I'm back now, even though I didn't mention that I was away for a week to have my trip up to Scotland. Time went past so quickly that I didn't get around to mention what amazing journey lays ahead.
I went to attend ScotiaCon, which I must say was a convention of its very own class, familarity, awesomeness, brilliance!
But to make a start before I truly find at least some words to describe my epic journey, let me tell you about the time before I went there, briefly.
I finally got the chance to meet FoxAmoore
, the creator of all Myre soundtracks and partner of several music-image collaborations and also great friend of mine.
We spent a couple of days in the Highlands, having amazing walks up a large hill and even a mountain, crawling through masrhlands, sinking feet into soft mossy grounds until we pulled ourselves up amazing massive rocks to the tops to have some absolutely tremendous and amazing views far to the horizon, where even the largest mountains blurred and faded.
I greatly thank Fox for his patience to let me take hundreds of photos of the amazing view and for letting me stick my face against his car window when we drove up North to get deeper into the Highlands. He also accidently got hit my tripod several times and had to put up wrapping and unwrapping my camera and holding tons of equipment for me. X3
I've always felt very attached to Scotland and its craggy landscape and flora. The scottish Highlands are also the inspiration for my comic project "Myre", which is another reason why I was taking so many photos. Every bit of study and view can make one learn about depth, distance and especially light.
What I've noticed is that everyone I met in Scotland, even strangers who passed me, were friendly and greeting. It felt almost like a small and friendly community, a small village surrounded by tremendous, rough and smooth mountains. Words cannot describe how amazed and mesmorized I was to see the Highlands again, this time, with different eyes.
After the first part of my journey, the amazing walks and the loads of scottish fudge that made my tongue go fuzzy, Fox and I headed further up north to Inverness to ScotiaCon.
By the very first step I took to enter the location I already felt this was going to be an amazing con.
We were welcomed by so many lovely people, got loads of drinks spent and had a beautiful and funny introduction to the location and people.
The location itself is a very cozy hotel with a lot of space to roam, a lot of meeting areas and lounges, a large bar with even more comfy seating-acommondations. The disco/sig/performance space in the cellar/lower part of the hotel even has its own bar (probably to make sure that we were always at the source of happiness). ;3
The hotel staff was surprisingly courteous and welcoming. They seemed to like being involved in the whole thing and were always open for a smile.
I loved the location as one side of the hotel opened the view to the Highlands and a river and the other side directly lead into the old town of Inverness. All in all, it was a very lovely and picturesque location that I already miss a lot.
But what is a con without all the amazing people?
I must say that ScotiaCon has some tremendously amazing members of staff and chairman to show up with. All the hard work they put in to make stones rolling and to make the first Scottish convention take place was truly visible and noticable.
I also must thank smirnoff
for his ability to cope with my tons of notes and mails about artwork, pinkyfox
for her dedication to simply everything and also a big thank you to the rest of the staff of ScotiaCon. It was amazing to have met you and had a chance talking to you.
Most of all, I want to thank everyone who made it possible for me to attend ScotiaCon! I don't know how to thank you but my thoughts are with you!
Of course I met and hang around with a bunch of lovely chaps, too. You were all so amazing friendly and day brightening. Unfortunately I am very bad with names, otherwise I would have listed all your names down here. But maybe you show up with a comment here and I shall remember them a lot better. :3
Going among people, getting involved, making friends and having fun is always something that fascinated me about furry conventions.
Also, thank you very much again for buying my prints and my original artwork. I appreciate your support a lot and will always try to provide paintings to look at.
Also thank you FoxAmoore
for spending time with me and providing me with his amazing music at the Dealers Den.
The Furvision Song Contest was amazing as well as the jam between FoxAmoore
. Yer all so talented! It was such a blast!
For a very first run of SC, I must give this a high score simply because everything was perfect. Really, give ScotiaCon a try next year and you will see that none of my words are exaggeration. I'm still fighting PCD, especially after I passed the customs in Germany that didn't greet me, not even smiled at me. -.-
I really miss you guys, thank you ever so much for the great time, for the support...and all the drinks! XD There is a chance of 100% that you see my felty hair again next year!
If you attend next year, try the drink now officially known as "Alector" among the hotel staff. XD
It's Guinness and a shot of finest Port. ;D
Much love and hugs!
If you're interested in attending ScotiaCon next year, feel free to follow wallacesc wallacesc for updates and information!
Header image done by the wonderful Balaa.