archival drawing paper
A tortillon (for blending)
A Tombow Mono eraser
A good pencil sharpener

I begin by studying the subject from either a photograph


or a live sitting and embedding an image of them into
my subconscious and memory. Rather than creating a
grid, I lightly sketch the subject and define the
background. It is essential to understand the tonal
values, making note of the darkest and lightest.

My portraits always develop in stages; I complete


each feature of the face before moving on. I then
As with hair, skin begins with a light base of graphite
go back and work over the entire picture, adding
powder applied with cotton buds. To create blemishes,
highlights or changing tonal values to finish it off. I also
pores or scars I use tortillons and hard pencil grades such as
use black Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils in certain
5H. I also use the Tombow Mono Eraser and a Cretacolour
areas, as the wax creates yet another subtle effect.
white chalk pencil to create highlights such as light reflecting
off oily skin.
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This subject has medium to dark brown hair so a light


background provides the needed contrast. The fairer the
hair the darker the background needs to be and vice versa.
I layer a base using Cretacolor graphite powder then build
upon that with Cretacolor charcoal powder. I then work in
details with various pencil grades and use erasers,
particularly the Tombow Mono Eraser, to create highlights.

I measure proportions, determine the scale of the


drawing, and shape the rest of the features based
on the eyes. I believe the eyes show the subjects soul
and are most often the focal point of the drawing.

Lois White Rose, graphite, charcoal and


black pencil on archival paper, 72x58cm

I never impulsively create a portrait. I like to study the


subject from different angles and then work to express
the essence or mood of the person through my drawing.

Who would you draw?


A friend or a famous face?
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Lets Draw 9

DRAWING LIKE GREAT ARTISTS


Taking inspiration from your favourite
Old Masters or contemporary painters
is a great way to improve your skills,
as artist Marion Deuchars explains

n my new book, Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists,


I have chosen some of my favourite artists who have
been an important influence on me, helping me to
develop my own style over the years. By exploring
their techniques, I began to understand the essence of their
work and how they see the world around them.
Every artist learns by looking at the work created by others,
and then picks up bits of that and makes their own art in their
own way. Through them, you will discover new working
methods and new ways of exploring image making. It may be
something as simple as using scissors rather than a pencil, or
being fascinated by a new shape or a playful exercise.

Paul Klee (1879-1940)


was a German-Swiss
painter whose concepts
for composition and
design remain the
foundations of those
used in the art and
design worlds today.
Like his great friend
Wassily Kandinsky, Klee was
very interested in the
abstract, and his art

How to make a

You will need:

White card
Wax crayons (bright colours)
Black gouache or acrylic
paint
A wide, flat brush
2H pencil (or cocktail stick
or other sharp tool)
Kitchen towel

gradually developed
from representational
into purely abstract.
In the 1920s, both
Klee and Kandinsky
taught at the
revolutionary
Bauhaus school for
arts and crafts, where
Klee passed his theories on
art and design on to a new
generation who would bring
them to the world.
Klee was ambidextrous:
he wrote with his right hand
and painted with his left.
Many of his drawings and
paintings look like lines
stacking up on top of each
other in playful doodles.
He used bright colours and
made intricate patterns.
Many of them remind me
of crayon etching.
This is an edited extract from
Draw Paint Print
like the Great
Artists by Marion
Deuchars (Laurence
King, RRP 12.95).
www.laurenceking.com

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Klee made all kinds of lines


in his work. Some of them
looked as thought they
were scratched out of the
paint. You can make similar
kinds of marks by
scratching lines out of
paint-covered wax. It is
called scratch art or
crayon etching. It is
very simple to do.

Draw a border on the white card.

Paint over wax crayon with black acrylic


or gouache paint with a wide, flat brush.
Cover evenly. The paint should be quite
thick but not lumpy.

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Rub wax crayons onto the paper, up to


your border, leaving no white spaces.
Rub away surplus wax with kitchen towel.

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to win signed limited edition prints
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rtists & Illustrators and The Big Draw have


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Quentin Blake and Posy Simmonds.
Quentins print is pictured above, while Posys can be
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Scrape your pattern into the black paint


to reveal the wax colours. Rub away the
surplus dried paint.

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Lets Draw 11

Drawing
with Kids

Sin Dudley explains why all art materials are


suitable for children and why we can learn
a thing or two from how they use them too

here are very few people who would deny that


children are precious. There are not many people
who would give children less than the best they
could offer in every way possible except when it
comes to art materials.
When children are making a piece of art, they are exploring,
WHY NOT...
discovering not only a world of imagery and self-expression,
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but also the joy inherent in the act of creating something.
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Why hamper them with inferior materials?
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Even in something as simple as a coloured pencil there is a
crayons or
world of difference between a childrens pencil and one
paint to
designed for artists use the latter will release its colour
add colour?
more readily and consistently. A child will find this far more
satisfying to use, enjoying the brighter colour and probably
completing a picture within the time limit of their
concentration span.
I would like to advocate using good-quality materials from
the time your child wants to make marks. A three-year-old is
ughter capable of using a good-quality brush without ruining it try
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I dont think he was simply referring to
their observation of the world.
As a student I was taught that
the first art lesson you give a
child in any new medium is to
give them it and then sit
back, watch, and listen.
Note their responses,
how they use all their
senses to explore the
medium. Very young
children will do this
before trying to use it to
produce something and
I believe this is an
approach we should all
try to recover.
If children are ready to
draw and paint, they are
ready to succeed. Lets do
everything we can to help them.
You never know, we might just pick
up a few tips for ourselves on the way...
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HIGH FIVE!

Sin Dudleys fun


drawing project will
encourage the whole
family to get hands on
The poor old pencil is often
overlooked, simply because
they are so commonplace.
For me picking up a decent
pencil is still an exciting
experience; the feel of the
pencil as it glides over a
lovely paper with a decent
tooth, and the range and
expressiveness of the
marks I can make, continue
to delight me.
Use this activity to
encourage your children to
explore the possibilities of
graphite pencils further.
Have them use all their
senses note the way the
pencil feels in their hand,
the smell of the wood, and
the sound it makes on the
paper. Take this
opportunity to compare
the different grades of
pencil, and learn how and
when to use each of them.

You will need:

Three grades of graphite


pencil for example, an HB,
a 4B and a 9B
Large sheets of good-quality
drawing paper
A good sharpener
A good light source, strong
enough to cast shadows

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STEP ONE

STEP TWO

STEP THREE

STEP FOUR

Encourage your kids to play with the three grades of


pencils to experiment with the marks they can make
and notice the differences between them. Have them
try using different pressures: tickling the paper for
light marks, pressing harder for darker ones. What
happens when they layer the graphite? Can they make
marks shine by burnishing them? How do they feel?
Encourage them to alter the angle at which they hold
the pencils. What sorts of lines can they make now?
Could they, for example, make marks that look slow
or heavy?

On the same piece of paper, have them create a new


set of hand shadows and draw around each of them
again, this time using the 4B pencil. Once you have a
layer of hands drawn with that 4B pencil, change
again to the 9B pencil and repeat.
You will end up with an arrangement of hands,
interwoven but distinguishable because of the quality
of lines made by the different grades of pencil. You can
continue until each member of the family has had a
turn or carry on to cover a larger sheet of paper!

Angle your light source so that it produces good


shadows on the page. Have your children place their
non-drawing hand between the light source and the
paper, playing around with the shadows until they find
an interesting shape.
Using the HB pencil, have them draw around the
outline of their hands shadow. Take turns to make
shadows, overlapping HB outlines and building up
interesting shapes on the paper as you go.
Hands wobble so have them rest their arms on
something if necessary.

Now have them add texture, tone and pattern using


the range of marks they discovered in the first step.
They do not have to follow the shapes of each hand,
but instead encourage them to look at the patterns
that the shadows have made when they overlapped.
As they fill in each shape, try to have them keep an
eye on the balance of tones and marks across the
whole page. The result will appear abstract at first,
but on closer inspection it is also a lovely record of
your familys hands. Lastly, dont forget to date it!

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Lets Draw 13

When did you first


start drawing?
I remember being three
years old and drawing
lots of circles. As soon
as I picked up a pencil,
I knew it was what I
liked doing best.

Why is drawing so
important?
It teaches you how to
really look at things and to
understand them. Drawing
can do such different
things. When its very
exact, like architectural or
medical drawing, its an
excellent analytical tool.
Plus, a lot of people get a lot
of pleasure out of it. I think
drawing is extraordinary.

Youve been creating


strips since the 1970s.
How did you get started?
After Id left college, I was
freelancing and doing what
most students did those

Q&A

POSY SIMMONDS

The much-loved illustrator and Big Draw


patron reveals her favourite pencil and
a talent for tap dancing
INTERVIEW: TERRI EATON

days: carrying
my portfolio in a black case
and going to see people.
This was before the days of
websites so I spent a couple
of months reaping not much
success. My first commission
was for The Times and it was
to fill in for someone who
was on holiday. August is a
good time to pitch, even
now, because a lot of people
are away and theres always
drawing to be done.

Buy a limited edition print of


Gemma Bovery by Posy Simmonds
at www.bigdrawshop.co.uk

What
is your
career
highlight
so far?
Being asked to
do the regular
comic strip for The
Guardian in 1977 because it
was something very
different and exacting.

Are there any lessons


that have stuck with you?
My early days at The
Guardian taught me how to
draw quickly. They gave me
some copy and said they
wanted the illustration by
5pm. There was no time for
second thought but it
allowed me to develop my
own visual handwriting.

It was overwhelming but


I really liked it.
I remember
[the director]
Stephen
Frears
remarking
how the
books
graphic
novel layout
made it easier
because it was like
a ready-made
storyboard. When youre
writing a graphic novel, its
like drawing a film in a way,
only Im in charge of
everything the direction,
the script, the props, the
camera, the lighting.

What one art product


can you not live without?

Whats the best piece of


advice youve received?
Being told Ill make 1,000
drawings that Im not happy
with but being assured that
its perfectly normal.

Whats the biggest


misconception about
being an illustrator?

Its often something Ive


read in a paper and you
think, Gosh, how appalling
or absurd!

Whats the secret to


drawing good characters?
Spend a significant time
developing them, draw them
from different angles and
ask questions about their
character what car they
drive, what shoes they wear,
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Your strip Tamara


Drewe was adapted
into a movie in 2010.
How was that?

It used to be a beautiful
black Berol Karismacolor
pencil but theyve been
discontinued. Im now using
a Faber-Castell one, which is
still very good, but it makes
me sad when a brand I love
no longer makes a product.

Where do you find


your inspiration?

14 Lets Draw

whether theyre vain and


such like. Hopefully then
therell be some sort of
recognition for the reader.

Everyone thinks its such


fun. Ill bump into someone
after a deadline and theyll
say, Oh, youre still doing
your sketching? What fun!
They believe that you sit at
home with a teapot at your
elbow, a cat on your lap and
its all very cosy.

Apart from art, whats


your biggest talent?
I can tap dance a bit.
Im quite good at doing
impressions of animals too,
like chickens, cows and cats!

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