Watts My Line?: The Life and Work of Editorial Artist, Lawrie Watts

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Redline Books, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 214 pages
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Two generations have been influenced by Lawrie Watts' cutaway drawings in books and magazines of motorcycles, motorcars, aircraft, Donald Campbell's Bluebird, Richard Noble's Thrust, Richard Branson's epic hot air balloons and even farm machinery. Long before CAD, the legendary Lawrie was drawing complex machinery in amazing 3D detail. His meticulous, distinctive style draws us into the picture, telling a story even though his brief had been merely to draw the thing. Lawrie is not just an artist, he's a designer too. His Royal Enfield-powered Dreamliner looked just right and was way ahead of its time.This book provides a fascinating insight into Lawrie's problem-solving through drawing. Anyone interested in how things work will enjoy this voyage through the life, ideas and work of the perceptive and inventive Mr Lawrence Watts.
 

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
9
Section 3
10
Section 4
13
Section 5
34
Section 6
47
Section 7
58
Section 8
61
Section 9
86
Section 10
88
Section 11
104
Section 12
127
Section 13
128
Section 14
181
Section 15
193
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About the author (2006)

David Dixon was born in Dublin in 1933 and spent his early working life competing in motorcycle events of every sort. He moved to London to write for The MotorCycle, at the time the world’s leading motorcycle weekly.  In the mid-1980s Dixon joined Murray Evans Associates, to work on motorcycle PR, becoming a spokesman for the industry and forming the All Party Parliamentary Motorcycle Group and the Theft Action Group. David is still an active member of the motorcycle fraternity and enjoys writing, painting, music, bird-watching and outings on his 1950 500T Norton.



 

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