Kaliedabec Marshes

Kaliedabec Marsh - Leo Hartas

The great hound had clambered awkwardly over the roots and carried the huntress her vantage point. Jasp couldn’t believe that he had not been discovered, but then he’d been so long amongst the rot and decay that he felt his body would soon become a part of it.

From my sketchbook. I only like parts of this drawing which finished yesterday while attempting distraction from awful stomach cramps and a fluey temperature. I consider this a, ‘comfort’, drawing, similar to comfort eating, though easier on the waistline. Pretty much begun in one corner without knowing where the rest of it is going and full of elements I like and are easy to draw, such as tangled roots and skulls.

Driftwood Throne

Driftwood Throne

In April I was commissioned to build a driftwood throne for the live action role play group, the Dumnonni Chronicles. My friend the sculptor, Michael Fairfax, came over for a day to lend a hand, and to remind me what a great pleasure it is to work with him. The photos don’t really do justice to it’s size and impact. The final three photos are of it in use during a Dumnonni event and were taken by photographer, Roy Smallpage.

 

Searan Towers, gateway to the northern straights.

3 Legged Sea Tower

3 Legged Sea Tower

By the afternoon the wind had dropped to the merest whisper and a cloying sea fret slid over us so we strained to see our own bows. By degree the light started to fail as an unusually early nightfall gathered. Without warning a single gust tugged at our mist damp cloaks and the the white curtain was was drawn to reveal our destination towering above…

Another architectural fantasy from my sketchbook.

At last a printing solution!

Photograph copyright Fotorite Continuous printing System.

Photograph copyright Fotorite Continuous printing System.

I use my little inkjet printer quite a bit, and for years I’ve tried various ways to replenish the ink. Original printer manufacturer cartridges are the easiest in that they are guaranteed to work but their cost is eye-watering. I’ve tried re-manufactured and copy-cat cartridges, while cheaper, they sometimes don’t work properly and splurg out bizarre colours. More recently I’ve had quite a bit of success with refill kits by Refresh Cartridges. It’s fiddly though wielding needles and however hard I try to be neat I seem to get the ink all over myself. Also, why is it the cartridges always need changing just as you need to print out some important document 10 minutes before the post goes?

As I stumbled around the internet I found City Ink Express and their continuous ink system. It looks like a dream come true, a large reservoir sits beside the printer with pipes going into the printer heads. Although the starting price is relatively high (about £70 ex VAT) over time the ink is much cheaper. The starter set, which comes fully loaded, equates to 40 odd cartridges worth of ink, and then subsequent refills work out about 45p per cartridge cost. And to boot no more faffing around with replacing the cartridge every few prints. (You know the ones, where your kids ask you print 10 pages of cartridge draining photos for some homework project). Also not struggling with those impossible to open plastic bubble pack things that every computer related object seems to come in.

They also do bundles of printers and their continuous printing system if you are in the market for a new printer.

I haven’t tried this system just yet, but when I’ve had it running for a while I’ll post an update.