Nobby Clark

Type Illustration
Illustration for Horizon magazine.
Title Comet.
Descriptive title given by NZGDA.
Measurements.Dimensions 387mm by 117mm
Measurements taken from an image cut out from a magazine and pasted into a portfolio.
Materials.Medium Ink.
Materials.Support Paper
Materials Gouache.
This was used in the original illustration.
Techniques Offset colour printing
This technique has been used for printing the image.
Techniques Drawing.
Nobby Clark has remarked that for his illustrative work he draws a composition on layout paper, sticks this to the window, traces it onto a sheet of Kent cartridge paper and then draws in all the intricate detail. He completes most of his illustrations in this way.
Techniques Painting.
For works like these, Nobby Clark would start off with thin washes and build up the layers of colour.
Creator.Personal name Nobby Clark
Role Illustrator
Creator.Personal name Iain Macdonald
Role Author
Iain MacDonald was the author of the article about Halley's Comet that accompanied this illustration.
Date.Creation 1980's
Mid 1980's.
Location Horizon Magazine.
Location.Current Site NZGDA collection.
ID Number.NZDA Number nzgda_dp_nc_i_042
Style/Period.Style Decorative illustration.
Culture New Zealand.
The culture in which the image was created.
Subject Men, women, star, comet, three kings, camel, chickens, astronomer, telescope, wig, double decker bus, top hat and tails, flapper, cowboys, stetson, tourist, camera, medieval.
The comet in the image is Halley's comet.
Subject Bayeaux Tapestry.
Some of the figures depicted in this illustration are based on figures in the Bayeaux Tapestry.
Relation.part of An article about Halley's Comet
This illustration forms part of an article about Halley's comet. The image was placed across the top of two A4 magazine pages.
Description The content of the image consists of a dark blue background dotted with stars and a large comet passing overhead. Included in the image are small groups of people. These include one group of three tourists from different countries carrying cameras, bags and books; two cowboys, one carrying a naked blonde women over his shoulder. Another is a group of men and women in 1920's costume riding on & dancing around a red London double decker bus, the bus has an advertisement for Pears Soap and a sign on the front saying '16 Charing Cross' on it. Another includes a 17th century be-wigged male astronomer & a women surrounded by telescopes & astronomical charts. Another image has a religious element to it consisting of the three wise men from the Nativity sitting on camels and wearing crowns. With this group there is a shepherd and a sheep. There is also a group of five medieval people standing in a turretted building with a chicken at their feet. There is some text above the medieval people that reads "ISTI MIRANT STELLA." (AAF)
The translation of 'isti mirant stella' is 'they see the star'. If the Latin was grammatically correct it would read 'isti mirant stellum'. (AAF)
Source Nobby Clark
In discussion with AF 01. 2001.
Source Abigail Fox.
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 01. and 02. 2001.
Source Katy Yiakmis.
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 01. and 02. 2001.
Source Frances Joseph
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 02. and 05. 2001.
Source Amy MacKinnon
Researcher. 2000.
Source Warren Smith
Proof reader and advisor 05.2001
Rights Copyright.
Horizon holds the original of this work.