based in north carolina, hugh macleod makes hand-drawn postcards, then mails them (mostly) to friends in scotland, where he grew up. it’s his way of staying in touch with his roots. "the scottish project" brings up thoughts of identity, nationality, society, belonging, friendship, memories, nostalgia, connection and of course, scottishness itself.
THE SCOTTISH PROJECT is where I hand-draw postcards (mosly pen & ink and pencil), document them here online, and then mail them from here in North Carolina to (mostly) my friends in Scotland, where I grew up. It's my way of staying in touch with my roots.
Between 1997 and 2020 I drew thousands of little cartoons on the back of business cards, which I refer to as The Manhattan Series. That project is done for now.
Looking back, for all the countless hours spent drawing , it seems to me that the best thing to come out of it was the fact that a good many of those hours were spent bringing my mind to a meditative state, a Zen state, in the zone, a mindful state, closer to the Lord, call it what you will. For that, I am truly grateful.