Fig.1. Self-Portrait – early 1977 – age 15 – 6b pencil drawing on cartridge paper
Every time I sit down to have a haircut I look in the mirror and wish I had a photograph for the 250+ hair cuts I’ve had in my life. I can’t recall my first haircut, but the earliest I do recall is because my grandfather took me. It was a barber’s shop at the north End of Gosforth High Street (now an sandwich bar) opposite the Royalty Cinema (now a residential home). I do however have a small collection of images of how I saw myself in the mirror from the age of 14, to the last drawing I did in my 50th year – to add to a portfolio as I was contemplating pursuing an MA in Fine Art at West Dean, West Sussex – I opted for the Masters in Open and Distance Education (MAODE) instead. There’s greater demand for people with skills and an interest in e-learning, though I’m still inclined to take up drawing portraits for the love of it.
Fig.3. Self-Portrait – early 2010 – age 49 – 6b pencil drawing on cartridge paper
As children we each got the following gift wrapped for Christmas. Probably once, perhaps twice.
Fig.3 A3 Cartridge Paper – Drawing Board and clips – Soft pencils (6B) – Putty Rubber
I’ve tried working with an iPad and stylus but still prefer an A5 sketch book and a black felt-tipped drawing pen for portability.
Fig.4 Girl at the bar – Val d’Isere, January 1990