Next Tuesday is the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s history first flight into space. There will be events across the world to celebrate this, more details on the Yuri’s night website. Here in the highlands we are celebrating in Nairn, with the Highland-Russian connections charity hosting an event, starting at 12noon to let off some special rockets and in the evening having a talk & film… details here.
I’ll be helping out on the day and for the event we created this stand-in that I painted, You might not be able to get into space… but you can at least pretend!
meanwhile, the courses I’ve been teaching with the West Highland College are in their final stages, I’ve got a whole host more comic pages to draw. Planning for the ‘Slaughtermans Creed’ book launch are well underway, with signings across the country & our team presence at Bristol Comic Expo in May, I’ll also be joining a panel on the Sunday of the event to talk about the project. Also on Saturday at Bristol I’ll be joining a discussion panel about Women political comics/cartoons. I haven’t done a great deal of political art work ( yet! ) but do so politics and do comics so I guess that counts- plus there are subtle undertones in my work…but that is another story.
and news of the portrait award painting ? well there were 2300 entries and 55 selected, mine was Not one of them which is really disappointing, but in light of those numbers I’m not too crushed, I can see plenty problems myself with the painting… must do better next time ! onwards and upwards.