RESPECTED artist and muralist Trevor Dickinson has released a pack of playing cards featuring both obscure and well-known Newcastle locations, including business facades.
The cards show a cross-section of Mr Dickinson’s work from the past eight years, with plenty of images that only a Novocastrian would recognise.
“This collection of drawings is really a personal portrait of Newcastle, and I love the idea that it fits into a pocket and can be easily posted around the world,” he says.
Businesses on the cards include Godfreys on King Street, Watt Street Commercial in the city, Don Beppino’s in Merewether and Gambles accountancy in Hamilton.
Mr Dickinson emigrated to Newcastle from England in 2002 with his Australian wife and two children. Working remotely as a freelance commercial designer on projects ranging from Star Wars to textile design work, it took him seven years to pick up a pencil and begin his quirky and oft nostalgic series of Newcastle images.
“I was getting homesick [for England] because I hadn’t connected much with Newcastle, so I started drawing Newcastle to get out of the house,” he says.
His first drawing was the infamous "Men, do it longer!" billboard on Lambton Road at Broadmeadow, and since then he’s captured iconic images such as Nobbys to random scenes such as a rubbish bin in Braye Park, Waratah, not to mention his 100 letterboxes series.
While Newcastle is his favoured muse, Mr Dickinson has also released a pack of cards on Canberra, a city he’s currently focused on by drawing its iconic bus shelters, which will feature in a 2018 exhibition.
And yet at the start, he had no real inkling that his wonky line drawings would develop into his now thriving company Newcastle Productions.
“I wanted to make money from it so I could justify stopping to take time to do it; it was just pocket money, but it was like a game. Then it just started selling,” he says.
Mr Dickinson’s works can be found at his online store, and places including Studio Melt in Newcastle and the National Gallery and Portrait Gallery in Canberra.