Wee Glesga Pug!
I saw this wee pug when i was walking along Argyle Street in Glasgow, yesterday. She was looking very cartoony with her natty wee pink polka dot scarf and harness.
Pugs are great fun to sketch - those comedy eyes just draw you right in!
Have a great day and i'll see ye tomorra!
Glasgow Gay Pride March!
It's the day of the Glasgow Gay Pride March, so here's two rabbits from 'Little Tickles' with a banner to support everyone!
I'll be in taking photographs and filming today with the intention of adding to my series of 'Face In The Crowd' paintings!
Have fun, be happy, play nice, and most importantly - be safe!
See ye tomorra!
Finding Nessie! (Part 1)
Today's theme picked from the "August Pot Luck!" hat is 'Scottish', and what could be more Scottish than the 'Loch Ness Monster', or 'Nessie', as she is more affectionately known.
I've decided to show the design process of finding this wee character, and today is part 1.
As you'll see from the image below, she certainly did change from the first version to the 2nd!
Like I say, I was just doodling and started drawing a number '2' shape..a couple of lines later and there was a cute wee face keeking away coyly at me.
I need to draw a character a few times to get to 'know' them, to refine them, and change/improve on things that may be lacking. You'll see in this second version she's definitely a bit more 'Sassy'.
However, have I lost the cuteness factor?
Well i'll just have to decide that when i draw version 3!
Check back and see how she progresses.
See ye tomorra!
Today's theme picked from the "August Pot Luck!" Hat is 'Politics'.
i've decided to do a painting of an angry face I saw at a political rally. It'll form part of a series of paintings charting different marches, rallies and demonstrations that i've photographed and filmed over the last couple of decades.
I'm really looking forward to showing you more pics of this painting as it progresses!
Have a creative day in the meantime and i'll see ye tomorra!
Highland Cow Skipping! (Part 2)
It's part two of the "August Pot Luck!" theme of 'play', from yesterday.
Today, for the second version, I've been adding colour to her, doing some rough inking, and changing the proportion of her - increasing the size of her wee heid!. She's not where I want her to be yet - but this is her so far.
When she's finished, i'll do a longer post detailing the start to finish process and maybe a wee video too.
Have a great day and i'll see ye tomorra!
Highland Cow Skipping! (Part 1)
Todays "August Pot Luck!" theme is 'Play'. I was going to do a picture of actors on a stage, but then I thought..maybe the theme of play is like 'playing', to play, and so an idea came into my head of a wee Highland Cow skipping with a rope!
Now, this is the first version of the wee coo, and I always have to draw a character a few times before I really get to know them. So, I'm thinking, why not come back tomorrow and see how she's developing? I'll have fine tuned her features, pose, and added colour by then.
Hope you're having a creative day and i'll see ye tomorra!
Teddy Boy Leprechaun!
After the last few days of ghostly, and deep themes coming from the 'August Pot Luck!" hat, I was glad when this one saying "Celebrations' popped up!
So here we have today's little chap - he's a 'Teddy Boy' Leprechaun celebrating St Patrick's Day!
I think he looks the bees knees in all his wee finery, and would be great 'craic' at any ceilidh!
Sure i'll see ye tomorra!
"In The Event Of A Nuclear War..."
The theme on the piece of paper picked from the "August Pot Luck!" Hat today reads 'Nuclear Bomb'.
As kids growing up in the late 70's and early 80's there was a palpable fear of a nuclear attack. I remember in primary school looking at a map and studying the fallout area if a nuclear bomb hit the UK.
In my small West of Scotland home of Campbeltown, according to the damage zone rings, we would have all been vaporised with the blast itself.
If we did survive the blast then at least we had public information films on the telly every night to show us how to keep our chin up and carry on regardless. These consisted of jumping into ditches and shaking off the fallout dust as if it was dandruff. The lucky ones would be inside the house dealing with small fires, putting curtains over broken windows , and sheltering under coffee tables or setting doors at a diagonal to the living room wall (just try not to knock the 'flying ducks' off the wall as you do this).
There's something eerily fascinating about these 'Protect And Survive' films that were shown at the time. Here's one below, and the rest are all on youtube.
Crazy to think how the threat of nuclear war used to hang over us like some dark cloud. Thankfully we've become a more enlightened species and no President or Prime Minister these days has the itchy finger to press the nuclear button.
Ermm..come to think of it, I think i'll just keep on building my wee rocket to take me off planet!
See ye tomorra!
The Green Lady Of Skipness Castle
After yesterday's "August Pot Luck!" Theme of 'Scary Dreams', I thought i might get something a bit fluffier, but oh no- today's theme is 'Scottish Ghosts'!
When we were kids holidaying at my Granny's farm, my Uncle 'Toorie' used to put the frighteners up us by telling us about the 'Green Lady' who haunted Skipness Castle.
Now, it was one thing hearing these ghost stories during the day when the sun was shining, but at night when the old farmhouse would start creaking, and the tap, tappity, tapping of leaves and branches against the windows would begin...well then it was a different matter.
My brother and I would be sleeping 'heid to toe' on a bed out on the 'landing', directly under the skylight and everytime an owl or bat would swoop past i'd be hiding my head under the pillow!
The 'landing' was open-plan and the toilet was downstairs, and to reach it you had to descend an old wooden spiral staircase - it would be a case of holding on...and holding on, till you were bursting and really had to go. When i'd summoned the courage to go i'd stealthily creep down each stair, trying not to look to the left hand side where the windows were - just in case a face would be staring back in at me.
Believe me, as soon as that toilet was flushed and the door unbolted you've never seen a pair of wee feet get up those stairs as quick!! Two minutes to get down the stairs, four seconds back up them and under the candlewick bedspread!
All because of the tales of the 'Green Lady'!
Here's a rough sketch of what I imagined her to look like on her nightly hauntings.
Hope she doesn't float up to my hoose for a wee holiday tonight!
Sleep well, and i'll see ye tomorra.
The Haunted Fuzzy Felts Board!
Todays "August Pot Luck!" theme is 'scary dreams'!
Back in the 1970's, with there being not a lot of money around, the toys you played with were usually handed down from older cousins.
Depending on how large the family was that had the toys previously meant what sort of condition they would be in. Tennis racquets with holes in them that the tennis ball would fly right through, speaking dolls that would croak some unintelligible voodoo curse when you pulled the string on the back, etc.
I'll never forget the day I opened the lid on the 'Fuzzy Felts Circus'. This was no dainty ballerinas on balls or friendly ringmasters...oh no, this Circus of horrors couldn't have been scarier if it had been designed by Tod Browning himself! I think that the mice must have ran riot through it as i was left with gymnasts with no heads, sealions with half a flipper, and clowns with no bodies.
Those clowns were scary enough to begin with anyway...they had these red drawn on expressions....blood red! Arched eyebrows and crosses for eyes, a short, stabbed, line for the mouth. You didn't know if these clowns were laughing, or crying, or silently plotting to escape from the fuzzy felt box and gobble you up.
The nightmares those clowns gave me...i still shiver to think of them.
And so, here they are for you!
Sleep well, and i'll see you tomorrow!
Whit's he up tae noo?
The blog posts of David Brodie, a Scottish artist based near Glasgow.