Ball and Chain

I had an eight hour train journey to get through yesterday so I thought I’d try out the brush pens I got for Christmas and made this:

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The train was kind of wobbly so the comic is too, in parts, but you get the idea. Some weird stuff went down in that house!

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Sketches from the Far North

I’ve lived in Edinburgh for nearly nine years now (argh), but I grew up much further north in Caithness. It’s an eight hour journey by train so I don’t visit as often as I’d like, but I’ve just come back from a brief trip up there. We went to the Whaligoe steps:

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365 steps carved out of a cliff face near Wick, which was used by women taking baskets of fish into town to sell. There’s a bird colony there, and we found this little guy on the edge of the cliff:

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He’s a kittiwake chick – not as interesting as the whales everybody else seems to see there, but he’ll do. I never see whales, they hate me. I do see seals though:

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I like watching them blobbing around on the rocks, blob blob blob.

Edinburgh is full of people crowding around for the festival, getting in the way and being generally infuriating, so it was nice to be somewhere with nobody around except the seals! Ugh, now I need to go into hibernation for the rest of this month and I might just get through it.

 

 

 

Exhibition Time!

I usually forget about this exhibition until it’s too late, but this year I’ve remembered! The Caithness Artists exhibition is an annual event in my hometown, running from the 23rd of July until the 3rd of August this year. It’s held in Thurso High School (which I left EIGHT YEARS ago – oh god), so if for some inexplicable reason you find yourself in the most northern parts of Scotland around then you can go and see some of my illustrations. There’s this one:

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Also two of my owl pictures and another one which I seem to have forgotten to scan – oops. Anyway check it out if you can!