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My Copic Collection — Apr 3, 2020

My Copic Collection

Since I have so many Copic markers in my collection that it’s almost an obsession, it can become somewhat confusing when selecting colours that look similar to each other, or a colour may not look the same on paper as it does on the marker. In light of that, I’ve now catalogued all my Copic colours into a handy chart!

My Copic Collection - Part 1

My Copic Collection - Part 2

My Copic Collection - Part 3

You can also download all these swatches as a PDF I compiled together.

Of course, these are just the Copic colours I own, and not all 350+ colours in the range (see the Ultimate Copic Colour List for that). Of course, my collection is always growing as I add more colours, so this will be updated regularly in the future.

Speedpaint: Mega Pearl’s Fusion — Apr 1, 2020
Speedpaint: We’ll Always Be Your Family — Mar 30, 2020
My First Speedpaint! — Mar 29, 2020

My First Speedpaint!

I’ve recently joined the online art streaming community, and I’ve now made my first speedpaint!

Picarto is a free-to-join art streaming site where artists and other creatives can broadcast the process of creation to audiences around the world, like a creative version of YouTube or Facebook Live. You can find my Picarto channel here, and I’ll be sure to broadcast regularly whenever I draw something new.

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St. Patrick’s Day Around the World — Mar 17, 2020

St. Patrick’s Day Around the World


Although St. Patrick’s Day marks the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, it’s celebrated across the world by everyone of Irish descent. (At one point, the celebrations were bigger outside of Ireland than in it!) The day is mostly celebrated with parades and dressing up in a sea of green, but some places have their own way of “going Irish”.

Totally Irish in London

On St. Patrick’s Day, many world landmarks are illuminated in a green light. This is a rather recent tradition, only being started in 2010, with the Opera House in Sydney and the Auckland Tower being the first to adopt it. The illuminations are part of a campaign by the Irish tourism board for the world to “go green” for St. Patrick’s Day.

Porte des Bombes illuminated in green on Saint Patrick's Day of 2014

Many cities with a river often dye the water green. The most famous “green river” is in Chicago, but many other cities also colour their rivers green, including London. In 2008, during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, the water fountains in Trafalgar Square were dyed green. However, London surprisingly does not have the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parades in Britain; instead, the parade in Birmingham is said to be the world’s third biggest after Dublin and New York. There are also significant parades in Liverpool, which has the highest population of Irish descent on the British mainland, and in Glasgow, thanks to a large influx of Irish immigrants in the 19th century.

The Chicago River dyed green

2009 St. Patrick's Day festival celebration in Coatbridge, Scotland

St. Patrick’s Day parades are also held in many more places around the world, including some which you wouldn’t expect there to be a lot of Irish expats. Japan has a surprising amount of parades on the day, as does South Korea and Argentina, which has the fifth largest community of Irish immigrants in the world. Despite the fact that St. Patrick’s Day is now a worldwide celebration, not just an Irish celebration, it is only designated as a national holiday in three places around the world: the Caribbean island of Montserrat, the Canadian province of Newfoundland, and Ireland itself. The beer brand Guinness is part of a campaign for St. Patrick’s Day to be recognized as a holiday everywhere.

Wherever you are in the world on St. Patrick’s Day, get your craic on!


St. Patrick's Day global

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