Tuesday, 28 January 2014

My Stuff: Ditchling

I will get better at posting stuff this year.

Towards the end of 2013 I took The Noisy Boys (4 and 2) to Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.
It was a lovely day out and the village is charming.

The museum itself – less so. After a long closure for renovation, what was once a well presented local museum with lots of information about the area plus a healthy dollop of Art & Crafts history has become an impressive building with a seriously one-note collection that skims the surface of Eric Gil and the A&C movement. It offers nothing for the initiated and too little to engage the uninitiated, but it is early days in the new life of a museum and it is to be hoped that the education and events programme give it some momentum soon.

Anyway, I drew this sketchbook comic about the village and Eric Gill...


Not sure how I feel about the work of Gill. Pretty certain how I feel about the man!

For that 3rd spread I shamelessly (and very badly) ripped off a pose from the marvellous Cindy & Biscuit comic by the unnecessarily good cartoonist Dan White. I feel worse about doing a bad copy of his drawing than I do any of Gill's work. That probably says something about both artists. Buy one, exploit the other for your typesetting with pirated fonts and think about the dogs...

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