When you’ve been drawing as long as I have, just about all my life, you realise how different people look, even those who look alike are not really, except maybe identical twins. But sometimes you meet an individual of such distinction that they stand out from the crowd and this Baby Boomer who posed for me recently is such a man. But not necessarily easier to draw. When someone has such a distinctive face, you can’t fudge it and get stuff in the wrong place because it’s instantly noticeable. This is one of the 100 Baby Boomers I have been drawing for some time now. I’m just over half way through and hope to finish by the end of this year. Eventually, these will be used in a large scale installation about my generation. I haven’t decided exactly how I’ll do it yet, but I’m thinking along the lines of developing the drawings into printmaking media like silkscreen, woodcut or stamp and using these to build up small and large iconic images from our era.
Over the last seven months, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials to draw our ancient heritage. Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.
I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.
And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.