2741. M32 roundabout J3 (194)

There is rarely a time when I don’t enjoy seeing work by Mr Draws. His DRAW moniker will be a familiar site to any observant Bristolian in recent years, even if they haven’t considered the name any further.

Mr Draws. M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2020
Mr Draws. M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2020

In this fun piece, Mr Draws has added interest to his writing with a little spaceship sending light beams down onto his work. Although not an original concept, it is a fun idea that brought a smile to my face. Mr drwas continues to show great stamina, painting walls come rain or shine and keeping Bristol’s USP ticking over nicely.

 

 

 

2719. North Street

During last summer, when Mr Draws painted this beast, it was impossible to get any photographs of it at all because it was behind a whole bunch of large leafy shrubs. Summer has yielded to winter and the leaves on the tree have fallen and the Council gardeners have cleared the shrubs. The outcome is that this magnificent whale is now visible to the world.

Mr Draws, North Street, Bristol, January 2020
Mr Draws, North Street, Bristol, January 2020

This whale is not the first Mr Draws has painted, indeed he sprayed one around the same time at the Cheltenham Paint Festival. It is however a bit of a departure from his graffiti writing or his mountains. I like the piece very much, it has a certain solemnity and mystery about it. Glad to have captured it at last.

2677. Cheltenham 2019 (26)

One of the rather comforting things about the Cheltenham Paint Festival was the number of familiar Bristol-based artists who had been invited to paint, including the wonderful Mr Draws who is no stranger to Natural Adventures.

Mr Draws, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
Mr Draws, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019

This imaginative piece combines a toothpaste tube with mountains… who’d have thought? When I first started photographing pieces by Mr Draws, a great many of them featured mountains, so it was nice to see this retrospective piece in Cheltenham. I have previously published a gallery of his work which you can see here.

2566. M32 roundabout J3 (177)

Ah, this is Mr Draws at his happy creative best. His wonderfully recognisable lettering filled with bright and imaginative colours and spme rather nice spotty patterning. Along the bottom of the writing we have some melty drips. All very neat and tidy.

Mr Draws, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2019
Mr Draws, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2019

This is unquestionably a feel good piece and with the blue skies behind it reminds us that not every day is dreary and wet, even if it feels like it sometimes. The shadow effect to the bottom and left of the letters is particularly notable. Do you know what, I think Mr Draws is moving up a gear.

2528. Dean Lane skate park (257)

Consistently out there and consistently upbeat Mr Draws continues to create his inspiring and light-hearted pieces wherever he can find space. I have just updated his gallery on Natural Adventures, and he really has been very busy over the last three years.

Mr Draws, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019
Mr Draws, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019

Mr Draws is quite unlike any of the other writers in Bristol and I would say that his style and fills are slightly unconventional. His lettering is reasonably straightforward, but the way he decorates his pieces is what brings them alive. In this piece I rather like the subtle shadow he has sprayed just to the left of the ‘D’ to lift it out from the wall a little. Nice technique.

2448. St Werburghs tunnel (99)

I was lucky enough to run into Mr Draws when he was painting this piece at the entrance of St Werburghs tunnel and stopped for a chat with him. We hadn’t seen each other for a while, so it was good to catch up.

Mr Draws, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Mr Draws, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

The piece itself is typical of his street work at the moment. Bright and colourful, spelling out ‘draws’ and with a bit of a twist, which in this case is a mirror version of his name, and his wobbly outline which he has been favouring recently.

Mr Draws, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Mr Draws, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019

I do like and have always liked his work which is always full of ideas and fun. He may not have the tightness of some of Bristol’s design writers but he is full of creativity and always turns out pieces that are easy on the eye.

2418. M32 roundabout J3 (163)

It’s a funny thing, but I have literally just come back from a walk with the dog (and camera) and bumped into Mr Draws painting down in St Werburghs tunnel – I stopped for a nice chat, delaying his work, and we chewed the fat for a few minutes. I had forgotten that I had lined up this piece to write up tonight (as you read this the day before yesterday). I tend to write my posts in batches when I have a moment or two, and as I am on holiday right now, I am trying to get a few under my belt while I have the time.

Mr Draws, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2019
Mr Draws, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2019

Although Mr Draws is painting a little less on the streets at the moment (he is concentrating on studio work) the work he is turning out is looking really good, and this piece on the M32 kind of really works for me. Great colour selection, some interesting extras, such as the arrows, without going over the top, and nicely finished with his characteristic wobbly outline. Always a pleasure to catch up with him, and always a pleasure to post his work.