I’d like to tell you of how I came to draw my pencil and pen drawings of buildings in Worsley.
In April 1996 my brother helped to set me up with a new desktop computer. Once the parts had been bought, I watched as he assembled them, turned on the computer and installed the software. I’d also bought a scanner and an A3 mono laser printer. After this, equipped with an early version of photoshop, v3.0 I think, and also serif pageplus, I began many hours of learning. It was a steep, yet rewarding learning curve.
By September 1996 I’d learned enough to know how to scan in some drawings of mine, optimise them for printing, then use them to create a calendar. Pen drawings were scanned in as 600dpi bitmaps, pencil drawings as greyscale images. Both were saved as tiff files. So 1996 became the year of my first calendar with pen drawings, and 1997 my second calendar with pencil drawings. The calendars were sold in various shop outlets in Walkden, Worsley and Salford, and were very popular. The pen drawings from 1996 can be seen by scrolling further down this page.
I remember taking my camera to Worsley Old Hall, hoping to take some photographs. This was just before the Old Hall had been bought by Marriotts and develped into the Hotel & Country Club. On the day I visited, the Hall itself stood empty except for a security man who patrolled the grounds. He saw me wandering and I explained why I was there. As well as allowing me to take photographs, he was kind enough to walk me to where the old farm stables were (see the pencil drawing), which I found fascinating.