ink line, ink wash and body colour H22 cms x W27 cms
From time to time, Roy Newby would make a picture 'on spec' - one that had not been commissioned but which might be worth sending to a publisher to see. (One of his watchwords was 'Send it in!' meaning: give it a try - who knows!) This is one such image. It draws on the same skills as he would use in his comic illustrations: made on white card, it uses black ink in various stages of dilution with water, with highlights painted in white body colour - a technically accomplished piece. Here is a pub scene in post-war London with a story to be told about each character if you want to imagine one, particularly of a flirtation. See how she sits, that young 1940s blonde, and watches her swaggering man! But wait - there are two half-finished glasses on the table: which man is she with? Will it be the big American with the brilliantined hair or the one with the hidden face who hits the bullseye? The other drinkers, witnessing this pair of swaggering Yanks, seem surly and unimpressed. She should know better than to cheapen herself! All human life is there in the smokey, kippered public bar with its Corinthian columns, reeking of pale ale and Guinness in austerity London at the beginning of the peace.