Hero Gren Inspired Me; Charity Sketch Copies Style of Echo Legend
Byline: James McCarthy
IT'S not exactly Aberflyarff, but top marks to Kevin Brennan for trying to imitating the inimitable - Gren.
The Cardiff West MP sketched out his drawing in half an hour for charity Action for Children for an online exhibition about journeys through life.
He was one of 150 high profile figures from across Britain to put pen to paper for the charity.
Mr Brennan's drawing shows how he began life in Cwmbran and ended up in Parliament.
Mr Brennan said: "I loved Gren cartoons, I thought they were absolutely brilliant and as you can probably see my drawing was heavily influenced.
"Art was not my strong point in school but it's all right in the sense of it's me copying someone's style.
"I always followed his cartoons in the Echo.
"I have at home a Max Boyce album called We All Had Doctors' Papers, the one after Live at Treorchy, which Gren did the cover for.
"The cover is a brilliant detailed depiction of a crowd on the way to Cardiff Arms Park."
The Labour politician said he now had the cover on his mantelpiece.
Despite his attempts at drawing, he thought there was little chance of him being commissioned by the House of Commons' art committee.
But what would Gren have made of the work? Gren's son, former policeman Darryl Jones, said: "He would have had a laugh and said 'Thank God he went into politics! …