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bath street musician

Today's drawing is based on a couple photos I took of this street performer in Bath, when I was there last month for the kids lit fest. The guy had built this intruiguingly complicated machine that strummed his guitar while he fiddled, operated by foot pedals a bit like an organ.

Artwork: I'm selling the original drawing for £40 + £5 registered mail postage (a little bit more for postage if you live outside the UK) via Paypal. Image is 22x18cm.
Edit: artwork sold

The DFC have put up some free avatars / buddy icons, including my buddies Vern and Lettuce, if you want to grab them here.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 23rd, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
That's freakin genius! Was he any good?
Oct. 23rd, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
Well, he was interesting! I'm not sure he sounded better than two people would sound, one playing fiddle and one playing guitar. But the idea of it is pretty cool. And you can't help stopping to watch and see how the machine works (which is the whole point, really!). Like that quartet that plays tin instruments in Covent Garden and do flips and stuff. Love watching 'em but not all that interested in buying their CD.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
Playing tin instruments while flipping, now that is classy. Totally wish I could see that.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
Hey, I think I've seen that guy! I used to live in Bath.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Cool! Yeah, he kind of has an established look. Like, you don't put together that kind of machine and only us it a few times. That's great you've seen him, too. :-)
Oct. 23rd, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
This is great -- if I had been trying to draw this I would have spent way too long trying to make the tartan pattern on his shirt 'flow' around the contours of his body -- your method just cuts through that stage completely, and yet (of course) the viewer is not left thinking "Huh! How weird! His shirt is completely flat!" And your patented 'spaghetti hair' is as effective as ever.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think I first took notice of that pattern thing from Scott McCloud, in one of his how-to-make-comics books. His little character wears a flat-pattern tartan shirt all the way through it. I like it here because I didn't want the sketch to look like I was trying to be too photographic.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Well, mission accomplished.

*Mission Accomplished High Five!*
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