Views of Preston

Views of Preston

Views of Preston is my first ever book, it has 56 pages and is all the drawing I did to prepare for Derelict Art of the City micro-residency. I’m really excited to share it with people, and it is available in the shop

My favourite pieces in the book I also made into a series of 5 prints It was amazing working with Derelict themselves and was an amazing opportunity to draw and I will be making my own drawings in combination with workshop participants into a digital book.

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Behind the Houndshill

Gone now but I can’t forget

  • All these shops were demolished
  • Now it is a car park
  • A site of future development
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Behind the Houndshill


Or what used to be there

This block still feels so familiar to me despite being gone for a number of years, and I still consider Beatties being behind there and that has long since gone and I think was even a Toymaster at some point. My internal map of Blackpool is so weird and is mix of present and the 90s and a lot from the 90s just isn’t there any more like Electronics Boutique inside the Houndshill.

 

Original A3 drawing on kraft card.

 

 

 

 

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Blackpool Burger Bar

Blackpool Burger Bar


Burgers, Donuts, Fish and Chips

Blackpool is a hive of activity, selling food to holiday makers along the seafront is a lucrative business. every space is taken up between food and B&Bs and even entertainment.

Original A4 watercolour painting with drawing in ink and posca markers.

 

This screams Blackpool

  • Lots of buildings, huts
  • All serving food, sweet treats
  • Along the seafront
  • buy here

 

 

 

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Largs Sea Front Views

Such a fun word, Largs

  • means “the slopes”
  • Vikings and scots battled here
  • home of Vikingar!
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Largs Sea Front Views


A strange sort of tourist trap

My wife is from East Ayrshire in Scotland so when we are visiting we often visit Largs seafront, visit the Viking Museum, go on the ferry, eat fish and chips followed by a round of ice cream. The scene itself is from Aitken St, Largs, North Ayrshire, Scotland.

Original A4 painting watercolour, posca markers and fountain pen

 

 

 

 

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Bispham Kitchen Fish and Chips

North Blackpool

  • Start of the illuminations
  • Plenty of people get food here
  • Before walking through the illuminations
  • Buy here

Bispham Kitchen Fish and Chips


The Start of the Illuminations

At the north end of the illuminations, plenty of people stop here grab fish and chips and then walk through the tableaux section of the illuminations or into town and then grab a tram back. It can be a nice way to spend a crisp autumn’s evening, and something I did a few times with friends as a teenager, in the dark of October.

A4 watercolour painting drawn with yellow posca marker and lamy safari fountain pen.

 

 

 

 

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Cleveleys is from the Future

Cleveleys is from the Future


Or at least appearing in Star Wars: Andor Series

A short walk from my old day job is Cleveleys Cove Cafe, perched right above the sea, the architecture is quite unusual for a local building. At the start of May though it closed for a time as a film crew descended on Cleveleys and dressed the Cafe and the promenade into something from another world.

I am a massive star wars fan and unfortunately due to back pain I didn’t make it down to look at the set in person but I did see plenty of photographs and footage. And I can’t wait for it to be released on Disney+ at some point in the distant future.

A5 drawing on Kraft card in Posca Marker and ink

 

ALIEN SPACEPORT?

  • Used in Star Wars Andor
  • Can’t wait to try and spot it
  • A nice section of Cleveleys beach
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Golden Mile Amusements

Golden Mile Amusements


A stones throw from Blackpool’s golden sands

The Golden Mile in Blackpool lies between the Pleasure Beach in the South with the South Pier past all the amusements, the Blackpool Tower and finishes at the North Pier. This stretch is Golden because it is where all the foot traffic is and you see crowds in the summer walking along the Golden Mile using businesses as they go.

It was the boom in the town that had my Grandad’s family of blacksmiths move to the coast from Myerscough. The promise of work and trade brought them to this area of the coast in the 19th century near what was the Blackpool Central station. The rest of that family moved to Fleetwood and they worked alongside the boat builders in Fleetwood.

 

Isn’t Blackpool Amusing

  • Seafront covered with entertainment
  • Interesting Architecture
  • Sea-life Centre
  • Click here to buy

 

 

 

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Fleetwood Market Days

Views from Dock street

  • Red Rose Clothing
  • An odd first conservatory
  • Fleetwood Market in the distance
  • Contact me to purchase

Fleetwood Market Days


Top of Fleetwood Market and Red Rose Clothing

Fleetwood Market Days can get quite busy, though not as busy as they were in the days of the ferries where lorries and coaches would compete for space on dock street. During the Covid 19 Pandemic it has felt very empty in the town at times.