Collaboration With Passion
Straight away I started to get commissions and small illustration projects for magazines in London, but certainly not enough to live off!
I visited one of Cambridge's Advertising Agencies ("Force Three", I Believe) and one of the owners, a gentleman called Henry Harding, bought one of my landscape drawings!
I took my first holiday for years when I went to Malta in 1972. I didn’t draw much except the busses, and I purchased a wartime electric fan, which still works today.
Henry Harding then offered me some freelance work, to draw shoes for a client he was trying to win at Force Three.
6 months later Henry set up his own agency and called it Line Liaison Limited "LLL" for short.
Henry Harding contacted Ken Whooton at the Art School and Ken put my name forward as a junior designer.
Rosemary Curd from Peterborough, was my favourite model for life drawing, and I sketched her many times during our 3 year friendship.
I started work asap and negotiated the sum of £35 per week.
Henry asked me to consider putting something toward a pension, an offer I declined, sadly.
The Agency was set up in St Neots, a short bus ride from Cambridge, fortunately I lived in Chesterton Road, which could not have been more convenient for the bus!
I had to really use my drawing skills and typography every day as there was much to do.
One day I might be drawing flowers and spiders for Fisons and the next, drawing Horatio Nelson for Borg Warner!
I learnt very fast how to work in the agency way as we were pitching for new business all the time.
We were using neg and print with the local photography shop and then using a local printers repro service.
I suggested we purchase a PMT Camera, this we did and I had to learn how to use it from my friend Nick who used one in St Ives. I learnt to drive during this period and bought my first car, a black Volkswagon Beetle.
My employment deal got better when I was allowed to fill up with petrol once a week for Free!.