I recently rediscovered a couple of sketchbooks from the summer of 1996, when I was 18. This was the summer holiday between leaving school and attending Cardonald college for a year before attending Art School. One sketchbook covers a few days wandering around a section of old streets off the Gallowgate, Glasgow Green, and some views from the windows of my mum’s house, where I lived at the time. Most of the buildings depicted in the Gallowgate streets section are long demolished now. The second sketchbook contains eight drawings made in one day during a walk along the Clyde Walkway. Again, most of the scenes depicted have disappeared or changed beyond recognition. A mildly amusing detail is that at the end of the sketching walk along the Clyde, at a mobile snack van, I bumped into celebrity sexual abuse beast Jimmy Savile. He was sporting mirrored shades and bright blue lycra, up here training for the Glasgow half marathon which was a couple of days later. I asked him to sign my sketchbook. Not, I hasten to add, because I was any kind of fan, just because none of my pals would have believed that I had bumped into this creepy old fucker while out drawing, if I didn’t get solid proof. One detail which always stuck in my mind is that at the snack van, the cunt got five sugars in his tea. Maybe I will draw this encounter at some point. The sketchbooks are quite small, A5 sized.
Sketchbook 1, East End.
Sketchbook 2, Clydeside.