A fresh inspiration every day

Sketch of Valencia
1778 / Keeping up and warm / Valencia — by Hugo Costa

I follow quite a few blogs, mostly via the excellent Feedly which I moved to after the sad demise of Google Reader. Very few, however, I subscribe to receive via email on a daily basis.

A fresh drawing everyday by Hugo Costa is one exception.

As his blog title suggests, he posts a new sketch every day. Some are black and white, some are colour, all are beautiful.

While I have been unsubscribing to a lot of email newsletters over the last few months, this is one that I look forward to daily. I find his art inspiring. The image above, which he described as being from fish-eye perspective, is one of my favourites.

Check out his blog.

Me playing a Christmas tree guitar by Mearso

Illustration of me dressed as a priest playing a Christmas tree guitar, by Kevin Mears
Illustration by Kevin Mears (@mearso)

Last week on my 195 metal CDs blog I reviewed Laibach—Volk Tour London CC Club (2007); I gave it 60%. It was my first introduction to the Slovakian band so it’s fair to say that I have not been a fan.

But I know someone who is: Kevin Mears.

I met Kevin at an Institutional Web Management Workshop conference a few years ago, and when our conversation inevitably turned to music Kevin asked if I’d heard of Laibach. I hadn’t. He recommended them. I listened to them and gave them 6/10.

So I fired off a tweet to Kevin and having asked if he’d like a free CD, dropped it in the post. Another random act of kindness clocked up I thought nothing more of it.

Until I received a package a few days later, which included a small Christmas card and a note from Kevin saying thanks and that he was including a wee something as a thank you present.

My first thought when I read that was: I really hope it’s one of his drawings. And to my delight it was. It was a portrait of me, in my clerical dog collar, playing a guitar in the shape of a Christmas tree! Like you do.

I think it’s brilliant! I’ll have to take this to my friend Phil to get framed when I’m next in St Andrews.

Thank you Kevin.

More Daisy…!

Upsy Daisy from In the Night Garden
Upsy Daisy from In the Night Garden

I think it would be fairly safe to say that Reuben and Joshua are currently mildly obsessed with two BBC CBeebies TV programmes at the moment: Balamory and In the Night Garden.

In fact, whenever they see a pad of paper and a pen they will pick up the pen and thrust it into my hand with the instruction “More Daisy!”

Upsy Daisy is a character on In the Night Garden. I’m getting quite good at drawing her, to be honest. Until I realised that Reuben and Joshua don’t really care about details.  As soon as I’ve drawn Daisy’s oval head and added some Medusa-like strands of hair Joshua will steal the pen back: “No! My!” and start to scribble over what I’ve just drawn.

Jane looked at my pad the other day and laughed.  “What on earth would a psychologist make of that picture?” she joked.

Sketches and scribbles in the key of In The Night Garden
Sketches and scribbles in the key of “In The Night Garden”

What indeed!

That’s a very crude depiction of Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy with erm… additions by Joshua (red, blue and green) and Reuben (black).

Igglepiggle looks more like a sad Panda king!