This was a project set by my tutor John Vernon Lord. John was quite a Merlin-like figure himself in many ways.
Anyway the project involved illustrating a passage from The Sword in the Stone by TH White.
This was very much a pivotal moment for me. I discovered for the first time a kind of sophisticated literature for children and adults alike, and I discovered that I could draw the kind of pictures that suited this kind of story.
In many ways this was the drawing that started my career as a children's book illustrator.