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More on my Pont project

This is nothing to do with  French bridge building, but my recent plans to revisit the work of Graham Laidler : Pont

Here’s an example of what he did about the British and below is my own version, but mine is just a rough for the time being. I’m trying to go through as many of his versions as possible and in this instance the drawings have a similar construction, as the subject leaves little to be updated really. Other subjects may well have changed. My exhibition is in August next year so I have plenty of time. Sometimes this is not a good idea as I have a tendency to leave everything to the last minute, and at times produce my better work when under pressure.

Anyhow, today was a simply beautiful sunny day here, bright blue skies and lovely sunshine all day, but cold. It would have been easy to use this good weather to go out for a random walk, but I kept my discipline and got on with the drawing. With Bruce Springsteen at some considerable volume the day has gone well.


Punch was a very well known magazine in the UK which was a haven for cartoonists and it was always my ambition in the early days to get something published in there. I managed it once when the magazine had a brief revival after going out of publication, and that was my Punch career over as it folded properly. Hopefully nothing to do with my contribution. Pont was popular when it was in it’s heyday, which I missed. However, it does seem to still exist on-line as a repository for a load of cartoons from it’s archives, so it’s still making money from the cartoons. I wonder if the cartoonists or their estates make anything? It would be good to think that they do.

Here’s my own modest take on the one above.pont-bighserough238

I hope to get that lovely feeling of light and dark into the final drawing. It will have the same title as the Pont  version and an acknowledgement to him too.

More news on my exhibition will be posted as we get closer to the deadline.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow, that’s cool. Your cartoons have so much movement, are so alive. It would be awesome to see you draw in a video. Your pen must fly.

    November 25, 2016
    • I’m working on that,I will try and get something on here about how I work. You are right, my pen does fly and sometimes in the right direction and sometimes the wrong! Thanks for your kind comment.

      November 25, 2016
  2. robinjburton #

    In the Pont version I like the superior look on the Butler’s face. Shame that you don’t get allowed in by a real Butler anymore… just a genteel National Trust person…

    November 25, 2016
  3. You are right Sir! And that’s another thing, how many people call you Sir these days. Take a look at the next post which might illuminate.

    November 25, 2016
  4. Nicely done!

    November 25, 2016

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