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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!


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

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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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Ricky don’t lose that number.

Ricky Gervais just caused an outrage and a ruckus in Hollywood. People seem to forget that’s what he does for a living.

It’s laughable when people take a roast and assume it means anything in real life. The response to Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globe opening speech has been as divided as the political discourse. People have assumed Ricky Gervais has nailed his colours to the mast and either made a hero or a villain of him.

What it does show is that a small, very vocal group on the lunatic fringe of the left and the right want to control our thoughts and beliefs. That’s why I think we all need to seriously consider our commitments to Social Media and in particular – what people say on these platforms.

It’s all about the numbers. Ricky knows that controversy is good for his public profile. Standing up and accusing mega corporations, the entertainment elite and the wealthy of hypocrisy doesn’t in any way take away from the fact that he is also benefitting enormously by doing that gig.

However, Ricky does make some very good points and for that I applaud him. I would say keep up the great work Ricky. Don’t lose sight of your calling. Like it or hate it, we need social commentators like you to hold a mirror up to society so we can be more authentic and self-aware.

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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!! 😉

December Santa Scribble 04

Argos has made life difficult for Santa this year.

A local store called Argos produced a stunning Christmas Ad featuring a dad and daughter drumming up a storm to the Simple Minds song: Don’t You Forget About Me”. Needless to say Argos (or Santa) moved a lot of mini drum kits this Festive Season. Not so sure the parents are as delighted as the kids! 😉

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