As well as being a 3D artist, Alan drew by hand constantly, on everything he could find. He would talk and draw, storyboarding his ideas, his vision, framing the conversation.
Alan believed that everybody could draw, and that everybody should draw. At Hayes Davidson, he organised life drawing classes, encouraging the team to get away from computer screens and develop art skills. In meetings, he would infuriate many architects by sketching all over their plans and drawings. In restaurants, he was fond of paper napkins. No surface was safe. He often sketched birthday and Christmas cards for family and friends. His drawings had energy, urgency and humour.
Alan wished to continue promoting drawing and had chosen to support The Big Draw, an initiative he admired. The Alan Davidson Foundation is delighted to be sponsoring a couple of The Big Draw’s awards in 2020, find out how to participate and for more information, please use the link below.
Founded in 2000, The Big Draw is a visual literacy charity that promotes the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. The charity leads a diverse programme of advocacy, empowerment and engagement, and is the founder and driving force behind The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing. The Big Draw manages collaborative research projects, campaigns and educational conferences on visual literacy, digital technology and STEAM. The charity supports professional and emerging artists through its national contemporary art prize, The John Ruskin Prize and exhibition, and through events, awards, and competitions, creates platforms for each and everyone who wants to draw.