I used to be into drawing and art and stuff up to maybe my 20s.

I will add some scans of stuff I've drawn here.

(The copyright of all drawings remains with the artist. Prints cannot be taken of any work without my written consent).



Graveyard 0.1mm rapidograph pen

I did this in 1992 after watching a UK TV documentary about Mike Wilks who did much bigger drawings

in a similar way using cross hatching with a 0.1mm pen that took him up to 6 months to complete.



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The drawing took about 3 months, using a rotring rapidograph 0.1mm.

Mostly cross hatching, but the grass was done by making a sort of left to right figure of 8 shape

(within a few millimetres) that I kept moving slightly.

I had to go over the grass 2 or 3 times using the same technique till I got the correct overall shade (detail below).



I scaled up (roughly 1:4) a black and white photo that I took myself using squares on tracing

paper over the photo, and light pencil squares drawn on the paper.

All of the ground elements were drawn on an A4 sheet of cartridge paper.

I then trimmed along the horizon using a scalpel blade and glued it to the background.



The background is a piece of white mount board, the sky was airbrushed using quink black ink

(though it ended up looking more like brown).

The clouds were first masked with masking fluid then shadows added with a black coloured pencil.

The overall dimensions are about 21 x 50cm.



I had quite a few comments from people entering my living room for the first time like

"Why have you got a photo of a graveyard on your living room wall?".

I would say "look closer", they would be amazed when they realised it was a drawing.

The next comment would be "Isn't it a bit morbid putting your own name on a gravestone?"

I would say "look closer".



I temporarily moved house a couple of years after finishing this drawing.

So I moved some basic possessions via a roughly 4 mile car journey.

About 2 miles down the road while passing a couple of teenagers next to a golf course there was a loud smash.

I thought one of them must have thrown a bottle at the car.

Shortly after arriving at my destination I was suddenly engulfed with doom when I realised what had just happened.

I had carefully placed the drawing on the roof of the car while putting other stuff on the back seat.

I drove the 2 miles back to the golf course at just slightly over the speed limit (officer)

and just slightly smashed the front wheel rim against a kerb while going round a roundabout.

The drawing was still there lying face down on the road, the glass had smashed into small pieces

and luckily there was just a few small scratches and marks on the surface.



Foxy

I did this in 1996 during my dinner break when I worked in a machine shop in a factory.

I don't know what it is as I just made it up, but it looks like a fox and a jackal.



Actual size is about 10 x 10cm. I used this as the cover for my Nothing Music.album

I know it's not anatomically correct as the jaw wouldn't shut, but who cares anyway?



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