I LIKE drawing gnarled weather-beaten trees but when it comes to drawing my own gnarled
weather-beaten face, I’m not so keen. If there’s nothing else available, I’m always
more likely to draw my left hand rather than go in search of a mirror to draw a self
So I like the the cool, clean, graphic look that Dan Weinstein gives me in this portrait
which he drew after watching a video of Danny Gregory and I drawing on location in
In contrast my friend John Gardner has given me the look of an old sea dog - I wouldn’t
look out of place in Victorian Whitby, as photographed by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe.
John took this on the patio the other weekend. His daughter held a large flash unit
close to my right ear to get an effect known as feathering.
The striking sepia image would make a good dust-jacket portrait of the author for
a book that I’ve been working on for some years, set in the Victorian period but
for my home-page I’ve gone for the less gothic-looking full colour version.