I had discovered I could draw quite well. I had also discovered my Mum’s clothing catalogues showing women wearing, as Sid James would say, ‘saucy’ underwear. Putting these two things together, I drew pictures of scantily-clad ladies, and took the artworks to school to show off. And I was offered money for them!
Thus my first business was born.
It went from strength to strength as I began to get even more adventurous, drawing the voluptuous ladies with less attire, all from my imagination, of course. This meant I could put my prices up.
Demand was so high that inevitably I got caught. The Headmaster waved the drawings about, called me a ‘Gutter Snipe’ and let me off with a warning. Naturally, he kept the offending material!
That was the only year I didn’t win the art prize.
So, what was the lesson? Well, maybe it is this: when you come up with a great idea, don’t be put off by a bit of market resistance!