Friday, November 30, 2007

St Andrews Day

Hello! Just a quick, rushed, and not very good sketch here, but I had to post on this day!!!

See, today is St Andrews day, the National Day of Scotland. St Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland... this image depicts the Scottish flag as the background. Some interesting info about the flag - It represents the cross of St Andrew, and is in fact one of the oldest flags in the world. It can be dated back to the 9th Century! I never knew that before today. This is how the flag came about:

"According to legend, in 832 A.D. King Óengus (II) (or King Angus) led the Picts and Scots in battle against the Angles under King Aethelstan of East Anglia near modern-day Athelstaneford in East Lothian. King Angus and his men were surrounded and he prayed for deliverance. During the night Saint Andrew, who was martyred on a saltire cross, appeared to Angus and assured him of victory. On the following morning a white saltire against the background of a blue sky appeared to both sides. The Picts and Scots were heartened by this, but the Angles lost confidence and were defeated. This saltire design has been the Scottish flag ever since." (

My quick image also depicts a critter, native to Scotland - Yes, the rare Haggis! They are an endangered species now. They have 3 legs, and come in various shapes and sizes. More about Haggi' in another post :D

And as for the cake? Well, I drew a cake, coz today isnt just St Andrews day, its also my birthday! So, happy bday to me. Oh. It finished 10 minutes ago haha. Time to put my birthday suit away for another year wahahaha!

Ken :D


BLECHA! said...

Hey Ken

Thanks for stopping by Blogcha! Sorry for the late reply- I'd be honored if we'd swap links.

Love your stuff. I've seen around before somewhere. Especially all yer monsters and creatures. THe Mr Octopi roller coaster illustration is my soon to be desktop image!

Thanks again-


Miss Piggy Lass said...

Would you show me how haggis looks like in real life when I go pester you in Scotland end of next year? u xxx

HerbieCans said...

haha really funny one!

dan szilagyi said...

hey ken,
nice! happy birthday man! well late b-day anyway.
don't worry i've had my fair share of bad posts so i wouldn't worry.
how's work going dude?

Ash Collins said...

aw mang thats an awesome haggis! makes me almost not want to eat one lol

so yeah happy saint andrewirthday day!

Alexei Martins said...

Oh happy late birthday dude!!!Love love the sketch!!!


Martin Brennand said...

Hey Kenny!!!

Things are great! I'll email you soon, and Happy belated Birthday!

Jo Bling said...

That's crackin' Ken, very fun image. We likes it we does.


RoB said...

Hey Ken!

Thanks for the wonderful comments from a while back. Sorry for coming by so late, it was a hectic moving process.

Great work as always and I loved your speed sketch video, WOW! So much inspiration!!!

And Happy Belated Birthday! :)


Ken said...

Bleecha: No worries mate!!! Sure swapping links sounds like a spiffing idea! Your added. :D thanks for the kind comments - and its an honour for my Octopi piece fto be adorning your desktop! haha thanks! :D

Miss Piggy Lass: hahahaha of course! We can go haggis hunting. Not sure we will see any. Endangered species etc... love u haha

Herbiecans: haha thanks mate :D

Dan szilagyi: Thanks for the birthday wishes mate! haha cheers. Oh work is good. Its tiring on the eyes and on the old will to draw, but Im lovin the work! cheers for askin :D

Ash Collins: Haha, oh dinnae eat a real one, eat the ones u find in the supermarket - they are substitutes. Real ones are rare and endangered haha. Thanks mate!!!!! :D

Alexei Martins: Thank you dude! and cheers!! :D

Martin Brennand: Hello!!! Glad things are good! and thanks for the b=ithday wishes! talk soon

Jo bling: haha thanks mate! much appreciated :D

Rob: Hello! No worries! How was the move? Hope you are settled in well! Thanks for the kind words and birthday wishes, much appreciated! :D

Skid said...

Happy Belated Barfday!

bog_art said...

Obviously you had to post something this day.. I didn't know that story about your flag country.. and happy birthday!!.. kind of late.. haha