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Bert Jansch & John Renbourn Ink Drawing – video

This post is in English for my fingerpicking friends.
(the rest of this website is still quite Dutch oriented, sorry)

Last week I visited the UK to attend a Bert Jansch guitar workshop supervised by none other than John Renbourn himself (a.k.a. Lord Renbourn).
The week was amazing (obviously).
And John was assisted by none other than Wizz Jones, Remy Froissart (a.k.a. RooRoo) and Mike Walker (the Scotsman) who did a splendid job in fleshing out the workshop.

Ever since I was brainwashed by my father at the age of 12 I’ve been a huge fan of the folk-baroque guitar style both Bert and John developed.
As a tribute to their music – and a big thank you to Lord Renbourn for his music, tuition and amazing 60’s-folkmusic-war-stories – I decided to have a go at the iconic cover image of the legendary Bert & John album from 1966.


Here is a time lapse video of me inking the piece.
I’ve tried my best to use as many ink-rendering trics I could think of.
Most time was spent on… those blasted 60’s curtains!

original albumcover design & photo by Brian Shuel.


Gift to John Renbourn

During the Bert Jansch workshop I presented the original artwork as a gift to Lord Renbourn himself .

john renbourn with the ink drawing - haes

“We might as well have tried a Go workshop instead of trying to figure out Berts music. We probably would’ve been more successful.”

John Renbourn

Can I get a copy?

Some folks have already contacted me about the possibilities to get their hands on a copy of the piece. Since I did actually think about scanning the thing before handing it over, that might be not completely impossible.
If you are interested in a copy of the Bert & John ink drawing, please contact me here.

Bert & John ink drawing - haes


Who’s next?

The next couple of weeks will have to be lots of guitar practice and trying to figure out Berts stuff.
Hopefully it won’t get in the way of my drawing to much.

In the meantime I wonder…which acoustic guitarist should be next?
I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments section below.

(7) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • Christiaantje - Beantwoorden

    6 oktober 2014 at 09:43

    Epic.. as ever..
    voor het stripjemaandag aspect had ik ze in plaats van Go graag een ontbijtje zien eten…Of zo…
    Maargoed, ik heb de ‘stuur nu je ideeën in voor de cover-plaat van Renbourn’-memo gemist ben ik bang..

    • haes - Beantwoorden

      17 oktober 2014 at 14:14

      Bedoel je een “ontbijtje to-GO”?

  • Ralph - Beantwoorden

    6 oktober 2014 at 12:02

    Very impressive work dude!

  • Ken - Beantwoorden

    6 oktober 2014 at 17:10

    Wow. I didn’t realise what a polymath you are! Your drawing is almost as good as your guitar playing!
    How about Nick Drake for the next acoustic guitarist?

    • haes - Beantwoorden

      17 oktober 2014 at 14:15

      Hey, thanks Ken. There are some similarities between drawing and playing actually (for instance practicing does help, but is also very boring for both).
      Nick Drake is marked, good call!

  • Geraldine - Beantwoorden

    30 augustus 2016 at 23:04

    The Bert Jansch Foundation is working on a book of verified Bert transcriptions. Twenty pieces are being refined by a group of brilliant and dedicated Bert transcribers. We hope it will be published in the new year to accompany Earth Recordings beautiful albums of Bert Inspired music by a range of wonderful artists.

    Meantime we are running some workshops on the material – one in London 2 October and one in Edinburgh on 6 November
    I attach a flyer.
    if you are interested in attending I can send you a registration form.

    We can also offer to help you run a workshop in your area. If you can get a few guitarists together and find a venue we can send a teacher.

    if you would like to see a couple of the transcriptiosn and offer to give us some feedback we would be happy to send them to you.

    best wishes
    Geraldine info@bertjanschfoundstion.org

    • haes - Beantwoorden

      31 augustus 2016 at 14:28

      Thanks Geraldine, I’ll think about it.

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