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A Cycle of Pattern

Collection: Gray's School of Art Collection
Object Type: Drawing: Design
Artist/Maker: Shearer, Charles
Date: 1979-1980
Media/Materials: pen and ink
Dimensions: overall: 63.5 cm x 52 cm
Classification: Graphics


A sheet of original drawings for a student project. Charles Shearer created a small illustrated book titled 'A Cycle of Pattern'. 13 drawings in total feature on the sheet.

Gray's School of Art was a very traditional Art School experience which I know is rare today. I recall great emphasis being placed on drawing from life and Drawing in general. Drawing was the principle activity in the graphics studio too - in preparing roughs, artwork, seperations for colour printing and spotting out negatives etc, etc. Pencils and rotring pens ruled....Computers were yet to play any part, though in my last year a photo typesetter did arrive and staff and students were given instruction. I created the text for 'Cycle of Pattern' at that time in the typeface Plantin. My life as an artist and teacher was greatly influenced by those years.

Object Number: ABDRG2012.569