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November Art Dumpage

I haven’t really drawn a great deal over the past month, so this will be a disappointing blog for the most part. Real life and busy times suck, anyway, I did draw a few things. First off is this wallpaper which everyone has basically seen already now:


In more exciting news, I’ve been practising with Adobe Illustrator and I’ve actually gotten to a point where I can create artwork in it. which is a big achievement as usually when I open Illustrator I make a few lines, cry and close it. Don’t get me wrong there was crying, and gosling, and a few ‘F’ words, but I managed to make some things in it this time! I’m really please with how these dragons came out:


I’m not really sure what to do with my Illustrator art, I’m between making a page for free downloads of the .AI files or seeing how they go on my Shutterstock account which I signed up for, got approved and never used. 

In other news I started NanoWriMo and failed a few days in. That was a terrible idea since I’ve felt really uninspired all month. LOL. So no stories. I just did a rummage for some more artwork and I’d forgotten I drew a Winnie The Pooh drawing for his 90th birthday, so here’s that and another simply Illustrator practice doodle:

Anyway that’s it in terms of artwork for the month, now that I’m getting the hang of Illustrator I’ll probably draw a whole bunch more for the next month. Ah, I really need to work on my site, I still need to upload slides and make new sections, I’ll go and do that right now!

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Watership Down – Best Bits of The Book

I bought a special edition of Watership Down in November. I’m a slow reader so I finished it earlier this week. It’s a really nice hard back special edition with illustrations; although the fact that I found a few, fairly obvious typos not present in the original book made me question Oneworld as publishers.

If you’re not aware, Watership Down is my favourite book, closely followed by Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic. I haven’t read in a while, and I’d forgotten so much about the Watership Down book that does not happen in the movie. So here are my top… five? I can’t be arsed writing loads, things from the book.

5. Strawberry and Blackavar

Both these characters get a very limited look in the movie, but I really like them in the book. Strawberry, having come from the horrid Warren of Snares finds himself working extra hard to please Hazel and the other Watership Down rabbits, similarly Blackavar does everything he can to prove his worth having come from Efrafa.

4. Fiver Beyond

This chapter is better known as the ‘Bright Eyes’ scene in the movie. It’s a beautiful scene where Fiver trips balls and locates his dying brother. Okay, Fiver’s actually a special rabbit with a bit of a sixth sense, he can predict the future, sometimes, and sense things. It’s one of the most famous scenes in the story, and for good reason.

3. Hazel joins The Thousand

Spoiler alert. This is the final scene of the book, and movie. Hazel is laying down on Watership Down looking at the rabbits of his warren, at peace after the battled they had to make the down a safe place. As he is lying down, a rabbit comes to join him, at first Hazel doesn’t recognise him and feels bad. He then realises the rabbit is none other than the Black Rabbit of Inle; otherwise known as the Grim Reaper of rabbits. Inle assures Hazel ‘Don’t worry, they’ll be fine, and many more after them, if you come with me, I’ll show you what I mean.’ and with that Hazel’s spirit leaves his body and they exit Watership Down.

2. Dandelion

The movie didn’t really highlight this character. Dandelion is the storyteller of the group, and in Watership Down that’s a big deal. Dandelion is also really useful to the group and helps Hazel on the many outings they make, just all round he rules in the book.

1. Bigwig’s Battle with Woundwort

For two reasons, the first being that epic moment where Bigwig, in Lapine, basically tells Woundwort to ‘Eat shit and die.’ But this is the moment where Efrafa find out Bigwig was never the leader of his warren, and he acknowledges Hazel to be his Chief Rabbit. It’s a big deal in the book, because everyone thought Bigwig would be the one to cause Hazel trouble.