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Wakefield by John Welding

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Just got back from the printers ordering the prints for the Wednesday night ArtWalk. I will now have sleepless nights until Monday when they should be ready for collection and looking beautiful. In the meantime here is a bit of blurb to explain what's going on... The illustrator John Welding started using the Wakefield Civic Society Blue Plaques to make his unique diary pages in an attempt to make personal memories and record the changing environment where he lives and works. His drawings are a mix of illustration, comic strips and words and the Blue Plaques were ideal as a starting point and drawing catalyst for this new body of work. The pages are drawn in a comic strip or picture book style, which John is known for with his previous diary projects. Sometimes the artist features in person or sometimes as narrator in an autobiographical role, taking the viewer through his daily experiences. Sometimes there is something profound to say, more often than not it’s just an everyday obs…

Saturday Morning in Town

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The sun is low this time of year, catching the tops of buildings with angled shafts of light and shade. The building where Monkey used to be is a favourite of mine, detailed with a cornucopia of columns and swirls and over the top detail. I could never afford their clothing but went in a few times, pretending to look at clothes but really looking at the brickwork, staircases and floorboards.
Across from there is another clothing shop of distinction, Frank Birds gentlemen's clothing and next to that The Black Rock pub, the ornate tiling of the Black Rock reminds me of another pub I don't go in much further down Westgate, the Elephant & Castle.
Sunlight is in full effect on the Marygate side of of the Barclays Bank building making the red brick glow in a way that only autumnal light can make red brick glow. I have arranged to meet Helen in Deli Central, we were at the gym at the new Sun Lane Leisure earlier on and now scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast with a cup of black co…

Bit of an update to that last post...

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My friend Jan had mentioned in a comment about spotting dragons on the Monkey* building. Yes I had potted one but it was a bit difficult to make out with my eyes. I did the above drawing from a close up from one of my reference photos, and even then it's got a lot of guess work in it's make up.
I like these stony gargoyle additions, who ever commissioned the building wanted to show off their wealth and standing in the community but why the fascination for decorating buildings with fantasy animals? Unless it's not  a dragon but a dog, a dog would be a bit boring, dragons on the other hand are fiery and there to protect and show power and are part of a bigger mythology. So there, I have answered my own question.
* Please excuse the term Monkey building, I did research into trying to find out the buildings name but the closest I got to was 21 Bull Ring, the internet is focused on businesses that run from there.

Line Work

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These panels are a continuation from the 29th October which can be seen here.

Light boxing...

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My light box is home made. It's a piece of clear perspex screwed to a frame with a disassembled fluorescent tube desk lamp underneath, it works for me.

Bishopgarth 29th October 2012

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I was in a sensitive area so drew the things I knew
Using the Wakefield Civic Society Blue Plaques as destination points for drawing has hit a bit of a snag. Bishopgarth, where the next location on my list is, contains Police HQ, Children's Day Care Nurseries and a Public School. Maybe roaming around with a camera and a note book in today's heightened fear of 'stranger danger'* is not the best of ideas. So, I drew a few things that I was familiar with. The official description of what I am doing with these pages is something like this...
Wakefield by John Welding  A series of personal illustrated dairy pages.  John Welding is a freelance illustrator of stories who knows Wakefield, after 13 years of treading its rain lashed streets he needed a stimulus to see the town in a different way. In September 2012 he started using the Wakefield Civic Society Blue Plaques as entry points to make his unique drawings, a mix of illustration, comic strips and words. The point being no…