Updated last night's post with video
Direct link to the post. I give it four out of
Direct link to the post. I give it four out of
I tried to build on yesterday's new drawing, but I was just kind of blocked. No inspiration whatsoever. Also, I was distracted because I was also watching the early morning news to see if our company was closed due to weather (it wasn't). I hope that I can pick it back up tomorrow or scrap the isometric drawing in favor of something else. No photos today.
A few weeks ago I had a blood screening done. Yesterday I got the results: High Cholesterol. As in, number-starts-with-a-2 high. So guess what. I have to eat healthier now.
I did find it a bit unusual that the number was as high as it was, because I have been using Smart Balance mayo and margarine for years now, and I’ve always had skim milk instead of 2% or whole milk. Still, I guess I have a lot of room for improvement. So I guess I’d better start making some changes. I just finished two slices of whole grain wheat bread for breakfast, and a container of fat-free yogurt (less than 5mg cholesterol). I’m still drinking only water. I’m taking this one meal at a time.
(By the way, I was only kidding about the deep-fried mayonnaise fritters. Yee-uck!)
Just a few minutes ago on the news, there was a leading story about the ice and snow storms that have hit this whole region in the last couple of days. There was a sound clip from Gary Brooks, emergency manager for the city of Miami, Oklahoma, where he spoke about how his area rated with regard to the allocation of resources to clean up after the winter mess:
This morning I decided to put the Stanley Islands drawing on hold and started something new. I penciled out some isometric lines to create some sort of a "rooms" type project, similar to Scott Teplin's Alphaville drawings. Am I copying Teplin? Maybe, maybe not, but who cares. It's not like I'm going to sell it or anything. It's just practice.
All I did was erase my pencil lines today. There were a lot of them! There's no need to post a picture of the eraser leftovers, but if you really want to see them, you can click here.
I decided that I am going to start adding buildings on most of the "properties" of the islands. Today I started penciling a few, then realized that I had a lot of erasing to do on all of the other lines first. So most of my drawing time was spent doing the opposite of drawing. I have a lot more erasing to do still, so that's probably what the next time block will consist of. I'll try to work on it this weekend.
I have a pair of North Face pants that I’ve owned for four or five years. I absolutely love these pants – they’re comfortable, loose, and lightweight. The legs zip off above the knees to make shorts, which is very nice in the summer time. They’re also cargo pants, which of course means that there are extra pockets on the thighs.
I wasn't able to post yesterday, because I got really busy at work, and I'm already trying to cut down or eliminate my intnerweb usage there. So it's a catch-up two-fer today:
Yes, that's right, I didn't get up early to work on any art today. I was up extremely late last night to finish a Chapter Exam for one of my classes; and since it was the night after I stayed up really late to draw, I decided that my time was better spent trying to salvage as much rest as possible.
Finished the S streets this morning. Although now I wish I'd seen Matt and Lori's blog post about the new Oregon postage stamp before I finished - I could have made a Sesquicentennial Street!
As I noted on the Flickr page, I have made two "mistakes" with naming the E streets. The first one was that I accidentally duplicated a street name (with a slight variation). But seeing as how the streets are Existence and Existential, I think it's kind of a funny error. I almost added Exist and Existing, but decided against it.
I began naming E streets today. I had made a list of names that I could use, but have already used all of those - and I still need about 65 more! So I will be coming up with a bunch more today.
Pablo Picasso's full name, according to Wikipedia, was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso.
This class sounds....uncomfortable:
Since I gave my failed 2008 art commitment a title, I decided that I should name this year's thing as well. I have called it draw first, and it's in all-lowercase to symbolize a more humble approach to the endeavor. I am not going to put as much pressure on myself to create and post a finished product every day. That killed me last year, especially as the weather got warmer and I found myself wanting to do other things. I am also not going to catalog every art piece that I do, like I did last year. For one thing, I may not even finish everything that I start. Also, I may take weeks and weeks just to finish one project, especially if I set it aside to work on something else. I may start multiple projects at once. I may take a whole week and just doodle in my sketchbook. It's up to me. My only real commitment is to get up early every weekday and draw something (I will consider weekends optional, just because sometimes there are other plans that come first).
Every time I see one of those stupid Flash ads for LowerMyBills.com, I roll my eyes and think to myself, who in their right mind actually responds to these? What on Earth does a dancing cowboy or a bobblehead Obama bouncing in front of fireworks have to do with refinincing a mortgage? And why would anybody make any financial decision concerning more than $100,000 based upon an ad that they did not look for, but happened to see while they were checking out some other completely unrelated website? "Gee, I just wanted to check IMDb to read about Martin Lawrence's latest movie, but this cartoon dinosaur with state abbreviations all over its body has convinced me to seriously consider refiniancing my $250,000 McMansion with a company I've never heard of. Thanks cartoon dinosaur!"
Tomorrow, I'm supposed to get my blood drawn for a general health screening. I am not looking forward to this, and the reason is that my blood is not being collected by finger pricking, which is what I would prefer. No, this is going to be by sticking a needle in my arm and sucking the blood out of my veins.
Along the Victoria/New South Wales border in Australia, there are two towns that are about 7 kilometers or 4 miles apart. What makes these towns unique is that their names are reverse spellings of each other: Nangiloc and Colignan.