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We're a Jock Tamson's bairns

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One of the first batch of Scots Sayings I drew three years ago was 'We're a Jock Tamson's bairns'. It's an expression of universal identification. Put simply, it means that we are all one. Later that year, the Scots Language Centre asked me to do a new version of it, that they would use for social media posts. They and others shared this again recently, linking its sentiment to the Black Lives Matter movement. Consequently, I've been asked to make the design available on Indy Prints. This new version is now live in the shop, all polished up with two colour options and...

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Setting the scene

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Last week I shared an uninvited look into a little bit of my process. I thought I'd share another now, this time looking into how I play with colour on my landscapes. Here's my drawing of Newhaven Harbour. My landscapes take around 8-12 hours to draw. Natural shapes such as sky and sea take less time than buildings. (For example, this view of the three bridges over the Firth of Forth took forever because of the underside of the road bridge, which I thought I might never finish.) Once the primary drawing is completed, using colours based on the original...

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What colour is the moon?

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Something that no one ever asks me is 'where do I come up with the colours for my work?' I'm going to explain it anyway and illustrate it with an example, my take on the famous #ScotsLanguage saying 'It's a braw, bricht moonlit nicht the nicht'.   Harry Lauder used to follow that with 'an if ye can say that, yer aw richt'. These days, I feel more like if you can type that, yer aw richt. Trying to make 'night' fingers type 'nicht' is a bugger. Anyway. The colours. I get colour palettes from all sorts of sources. I put...

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Make a date

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Big news – my 2021 calendars are now available! This year's range contains four different designs, covering Scots Sayings, politics, landscapes and my What if…? drawings. As always, each calendar features some of the most popular drawings from each range. New for this year is that the Scots Sayings calendar now has a choice of covers. I asked the Twitter which cover they preferred and there was no clear winner, so I decided to offer both. Which one do you prefer? Those of you who remember my 2020 calendar range might notice that there are less landscape calendar options this time. If you think...

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Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street Gardens poster – sale

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My A3 poster of Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street Gardens with its bright turquoise sky has always been very popular. Somehow I have 19 in stock, which is crazy. So I’ve made them #halfprice while stocks last. Enjoy! 

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