Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Rudolf..where is your red nose..

So after four months I have finally returned to Scotland...whits fur ye'll no go by ye!

♥Thank you Rovaniemi. Winter 2010♥

Departures lounge...

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

S'no that cold!...

When in Lapland..Finns just do! So even when it reaches -31oC!! It's on with the work! :D

Myself and my beautiful assistant (or maybe it was the other way around..:P! Team work either way)!

We worked from 9 in the morning til around 5.30 (with the essential coffee breaks of course).
With a team made up of several groups we worked on four bedroom suites of a snow hotel and its bar and restaurant!

The back wall, heavy lifting required :! We decided on our own themes and ours was "birds..the sky"..yeah they are not arrows..:P

The idea would be that the clients would be sleeping on cloud 9! (or cloud 7 in Germany :S!!)!

The team :)!

I absolutley loved my time at the snow hotel and getting a chance to carve into some "snow" and ice was definetly worth braving the cold! Although my face suffered slightly with what I was told was "frost nip" I would go back in a heart beat :D! Who knows what the future holds..!

Friday, 3 December 2010

Pastures gone..

"What would life be if we we had no courage to attempt anything?" - Vincent Van Gogh

(Two quick paintings from my first few days in Lapland.)

Monday, 29 November 2010

Just drawing..

"Salmiakki is a salty treat (like candy but salty) that many people in Finland love. Many agree that it is an aquired taste"

..some quick sketches for the course "Finnish Design".

Friday, 19 November 2010


I'm in Finnish Lapland and its only -10oC outisde...lets freeze us some sculptures..

~Mr. Hare~

Our tracks tell us where we have been, it's up to us to decide where we will go.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010


"Nothing begins here. Nothing ends here."

Right now I'm at the stage of not wanting to ever leave. Over half way through and what have I got to show for myself..

Reality struck and I realsied that when I get back to Scotland, I will properlly need to get my head down and attend to some serious buisness! Yup, it's dissertation time. Writting has never been my strong point.

Thats not to say that uni life here in Finland isn't serious! Its just..I feel so happy and inspired here...maybe I will use my experience of Finland as the topic of disccusion. I feel that some important emails with my endless questions will have to be sent very soon!

I need to remember that sometimes actions speak louder than words and sometimes a picture tells 100.

Over and out.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Vihaan polkupyörät...

So after being in Lapland for about 2 months now, I have learned that I hate bicylces. I have almost been run over, been scared to death by a sharp ring at 8am in the morning and generally find it difficult to ride one! So..this drawing is part of one of my projects that I will hand in at the end of the semester.

Little Blue bike,
So innocent and pure.
You won't run me over?
I'm not so sure!

It doesnt matter the day,
the time or the week,
but on the driver
who'll make me feel bleak.

Monday, 30 August 2010

Lapland, the adventure begins...

As part of an Erasmus I have decided to go back to my routes and study in Finland. I will be here for four months to take in the culture, the ways of the people and hopefully improve my Finnish!! This place is remarkable. The landscape so far has been amazing and is capable of triggering a vast amount of emotcions to anyone who is here to experience it.

But anyway! A trip into an original Lappish village...

Sunday, 22 August 2010

"Summer Project"..

This is still a work in progress! I just need to set up my scenery!

♥ Because sometimes we need a break...

...and sometimes we need a blessing in disguise.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

"For every bear that ever there was..

memories, secrets and the dreams that were once shared

..will gather there for certain because today's the day that.." baby Kimo cleared out her closet...!!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Colourful city

After passing this building so many times and falling in love with whats happened to it, I finally managed to get a dodgy phone picture of it.

I think it has possibly inspired me to think more about colour.

Thank you Glasgow :)!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Download 2010

6 days of fun, metal and banter :D!
"I feel like a wet lettuce"

Monday, 7 June 2010

The start of the Q.t's

Back in the good old school days, I used to sit beside a girl called Susanne. We were in a class "fool of clowns" ;).

We had a Q.T of a teacher who was too kind to do anything about them and sadly she got a little bit walked over at times. Susanne was about the 2nd name on the register but the class always noised up before her name was read out.

She was quite a quiet person but one day she lost the rag and finally the class was silent enough to hear all the 30 something names.

Inspired 2006.

"There are no cats in America..

I was a little bit late on my Spring cleaning but managed to get rid of a lot of old "junk" last night. I came upon a stash of my old drawings and I mean old.

After studying Illustration for a year, I have become more open to the idea that "anything goes"..well....things that might not have been expected go! I wonder what they would think of this "beautiful story" created by a much younger me. It made me smile and question what actually runs through kids heads LOL!

(Potentially a 6-7 year old Kim)

...and the streets are lined with cheese"

Monday, 17 May 2010

"I want you here..

..but now that you are there, take care."

I found this drawing that I did after the 1st year of uni. I guess it was a reflection of the past months and also a narrative of what was to come...=] I did'nt relate it to any music at the time but as I was listening to some tunes earlier on today I felt that this song pretty much summed up the feelings of my self and those back home at the time, they know who they are :)!

I'm sitting here in the boring room
It's just another rainy Sunday afternoon
I'm wasting my timeI got nothing to do
I'm hanging around
I'm waiting for you
But nothing ever happens and I wonder

I'm driving around in my car
I'm driving too fast
I'm driving too far
I'd like to change my point of view
I feel so lonelyI'm waiting for you
But nothing ever happens and I wonder

I wonder how
I wonder why
Yesterday you told me 'bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree
I'm turning my head up and down
I'm turning turning turning turning turning around
And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree

Lemon Tree - Fool's Garden

♥ and at the end of another year the thought of packing up and having to move again makes me realise that what is meant to be will be and that this is just the beginning :p

Tuesday, 11 May 2010



For the first time in over a year I went swimming. I've never been a pro but luckily managed to stay afloat, got down some flumes and realised how much fun it can be haha! Guess little Patrick is just dissapointed that I did'nt need his life guard skills today! Ship ahoy :D!


even rainy days won't get me down.

Finally, even thought a wee bitty dodgy, another self portrait..possiblly not yet finished but the feeling which inspired it came and went! :)

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Olit ennen tähti

"Kukas se kissan hännän nostaa ellei kissa itse"

("Who lifts the cat's tail if not the cat himself")

Monday, 19 April 2010

Show You're Working

So to conclude to our 1st year of specializing in Illustration, our class put on an exhibition! It lasted for a week and I think it was a good wee success! :D

Cool kids before anybody else arrived :)

My work :)! woop ..possibly tbc :p

My desk ^^

So with the end of 2nd year looming on us we had to sort our desks out :)! This is where "the magic happens" :p. I had more inspiration a.k.a junk to the untrained eye ;D but had already taken it down...


...and after.

Lovely Jubbly! Found out our grades the other day and all that is left to say now is bring on round 3 :D!

This life..

a wee while back but one of the more recent :)

My child =]


This is banana dog. I think he's a bit cheezed off that this is only now his 1st appearance! ♥

We became friends in 2006 :)!!! He appears in a lot of my personal doodles :)! Tbc!

Sunday, 18 April 2010


Once upon a time there was a little boat..

that wanted to go on a big adventure and never look back.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create." - Albert Einstein

Sometimes I wish things were what they seemed.

"Idiom- in reality, in fact or truth; actually:brave in appearance, but in reality a coward"

Moral: Don't ever dock too long and when you decide to leave don't forget to take those special passengers along with you on the ride.♥

Aufwiedersehn Petal!

As we're still in Spring time I thought I'd upload my one and only animation (so far!!)!

The entire making took "6 days". From the inital idea to the completion of all of the drawings and the noises which were quickly recorded thru a dodgy microphone :D! Fun times!

Below are some of my sketchbook pages :)!