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I have a deep-seated dislike of artificial sweeteners. The taste of most (all?) of them makes me wince, and one in particular (aspartame) triggers migraines. So it’s getting increasingly frustrating that soft drink manufacturers are swapping out real sugar in their drinks and replacing it with artificial sweeteners. Barrs, I’m looking at you. Stop trying to avoid the sugar tax and just give us our sugar, don’t you realise people will rather pay more for a beverage they can drink without making themselves ill? 

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Once upon a time (three years ago, if you want me to be precise) I started trying to learn Italian.  Again.  I had a plan, I’d paint myself a vocabulary guide, thus neatly killing due ucelli with one stone.  Alas the best laid plans of topi e uomini and all that!

I have returned to Italian once more this year, and this time I’m using DuoLingo and it’s going great.  I’m 109 days in and really do feel like I’m retaining the knowledge.  I did, however, add some more paintings to my vocabulary book when I first started using DuoLingo and thought I might as well pop them on here.  I have vague ideas of illustrating some of the odder sentences that the app comes up with (“the penguin eats fruit” – no, no it does not!), because actually I think there’s probably a pretty funny story behind things like “the watch is in the wine” (it had to have been a hell of a party eh?).

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Terrible drawing but it will help me remember! 

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In which I discuss artist’s block, and fear of a blank canvas.

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  I haven’t published a Sunday Sketchblog since January, and I haven’t done any drawing at all since mid-February.  There are reasons for that, which I won’t go into now.  Anyway I finally picked up my pen again this week, so here are some random sketches and hopefully I’ll be back on form again soon.

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A few weeks ago the above meme popped up on my Facebook feed.  I shared it and the comments were great, and some of them tickled me so much I decided to draw them.  My personal favourite was Reservoir Potatoes.  Totally silly waste of a morning, but I did enjoy myself!  Potato Alone and Edward Potatohands have gone to new homes but if you’d like to purchase Reservoir Potatoes or Potatospotting then please get in touch.

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Commissions are always fun, and they’re especially interesting when they take me out of my comfort zone.  At the end of January a friend asked me if I could do an art nouveau style poster of her friend.  She found one she liked the look of and sent me that together with a photo of her friend, and said she wanted her ‘wreathed in bubbles’ and, if at all possible, for the phrase ‘I love it here!’ to be on there somewhere as that’s all her friend had said for her entire birthday weekend in Amsterdam.

Here’s how it went.

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