The good old (young) days…

I found these inline skates in the back of my cupboard where they have led a rather lonesome existence for the last few years. While I was contemplating what to do with them now, I thought they’d do for a little warm up sketch before I get on to the next proper portrait. They got plenty of use during our last tour with the Armed Forces in Germany, and that ended in 1999! I think I’ve been on them once or twice since coming back to this country, but conditions here are just very unfavourable. You see, these roller blades aren’t made for jumps and stunts or I could take them down to the local skate park – what a lot of funny looks I’d get with my nearly half century of years, particularly once I find myself face down.

Graphite stick sketch of inline skates

...those were the days...

I bought these to go cruising along with them, instead of walking or cycling, if you know what I mean, and I found that a very enjoyable form of exercise in the past. They’re cool, too, as the wheeled blade comes off and you can walk into the shop, get your bits and bobs, clip the blade back on and scoot off. Not that you’d want to walk any sort of distance with these boots, they kind of make you stomp like robocop.

Coming back to bonnie Scotland, well, let’s say the roads and pavements leave a lot to be desired. I am not permitted to use them on the road, and not on the pavements, either. I think that probably includes cycle paths. Well, I would be prepared to flout the law on that one. But the surfaces are rough and full of debris ready to trip up any small wheels. On the cycle paths priorities are always in favour of cars, and that includes every little field entrance. Does that make any sense to you? According to the highway code pedestrians have priority when they want to cross the road at a junction – not that most car drivers take any notice, of course. But on this cycle path cyclists have to stop and dismount to let cars in and out of every farm field?!?

Anyway, I transgress…

The long and short of it is, they still fit (just) and I would dearly love to get some more use out of these inliners, but there is just nowhere to go with them, unless I want to drive a couple of hours first to the beach boulevard in Aberdeen, which kind of defeats the objective.  So a rough sixty minute sketch of them is as far as I got and now with a heavy heart, back into the closet they go as I can’t bring myself to dispose of them quite yet…


5 thoughts on “The good old (young) days…

  1. Aw, what a lovely drawing, I feel that heavy heart too, which is why we are moving somewhere, to us, better. I used to cycle everywhere in Germany, not here! Keep those inliners, who knows, maybe one day you’ll get the use of them again one day x

    • Thanks, Cally. Well, for the moment the inliners are going to disappear back into the cupboard…you never know. Although, by the time I get to use them again, I’ll probably need a zimmer frame with them lol. Hope your move will be all you want it to be, sounds like you had a good time on the IOW.

  2. I love this sketch, such amazing detail. I can’t really believe it’s a “rough 60 minute sketch”. I also really enjoyed the story behind the skates. It really brings a picture to life when you know it has a history. Well done.

    • Thank you, Nicole, nice to know someone approves 😉 Lots of mistakes in the sketch and very rough, felt 60 minutes is still too long for something like that, but hey, it’s not a bad effort to get me to speed up. Next one will be a detailed pencil portrait again, that’s going to take several days. xx

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