The Slaughterhouse

Sketches from a hike around Cwmorthin slate mine near Blaenau Ffestiniog in north Wales. Quarrying on the site started in 1810 and finally ended in 1997. During the late 1800’s conditions in the mine were so bad that the place gained its nickname “the slaughterhouse”. When the sun’s out, it’s a pleasant enough valley but then, as this is north Wales, the sun’s rarely out for long and the landscape takes on a much bleaker aspect in the rain and cloud.

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The sketches were made using an iPad with ProCreate and just fingers, no stylus this time.


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