Perhaps the biggest mistake of my freelance career was to resign from doing that job. The Times had unexpectedly given me a daily slot which was very demanding, and I was worried about pressure of work. Perhaps I arrogantly supposed the FT would hand me my slot back if I wanted to return later. Well they didn’t; why would they? There’s always a bunch of hungry illustrators to snap up opportunities like that.
Now I look at this set of around 30 drawings as some of the best drawings I have done in their purity of style and composition: Black and white at its best, surely, I tell myself. Ironic that they were printed on pink paper.