DRAWING LIVES…

Read that heading with a soft or hard ‘i’ in ‘lives’ and it comes to the same thing…

I’m a member of the Professional Cartoonists Association, and I have often turned out for the Campaign for Drawing (notably in front of hundreds of people in Trafalgar Square, plying my trade) so I was delighted to see that Andrew Marr has made a little film on the subject of drawing. First of all I’m not in it. Despite this serious oversight I can still heartily recommend it. The people are a bit precious, but we all get like that sometimes…

Me with super-chef Lotte Duncan at The Big Draw, Trafalgar Square

Me with super-chef Lotte Duncan at The Big Draw, Trafalgar Square

Time for the link: http://procartoonists.org/back-to-the-drawing-board/ 

There you go. It touches on the subject that I bang on about at every opportunity – that all kids are artists to start with, but give it up when puberty, Xboxes, girls, dodgy teenage mates, and eventually jobs in banks come to the fore.

Shame. I maintain (and correct me if I’m wrong but I won’t listen) that if you can draw you are never bored. I love photography, but I know that if you take an ordinary photo, print it in black and white or muted colour, most importantly give it a really wide surround, frame it and sign it, it will look like a masterpiece, and be hailed as one.

Not so with drawing. If you’re not very good it shows, so you have to keep practising. I could name a few exceptions who get away with it and own indoor swimming pools or pads in LA – but generally you have to work at it. I consider I’ve never been better at my craft, and my age lies somewhere between Andrew Marr and Quentin Blake.

So listen to me you young rips…