Life as an illustrator may seem by the onlooker to be an attractive way to earn one’s daily crust – and indeed in most ways it is. But Ron Tiner, in his illustrated talk during January’s Club Meeting explained that of course every job has a deadline, sometimes a very short one and from time to time clients can be demanding and even unreasonable. And to make a career from the skills of the illustrator requires a constant flow of work in many styles, shapes and sizes so one has to simply buckle down and get on with it.
Ron gave us a splendid insight into both the disciplines and creativity of his work with some beautiful examples of his illustrations from fantasy to history - from comic and romantic to good old-fashioned storytelling.
Working mostly in guache for colour work and pencil, pen and ink - even ballpoint for monochrome, his illustrations are as varied as one’s imagination can range with a stunning collection of subjects for all sorts of media.
An appreciative audience was enrapt with such a magnificent portfolio of work - some of us may have wished we'd developed such skills and maybe taken a different route to earn a living.
Perhaps even now, there's time to learn new skills and have some work published with the best of them. An inspiring morning with much to admire and enjoy.