Thursday, 30 August 2012

Website Update

I've updated my website with a new 'Customer Reviews' page about my services. I've had so many very kind comments about my artwork, I thought I'd put some together on the main site in a (hopeful!) bid to try and attract some more work...! Thanks a million to everyone for your kind words... I'll buy you a drink next time I see you! You have incredibly good taste...!

You can check out what my customers are saying here:

Happy 40th Birthday Cameron Diaz!

Edd's Heads: Cameron Diaz

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Born this day in 1972!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Happy Birthday Michael Jackson!

Edd's Heads: Michael Jackson
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Born today in 1958.
Q: What's the difference between Michael Jackson and a grocery bag?

A: One is white, made out of plastic, and dangerous for kids to play with and the other you carry your groceries home in ! (*Ba-dum, tish!* - comedy cymbal noise) 

Aaaah! A 'golden oldie' there...I miss Jacko...if only for his many eccentricities and controversial, headline-grabbing, bizarre behaviours, dodgy antics, etc. A complete odd-ball! He generated soooo much ridiculous 'comedy mileage' than any other pop star on the planet and we shall never see his like again! Some of his early tunes were alright as well...
 'Shamone!' and all that.....

Friday, 24 August 2012

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Happy Birthday Joe Strummer!

Edd's Heads: Joe Strummer
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The legendary frontman of one of my all time favourite bands, The Clash. Their music spoke to and defined a generation and still resonates today. I have always been very inspired by the 'get-up-and-do-it-for-yourself' approach that (early) Punk music championed. The Clash were the real deal. Their music was raw, honest, impassioned, political, funny and frankly mind-blowing in my opinion. They rejected the bullshit of the 'old order', championed underdogs and inspired hope, equality and tolerance amongst the masses. We could sorely use a bit more of that around today, I reckon.
Joe would've turned 60 today, had he lived. He died in December 2002 (wow, where did those ten years go...?!). Hope everyone has a real blast at the Strummer of Love Festival this year! Wish I was there!

RIP Joe. I will keep listening...

Monday, 20 August 2012

Kirkintilloch Canal Festival 2012

Forget the Jubilee.....forget the Olympics....forget 'T In the Park' and all these other wee piddly-diddly events which have came and went unnoticed in 2012 like a 'sparrows fart in the wind', because now it's time for the BIG one....the one that everyone's been talking about and waiting for all over the country....That's right people, the time has come for the 2012 KIRKINTILLOCH CANAL FESTIVAL!!

The Kirkintilloch Canal Festival celebrates the heritage of Kirkintilloch, including its status as Canal Capital of Scotland. Around 15,000 visitors attend what has been to date a fantastic weekend of events in Kirkintilloch. This year the festival will be a week-long, with events daily, and culminating in a terrific weekend with a jam-packed activities day on the Saturday and ever-popular Gala Day on the Sunday.

Activities will be centred around the marina. Including....

firework displays, canal boat trips, street performers, live music (to suit all tastes!), dancers, a funfair, pavement pictures, local history exhibitions, a Victorian Garden Party, games, herbal tent, pirates, stilt walkers, fire-eaters, walk on water balloons, canoeing, pond dipping, nature talks, arts and crafts, face-painting, medieval re-enactments, motorbikers, classic car displays, market stalls, fun and games and much, much more.....

I will drawing live, on the spot caricatures of visitors to the Kirkintilloch Annual Art Exhibition being held at the Auld Kirk Museum, Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, G66 1AB this coming Saturday on the 25th of August from 10.30 till 12.30pm.

Then on Sunday the 26th of August I will be doing more live caricatures of Festival goers from 1 till 4pm either at the Southbank Marina by the canal or in the Learning Centre on Southbank road....depending on where organisers put me on the day! Both venues are within a 5 minute walk from each other, so it shouldn't be too hard to find me! Come along, say hello and get a caricature from me!

About Kirky...

I am delighted to be part of the Canal Festival celebrations once again. Kirkintilloch is my home town and has a rich cultural heritage. It dates back to Roman times, when there was a fort in the Peel Park area of the town. The name of the town is derived from "Caerpentaloch", meaning "The Fort at the Head of the Ridge".
The Antonine Wall was built around 142 AD and was routed through Kirkintilloch, although very little can be seen of this wall today.  Kirkintilloch became a barony burgh in October 1211, when a royal charter was signed, and a weekly local market was established.

The town flourished, and with the construction of the Forth and Clyde canal in 1773 and the opening of the railway in 1826, the town soon became a centre for new industries such as cotton, weaving, boatbuilding and the iron foundries, which produced Kirkintilloch's most famous exports, the distinctive red British postboxes and phone boxes (K2 to K6), which were produced in the town until 1984 and distributed all over the United Kingdom....becoming classic national British icons of design. Some can still be found as far afield as Taiwan and Mississippi.

Sadly these industries no longer exist in the present day. However, Kirkintilloch remains a thriving small town with great community spirit. The regeneration of the Forth and Clyde canal was undertaken, and the whole route from east to west was opened up once more in 2002. New bridges were built at Townhead and Hillhead to allow barges to sail the length of the whole canal once again. A new marina was constructed at Southbank, and a bow shaped bridge was erected alongside the marina, which provides easy access from the north to south bank of the canal.

In recent years, Hollywood film director Christopher Nolan filmed his acclaimed 'Batman' movies in Kirkintilloch, utilising it's bustling, cosmopolitan architecture, population, stylish classy swagger and streets as his 'Gotham City' backdrop. I am joking of course.....(they shot it in Cumbernauld instead...).

Anyway, I am really looking forward to drawing at the Canal Festival and recommend you come along with your family for a great day out as it's lots of fun and well worth a visit!
Hope to see you there. Check the website for more information:


Friday, 17 August 2012

Annual Art Exhibition in Kirkintilloch

Once again I will be submitting a celebrity caricature to the annual Art Exhibition in my home town of Kirkintilloch, which this year will be held in The Auld Kirk Museum for the first time. The exhibition has previously been held in Kirkintilloch Town Hall and more recently at St Mary’s Church in Kirkintilloch. Once again the exhibition will show off the talent of both local amateur and professional artists from Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Lenzie and the Campsie area. The Auld Kirk Museum is a fabulous venue for any art exhibition and is the principal museum for East Dunbartonshire in Scotland. Regular readers will know that I debuted my first solo exhibition of caricatures there back in 2010.

10.00am 18th Aug - 5.00pm 20th Sep 2012, Auld Kirk Museum
Venue address: Auld Kirk Museum Cowgate Kirkintilloch G66 1HN.
So what celebrity have I submitted to the exhibition...? Well, I thought I'd go with houswive's favourite, and well known face of comedy, David Walliams.... a little pencil sketch I did back in the spring of this year. I really wanted to submit one of my (several!) unfinished new pieces, but it's been really difficult to find the time to complete them with all the other paying commissions and bookings I've had over the summer....I've had so little free time. So this'll have to do for now and as soon as I get my new stuff finished I will share them on here with you. Stay tuned.

Best of luck to everyone exhibiting their artwork this year! Hope we get lots of sales!


Edd's Heads: David Walliams

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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Happy 40th Birthday Frankie Boyle!

Edd's Heads: Frankie Boyle
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Born 40 years ago today. Many happy returns to the light hearted, Scottish, joke-slinging funster!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Save The Dandy!

Please show your support for The Dandy Comic, which after 75 years of being printed weekly in the UK might be closing down! I'm sure reading comics was a big part of your childhood, as it was mine, so it would be tragic if we lost it! The Dandy has always been a fun way to inspire generations of kids to read (and draw....myself included), and over the years has become a British national institution, as much a part of our culture as fish & chips, spray tan booths and riots. Buy a Dandy today! Kids need comics!

Monday, 13 August 2012

More July live work pics...

A couple from a wedding in South Lanarkshire and three from the Senior Open Golf Championship in Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland.....where despite the sunshine, it was very cold and really windy by the sea. I think my drawings turned out OK despite my completely numb, frozen hands...!

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Thanks to everyone for letting me share the photos!