Oban 2016

I’ve just arrived back from an annual drawing trip to Oban, which I have been organising for ECA Illustration students for the past 5 years. This year the travel group involved 45  students and 3 members of staff who spent 4 days drawing and collecting artefacts in the town and is surroundings.

Students were given a task which involved seeking out a randomly chosen spot in Oban and collecting lots of data about it, to then be further developed once back in Edinburgh. In the evenings, when we came together to share our findings of the day, the Oban youth hostel would turn into a large exhibition of sketchbook work and all sorts of weird and wonderful found objects. A real delight for anyone excited by drawing, nature, islands or observations of town life.

The stunning scenery around Oban always inspires me to make work on location, and to develop new processes while working from direct observation. Here are a couple of experiments with inks, on home-made scraper boards, a technique which excites me and I look forward to developing a lot more in the future. The 3 pieces were made on the Isle of Kerrera, an small island in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, close to the town of Oban.

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