One of the joys of drawing someone is that it sometimes leads on to them becoming a friend. They obviously feel that connection, too, and take an interest in what I’m doing and what’s new in my life.
Stuart is certainly one of those people and we speak regularly and enjoy the interchange of wordplay and humour. I know he is someone who thoroughly enjoys communicating, as he writes about his extensive knowledge of local history for a local paper and has various friends that he regularly writes to and enjoys the interchange of communication that that entails.
So, when he sent me a letter last week I wasn’t surprised to receive it. But other than the news of the recent happenings in his life he also explained that he had an idea for a new set of drawings he wanted to discuss with me. So that was why he popped around this morning, to explain in person.
I was intrigued……
It turns out that he’s been thinking …….about designing his own stationery………well……..more like cards really. In the same style of the drawings I did for him a year or so ago. He wants the outside to be blank, but on page three (so to speak, and proably very apt, in this case!!!) for there to be an image……of himself, drawn by me. The image will feature him doing something, but wearing very little in the process. He wants to write his own caption underneath and the slogans may vary depending on his mood, how cheeky he’s feeling and how much he wants to be outrageous for the recipient of the card.
We discussed the ideas for the designs, he’s got an idea for a set of four of them, and my favourite was of the back view of him, stark naked except for his socks, with the slogan “Does my bum look big in this?”
The reason for the front of the card to be blank, was for him to write a note for his friend, and then when they open the card they are greeted by his saucy image depicted in pencil, with the suitably saucy comment hand written under it. I think it’s a brilliant idea! And will love designing them with him. How very personalised! And fun!!! LOL