I’m working, if you can call this sort of thing ‘working’ on a set of drawings based on an idea by an almost unheard of cartoonist called Pont, who’s real name was Graham Laidlaw. So that makes two of us ‘almost unheard of’.
Pont specialised on drawings about the British and I’m trying my best to resurrect the idea with updated drawings of my own. I’ve booked some gallery space for August to show the final artwork, which is a bit of a dilemma as final artwork no longer really exists on paper these days. So I may well do a few prints for it too.
I’ve exhibited at exhibitions in the past with really very little success, is one supposed to say that these days with the penchant for ‘bigging oneself up’? No matter. I’m going to give it another try though frankly is they don’t sell it won’t be anything new to me.
I’ll feature a few of the roughs and perhaps the finals on here as we get closer to the event, and then if any of you are near Cheltenham, then come and see me. I’ll be the chap in the corner of the gallery giving you the ‘evil eye’ and hoping for the odd chuckle.
The last time I exhibited the following drawing was in the show, and midway through the week a couple came in who looked exactly like the drawing below.
He even said so: ” Ere Clare, this looks juslikeyoo! ” he said with his back to me. Then looked at me and said: ” I hope that’s not to supposed to be me”. “No, I’ve never met either of you before” I replied in my friendliest manner. He smiled a toothless smile and muttered: ” Well I ent buyin it”, and they left.
I’ve been involved with doing some work on scooterists, my name for those little people who fly through the air on tiny scooters. I went to the local skate park to look at them in action and witnessed hordes of these small people flying through the air doing impossible things with scooters. Quite incredible.
Wandering home just before Christmas I noticed a few doors along from where I live a young boy trying out his scooter tricks, and realised it was the place where my wife visits occasionally. So I gave her a print of one of the drawings for lwhen she next went to give to the young chap.
I was delighted to get the following card from Ollie just a few days later.
Then I did another print for Ollie’s younger brother George, and today George gave me his super card.
I think they are rather better in some ways than the originals! Which look like this:
Another resurrected piece, this one was also used for site safety message for the building trade. I’ll use it again, and again. This version a rough that I intend to finish sometime.
When one sees the figures for accidents with ladders they are quite phenomenal, but then one only has to look on an average weekend at the DIY superstars who seem to think they are superman, balancing on the top of a rickety old ladder with granny holding the bottom of the ladder for safety, when the likely result is that they will fall on top of her. I’m guilty myself of course and shudder to think of the balancing acts that I’ve tried just to reach a far corner with paint brush.