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Daniel keeps memories alive with drawings

TALENTED ARTIST: Daniel Sewelly has drawn many different trucks, including one for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.
TALENTED ARTIST: Daniel Sewelly has drawn many different trucks, including one for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.

SITTING on the side of the road with a sketchbook and pencil is where you'll find Daniel Sewelly during his time off.

But he's not drawing landscapes like you might think - he's only interested in the big rigs trucking around the countryside.

Daniel, whose family worked for a transport company, said he had always been fascinated by road trains.

"I've liked road trains since I was a little kid virtually,” he told Big Rigs.

That fascination for trucks hasn't wavered and after learning the basic skills in art classes at school, he turned to drawing them.

It started when he moved to Tasmania about nine years ago, just on and off when he got some spare time.

"I've been working as a furniture removalist, through summer,” he said.

"I've always been busy and all that but, in the winter, on occasion I just used to sit on the side of the road and draw people's trucks.

"Just take photos and draw them as I go.”

A selection of Daniel's work
A selection of Daniel's work ARTIST: Daniel Swelly

It wasn't long before Daniel was noticed, sitting on the side of the road with his sketchbook, and people took an interest in what he was doing.

"People would actually stop and look at the drawings,” he said.

So he set up a Facebook page, Australian Truck Drawings, which has about 1400 members.

Daniel said he was inspired by driver's own inspirations.

"It's about how people look after their trucks, what people used to drive and all that,” he said.

"You just hang them up on the walls and stuff, it's just a great memory to see.”

A selection of Daniel's work
A selection of Daniel's work ARTIST: Daniel Swelly

While most of the time he found his own big rigs to draw, Daniel said he'd had a few people contact him about drawing their trucks.

Currently, he's drawing a heavy haulage truck for AKL, from mainland Victoria.

Another he's worked on, of which he was particularly proud, was the truck he drew for Brendan Farrell from the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.

"Brendan Moore, in Tassie, owns the black Kenworth and I asked if I could draw his truck with the (Burrumbuttock) Hay Runners' trailer,” he said.

"Then I donated the drawing to the Hay Ballers for the good that they do.

"It's good to see the country is moving with the hay runners, it's a top job that he's done actually.”

A selection of Daniel's work
A selection of Daniel's work ARTIST: Daniel Swelly

Daniel said each drawing had about 15 hours work in it.

"The bigger the machine and more weight on the truck, the more hours - and the background (takes time too),” he said.

Visit his Facebook page to see all of his drawings.

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