Most people want to be able to draw people. Almost everyone at some time or another has had a go. We admire people like the cartoonists who can draw characters in the blink of an eye. We aspire to be like them.
I love painting people into my scenes as they help tell a story. And I love to make my viewers smile and I hope my characters do this. But this doesn’t come easily. I can paint a building in 1/2 an hour. A person could take a week to look just right.
Over the next few days I’m going to show you how my characters have developed from my earliest attempts. Since I was a child I have always drawn funny little naive characters. I remember doing a painting of a football match with supporters when I was in Year 9 at school. The art teacher took one look and said “Got a match!”. I will never know if it was because of my badly drawn funny little people or because Collingwood was winning! But it didn’t stop me.
Here is one of my very earliest naive paintings and a very crude attempt to reproduce what was in my mind.