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What are some good long-form blogs to follow?

I’d like to read well-written articles of substance by people who know their subject matter. Any person or topic is ok (but not too keen on lifestyle/productivity/self-empowerment type things). Thanks.

The first fourteen drafts of my story, from initial scribbles to completed scene-by-scene outline. Next step: draw it.

I think when you are trying to find the idea for your story, it is best to shut yourself off from the outside world for a few days. Avoid any external influence from other films & books. Lie on a couch with your own thoughts. Eventually what is important to you will surface.

My reference material is a mix of period photographs, and sketches from real life where I imagine what it looked like in the late 1800s.

I think I shall use this as a “behind-the-scenes” journal documenting the process. I’ll write it for myself, but other people can follow along if they find it interesting.

I can’t say that somebody hasn’t already made a story in the format I am going to present and distribute this one in, but I can say I haven’t seen anybody else do it this way. I am developing the narrative and business structure side-by-side.

I can’t call my work a “comic” because it’s not exactly funny. It’s not a “graphic novel” because it is a serial. It’s not “sequential art” because that sounds really pretentious. I think I will just tell people it’s a “story” and let them work it out from there.

I have been away for a while because I have been drafting the outline of an illustrated story I want to make. The “spine” is more or less finished, so I know what the ending is and the steps it will take to get there. I estimate it will take about 9 years to completel.

This is an unfinished test. It’s an old house in the Portobello area of Edinburgh. I probably will not finish it.

‪I feel like days are longer in Edinburgh because the travel distance between places is short.‬

Reference photos and clippings at the National Museum Of Scotland research library.

Sketchbook: Howe Street, Edinburgh

From last night’s preview of the Tolouse-Lautrec & The Art Of Celebrity exhibition. Starting today at the National Gallery Of Scotland.

The catalogue for the new Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition in Edinburgh. The National Gallery Of Scotland publications are all so beautiful, I want them all!

Close up of Victoria Street in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Lady Stairs Close, Edinburgh

A rough from my sketchbook today: the Scottish National Gallery Building designed by William Playfair in 1859.

More behind-the-scenes of this week’s drawings with dipping pen and ink.

I draw with a dipping pen and ink. This week I have been posting things coloured on the computer, but I use paints and crayons too.

Near the top of Cockburn Street, Edinburgh.

Detail of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland.

Detail of buildings seen from Waverley Station, Edinburgh.

View of Edinburgh Castle from the window.

St Anthony’s Chapel in Edinburgh. I walk past the ruins of this old forgotten chapel every day on my way into town.