|David Stanley writes . . .
If I think back as far as I can, what I remember most is drawing pictures and listening to stories. I drew pictures on the blank pages of colouring books, and I listened to the stories of adults as they talked. I drew pictures on writing paper and listened to stories on the wireless. Before TV, everyone would sit and watch the wireless, and at bedtime there would be a story with pictures. You could ask questions about the pictures and really stretch a story.
I liked to draw, listen to stories and pretend old pegs and cotton reels were something else. Later I tried to draw, read stories and make old pegs and cotton reels into something else ... My first job after leaving school was as a draftsperson, then as a biological illustrator at a university, making careful drawings of animals and plants. Later I was a primary school teacher and then an illustrator with the Education Department ...
I like to draw in different styles and use different materials, sometimes ink, sometimes pencil or coloured pencil, sometimes watercolour and sometimes crayon. I donít think drawing has much to do with being clever at drawing ... Itís about being interested and knowing that it makes sense to do it. It makes sense to tell a story and it makes sense to draw.