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3,184: Belize sketchbook

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Something from the summer: I spent two weeks in Belize in June. On previous trips, I’ve spent a lot of time writing, taking photos, and drawing on my iPad. On this trip, I decided to stick to a sketchbook. It was a brilliant thing to do, really enjoyed it. Didn’t put any of this stuff on the blog in the summer, so let’s rectify that, eh?

On the immigration form at the border, under profession I wrote "artist." Usually I write "illustrator." Feels like an important distinction that my brain made unconsciously.

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2km midday bike ride. Sweating my balls off. Stopped for a beer at Olmec Bar. Drum kit outside and locals having a midday chat. Woman drunk and yelling inside the bar eventually comes out and sees a gringo, smiles at me, and turns off the yelly drunk behaviour and says "Hello boy, where YOU from?" (Think Joey off Friends). I tell her. "England, huh? You wanna buy me a beer?" I say no. Dudes sat outside all chuckle. Woman walks off. One dude comes over and fist bumps me for saying no.

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At Gomier's, my favourite restaurant in Punta Gorda. A vegetarian place. Great food. I had the tofu curry. Gomier saw me drawing, asked if I was an artist. I said yes and he said "yeah man. Enjoy the breeze and do your thing."

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I think the Hockney fan boy in me is emerging on this trip

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Dude watching the Warriors – Cavaliers game.

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Brit who lives here who I've ended up drinking with a few times. Good guy. Chelsea fan, unfortunately.

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Trees

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Best thing about this trip has been falling in love with pencils again. I really dig that my leaving – hotel – room checklist included making sure I had a sharpener with me. #analogue

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Aeropuerto

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Good feeling to actually fill a sketchbook on a trip

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Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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Written by Craig

December 29th, 2016 at 3:28 am

Posted in Artwork,Travel

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