I’m trying out some ideas for the sleeve booklet of my friend’s album.. it’s really fun, he’s given me some interesting concepts to play with.
Things you might see in Luton:
If, whilst passing the current, imposing marble town hall with the verdigris roof and tasteful neon blue glowing clock, you happened to see a hooded figure with the power to open portals into the past.. you might be priviledged to watch the gentle townsfolk of Luton burning down their old town hall on 19th July 1919, to celebrate “Peace Day”. (Or rather, to protest against the apalling living standards returning soldiers and their families were subjected to)
Not satisfied with burning down the hall and chasing the cowardly councillors, some enterprising soul dragged a piano into the street and played “keep the home fires burning”.
You can say what you like about Luton folk, but they certainly have a sense of humour.
When the town hall was rebuild 20 years later, they made it out of stone.
Continuing my “Things you might see in Luton” series.. this is the Arndale Centre, George st entrance. It opened in 1972. You won’t see it in Luton any more, because this entrance was knocked down in 2012. I wanted to record it though for its sheer brutalist concrete magnificence, and also for the many pints of cider drunk on those steps.
Continuing the theme “people you might see in Luton” is this delightful zombie shopper. You almost certainly will see more than one Zombie Shopper in Luton Mall, formerly known and still fondly referred to as the “Arndale Centre”. For some reason, you’re more likely to encounter a Zombie Shopper when you’re in a rush. You can see the bruises where people have been ramming them with their trolleys to get past.
Continuing my series of “People you might see in Luton”.. I’ve got a bit carried away. You won’t often see a girl in a short purple dress racing to save her dreadlocked friend from a shadow. I’m not saying it never happens though.
Still playing with a graphic novel/comic style.. number two in my series of “peope you might meet in Luton”
Pencil, scanned and touched up, printed and coloured with alcohol felt pens.
I haven’t drawn anything new this week (i have creative periods and then other times when all i want to do is curl up with a glas of wine and read).
So I thought I’d look back through my old pictures and find something interesting to share. I draw this on an old square paper pad, in biro, ten years ago while living in a rat infested one bedroom flat in London. I had the best job I’d ever had but even then London was so expensive I didn’t have much left after I got paid. I was also trying to do my teacher training at Midlands University (how did I ever think i would manage that and a full time job?)
Clearly it sent me a little loopy!
This little cartoon is also in one of my books – Miscellany of Oddities. Maybe one day I will write the rest of it!