Friday, December 27, 2019

Holiday Leftovers

The drawing above was 90% done in a giant Storyboard Pro file I use as a sketchbook at work, then re-inked in Photsoshop because exported SBPro bitmaps look a bit smeary. I've been using my week off from work to finish some sketches from this past year. So far for every two drawings I finish, only one is decent enough to post.

Not drawing in my off time this year gave me the opportunity to watch more movies, so the lists below are tiny part of a huge backlog of films, books and music I went through this year.  

Watching: Juliet of the Spirits by Federico Fellini, The Invisible Man by James Whale, The Uninvited by Lewis Allen, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes by Billy Wilder, Massacre Gun & Retaliation by Yasuharu Hasebe
Reading: The Borgias: The Hidden History by G.J Meyer, Titans of History by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Listening to: Camera Obscura - Desire Lines

Thursday, December 26, 2019

What's In My Bag 2019

I always carry a leather satchel with me to hold all my daily knick-knacks. It's made from camel leather and is pretty beaten up.
  1. Quill A4 Sketchbook - I've probably been using the same type of sketchbook for over 15 years
  2. Notebook - Never really use it, but always have it
  3. Parker Jotter Ballpoint Pen - Stainless steel and slippery
  4. Pencil Case - Just a couple pencils and an eraser
  5. Leatherman Skeletool - for opening packages
  6. Reusable Shopping Bag
  7. Moisturiser
  8. Hand Sanitiser - I only use it during flu season. I got sick 3 times this year
  9. Lip Balm - Half melted
  10. Tissues
  11. Rayban New Wayfarer
  12. Ziplock Bag - with comb, bandaids and dental stuff
  13. Plastic Water Bottle - I'll buy a bottle of water then reuse the bottle for months
  14. Camera Insert - Keeps my camera safe, but also my water bottle and sunglasses separated
  15. Fujifilm X E3 - Almost never use it. I put it in a leather half case because the grip was peeling
  16. Extra Lens  - I usually carry one small lens and one big lens
  17. Lenspen - To clean camera lenses
  18. Extra Camera Battery
  19. Extra SD Card
  20. Lens Cloth
  21. Samsung SSD with USB 3 cable- just in case
  22. Ibuprofen - I always get headaches, especially in summer

Watching: Battles Without Honor and Humanity by Kinji Fukasaku, Charade by Stanley Donen, Laura by Otto Preminger, Throne of Blood, Rashomon, Yojimbo & Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa, If.... by Lindsey Anderson, Marriage Italian Style & Yesterday, Today and Tommorow by Vittorio De Sica
Reading: The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
Listening to: Offa Rex - The Queen of Hearts

Tuesday, December 24, 2019


It has been a long time since I last updated this blog. The reason for that was simple: I stopped drawing.

Occasionally I would sketch something at the end of the work day while waiting for my bus, but nothing got finished and the longer I went without drawing my own stuff, the more okay I was with it. Drawing has been a constant in my life since I was a child but after 14 years of drawing professionally, I have very little enthusiasm left for it. 

Maybe things will change in 2020. Maybe it won't

Watching: Cold War by Pawel Pawlikowsi, A Man For All Seasons by Fred Zinnemann, Witness for the Prosecution by Billy Wilder, Wild River by Elia Kazan, Red River by Howard Hawks, Paths of Glory by Stanley Kubrick, The Sword of Doom by Kihachi Okamoto, The Mummy by Karl Freund
Reading: The Plague by Albert Camus
Listening to: Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial