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Tuesday, December 16, 2014


from the archives 


John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 3, begun 25th July 2001

Ooh, quite a bit that embarrasses me here, in various different ways, but I'm not allowed to edit out poor taste or poor drawing so...



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Thursday, December 11, 2014


compare and contrast 



Just thought I'd contrast the old sketchbook spread from the previous post with this page from the start of a little A6 Seawhite number. A mix of made up stuff and a few people drawn on the train to and from smelly London on Tuesday.



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from the archives 


John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 3, begun 25th July 2001

Oops, couple of days late, partly because I spent Tuesday signing some books in smelly London.



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Tuesday, December 02, 2014


from the archives 


John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 3, begun 25th July 2001









Three spreads this week. If you seek out the best bits in each one then there's just about a page's worth of passable drawings. Maybe.

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Friday, November 21, 2014


work in progress 




From a four page comic strip I just finished for the Christmas issue of The Phoenix.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014


from the archives 


John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 3, begun 25th July 2001





I was having to draw a scene at a swimming pool for a trade union's booklet about health issues - not the most glamorous job but a sizeable commission just as I was finally dumping my part time day job and going full time as a freelance illustrator. So, very handy at the time but it doesn't necessarily make for the most thrilling sketchbook pages in retrospect.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014


work in progress 




Friday, November 14, 2014


scrap, singular 




scraps, plural 




back of an envelope 




book cover design for beginners 


Excavating down through the strata of detritus atop my desk recently I found the original scrap of paper with the idea for the cover of Thirteen Chairs on it (now somewhat stained by tea. At least I think it's tea. The smart money says that's the most likely explanation). You can just about make out the thirteenth chair at bottom right in Tippex.




Tuesday, November 04, 2014


from the archives 


John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 3, begun 25th July 2001





I've got a feeling that the shrugging chap in the stripy blazer was based on a fella in Fry and Laurie's TV version of Jeeves and Wooster.

Oh, and a little bit of dismembered nudity. But we're all mature folk here, aren't we?

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