El borracho desconocido (The unknown drunk) 65cm x 50cm. Indian ink, coloured inks, crayon & pencil on drawing card £250

This drawing was a favourite of several people who came to my first few exhibitions in the Basque country, and it shows what I was aiming for: a single drawing that tells a story without depending on words, something universally understandable. Yet it had to have a title; Ronald Searle gives his babies titles.

 

This drawing didn't need a title, although it's a good one, and accurately sums up the action. But with many later drawings the title can have a more important role. A title can even be the spark, the "let there be light" moment that creates a drawing & breathes life into it.
I gallantly volunteered to model for the statue . . .

 

The drawing style is very stiff & straight & unremarkable. Such as this early incarnation of a cuadrilla of Iñakis . . .

. . . and this assortment of ne'erdowells . . .

I wonder how it would have turned out if I'd drawn it after a later drawing . . .
. . . People peopling? There can't have been much time between these drawings, but in People I'm a lot looser & freer . . .

. . . although these two from Unknown Drunk show that I am nearly there . . .

 

 

. . . Here are the younger generation carrying the baton to succeed the above Iñakis cuadrilla. I saw them as the Iñakis of the future. In fact, over 20 years have gone by since this drawing. Who knows what these punks are doing now, if they're alive. Have they turned into Iñakis with their own cuadrilla? The punk with the I Shit on God leather jacket . . .

. . .  must be the older brother of the Oi Radikal Basko with the Portugalete statue Tshirt from El No Fumador . . .

 

All in all, it was a really good idea for a drawing. It shows me progressing away from gag cartoons, and using what I was seeing around me. I'd do it very differently today. But then again I wouldn't do it today, would I, because I've already done it