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East Market Street Moon

Up in town to see a new retail space which may soon be stocking my merchandise, and I spotted the moon still high in the sky.

I used to have work in a gallery which has unfortunately since closed, it was one of the East Market Street Arches which were reopened up as retail spaces in 2016. Here is a sketch I made at the time:

I was back this time to see a new shop within the Waverley Market which will hopefully soon be stocking ES merchandise but of of that in due course.

This sketch was drawn from my car looking to the currently covered in scaffolding) North Bridge. Did you spot the bus crossing the bridge?

The Arches on Instagram

Rabbie’s Trail Burners launch a new tour and a convertible coach

RabbiesBusCafeI’ve long said locals should take a tour bus around their city now and again to appreciate what they have, and now there’s a brand new Edinburgh City Tour to try.

Rabbie’s Trail Burners have been running small tour groups since 1993 and are famed for delivering small (max 16 people), personal tours around the UK.

Today they launched a brand new Edinburgh City Tour highlighting the sights and attractions of their home town. The 85 minute trip departs hourly from Waverley Bridge between 9am and 7pm, and costs £20 for adult, £10 for a child.

So whether a local or a visitor, take a tour around Edinburgh and take in all that makes the city great!

My sketch above shows Rabbie’s new convertible bus in front of their cafe on Waterloo place, which was where I drew this weeks WhereArtI quiz from. See that sketch HERE.

Today’s sketch is drawn in black ink with a watercolour wash.


Edinburgh City Tour on Rabbie’s website

Lothian Buses open their garage doors to the public

BusDepotUPDATEOn Saturday 26 September Lothian Buses will open its doors as part of Doors Open Day and invite the public to see inside the Central Depot in Annandale Street.

Here is a sketch I did a couple of years ago when I went to the Doors Open Day. The Architecture is fantastic and worth seeing, as is the huge bus wash and other events and that I remeber the Sketcher twins loved last time. For more details follow the link below.


Lothian Buses Doors Open Day




Plan ahead this Festive period with Lothian Buses

BusDepotChristmas and Hogmanay are just around the corner and Edinburgh is filling with revellers from around the world as the world’s best street party begins in earnest.

To help you plan your journey the Lothian Buses Christmas Grotto Bus will be out tonight (Thursday 18th Dec) in Edinburgh at various locations. Look out for the bright yellow bus at St Andrews Square, the Grassmarket and Princes Street. There will be goodies on offer as well as timetables and night bus information to help you get about over Christmas and New Year safely.


Today’s sketch is from the Lothian Buses depot in Annandale Street, a beautiful building which has been home to Lothian Buses since 1926 and before that was an Industrial Hall.


Lothian Buses website.


A trip to Loch Ness; Sketches from the NessBus


Yesterday I travelled to Loch Ness and back on board the NessBus, and these are my rough sketches from a great day out.


We left Edinburgh just after 8am and in the following 12 hours packed in an unbelievable amount of sights, sounds and history from this wonderful country.

As we pootled around Scotland in a wee orange bus our guide for the day told of battles both recent and ancient, of uprisings and massacres, of Clan origins and place name meanings.

The fact I felt the time had flown by even though we had covered a staggering 350 miles was testament to how we were looked after and kept busy with a packed itinerary. That and the fact a dram or two was had at the afternoon distillery tour!

NessBus2 NessBus3

These are my quick sketches from the day. I am going to create a bigger illustration using elements of these and photographs I took on the tour.

I wouldn’t usually show workings at this stage but I thought it might be interesting for you to see my rough work from the day, before the final sketch is completed.



Scottish tour for this mobile art gallery

ArtBusI spotted this bus beside the City Art Centre, on Market Street. Preparing to leave on a tour of Scotland, ‘The Travelling Gallery’ will be available in Edinburgh until Friday, 30th August.


Parked in a space which made me think it must of been lowered in by helicopter (well done driver!), the bus is a custom-built, contemporary art space. Inspired by the Year of Natural Scotland, the Travelling Gallery’s autumn exhibition presents an alternative view of the Scottish landscape, through works by artists with a diverse range of practices.

Supported by Creative Scotland, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the City of Edinburgh Council, the Travelling Gallery brings art to schools and communities throughout Scotland.


The dates in Edinburgh and then further afield are below. Do try and catch the show when it passes by, it is both thought provoking and beautiful.



Fri 23 Aug: City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, 11am – 6pm

Sat 24 Aug: City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, 11am – 6pm

Tue 27 Aug: Hawes Promenade, South Queensferry, 11am – 5pm

Wed 28 Aug: Festival Square, Lothian Road, 11am – 5pm

Thur 29 Aug: Drylaw Neighbourhood Centre,67b Groathill Road North, 2pm – 5pm

Fri 30 Aug: High Street, Portobello (Outside Bank of Scotland), 11am – 5pm



2-13 Sept: Highlands

16-20 Sept: Lewis and Harris

23-24 Sept: Uists

28 Sept-3 Oct: Shetland

7-11 Oct: Perth & Kinross

21-25 Oct: Renfrewshire

28 Oct-8 Nov: – South Ayrshire

11-15 Nov: Midlothian

18-22 Nov: Renfrewshire

25-29 Nov: Edinburgh

3-7 Dec: Angus

10 Dec: West Lothian

For more information about The Travelling Gallery visit their website HERE.


BusWaiting sketch2 (day2)

GrantonChurch2Day 2 on this sketch, drawn whilst waiting on a bus today. The building is Granton Parish Church and I’m not sure how long it will take to complete as that depends on Lothian Buses, and what time I arrive at the stop in the morning. But as soon as the bus arrives I will stop and take a photo of my progress.

You can see the sketch from the first day HERE. I noticed by the date on the ticket it is over a month since I started, thanks to the prompt bus service here in Edinburgh!

BusWaiting sketch2

WaitingBus2aAnother of my bus stop sketches today, which I do whilst waiting on the bus. I don’t know how long it will take to complete as that depends on Lothian Buses, and what time I arrive at the stop in the morning. But as soon as the bus arrives I will stop and take a photo of my progress. Anyone recognise the building?

BusWaiting sketch1 is from the North Bridge and you can see it HERE. You can also see I haven’t been back to do any more on it yet as the sun has been out and I’ve been cycling to work.



View from the bridge

NorthBridgeView1Tonight’s sketch is actually from a couple of days ago. I was waiting for the number 8 bus home and had a few minutes to wait, not enough to sketch but too many to waste.

So I thought I’d start a sketch, one that should grow into a view from the North Bridge, across the Waverley train station to Princes Street.

So day one and a few minutes into the sketch you can see the Scott monument. Day 2 will be the next time I’m waiting for the bus home, and have a few minutes to spare.