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Hayman 30/30

This project has a story.

A long time ago, there was a lad called Richard White. In his early college days Richard found himself surrounded by guitarists. They didn’t seem so bad. Richard decided that he should become one.

The journey was pretty cool. He learnt the basics and found he could sing at the same time. (A gypsy once heard a baby version of Richard crying as she was in the process of trying to sell his mum some lucky heather. She told Richard’s mum he’d be a good singer. Richard’s mum bought the heather, for fear of being cursed, as you do. But that’s another story. In fact, that was it.)

Richard did the whole busking and band thing – it was great, I’m told.

During the learning years, Richard found himself staring at a cool ass guitar case at a carboot sale in Devon. Inside was a guitar. A crap one. The pickups had been badly modified, but, worse than that, the previous owner had ripped the body to pieces and decided to scrawl permanent green marker over the entire guitar. Richard paid a fiver for the case, which included ‘the crap one’ inside and promptly went off to eat a terrible burger from an old man in a smelly old van. Just imagine.

The guitar stayed at his mum and dad’s house, promptly forgotten. You see, Richard didn’t know what to look for in a guitar back then. He was a bit dim about them. He simply left it.

*This is an interlude. Richard went and did loads of amazing things. He’ll tell you about them some day*

Here’s the thing: that guitar was rare. It was British made and went by the name of Hayman 30/30. And they were good. Built in the seventies by a chap called Jim Burns, the range was very popular. Sadly, his business skills didn’t match up to his guitar making. He went out of business and guitars like the one Richard had became quite rare.

So here I am (yes, Richard is I!), the owner of a beat up Hayman 30/30. I wouldn’t know about it at all were it not for a friend of mine spotting it sat in the corner of my room, looking like a piece of trash. He saw the Beauty though. And now I do too.

Please prepare yourself for the dramatic vow:

I WILL RESTORE THIS HAYMAN 30/30 TO ITS FORMER GLORY!

There’s a problem though: it’s going to be really difficult. Parts are rare (duh!), restoration of guitars is supposed to be taken on by people with a certain level of expertise, and worst of all, it’s in such a mess that only so much can be done.

But that isn’t your problem. As I go along I’ll post pictures. If you want to find out more about the guitar, check out the Shergold website: http://haymanguitars.co.uk/ 

Wish me luck…

P.s. If any Hayman fanatics find this page, I promise you I won’t do anything stupid. Let’s be honest, that part was done a long, long time ago. 

Hello Richard White.

You have the look of a professor. Oh, what’s that? You are a professor! At the University of Worcester, no less. Well, good man.

I drew this Richard White some time ago but decided to be lazy for a month. That month has gracefully passed so now I return to uploading things.

It’s remarkable how many Richard Whites wear glasses.

I await my turn.

Richard White is a project where I, Richard White, find and draw the Richard Whites of this world. If you’re still unsure, check out the Richard White project page.

Richard White #11

You can tell, right? It’s the wavy hair, the smouldering eyes, the angled pose. This guy… No. Not guy. This Richard White is an acTOR.

Meet the most famous (according to Google search) Richard White out there.

He voiced the Beast in Disney’s animation, Beauty and the Beast. It’s Richard Whites like him that keep the rest of us Richard Whites going.

Seriously though, good on him.

It’s a shame my drawing’s a bit sh*t, really. My other regret is that since completing this one, I came across an up-to-date picture, way nicer than this one. Oh well. Sorry, Richard. My bad.

 

Richard White #10

This is a momentous day: the Richard White project has hit double figures. Yes!

Richard White #10 looks pretty smug about it.

I know, I know – ten Richard Whites isn’t that impressive. But if you know me, you’d be well aware that my attention span for projects like these is perilously short. The good news is that I’m enjoying it and mean to continue. So I will. More soon.

Richard White is a project where I, Richard White, find and draw the Richard Whites of this world. If you’re still unsure, check out the Richard White project page.

What Writers Need - Coffee

Am I right?

I admit, it’s strongly influenced by my own needs. This image is for The Salon, a monthly gathering for literary folk organised by Writers’ Centre Norwich. This particular edition takes place at Norwich Arts Centre on Tuesday 4th March at 7pm.

If you’re a writer, reader, arts professional or free cake lover, then do come along. If you’re none of those things, you’re still welcome. Unless you’re a super hero – you have more important things to be doing, I’m sure.

The image down there shows a bigger version.

Oh, and the font is L’Engineer, a free one from @indieferdie.

 

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A drawing of Richard White number nine

This is by far the happiest Richard White to grace the Richard White project. What’s funny is that although he was smiling in his profile picture, somehow during the drawing process I’ve managed to make that smile even bigger. I don’t think I’ve mentioned the fact that these are drawn on my train journey to work. It’s a shaky ride, meaning that Richard’s can end up a bit wonky, or in this case, very, very happy.

Richard White is a project where I, Richard White, find and draw the Richard Whites of this world. If you’re still unsure, check out the Richard White project page.

Richard White #8

Richard White #8 could sell you anything.

Observations so far:

  • Most of the Richard Whites are on the older side.
  • Older people are easier to draw.
  • The drawings, I think, are getting better as I go.
  • This particular Richard seems nice.

Richard White is a project where I, Richard White, find and draw the Richard Whites of this world. If you’re still unsure, check out the Richard White project page.

Miami Vice image

A certain person who shall not be named…

… asked me to design a small A6 card to be used as a RSVP for his/her 40th Birthday. I’m pretty sure he/she isn’t that sensitive about the age thing, but you can never be too careful.

He/she wanted a Miami Vice style design. So, well, I googled ‘Miami Vice’ and ended up designing the above and below.

I think my fave bit – because it’s always good to have one – is the trees in the shades.

Click on the images down there to see the text layout.

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Richard White #7

Richard White #7 was fun to draw. I had a great time. But gee-whiz (and a good dose of golly-gosh), he really doesn’t look that impressed.

It crossed my mind the other day that I know absolutely zilch about these Richard Whites. Sometimes I get the odd detail, such as their location or job, but character wise, absolutely nothing. Obviously I’m not looking to publicise any of that stuff – just drawing them is probably intrusive enough – but this guy made me think about what they’re actually like. Especially since there’s one Richard White I’ll be looking to avoid; namely the Downside Abbey monk Richard White, who was jailed for five years in 2012 for abusing two boys back in the 1980s.

That isn’t to say that I think this particular Richard White is a dodgy character. Nope. Not at all.

Richard White is a project where I, Richard White, find and draw the Richard Whites of this world. If you’re still unsure, check out the Richard White project page.

Richard White #6

Yeeow! What. A. Cool. Cat!

This Richard White is wurking it big time. Even better, he’s wearing massive shades meaning I didn’t have to bother with eyeballs. I hate [drawing] eyeballs. In case it’s not clear, he’s also smoking a great big fat cigar. It’s almost too much.

Richard White is a project where I, Richard White, find and draw the Richard Whites of this world. If you’re still unsure, check out the Richard White project page.