Best foot forward

With the New Year upon us I was thinking about one of the traditions many folk still like to keep. First-Foot, (or Quaaltagh (Qualtagh), Pothariko, Mekvle, Lucky Bird, the name changes depending on where you live) traditions all have a common theme, bringing good luck to the household for the coming year. The First-Foot rules that I’m more familiar with (as they’re the ones relating to Scotland and Northern England) have the following requirements: the First-Footer should be a dark haired man, he should carry with him a number of…

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Death of Smaug

I was sketching dragons again recently, well I often sketch dragons but this time there was a purpose, the theme of the month over at john-howe.com for December was Dragons. As a certain dragon was on my mind with the Desolation of Smaug hitting the silver screen* I ended up wondering how Smaug would look after the black arrow had done its job 😉 This was a fun dragon to work on, well any character from Tolkien is fun to attempt – rather than use traditional medium I worked in…

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Weolcan

I woke fairly early and decided to check the sky, as it was clear I popped out into the garden in the hope of photographing comet Ison. I managed a few ‘star’ photographs before the cloud started to play games, the horizon was clear one minute and obscured the next. I’ve yet to check all the photographs for Ison, but I did like this one star pic. In between looking for Ison I turned the camera towards the Moon. After a while I watched the clouds more than the stars…

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