After a bit of a search I found the chap who gave me the idea ( or the excuse to do some drawings ) for a series on names. I’m not sure if he gave me this name but he probably did. Thanks Dennis, you’ve kept me off the streets wandering around pound shops asking how much everything is.
More will follow on here as we get closer to my exhibition in August, and I’ve set up a new website, so if you feel like looking around the sort of thing that I do then drop in right here: New site
This is a “work in progress”, as is almost everything I do. However I am determined to eventually get loads of finished drawings on there, and you will be able to buy prints of some of them with a special link to a very fine print place in London : The Print Space
The link on my new site says ” Buy Fine Art Prints”. So that’s a first, my work being described as fine art. Har Har!
It’s not my New Year’s Resolution, but it came from someone close to me and was delivered as if the words were more like ” I shall seek to achieve the Nobel Prize for Peacemaking”. For myself I’d chosen a resolution of similar insignificance:
” I shall switch my computer off for 2 days per week and do drawing on paper”
I’ve so far not managed mine a the knitwear fanatic has not put her resolution to the test just yet.
There’s a reason for my switch off resolution and it’s simply do do more practical drawing on paper and not to ‘mess about’ in photoshop until darkness falls each day. I assume knitwear fanatic has become allergic to anything that is not pure wool knitted by artisans. Is there such a thing as artisan knitwear, like there is for artisan bread?
£3-50 for a loaf of bread?
I’m working on a set of drawings that are about names and work, as well as another separate theme on Pont, a cartoonist from the 1940’s who did drawings about the British
( See The British and a fondness for two wheeled travel in leather. ) Drawings are going quite well and it’s fun to do. I’ve been giving some thought to what I might call the exhibition and at the moment ” Any Excuse to draw” is favourite. If anyone has any other thoughts on what to call it then don’t hesitate to let me know, I’m always happy to recycle ideas as my own….” Recycled Ideas” there’s another one. “Quality nit wear?”
Here’s a rough of one of the drawing I’m working on. When I worked in print I was lucky enough to work for loads of lovely customers and the odd odd one. People in alternative therapies were the oddest. In particular women who practised relaxation therapy. They were, in my experience, the most demanding and least relaxed people I ever had to deal with. Lorry drivers and transport companies, on the other hand, were invariably the opposite.
This lady is a relaxation therapist. Her name:Petra Freud. I’ll publish the final nearer the time in August.Thanks for dropping by.
Well there are people with unusual names but it is odd how they seem to get work which suits them. I was reminded of this when this morning I had an email from my phone suppliers signed by someone in sales called Samantha Honey. What a great name for someone in sales. It could have been better, Beatrice would have suited her well.
There are times when ideas come a little thin and enthusiasm for an idea gets above its worth.I’ve generally no idea whether this is the case with any ideas. I go off them and then later find them unreasonably amusing and carry on with them again. This is the case with Names. I did a series of drawings on this subject some time ago and then an email reminds me that it might not have been as bad an idea as I originally thought when I abandoned them. Digging them out yesterday, the drawings need finishing but I’m re-envigorated to do so.
I have an exhibition coming next year in August and with a bit of luck I’ll get them into that, together with other random ideas that will hopefully seem worth it. Unless I go off the idea altogether again and do something else.
Here’s a sample of one of them. This is Pastor Al Dente, of course!
Tim Bird used to be the tree officer in our local town.
Just seen this in the Park and thought it well worth adding, what a wonderful name. I bet he was a lovely gent, and he probably deserved to live till 90.
Sometimes referred to as Al. He can’t help his poor breath it’s a factor all public speakers have to deal with and he’s as public as you get. Get in touch if you’d like to know more!
This is the start of a new idea ( or a new old idea ) to illustrate unusual names and how they link up with a job or profession. Al is one of those chaps that spent some time in the army and now is a professional toastmaster. They introduce celebrity speaks at what we call functions!
Al suffers from poor mouth health and the curse of all public speakers, bad breath.Hence his name. Think about it, you’ll soon get it.
This is, as yet, an unfinished drawing. The final beast will be released on an unsuspecting public in due course.