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Hilti McKilty: the scottish sprite of DIY.

A warmup doodle for today. Since I am in Scotland and there is all manner of hammering, screwing, fixing and upgrading going on all around me, this character manifested in my mind. In the land of the Will ‘O Wisp, there is magic all around – but none so dense and forceful as this fine specimen of Scottish handymanhood.

Running and maintaining a B&B is no laughing matter. Ken and Gill who are my hosts and the proprietors of Eriskay B&B and Glaming in Aviemore seldom seem to rest. Even though they are arguably the most unique and the best accommodation to find in Aviemore they have never allowed themselves to rest on their laurels either.

During quieter moments they constantly, paint, retile, upgrade and renew every little detail in the home and out in their outstanding ‘glamping’ pods. I am wearied by simply watching them. The alarming thing is this weekend the first guests of 2020 start arriving and I am reassured then the work REALLY starts!

Wow.

I think I’ll stick to drawing ugly brutish Scots instead.

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TRANS-GENDER WARS

Since Disney has taken over the Star Wars franchise more leading roles have been taken by women. Why not go all the way?

I always thought 3-CPO would have been far more interesting as a girl Protocol Droid. The droid’s character seems to fit far more comfortably if we rather see it as a ‘she’ rather than a ‘he’.

R2D2 was a great companion to Luke Skywalker, so why shouldn’t 3-CPO be the perfect sidekick for Princess Leia? It makes perfect sense to me!

Would you agree? Either way it was fun to doodle this eye candy version of an otherwise neurotic, bossy and stuck up automaton.

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When Prince Harry met his match and lost his marbles.

Prince Harry was the most interesting Royal for me, but since he met and married Meghan Markle he seems to have lost his Royale Balles.

I’ve got nothing against either Meghan or Harry. Claims of a ”racist media’ and Harry’s sudden change of tack is odd. It raises the question about who is wearing the pants in that already intersectionally-sanctioned and overtly privileged household?

That’s life in Ye Olde Royale Bedde Miss Markle, but it seems a little pea or two is threatening to dislodge the Precious Princess…

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All’s fair in love and war.

International Affairs is so convoluted. When there is political conflict the first casualty is TRUTH. Both sides claim to be virtuous yet in a world of intersectional victimhood it’s easier than ever to get away with murder, ultimately all those that live by the sword will die by the sword.

If you treat someone as an enemy they will not fail to prove you correct.


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Cartoon Character Development

Unused Ping the Panda for a soon to be launched web site.

It starts with rough ideas and a workaround to get the details clear…
I added a bit of shading to show the patterning…

Sadly the job has been canned. The client not being happy with the direction the character was going. Apparently not committed to the process nor understanding how much work goes into developing a character.

Ping will not be seen online as the mascot to the website, but will be here for all to see and enjoy!! 😉

Movember 26: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp struck a chord for countless people all over the world. The character still resonates with society today. The Little Tramp is poignant, quirky and sweet. He had a moustache too and no collection of moustaches would be complete with The Little Tramp.

The Little Tramp. An invention by Charlie Chaplin.

Charlie Chaplin wrote a song that seems to complement the Little Tramp character. It is beautifully sad and yet; hopeful. Just like The Little Tramp.

“Smile
Tho’ your heart is aching

Smile
Even tho’ it’s breaking

When there are clouds in the sky

You’ll get by
If you
Smile through your fear and sorrow

Smile and maybe tomorrow

You’ll see the sun come shining thru for you.

Light up your face with gladness

Hide ev’ry trace of sadness

Altho’ a tear maybe ever so near

That’s the time you must keep on trying

Smile
What’s the use of crying

You’ll find that life is still worth while”

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Movember 13: Poirot

Hercule Poirot not only is Agatha Christie’s greatest creation, he sports an immaculate moustache. Perfect subject matter for Movember.

To be a detective you can’t afford to be wrong. If you miss the mark just once it could have terrible consequences. An innocent person might be put in jail. The weight of that responsibility must heighten the senses of someone like Hercule Poirot.

I’ve always admired the detective, fictional or otherwise. I wonder how they piece together all those seemingly innocuous bits of information and arrive at the correct answer? I’m insatiably curious. I love to ferret out information but I often find that I have misunderstood something.

My bias is my enemy in this regard, I frequently trip over my own assumptions. I am learning to ask the right questions and building on what I know to be true already is the secret of successfully navigating reality.

As a cartoonist or an artist, observation is everything. When you are searching for something you have lost you find things faster by understanding what you are looking at first. Slow, deliberate, conscious observation defines everything far more clearly.

You learn about things faster if you take time to grasp and digest your discoveries. Then add that new information to what you know and understand already. Build a pyramid of knowledge.

We often don’t see the wood for all the trees. Keen observation encourages us to live in the moment and see things much more clearly. Living a more productive and efficient life is all about thinking like a detective.

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Movember 11: Hitler

No collection of moustaches would be complete without the most evil moustache of all time.

Hilter’s Moustache
Hitler

The profile of a maniacal mass-murdering incompetent crazy man. One ‘nazti’ little crittur. People today fear the rise of the right and they falsely assume Conservatism will cascade into fascism.

Youths opposed to fascism believe they are pushing back the possibilities of the reemergence of Nazi (National Socialism) ideology.

I find this astounding. Antifa who claim to be anti-fascist seem to behave in a typical fascist fashion. They demonise and physically attack their political opponents with typical Manichaean intolerance: Them vs. Us, Black vs. White, Evil and Good. Such dualism is a prerequisite to fascist behaviour. The irony is that Antifa act precisely like the evil they seek to overcome. They consequently provoke intolerance and division.

Perhaps we all have misunderstood the term. Maybe the term should be AnteFa? 😉