shop. The bomb crashed into the bedroom (missing Foreman by inches), ricocheted around the room and exploded in flames up the chimney.
down on his mum’s shoulder as she ran, ‘making the sky bounce’. Illustrations here from his book War Boy include an explanatory diagram of the bomb’s trajectory, in contrast to an atmospheric watercolour that shows the family running for safety. We learn a lot about the wartime
village community and the shop, both from Foreman’s memories, and his extraordinarily vivid illustrations.
Even as a child, Foreman had a passion for drawing, Art materials were scarce, but luckily he was allowed to draw on the copious sheets
of plain paper that lined the shop’s biscuit tins. And while delivering newspapers for his mum’s shop, he met one of the customers, an artist
who invited him to join a free Saturday art class. This involved sketching out of doors – a real turning point for Foreman, whose approach to drawing changed radically when he began to draw from observation, rather than relying on his imagination.
and took off all her clothes. I stood behind an easel in the far corner and sharpened my pencil. It kept breaking.’ ‘I was fortunate’, he writes, ‘to go to an old time traditional Art School. It was small and provincial. We were told to draw the world around us… over and over… we didn’t question it, we loved it. The habit of drawing the world around me stuck.’ And later on, after the Royal College of Art, a travel scholarship to the USA led to myriad commissions which took him (and his sketchbook) all round the world. He’s still passionate about the importance of drawing, and sad that it’s no longer a vital part of the art school training.
Michael Morpurgo. Locations range ‘from the top of the world in the Himalayas to the bottom of the North Sea’,from the Playboy Club in Chicago, to the Chelsea Football Club in London and beyond.
most respected illustrators.