|Gerard Whyman, Cartoonist and Illustrator|
Newport, South Wales
"I work in a window bay which lets in a lot of light especially in the late afternoon when the sun can stream in. However, living in South Wales, it rarely does. The net curtains are a bit 'suburbia' but they do avoid the feeling of being spied on like a fish in a bowl. I can look out on passers by while thinking up and drawing cartoons and don't feel too detached from the outside world. The regal looking purple cushion provides comfort for my less than regal posterior!"
"An old French drinking bowl holds vital drawing things: Brause nibs, novelty pencil sharpeners, Rotring ink and white gouache for mistakes. A Gromit mug is now usefully employed as pen container – much better than trying to drink tea out of. The "GuinnessToucan is not only lovely it provides an essential function. Well, I've got to have somewhere to put my cartoon earnings!"
"A cheap CD holder makes a very handy pen and pencil tray. I love those Rotring Art Pens. The pen holder in the middle is a 'touristy' Maori item. The 30's style GWR steam engine postcard says' Speed to the West'. Sensible advice I think."
"Is it me or do all artists really want to be musicians? The keyboard is recently acquired and I'm starting to learn. I'm marginally better as a guitarist. The 'regulation' Stratocaster is hanging on the wall in the background. I chose the colour as it matched the colour of the walls – only kidding! An expanse of white melamine provides a handy place to put up some of my photo prints."
"There is actually a radiator behind the book case on the right but unless I want hot books it's never put on. I don't have many 'hot' books but lots of reference ones and children's picture books collected over the years. The grey office filing cabinet is made merrier with postcards and photos stuck on it. You might be able to make out the Tintin jeep on the bookcase. The print on the wall is by Bath based artist Nick Cudworth. It's of a skeleton drawing his self portrait – a bit grim maybe it but makes me smile. It also reminds me of my mortality and so makes me work faster…not!"
A magnetic notice board has recent rejection slips from Private Eye and Reader's Digest. Bah! There's also a life drawing done on my laptop with my cheap Wacom pad and a copy of a painting I did of Newport's Transporter bridge which celebrated its centenary last year. Bottom left is a cartoon I had published in Punch years ago and above that is a treasured Quentin Blake original given to me by a friend on my fortieth birthday.
Hope you enjoyed the short tour. I've shown you mine – now you show me yours!"- GW