But, alas, instincts just will not be denied. Within six weeks of leaving school I happened to catch a mouse in a trap.
Was fascinated by the subtle blend of greys that gave the contours of the tiny face, made a much enlarged watercolour painting of it and submitted that to the head of the great Birmingham Central School of Art who awarded me a three year scholarship.
Thus through a simple agency did a kindly Providence ease one O.R. (Old Rydalian) into his desired profession.
The Happy Undertaker presents Friday’s Fables is a weekly column based on The Happy Undertaker series of comics by artist Drazen Kozjan who has illustrated several children’s books including Diary of a Fairy Godmother and the Julia Gillian series. Strips will premiere every Friday at noon.
ABOUT THE HAPPY UNDERTAKER
The Happy Undertaker is a “surrealistic melting pot of anything that might pop into my head and onto the page and does not necessarily need to be explained,” says Kozjan. “I try to keep this sense of adventure, surprise and a good (if mysterious) story, with the best drawings I can muster in all my work from children’s book illustration to single image.”
Artwork © Drazen Kozjan