Gnomes are where the heart is?

fatherxmas ironing

There I was rifling through some old files and looking at some back up work from eons ago and what should pop up, but this. It was commissioned, I’m not sure by who now but looks like electrical goods to me. I recycled a joke used in an even earlier drawing, which is the film that Rudolf is watching just before Christmas. It’s ” A Mince Pie to Far”, any suggestions for starring roles will be appreciated.

What’s different about this is it is pre digital and all done in magic marker and chalks which is the odd mix of media that I used to use. I suppose it comes from being a visualiser in the early days. Some people think it might be watercolour or inks, but no, it’s just good old industrial markers on layout paper. I remember them giving off a heady odour and these days would probably not pass health and safety regulations. The early markers were glass bottles with a wad of chemical in them, and you could screw off the top and get this wad out to cover large areas of colour in a trice. It was advisable to have the window open.

After drawing the whole things and colouring up on the layout paper I’d stick the layout paper to thick card for protection with cow gum ( you think I’m making this up? ). Cow gum was not as I thought, made from cows, it was what we probably know today as spray glue without spraying. It came in a brilliantly dangerous very inflammable tin and you spread it on both sides of the paper before sticking the two together. Lighter fluid could be used to clean up areas here and there, or a ‘cow gum rubber’, made from spreading the aforementioned cow gum on a nearby window and allowing to dry a little before peeling off into a large sot of gluey ball.Using like a conventional rubber it was used to remove any excess cow gum from the artwork. Smoking whilst performing these tasks was compulsory and added an extra edge to what is always a dangerous profession.

To add the final touch, a cover of very smart tracing paper and then another of a bright coloured cover paper, before sending off the drawing on the next available train carefully packed to the client. Usually never to be seen again. In this instance they had the clientsto let me have the scans, but the artwork? Heaven knows where it is now.


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