My Auckland page 1.

Nobby Clark

Type Illustration.
The work being described also includes text written by Nobby Clark.
Title My Auckland page 1.
Name given by NZGDA.
Title.Larger Entity My Auckland.
This is the first page of an article by Nobby Clark.
Measurements.Dimensions 270mm by 206mm.
These are the dimensions of the whole page from the article, not just the illustration. The article has been cut from Insight magazine and pasted into a portfolio.
Materials.Medium Ink.
Materials.Support Paper.
Materials Gouache.
This was used in the original colour illustration for the article.
Materials Pencil.
This was used in the original drawing for the illustration for the article.
Techniques Offset colour printing
This was used in the production of the article.
Techniques Outdoor sketching
Nobby Clark has written in the text that forms part of this work, that he is attempting to create something unique by painting what he sees around him.
Techniques Line drawing
The original line work was completed in pencil. In all of this series of illustrations and indeed throughout his illustrative work, Nobby Clark would draw the composition on layout paper, stick it to the window and trace it onto Kent cartridge paper. He would then add the detail in pencil before adding colour to the piece.
Techniques Painting
Colour was added to the drawing using gouache and brush.
Creator.Personal name Nobby Clark
Role Author
Creator.Personal name Nobby Clark
Role Illustrator
This piece of work was created for Insight magazine, a monthly publication produced in Auckland during the mid 1980's. The magazine was published for two to three years. Nobby Clark remarked that he was paid well for this work.
Date.Creation 1980's
Mid 1980's
Date.Publication 1980's.
Mid 1980's
Location.Former Site Insight magazine, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand.
The magazine posessed the originals in the 1980's but since that time they have closed. The magazine ran for 2 to 3 years.
Location Auckland Ferry Terminal, Customs Street, Auckland, New Zealand.
The subject of the illustration is located at this place.
Location.Current Site NZGDA collection.
ID Number.NZDA Number nzgda_dp_nc_i_050
ID Number 086866071X (hbk.)
ISBN number
Style/Period.Style Personal illustrative style.
This illustration is characteristic of Nobby Clark's own personal style which is very disctinctive in these 'Auckland' works; he shows people as 'characters' in surroundings familiar to them. Clark remarked that "having an easily recognisable style is both a handicap and a bonus."
Culture New Zealand
This is relevant to both the creation and the content of the image.
Subject Three seated figures, one standing drunk, one sketching artist, seagull, wharf, ferry building, people, bench seat, life preserver, windows, railing.
This is the first illustration in an article about Auckland by Nobby Clark. It is typical of Clark's illustrative style and subject matter, depicting characters and locations in Auckland. This material was generally sketched from life.
Subject The artist at work.
This work is typical of Clark's illustration style and subject matter, depicting characters and locations in Auckland. Generally this material was sketched from life and Clark has used this image to introduce himself and his personal vision of the city.
Subject Auckland ferry terminal.
An aspect of the downtown ferry terminal. Nobby Clark says that in spite of renovations, this area is still recognisable from this image.
Relation.part of An article about Auckland for Insight magazine.
This image forms part of an article, the content of which was created for Insight magazine. The article covered 6 pages and included 8 illustrations. All of these are documented in the NZGDA database.
Relation.part of Auckland, Their Auckland.
The illustrations relate to Nobby Clark's book 'Auckland, Their Auckland' published by Lansdowne Press, 1983. (ISBN 086866071X (hbk.)) Clark illustrated several books of anecdotes by the cricketer Richard Hadlee, the first of which was published by Landowne Press. The editor was impressed with the work and when Clark told him of his wish to produce a book about Auckland and it's people he offered to publish the book.
Description The illustration focuses on three people being sketched sitting on a bench on a wharf. The bench is situated against a red brick wall that has a doorway to the left of the image. Inside, in the shadow of the doorway a man can be seen dressed in a shabby overcoat drinking from a bottle. Outside, the people being sketched appear bemused by the process. The man on the left of the bench is hiding behind a paper, he has a briefcase at his feet. The man in the middle is looking straight at the artist. Both men are wearing hats. At the right hand side of the bench there is an old woman wearing a red coat and a red hat. She is biting her fingers nervously. On the wall above her head is a life preserver. The artist is wearing a peaked cap, smoking a pipe & sketching on white paper clipped onto a board. He has a satchel style bag by his side. He is crouched over the board and looks as though he is concentrating intently on the job at hand. To the right of his head a seagull hovers, beak open, ready to attack. [AAF]
Clark remarked that at this time this area was a well known haunt of drunks and 'meths' drinkers in Auckland.[AAF]
Description There is copy located both above and below the image.'Cities' is written in bold, sans serif capitals at the top of the page, nestled in 'My Auckland' which is in a cursive art deco style font. The rest of the text above the image is in capitals and lower case, bold and non-bold and in serif. Below the image the text is split into 2 columns that are aligned to the right. All the text here is in a serif font, capitals and lower case. The page number and magazine name are placed at the bottom right hand corner of the page. The content of the text (which continues on to page 56, see nzgda_dp_nc_i_052) refers to the changing nature of cities worldwide; the way they are all becoming similar and the difficulties created for the artist when he tries to represent the unique nature of Auckland. [AAF] 'My Auckland' has probably been hand lettered.[WS]
See the text document under supporting media.
Source Nobby Clark.
From discussions between Nobby Clark and AM 08. and 09. 2000. From a discussion with AAF 01. 2001.
Source Abigail Fox.
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 01. and 02. 2001.
Source Frances Joseph.
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 01. and 02. 2001.
Source Amy MacKinnon.
Researcher. 2000
Source Katy Yiakmis
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 01. and 02. 2001.
Source Warren Smith
Proof reader and advisor.
Rights Copyright.
Insight magazine have the originals for this work and hold the copyright. Permission to present this work in the NZDA has been given by the artist.

Supporting Media
text/plain (3k)  Full text of My Auckland article.