Sunday and a Sketch

"Morning Sunshine" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO640
“Morning Sunshine” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was super-busy, even for a Sunday! I woke up at a good time, 7:30 AM, which was first in the house, and made coffee, then got to work on the day’s activities:

  • Update our friends’ restaurant website with new menu items
  • Cook breakfast for the kids
  • Yard work
  • Splatoon break!
  • Update Mariko’s website header image
  • Drop off Koa at the movies
  • Take Bay to get his haircut
  • Stop by the bookstore to sell some books
  • Buy canned goods at the market for school donation
  • Pick up Koa from the movies
  • Work on Mariko’s website some more

And that was the day!

Well, almost… I did spend some time finishing a sketch I started the other day. Basically, I cleaned up the lines, and figured out how to draw the hair where it meets the scalp, and also after a bunch of trial and error, I drew the part in the hair. I think it looks pretty good!

By the way, today is the first day of October, so Inktober is starting. I will not be taking part in it, but I hope to see some cool artwork.

To see all the sketches I've been working on, you can check out the Flickr album "My Sketching Journey", or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.  

I hope you had a nice weekend!

またね~

Early Birthday Present

"Splatoon 2" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/80 sec, ISO200
“Splatoon 2” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I opened up an early birthday gift: Nintendo Switch – Splatoon 2 Version. I love it! The color of the Joycon controllers is awesome, and the game itself is fun as expected. I’m not very good but I have a great time playing. And of course, the kids love it too.

"Joycons" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/60 sec, ISO320
“Joycons” Cedar Park, 2017

Now I’m thinking about what games to get. I’ll have to get the latest Legend of Zelda game, but I also think I am Setsuna looks great. Plus that might be a good “handheld” style game for the Switch. Decisions decisions…

I hope you also had a nice day.

またね~

Workspace Decor

"Workspace" Austin, 2017

“Workspace” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。

It’s interesting to me how people decorate their workspaces at the office. Not so much in how they do it, but the fact that some people don’t decorate at all. Most of my coworkers put up small framed photos of their family and/or pets, maybe a nice landscape or motivational meme, a houseplant, or even flowers (real or fake). But other people have absolutely nothing. And by nothing, I mean the desk is completely bare of any personal items, even pens or notebooks. It basically looks like no one works at that desk. It’s odd but fascinating!

As for my workspace, I have things that help me in my job: color palette, stickies with image size specs that we often use, pens, pencils, notepads, and Pantone book. And then I have my personal items: Instax photos, funny sticky notes people have left over the years, memes, and Tech Deck skateboard toy. It’s not a whole lot, but I guess having these things connects me to the company a bit more if that makes any sense.

Anyways, that’s all. 😌

I hope you had a nice Friday!

おやすみ

Having Work Done

"Fence Work" Cedar Park, 2017

“Fence Work” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

At our house yesterday, we had two groups of service people working. The first is the fence repair crew, who are installing a replacement fence because our old one got blown down by tropical storm Harvey, which devastated Houston. Even though we are quite far from there, the storm reached up to Austin with heavy rains and high winds.

We’re looking forward to the new fence, which will be a lot stronger and nicer than the original one that came with the house. Those fences are of notoriously poor quality, and we’ve already replaced it on the other side of the house. I am surprised that this side’s fence has lasted 12 years!

Another bit of work I had done was on my car. There is a hose in the engine compartment that has been leaking for a while now and I finally decided to get it fixed. Luckily, I have a contact with some mechanics who make house calls. I can order all the parts online, and then the mechanics will install for me, so I just pay them for labor. It works out nicely because they come in the evenings to work. Super convenient!

Anyways, just some basic life-stuff happening. 😀

Hope you had a nice Thursday!

おやすみ

Work at Home Refreshments

"Refreshments" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Refreshments” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight’s photo is of part of my desk in our home office. It’s of the three refreshments I usually have, depending on the time of day. The coffee mug is first thing in the morning, then water bottle throughout the day, and finally the wine glass for when the work day is over. 🍷

I hope you had a nice Wednesday!

おやすみ

A Fun Sketch

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Here’s the digital paint version of the pencil sketch I did a couple days ago. In the previous digital painting, I used the pen tool in Photoshop to create smooth lines for filling and erasing, which I found super-convenient (and fun). So for this latest sketch, I decided to use Illustrator to create the line art, then copied and pasted as Smart Objects into Photoshop.

I also found out about the Width Tool (Shift+W) to vary the width of a stroke. This blew my mind! I loved creating the line-art in this way. Check out the Smart Objects that I created using Illustrator and the Width Tool:

I think this version looks really cool. Maybe even better than the finished drawing. I guess that just means I need to practice more. 😀

Anyways, for the final version, I had a little fun by putting a Nyan cat on the shirt and giving the character a more goth look. Both my kids said she looks like one of the Splatoon girls, which I don’t really see, but I’ll take as a compliment. 😅

To see all the sketches I've been working on, you can check out the Flickr album "My Sketching Journey", or my Instagram account barron.sketches which I created just for posting sketches, watercolors, and stationery items.  

I hope you had a nice Monday!

おやすみなさい!

Chicken Dinner

"Chicken Dinner" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“Chicken Dinner” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going? Today we were looking forward to this evening’s dinner because Mariko said we’d be having karaage, or Japanese-style fried chicken. It’s definitely a family favorite. Koa likes to eat his with fresh lemon, Bay likes to have it with Japanese mayo, and I’ll eat it any way it is presented! 😛

Other than the wonderful dinner, my Sunday was spent doing regular things: a trip to the market, some yard work, laundry, and vacuuming. Plus, I got to do some artwork on the computer! But I’ll save that for another time.

By the way, if you want to see all the drawings (and bad attempts as well) you can check out my Flickr album or my Instagram account I created just for posting the sketches. The account name is barron.sketches. Original, huh?

I hope you had a great weekend!

おやすみ

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