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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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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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Aaah.  The end of a sketchbook is always a momentous occasion for me given how slowly I fill them!  I started this one in August 2015 so I’ve not done too badly with it.  This one is, I think, entirely filled with holiday entries.  I like that this book has evolved into a pure holiday diary, as I now use other books for work-related thoughts and ideas.  Not sure what’ll happen with my next book.  I’ll be using another rebound Moleskine (see here), but with red covers this time: maybe having a more vibrant cover will lead it to catch my eye more often, reminding me to use it!

Oh, yes, and I’ve decided to move away from using a fountain pen in these.  I’m not sure if it’s the ink or the paper (or a combination of the two) but it takes forever to dry.  The photo below shows what happened on a far too regular basis, and that was after waiting a good ten minutes before closing the book.  I’ll be switching back to pigma micron pens (or similar) as they still use waterproof ink but they dry much more quickly!

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A little review of the last book I read.  Otter Goes to School, by Sam Garton.  If the author is reading this then don’t worry, I’ve also left a review on Amazon 😉

Click here to see my previous review of an Otter book.

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In memory of Claire x

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