Doodles in the margin from an artist living and working in the Scottish Borders.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011


This is Rosetta Stone.

Although Miss Stone's hair is the least of her problems, it is troublesome.

Pawn Movie

Quite apart from their huge historical significance, the Lewis chessmen are masterpieces of carving and design, full of charisma and character. Their bulging eyes, thoughtfulness, melancholy overbites and shield-biting rage hover between humorous and unsettling. Hugely tactile, though - don't you really want to pick one up?

Thanks to Archaeos0up for the splendid, thoughtful video.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

The Quiet Comforts of the Victorian Home

This is how the angry, poker-wielding gentleman ended up. Inking is done and it's been slightly tidied in GIMP. Awaiting proper cleaning up and lettering.

This page drove me up the wall. The overall layout changed several times as I was sketching it out, then again as I drew it, then I had trouble with most of the panels and re-drew them at least twice. 

The poker was too small, then too large, you couldn't see the companion set clearly, his hands gripping the chair were wrong, his hairline was wrong, his ears were in the wrong place on his head, he was disappearing into the background of the fireplace in two panels, everything was creeping towards the point of being a completely black page - and on, and on, and on. But, as Bob said, when something's not right it's wrong, so it had to be re-done. Is it successful? I don't know.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The Price of Fish: BK Blue & White. Oil on board,  40cm x 40cm.

Another 'Price of Fish' painting. Beautifully framed by the Chirnside Gallery. Slantily photographed by me.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Online Poker

Look out! 

Work in progress; first lines inked in after pencilling. The provisional dialogue for this panel is 'AAAAAAHHHHHH!'

Part of my ongoing graphic novel adaptation of 'Pride & Prejudice.'

Update: ink lines more defined - 

Sunday, 11 September 2011


Welsh Slate, pencil on paper,  14cm x 21cm.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Saturday, 3 September 2011


Sneak preview! Detail from a still life that's nearly completed.


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