I make no excuses for publishing this one again. Looking back to when I started my project to re-visit the ideas and drawings of Pont, the cartoonist from the 40s who inspired this whole project, this drawing is very close to his own. His drawing had a number of bears surrounding the hapless explorer and he was armed with a large rifle on an expansive ice field. Mine has just the one bear and the ice has melted, so both the bear and the explorer are under threat, from elements outside their immediate control. The ice is melting. I would expect the British explorer to talk his, or her way out of this situation.
I’ve also changed the title, Pont’s was: “Refusal to admit defeat”, mine is “An ability to stay afloat even under the most trying circumstances”. This is one of the first drawings of the project and done before Brexit, but it illustrates in some ways where we are now.
There I’ve gone and done it. Explained a cartoon, something I always say I should n’t
You can see the original and others at my exhibition here in Cheltenham from the 16th August to the 22nd at the Gardens Gallery. I’ll be waffling on about it too on BBC Radio Gloucestershire. The programme will be broadcast on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on Sunday 6th August at 12 midday and will be repeated at 5am on 13th August.
After it’s first broadcast it will also be on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days.
Cartoons on the radio?
Pont: Graham Laidler, and the British Character
A brilliant new concept.
I was lucky enough this morning to have been interviewed by Pete Wilson for BBC Radio Gloucestershire about my forthcoming exhibition at the Garden’s Gallery here in Cheltenham. It was great fun and very flattering to have someone interested in what I do and how I got there. He saw the odd side of talking about cartoons on the radio but it soon became clear that this was not a problem. I was lucky too to have the chance to talk about my new little book, which will be on sale at the exhibition too.
This is a project I took to give my own interpretation of various Gloucestershire place names. Lots of fun to do and printed by my old chums at Severnprint
You can see the sort of fun I had by clicking right here Glossary : A Collection of Gloucestershire Place Names
For those of you thinking that cartoons on the radio might not be a good idea, then think again. After all, there was a time when the BBC had a radio programme with a ventriloquist on the radio: Archie Andrews and Brough! You could never see his lips moving.
My interview with Pete Wilson will be broadcast on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on Sunday 6th August at 12 midday and will be repeated at 5am on 13th August. After the first broadcast it will also be available on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days. ( |Will anyone be listening at 5-00 on a Sunday morning? )
As a change from my drawings about the British here’s my chum Robin singing about John Barleycorn, in a cornfield near to the River Severn in Gloucestershire. It’s all part of the British Character, and we talk a lot about marmalade. It’s important.
This is one of the smaller drawings for my forthcoming exhibition about the British Character, the original will be for sale at the show. Despite having a dog some years ago, I’m not the biggest fan of them, but they make great subjects for drawing and the British do have a bit of an obsession with them. Cats too!
Pont: Graham Laidler, and the British Character
This week’s drawing.
The original drawing will be for sale at my exhibition next month and you can buy a print of this too from my new website: Look for “Apt Names”
Hope you have a very pleasant week, even if you are fishing.
One of the joys of my last job, which was as a print rep for a local company, was the people I had the pleasure to meet. Almost all of them were pleasant to deal with and at times it was fun. Not all the time, but then even my previous career as a cartoonist for 30 years, was not always a bundle of laughs.
I love people watching as might be obvious from some of my drawings. The only attraction of an Airport is the other people on the edge of panic. I came to study many people as a salesman, although the company insisted on calling me an account manager, and I can truthfully say that the most pleasant people were those in the transport business. Generally of good humour and patient to a fault and almost always as calm as a cucumber. Which is something of a relief as they were people let loose on our roads behind the wheels of behemoth trucks. The least calm and collected clients: almost any female in the alternative therapy business. They worried constantly, generally had a sense of humour bypass fitted, and were not averse to shouting from time to time on the telephone. Terrifying.
As you may well know by now, as I’ve banged on about it for a number of weeks right here, I am closing in on the start of my exhibition here in Cheltenham. Apart from the subject of the British, I’m also exhibiting some drawings of people with what I call “apt names”. And here’s the connection with therapists: this drawing is based not on any particular therapist I’ve encountered, let’s call it an amalgam. Her name is Petra, I’ll let you work it out from there.
And just in case you need reminding here are the details about the show.
My dear old Dad never allowed me to buy or ride a motorbike, for good reason, he’d seen too many people injured by them. Generally, these were younger men lured by the thrill of speed. I was very tempted and the closest I ever got to one was a Honda 50 scooter in the last year of my college days. One of my good friends also had a scooter and the sight of her backside going over the crossbars at a set of traffic light in Central Manchester is something I can still picture now. We were racing and she’d forgotten that one is supposed to stop at the lights. She survived with nothing more serious than blushing and bruises.
Riding back to Wigan from Manchester on a cold December day also nearly finished me off as I appeared to have a gap in my trouser fronts and the breeze freezed. My hands also took about an hour to thaw out when I got home.
A good school friend of mine had a brother with a more powerful machine and he gave me a ride on the back of that one time. Sparks came off the foot rest as we went around the corners. I very nearly ruined a perfectly good set of “y” fronts, again. I was never tempted further.
That’s about the whole of my motorcycle career in three paragraphs.
More seriously if one does have an accident on a bike like my dear friend Margaret’s son Ollie, then those first minutes afterward really count. Fortunately, Ollie survived and is making good progress towards full recovery. He and his family were much helped through the difficult time by Headway
Those vital first minutes after an accident…
Since the accident, Margaret has been busy raising money for Headway and in my own attempt to help I will be donating whatever anyone will pay for the drawing here, which is one of my British Character pieces for the Exhibition in August. I’ll be taking offers for it over the week and every penny will go to the charity.
This one’s called: A liking for traveling in leather.
Here’s a poster for the Exhibition and you can see more about it on my new website:
My new site