Barry’s book #1

My friend Barry is writing a book about his recent experience of learning to use a wheelchair and the wider impact this has had on his life. He’s kindly asked me to illustrate it, so once a month I go round to his house and sketch objects and scenes. The book’s made up of reflections and anecdotes, some positive, some not so, and each illustration has a colour to match the mood of the piece. It’s interesting doing a series of pictures with such a specific and consistent ‘look’ (fountain-pen for line, ink-wash for shadows, and water-colour), especially as I now rarely use pen for line in my daily sketches. It’s also lovely to sketch a diverse range of subjects in such good company and in the comfort of someone’s home; instead of leaning against a wall, outdoors, I’m sat on a chair, eating freshly-baked bread and listening to great music!

barry 13 9 15 22barry 13 9 154barry 13 9 151barry 13 9 15 21barry 13 9 155 barry 13 9 152Lexington grey in fountain-pen and water-brush, watercolour, A4 – about 1 hour each

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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5 Responses to Barry’s book #1

  1. Christina Butcher says:

    This is an interesting project, I can’t imagine going through learning to use and depend on a wheelchair

  2. Viktoria says:

    What an interesting project! I particularly like the inside-of-the-car and the staircase sketches. As a nurse-to-be, I am very interested in Barry´s story, when he is finished with it. I guess you´ll be promoting it, won´t you?

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