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Celtic creativity this Friday night at the National Museum of Scotland

FramedDesignTomorrow an evening of Celtic entertainment takes over the National Museum of Scotland.

With live music, Celtic inspired DJ sets, silent discos and even a silent ceilidh the evening should be a huge success. There will be food and drink served in the main hall and creative activities including facepainting and temporary tattoos on ffer around the museum.

I will be there with a couple of tables offering Celtic creativity in the form of either designing your own Celtic pictures to colour in, or try sketching some of the exhibits from the Celts exhibition, which runs until the 25th September.

Above is my coloured in Celtic design, and below part of the process. Find me on Friday night to make your own Celtic symbol design.

Buy your ticket to Museum Lates: Celts at the NMS websiteceltictrace





Celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday on board Britannia

Britannia90thSketchOn Thursday 22nd April I was asked to create this sketch of the celebrations on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, in Leith.

There was a celebratory mood on board, helped by the brass band sounds from The Musical Mariners’ Band,who played on the dock and cake an fizz for all who came aboard. The music continued on Britannia as the Welmar Baby Grand piano was expertly played in the drawing room.

The Royal Tea Deck served some of the Queen’s favourite dishes, including coroantion chicken and chocolate perfection pie!

In the evening there was a spectacular firework display which you may well of heard across Edinburgh.

The sketch below is of visitor watching The Musical Mariners’ Band from on board Britannia.

The Royal Yacht Britannia website.

Sketches drawn in black ink and watercolour paint, on location. 





The Camera Obscura, on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

camera obscuraMy sketch of the Camera Obscura and World of Illusion, which has delighted and intrigued people in Edinburgh for over 150 years

Mirrors, lenses and daylight combine to produce a moving panorama of Edinburgh’s city centre, projected onto a viewing table within the mid 19th Century purpose built visitor attraction.


Over six floors of optical illusions and interactive exhibits, your mind will be tricked, amazed and engaged. Great fun for all the family, I can’t wait to return! For more information about the city centre attraction visit their website, link below.


This sketch featured in this week’s WhereArtI competition and was drawn to create this table number illustration below. My full set of Edinburgh table numbers can be ordered for any event, including weddings and conferences. To see more drop me an email at contact@edinburghsketcher.com




Camera Obscura and World of Illusions website


Sketching the Surgeons’ Hall Museums reopening

SurgeonsHall_ToolsoftheTradeLast week saw the hugely anticipated reopening of the Surgeons’Hall Museums after a major refurbishment, and I was there to capture the day in sketches.

Having been closed for 18 months to undergo a £4 million transformation, the new combined space houses one of the largest and most historic collections of artefacts charting the history and development of surgery. The collections include surgical instruments and artworks and one of the largest collections of anatomical specimens in the world.


I was in my element sketching from the many beautifully displayed exhibits for an hour before the doors opened to the public. My sketch above shows how the surgeons surgical instruments are displayed in one glass case.


There are many interactive displays too, I loved having a go at key hole surgery, very tricky indeed, and tying a surgeons knot. You can also take a seat at a 17th Century Anatomy Theatre in the History of Surgery Museum, and watch as a (plastic) body is dissected and explained as if you were a 17th Century student.


There were many events on throughout the day including a welcoming speech from crime writer Val McDermid and Professor Sue Black, Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology. Also there was a Crime Scene re-enactment where visitors could try and solve the clues and find a murderer.


Below are the rest of my sketches from the day for you to look through. If you would like to book myself to sketch your event then please drop me an email at contact@edinburghsketcher.com


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Admission to the Surgeons’ Hall Museums is £6 per adult, £3.50 concessions.


The Surgeons Hall Museums website

An upcoming sketch and history tour at Canongate Kirk

CanongateKirk_gateAfter the success of my in residence Sketch Workshops at Lauriston Castle join me for my next class, which is combined with a history tour and will take place within the grounds of Canongate Kirk on Saturday 5th September.

Together with The Friends Of The Canongate Kirk charity you will learn about the residents of the Royal Mile’s Canongate Kirk, which dates back to the 17th Century. Plus learn speed sketching skills and pen and ink drawing techniques that will build confidence and enable you to create your own pieces of art on location.


The tour runs form 3-5pm on Saturday 5th September and is £20 per adult with children under 16 years of age just £5. For more information and to book your place on the one off limited tour call Laura at TFOTCK on 07783 293594


I look forward to seeing you there!


The Friends Of The Canongate Kirk on facebook