Drawn to the Gloucester Road?December 2nd, 2014
Tim explained the idea, “I used the format of drawing a whole street from one done in Hackney, London. I thought that Gloucester Rd needed championing as much as anywhere.
“The whole process has been quite entertaining. The drawings were made from photographs and sketches, but to get a clear look at buildings it needed to be early enough to avoid too much traffic and late enough to have few parked cars – 7.00 am was a good start time. One or two people were (naturally) suspicious of having their frontages photographed, but a simple explanation sufficed.
“If you look closely, there are small figures included in the picture: a few are real people and some are to illustrate a joke; all show the wide variety of folk who shop here.
“The initial plan was to sell it through charity shops – there are ten in this lower section (Zetland Rd up to Somerville Rd). However, most are unable to stock it for a range of reasons, not least being wall space. Having said that, Shelter – the housing charity – is selling it. Other shops that are very enthusiastic include Harvest, to raise money for Greenpeace, and upstairs at La Ruca, to continue to help rebuilding in Chile after tsunami/earthquake damage.
“The cost is £40 of which £22 goes to the charity, the remainder covering production costs – it is on high quality art paper.
“There have been requests to draw further sections of Gloucester Road but I have, at least temporarily, had enough of sketching windows and doors.”Back to news