Nostalgic notions, sentimental sighings, wistful wonderings, rueful reflections, poignant ponderings & yearnings for yesteryear! (With a few profound perplexities & puzzling paradoxes for good measure.)
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
STOP HORSIN' AROUND...
"Er, I've changed my mind. I'll take the first ones you showed me!"
"Seek and you shall find" is a very old saying from centuries ago.
It also happens to be averytrue saying, because I sought and found the
four illustrations which I lay before you now. I drew them either in 1983
or '84 (perhaps even as early as '82) for an equestrian publication of some
kind. The person who commissioned me was someone for whom I drew
newspaper ads to publicise his SONY hi-fi business, and he asked me to
produce the illos for some mag or programme pertaining to a horse-
riding event he was sponsoring or involved with in some way. I didn't care - dosh is dosh after all.
"I said you should have bought the hay from Cameron!"
The inking is a bit heavy, but I was experimenting with different
styles at the time. It would've been nice to have seen the published
result, but I never did - so I've no idea what size they were printed or
whether they were effective as ads once they were incorporated
into whatever body of text accompanied them.
"Looks like he wants his oats again - better nip 'round to Somerville!"
Still, despite their faults, they're not too bad for a young cartoonist
who was finding his way in the world and would eventually freelance
for the largest publishing company on the planet at that time. Altogether
now, let's hear you at the back - "Oh, they can't take that away from me..." Nosirree!