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Halloween 2017 — Oct 31, 2017

Halloween 2017

A very Happy Halloween to all of you! Here’s all the spooky drawings I’ve made to celebrate this scary occasion! 🎃👻🕷🕸🍫🍬🍭

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IAMP/PC: The City Gang (2015) — Oct 30, 2017

IAMP/PC: The City Gang (2015)

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It’s been quite a long while since I last saw these kids – in fact, just before I jetted off to Canada. That wasn’t the first time I drew them, however – this is. And it also happens to be my first artwork of 2015! 🙆🏽

I often draw the province and territory characters of the IAmMatthewian Project (now Project Canada), but their city counterparts much less. This is because, unlike their provincial and territorial equivalents, there are no actual ‘fixed’ designs for cities – designs are made by the fans, and there can be several designs for just one city. (This is also unlike the Canadian Boys series of mine, where the characters are all designed by me, and have stayed pretty much intact despite a few changes over the years it’s been going.)

For this artwork, I stuck with the original IAMP versions of the city characters – since then, many new ones have been created for the Project Canada reboot. I prefer the IAMP ones, however, since I think they’re a lot more colourful and striking.

Cities shown here, from left to right:

Top row:

  • Victoria
  • Vancouver
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Saskatoon

Bottom row:

  • Regina
  • Winnipeg
  • Toronto
  • Ottawa
  • Montreal
  • Quebec (City)
  • Halifax
  • Dartmouth

Fun fact – Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax and Dartmouth are the only city characters known to have ‘real’ names. Calgary’s is Calvin McCall, Edmonton’s is Edward Murphy, Halifax’s is Henry, and Dartmouth’s is Diana. Halifax and Dartmouth’s surnames have never been revealed.

As mentioned before, new versions of these city characters have been created for the Project Canada reboot, whose outfits are always changing and so don’t really have a static appearance.

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Glasgow Boy and Edinburgh Girl: A Growing Pain! (2014) — Oct 23, 2017

Glasgow Boy and Edinburgh Girl: A Growing Pain! (2014)

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The Adventures of Glasgow Boy & Edinburgh Girl – A Growing Pain

(Click on the link above to open the book in your browser. You will need Adobe Reader installed to view the magazine. If you don’t have it, you can download it for free at https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/)

A few months into the Edinburgh & Glasgow series, I had a sudden idea to create a duo of Scottish superheroes. While it wouldn’t technically be a spin-off, it seemed like a great back-up to offset the biting satire of E&G and just spend some time having some good old Saturday-morning cartoon fun.

Glasgow Boy and Edinburgh Girl flew in. In their ‘normal’ forms, I based their appearances and some of their personalities on an article and image in The List magazine, detailing some stereotypes popularly believed about Glaswegians and Edinburghers (I’m still not sure what people from Edinburgh are actually called).

In the article, Glaswegians are stereotyped as the Type 1 hipster – American Apparel-wearing sushi eaters who blog, DJ, work in graphic design and smoke many cigarettes outside on cold Scottish nights. Edinburghers, on the other hand, are the Type 2 hipster – knitters who frequent their local stitch-‘n’-b*tch, drink health-nut beverages like green matcha tea and coconut water, and have Joni Mitchell songs 24/7 on their iPod.

That pretty much explains who Glasgow (last name Rowallan) and Edinburgh (last name Saunders) are in their ‘everyday’ forms.

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However, when trouble strikes, after chanting a special song and drinking Irn Bru (for Glasgow) or coconut water (for Edinburgh), they transform into their superpowered forms: Glasgow Boy and Edinburgh Girl!

In his superhero form, Glasgow uses more offensive power, his attacks being based around steel and electricity (much like Pokémon). Edinburgh, by contrast, is more defensive in her tactics, using fire and psychic powers – she can start a blazing inferno simply with her intensive concentration. Being an avid knitter when in her ‘normal’ form, she can set needles alight, causing burning stabbing pains in her enemies. (Not a euphemism for an acidic stomach.)

In the Scottish superhero duo’s first outing, the evil Professor Angus MacCroran – of course I had to go with a really ‘Scottish’ name – plans to grow Scotland to super-continent size for it to take over the world. While in real life this would take millions or even billions of years, he is set to speed the process up drastically with his super-sizing gun (which can also super-shrink things and people). Luckily, Glasgow Boy and Edinburgh Girl find out about his plan just in time… but first, they have to defeat Professor MacCroran’s protective army of robots, and his minions Aberdeen Angry and Dundee the Dunce.

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Cast of The Adventures of Glasgow Boy & Edinburgh Girl

I had planned for Glasgow Boy & Edinburgh Girl to be a full-on series like Edinburgh & Glasgow and had drawn up a cover for the second issue, but the latter’s magazine series coming to an abrupt end, as well as me moving back on to concentrating on Canadian Boys, led to it advancing no further than the first issue. In true Danger November style, I also had an origin story planned for Glasgow Boy and Edinburgh Girl, though that too was abandoned. The cover page can be seen below.

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A Short Leaflet On Glasgow Boy & Edinburgh Girl – Front Cover
Short Story: Vancouver’s Married Nightmare — Oct 19, 2017

Short Story: Vancouver’s Married Nightmare

Dawn was just about breaking. Salmon-pink sunlight filtered through the scarlet curtains, bathing Vancouver in a soft warm early-morning glow as he dozed upon his bed, fully clothed and with his shoes on. Suddenly, his whole body started twitching sporadically, rustling his bedsheets beneath. Vancouver began to dream.

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Inktober 2017 — Oct 17, 2017

Inktober 2017

Since finding out about Inktober last year, I’ve tried to participate in it each year afterwards, using only black and white to create artistic masterpieces. This is my second year participating in the challenge, so I’m still trying to grasp the concept of drawing using only a pen and no other colour.

(To find out more about what Inktober is, check out this post from last year, which also contains some of my previous ink work.)

Digitally-coloured versions of these ink doodles:

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