sketching with granny
I went to visit Granny Playford up in Leeds for some painting and sketching in March. We went out for a nice sunny walk with our sketch pads and fold up seats. I drew this wintery looking tree in charcoal stick. I love using charcoal, it’s satisfyingly smooth and strong. Granny sketched the tree next to mine in pencil. Granny is a great artist herself and paints lovely portraits. Her daughter Vanda Playford, my aunt is also an artist and photographer (and doctor) with a Phd in photography from the Royal College of Art. Her son, my uncle Lionel Playford is also an artist, he’s a full time artist and art teacher up in Newcastle and paints landscapes. Then there’s the other side of my family too, my mum did a fine art degree, creating monoprints often monochrome and worked as an interior designer. My sister got 100% in her art exam at A-level and got one of the top 5 marks in the country and Granny Van painted too. So there’s a lot of creativity passing around the family and plenty of people to be inspired by. I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted to have a creative career and perhaps this family of mine had some part in this.
I developed this letter form and illustrated it using textures and block colour. It’s a retro 80’s style colour scheme which was designed to appeal to the East London hipsters for a music based graphic poster. The project brief changed so we no longer needed the ‘3’ but I thought I’d put this up in my portfolio as it still has appeal. It’s inspired me to work on creative more typography. Perhaps I’d go for an illustration technique that doesn’t involve computers. Paper maybe… as soon as I find them time!