Surfing the Sea

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Fourth of July 2020 — Jul 4, 2020

Fourth of July 2020

Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends! With the current political climate in the United States, it’s more important than ever to never forget the words of your founding fathers and the promises your country was built on – the promises of freedom and equality for all. I also support our American allies in their resistance against tyranny and the hope that the nation will emerge from this crisis stronger and even more hopeful. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Happy 4th of July

Canada Day 2020 — Jul 1, 2020

Canada Day 2020

(IAMP/PC) Canada Day 2020
(IAMP/PC) Canada Day 2020

It’s Canada Day again! Though we may not be able to get together and celebrate it this year as we did before, the feeling of pride can be felt in homes all over the country. To celebrate the day, I’ve created some special fan art of Canada from Hetalia: Axis Powers and his provinces and territories from the I Am Matthewian Project!

While I usually draw all the provinces and territories together, I very rarely actually draw Canada with them – unless it’s Canada Day, of course, which is today. He even has his “pet” Kumajiro – a white polar teddy bear – with him, which he is often seen carrying around with him in the Hetalia anime and manga. I created the suitably patriotic background by placing the Canadian flag behind everyone and setting it to an opacity of about 60%, so that it adds to the feeling of Canadian pride without being too distracted from the main event – which is Canada and his provinces and territories.

Happy 153rd birthday, Canada! You don’t look a day older. 😊


Canada Day balloons

Day-Trip to Southend — Jun 24, 2020

Day-Trip to Southend

Southend beachfront

Summer has now well and truly arrived. A heatwave making the UK hotter than Ibiza made perfect weather for my latest outing to the beach in Southend-on-Sea.

Southend-on-Sea, or most popularly just called Southend, is a coastal town in the county of Essex, 40 miles from London – making it the closest seaside resort to the capital. Its pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world, stretching nearly two miles from the beach out to sea, and it is also home to the Adventure Island theme park, which is filled with rollercoasters, Ferris wheels and even bumper cars. (While the pier and park are usually packed with holidaygoers, on this occasion and due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, it was totally empty – looking almost like it came out of a post-apocalyptic film.)

Southend Pier a mile out

Much to my surprise, the beach I went to was rather small, being only a little patch of sand and the sea taking up much of the space. There was also a natural lagoon formed out of a cove of large boulders filled with water from the sea constantly pounding nearby. Trying out the water in both, I found the actual sea was a tiny bit warmer than the water in the lagoon!

Because the beach was so small, high tide swallows it up entirely – small rocky slopes stop it coming up to dry land. As the afternoon went on, the sea started creeping up on our tiny patch of sand – and as we were leaving, it had already soaked several unlucky beachgoers’ belongings! 😱

While Southend may be the closest seaside town to London, it isn’t really much of a resort as say, Brighton or even Margate. It does have the aforementioned theme park and pier, but away from the sea, it may just look like any other town in England. Southend mostly stopped being a holiday destination from the 1960s onwards, due to the rise of holidays abroad in Spain and other more exotic locales, but it is home to many commuters who make their way to London every day for work. I’d say Southend is more for the people who actually live there, and if you want to really just relax on the beach, you’d probably be better off going to Brighton or Margate. They might be a bit more further afield, but the beaches are certainly bigger and better. πŸ–οΈπŸŒŠ

Southend sunset

Truro and Yarmouth – First Anniversary (2020) — Jun 15, 2020

Truro and Yarmouth – First Anniversary (2020)

Truro x Yarmouth - First Wedding Anniversary
Truro x Yarmouth – First Wedding Anniversary

Today is a very special day for Truro and Yarmouth Deuville; it’s the first anniversary of their wedding. Though it’s been a year, it still feels like yesterday that they walked down the aisle, exchanged their vows, and shared their first wedded kiss. (June also happens to be Pride Month – a double celebration for LGBTQ+ couples just like Truro and Yarmouth!) πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸŒˆ

I drew them here in their wedding outfits as a throwback to that happy day, the memories of which are contained in this mini-gallery:

Happy first anniversary, and may you celebrate many more anniversaries in the years to come!


Copic Collection App — Jun 8, 2020

Copic Collection App

Copic Collection app New Release 2.1

The good folks at Copic always think of everything. Not only do they provide ink refills and replaceable nibs for every single one of their 360 marker colours, but they now even have an app!

Copic Collection Screenshot 001

The app, which is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices, is a handy way to keep track of all the colours you have in your Copic collection – and those you want to buy. All 360 colours are shown in the five different sizes of marker – Original (or Classic), Ciao, Sketch and Wide, plus all the ink refills. To add a marker to your collection, you simply tap on it; tapping twice adds it to your “shopping list”, so this is useful if there’s a certain colour you need but don’t yet own. You can also browse the range by a spectrum list, showing you a sample of the selected colour.

Copic Collection Screenshot 002

Selecting the “Stock” option filters the view to only show those markers you own to provide a more accurate picture of your collection. You can also filter by type of pen or colour family (e.g. BV shows only those colours in the Blue-Violet family, while Ciao only shows colours available as a Ciao marker).

Copic Collection Screenshot 003

The app also contains a map showing Copic stores near you (for the moment, however, it only seems to show locations in Japan, where the Copic corporation is based), and you can even select colours from a photo or an artwork and match them to their nearest Copic counterparts. If you switch or upgrade your devices, you can transfer data to the other device so you don’t lose track of your collection.

Copic Collection Screenshots 004

Copic Collection App is available to download on the Apple App Store (for iOS) and Google Play Store (for Android).

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