There’s always a use for stale wine
These sketches were looking out of a cafe window. People move faster than you think so you really have to stare at them to memorize their expressions and features before they’re gone.
I thought I’d dropped this sketchbook somewhere or left it on a bench last year but found it today in the side pocket of my cycle pannier, a pocket I hardly ever use!
The Cafe Alba was a cooperative in Hackney in the 1990’s.
Sometimes the people who worked in it ate there
and sometimes the people who ate in it worked there.
And some times people like me put pictures on the wall. This was a map I drew at the time to show directions.
(I think it’s a Chinese Restaurant now. But I haven’t been there for a while)
My rucksack in the foreground and a rucksack shaped rock behind to the left. Coming down from the Breche de Roland in the morning and heading across a flat plane towards Monte Perdido. These sketches don’t give the true scale of this landscape.
Below are some sketches from an old press photo of Santiago U Peralta, casino manager in Argentina, that I made for a stone carving which I never completed in 2003. This, bizarrely, led me to walking the Camino de Santiago three years later, which I did complete, in 2006. Above are two sketches from that walk.
Pigs are highly sociable creatures and prosper when living in small, stable groups. They thrive on contact with each other and have a complex language of grunts and squeaks, which scientists say they can interpret. Scientists have even detected regional variations in pigs’ grunts. They sleep together huddled in nests and greet other pigs by rubbing noses much in the way we would shake hands. Pigs are highly co-operative in social groups and show affection by grooming each other. Pigs are the most intelligent of farm animals, and tests have been carried out that prove that pigs can be trained to do more than dogs.
(This cartoon has appeared in issue 88 of The Food Magazine and the Association of Illustrators annual; Images 35)