Saturday, April 29, 2017

Searle's Process

I haven't identified what this picture was made for but I thought it interesting as it gives an insight into Searle's colouring process. There are three parts - the line drawing on art board, a xeroxed overlay and the coloured back-board with watercolour over light blue pencilling. He wouldn't always work like this and it appears to be a late period drawing so colour separations were no longer needed. Perhaps he was getting two pictures out of it (and two payments?). Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Friday, March 03, 2017

'Ronald Searle's America' pop-up exhibition

March 3rd is Ronald Searle's birthday. To celebrate I'll be hosting a ONE day exhibition at the Center Stage Gallery, Burbank TOMORROW, March 4th 1pm-4pm.

Monday, February 13, 2017

To celebrate Ronald Searle's birthday on March 3rd I'm helping to host a one-day 'pop-up' exhibition of his work at the Center Stage Gallery on Saturday, March 4th. Details here. I'll be signing the last copies of my book 'Ronald Searle's America'.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Season's Greetings to all with the last post of 2016 featuring some Christms related Searle ephemera.

This original drawing sold at auction earlier in the year. It's actually annotated as a Valentine's Card but depicts a character - the reindeer - that Searle used many times on Christmas cards and advertising work. See more here

Russell Braddon was an Astralian author who survived the POW camps in the Far East with Searle. I wasn't aware of a follow up to his famous account of his POW years 'The Naked Island' until I saw this on Ebay. It looks like he commissioned his old friend to create his Christmas cards.

Another Ebay seller has been trying to off load a cache of private love letters sent from Searle to artist Ruth Cyril for the best part of 2016 including this Christmas card.

Thursday, December 01, 2016


Mike Lynch posted a Searle drawing of Montmatre on his cartooning blog which reminded me to dig out this epic colour version published in the September 1960 issue of HOLIDAY magazine as part of a feature called 'Paris in the Summer'.

 Ronald first drew the Place du Tertre (below) while visiting Paris with his first wife Kaye Webb during their collaboration on the 'Paris Sketchbook'.

Here's the rest of the HOLIDAY feature-

Ronald drew the Opera Garniér for the 'Paris Sketchbook' (below). He evidently found a vantage point sitting at the Café de la Paix across the square.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Chilly Lovers

HOLIDAY magazine April 1958

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Searle

A new exhibition featuring a collection of illustrations from the Collection of Robert and Lydia Forbes has opened at the University of Connecticut. 'The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Searle' runs through February 10.

More info here and here.

Blog report on the opening & talk by Robert Forbes here