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The Royal Yacht Britannia created from Lego bricks

Britannia_Lego detailLego is everywhere in Edinburgh at the moment, including the Royal Yacht Britannia in Ocean Terminal, Leith.

Visit the five-star visitor attraction, regularly voted the UKs best attraction, just now and you will find an 11 foot Lego model of the ship on display. Using 40,000 bricks it took Lego model maker and Arbroath fisherman Jim McDonough, 51, five weeks to complete on his dining room table.


Britannia was launched from the John Brown & Company shipyard in Clydebank on 16 April, 1953. For over 44 years she served the Royal Family, travelling over one million miles to become the most famous ship in the world.


My sketch shows a tiny part of the model and you need to see it up close to realise the amount of work which has gone into the 1/37 scale model.


For more information and to book your tickets visit the Briannia website below.


Sketch is created in fine liner pen with a watercolour wash.



Royal Yacht Britannia website


Fascinating facts and fantastic food on board the Royal Yacht Britannia

Britannia_montageHome to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years the Royal Yacht Britannia has sailed over 1 million miles around the world.


Now permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal in Leith, the five-star attraction is one of Edinburgh’s must see destinations for visitors to the city, however for the Sketcher family it was our first time on board. It was fascinating to see how the Royal family traveled and how homely the boat was, more like a stately home than a boat. The twins (seated under the ship’s bell in the sketch) loved looking around the many decks, cabins and hiding places, sitting in the Captains chair and trying on the uniforms.


A nice touch was that as the adults had listening devices telling us about the history of each room the children had their own version with watered down history and ‘Can you find the…’ type quizzes to keep them amused. Look out for the wooden monkey too…


Food on board didn’t disappoint either, it isn’t the cheapest place to eat in Leith but the Royal Deck Tea Room is a fine dining experience, with great views over the harbour. The servings are ample and very well cooked.


I recommend a trip on board both for those interested in the ships unique history and families after a educational day out, its a fascinating floating museum.

The Royal Yacht Britannia website


Edinburgh screen printed 100% cotton bags

On 20th October a 5 pence tax on all shopping bags came into force in Scotland. Perfect time to invest in an Edinburgh Sketcher cotton bag.


Afternoon Edinburgh, I hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine, albeit with a cold wind too. Here are my latest additions to my online shop. 100% cotton bags screen printed with two EdinburghSketcher designs.


The first is a cropped version of The Shore illustration with the title ‘Leith’, screen printed in black and blue ink. I love that the blue ink is called ‘Deacon Blue’. The other design is a cropped version of the popular Victoria Street sketch, in back and purple ink. With the simple ‘Victoria St.’ beneath.


You can now buy both UK made cotton bags from my shop for £9.50 each plus £2 pnp. They will soon be available around the capital so look out for them on the streets of Edinburgh. They fold up very small, perfect to fit into your hand bag or back pack, ensuring you won’t be caught out next time you get to the till!


Below are the original sketches and links to the corresponding posts.



Flux: A new stockist in Leith

FluxShopToday I visited this lovely gift shop on Bernard Street, Leith and left some of my wares.

A treasure trove of present ideas and bespoke gifts Flux has a strong fan base in Edinburgh. Home to a wide range of styles and creations, the shop brings together many independent designers and makers all under one roof.


Friends have been telling me my cushions of the Shore would suit the shop well, being just around the corner from the original sketch location. From today my cushions, bags and gift cards will be on display in the shop, so do drop in, if you haven’t done so already you are in for a treat.


Flux website

One of three Leith cranes

LeithCraneYesterday I visited Leith and the three cranes that sit on Ocean Drive next to a casino.

I finally made time to sketch one of these three cranes which are home to many pigeons and seagulls. The three stand together and one day I will return to sketch all three, but for now this will do.


Below is a photo which shows my sketch with the three cranes. If anyone knows a little about their history then please let me know below.




Down by the Shore

TheShorea When asked recently if I could create a sketch down at The Shore in Leith I was very surprised to find I hadn’t done so already. This is an iconic view of the Shore, the beautiful cobbled streets and gabled ended tall houses by the harbour remind me of mainland Europe, Brugges or Amsterdam perhaps.

I was commissioned by a couple who were emigrating overseas and wanted a view of the area to remind them of home. The sketch turned out well, I was going to colour it but didn’t want to lose any of the detail or make it too dark, which can sometimes happen when I add watercolour. The couple were very pleased with the result and I wish them all the best with their move. I like the idea of my sketch hanging in another country, reminding them of Edinburgh.


If you would like to commission a sketch of a favourite view or building then get in touch HERE to discuss further.


Happy Birthday to you

Happy birthday to Leith Library, celebrating 80 years of being open to the public. On 20th July 1932 the Leith Library and New Town Hall was officially opened.

Today the library is celebrating by holding a number of events so head along and support your library today.

From 1pm today, Friday 20th July: The library is transported back to the 1930s with music and stories from the grand opening; craft events for children; photographs ranging from the libraries 80 year history; plus a facinating display of library artifacts and documents.

For more information click HERE