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The Royal Mile Primary School

RoyalMilePrimarySchool_WAI270616A tardis style police box on the High Street, and a crossing to the Royal Mile Primary School in the Canongate area of Edinburgh.

This sketch featured in the WhereArtI quiz for 27th June, with viewers asked to name the sketched location. I like to add in street furniture, often it is those details (the letterbox or parking meter etc) that people remember.

I like this zebra crossing on the Royal Mile, it is down in the quiet end of the street and always reminds me of the famous Beatles album picture on Abbey Road.

Once used as mini police stations with a phone and desk to fill in paperwork, most police boxes have now been sold to private buyers. Many are used as coffee kiosks around Edinburgh, I know there is one in Canonmills being used as a flower stall.

The above sketch was created on a digital tablet. 

More about Police Boxes on Wikipedia

Digital Sketcher

tabletsketch2Yesterday I had a go at sketching on my digital tablet.

It was fun and I think it could be a useful string to the bow, but nothing I’ve tried so far comes close to the colours and creativity I find with real watercolour paint.

I’ve only scratched the surface really, my tablet is a basic model and I was using an app called Artflow on android. Having looked around online I can see there are many apps to try, and some great sounding brushes for applications such as Photoshop which would add more realism.

Juggling my water and various brushes can be perilous

I thought I’d have a look at digital sketching as I am doing more and more sketching at live events such as weddings, conferences and exhibitions. Although watercolour and ink are my preferred mediums switching between the two whilst standing in a confined space can be a little tricky. Juggling my water and various brushes can be perilous in a stately home or grand cathedral!


So I can see the appeal of one piece solution, but as I said earlier so far I haven’t seen anything that can give the feel and originality of watercolours. It’s something I could enjoy spend a lot of time, and money on in the future though, I’ll let you know how I get on.


Both sketches were made on an Alcatel One Touch Pixi 7in tablet, using ArtFlow app on android. 

Edinburgh views as illustrated Christmas cards

CCardsalltogether_650Although not quite November I would like to share with you my pack of six illustrated Christmas cards of Edinburgh scenes.


Christmas is fast approaching so now is the time to order your cards to send. The pack of six designs have a recommended retail price of £9.50. Left blank inside for you to add your message, each A6 card comes complete with a white envelope.


The Christmas card pack is available to buy online from today for the price of £9.50 each, with no postage and packaging to pay. Simply visit my Etsy shop HERE to order.


Alternatively you can buy the cards in person at Cafe Musa on the Mound and I will continue to add more shop details as I get them.


Merry Christmas to you all.


Buy my Six Illustrated Edinburgh Christmas cards online



Shops where you can buy my gift cards:


Cafe Musa, 16 North Bank Street, The Mound


Flux in Leith


Standard Life building on Lothian Road, Edinburgh

StandardLifeThis impressive sand stone structure is the head office of Standard Life on Lothian road, at the west end of Princes Street.

Bit chilly today eh? Not sure if was the stunning architecture or the warmth of Cafe Nero but here is todays sketch – Standard Life on Lothian Road… from a comfy chair in Cafe Nero. Brrr 🙂


The sketch is in black ink using a fine liner, and later coloured digitally after scanning.


Bonus tip for coeliacs: Cafe Nero serve excellent gluten free chicken sandwiches. 


Standard Life

Cafe Nero