Thursday, 15 January 2009
The Lots to do Challenge
When ever i make anything it always feels alot better if it has a specific meaning to me.
This weeks challenge at The lots to do Challenge was to produce a piece of work which included some use of newspaper.
I searched and searched and all the text I came across was of awful stories and accidents that had touched peoples lives, or politics etc all depressing topics.
I didnt want that kind of text in my work I wanted something that i could have some connection too.
And then I found it.......The centre pages of the Sunday Post newspaper contain quizes, sudoku, crosswords, but most importantly "The Broons and Oor Wullie" cartoon strip.
My dads brother Tommy Lavery took early retirement with heart problems but had always been a fantastic artist. He had often had small cartoons published and for a while drew the cartoon strip "Uncle Charlie " in the Sunderland Echo newspaper. He signed all of his work 'Thos' so if you have any old papers you might have some of his work.
After his recovery he was employed by the Sunday Post and was the actual artist who drew both the Broons and Oor Wullie. He didnt write the stories , he just did the drawings. They would send him the scripts and he did the drawings from those.
Sadly he has passed away now but everytime I see these cartoon strips he especially comes to mind. So this piece of work is for my Uncle Tommy as on this occasion he was my inspiration.
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