A show off eating super hot chilies with apparent abandon.
The Scottish Word:


“Aye – he thinks he’s hard noo but we’ll see how hard he is when he’s sittin oan the pan the morrow wi a scoutherin erse.”


scouther, scowder: burn, scorch, singe. Scoutherin: blistering (with rebuke).

“Yes, yes – he thinks he’s tough now but we will see how tough he is when he is sitting on the toilet tomorrow with a burning bottom.”


Illustration Friday. reverse.

Scotland has had some severely cold weather over Christmas and New Year so I thought a drawing about heat might be cheering.

It’s a different sort of heat but it’s heat.

And Glasgow has some of the best curry restaurants and cooks in the world. For flavour if not for heat.

The Scottish Word: scouther with its definition and its meaning illustrated and captioned with the word used in context in the Scots language and in English.

2 thoughts on “Scouther.

    1. Cartooning. Don’t just practice drawing cartoons. Set yourself to draw objects as well, such as your son and your surroundings. Drawing is not about being art, it is about the process.

      When I was a student we were set a task to fill a sketchbook from life which for me was not a problem. But what I found was that it completely recharged my batteries and all my other work was refreshed. Even the stuff that didn’t link directly to my sketches.

      We ourselves are not the creative force. We and the sum of our experiences are the creative force. Gathering experience is the fuel and it doesn’t have to be outstanding experiences like hitch hiking around the world on a penny.

      Being mindful while doing the laundry is just as valuable. Too many people sleep walk through their lives. Consciously seeing and interacting with your world will fuel your creative force.

      Steven Kings’ book ‘on writing’ is a great inspiration even for designers. Read it from the point of view of an illustrator or designer rather than a writer and all the advice still applies.

      Instead of read, read, write write it’s look, look, draw draw and so on.

      Don’t make a great illustrated book for your son. Make loads, each one better than the last. Making a whole thing each time will teach you more, and more broadly, than studying bits here and there. It’s all about process.

      Not everything an artist does is art.

      Here are a collection of categorised links designed to assist design students. Some may help. http://delicious.com/rawstudio

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