Sketching Update

“Sketch on Gold” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I’ve been working on a few sketches, the latest one completed is above. All of them are extremely simple and the time I spend with pen-to-paper (or stylus to screen) is short. However, I have to work on it over several days because I need “fresh eyes” in order to see things I want to change about the sketch. I’ve changed my process to add these breaks between working on a single sketch and I think my work has improved, or at the very least, I’ve saved myself some frustration.

What used to happen is that I’d work on a sketch for a couple of hours, and think it’s done, so I upload it to Instagram or Artstation, but then a while later, I’d notice something that seemed “off” to me. But by that time, the posted sketch would have received a few likes and so I just kept that version published. It was frustrating! Or more commonly, I’d export a sketch from Procreate and edit it in Lightroom/Photoshop, but then while in Photoshop, I’d notice something I want to change and then go through the process again. And again. And again!

So now, it’s better to just take my time, have several sketches in different stages, and alternate among them. After all, there’s no urgency to publish/post, is there?

In other sketching-related news, I ordered a matte screen protector for my iPad Air 3. I used to have one for my iPad 6th Gen, but when I upgraded to the Air, I went with the naked glossy screen. But I missed the texture of the matte screen when drawing, so I went back with the matte protector. The colors might not look as vibrant, but the drawing experience is much nicer, in my opinion.

またね~!

Saturday Cooking, Drawing, Reading, and a Movie

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/8, 1/5 sec, ISO800
“Watches” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was a relaxing Saturday for me. I didn’t spend it napping, though… I actually did a few fun things all at home indoors, so I kept myself somewhat busy.

For the cooking part, I made tortilla chips for the first time ever. They weren’t completely made from scratch, but I made them from a big package of corn tortillas in the freezer. I’ve found corn tortillas are pretty much useless for tacos after defrosting from the freezer and only somewhat salvageable for enchiladas. However, they are great for making chips! Basically, I cut each tortilla into six pizza slices, then deep-fried them in a skillet. It took a while to get through the bag of 36 tortillas, but now we have a decent bag of chips to use for salsa or nachos, and they taste excellent!

For the drawing part of the afternoon, I finished a profile portrait on my iPad. Profiles are a real challenge for me, but I am pleased with the final result:

“Saturday Sketch” Cedar Park, 2019

I also finished a book in record time. I had seen the movie Crazy Rich Asians last year, but just this week I borrowed the Crazy Rich Asians eBook from our library and plowed through it in three days. It was a fun read! The book is even better than the movie, which I also enjoyed. I am looking forward to the rest of the trilogy, which I have on hold at the library.

And finally, I watched the Japanese movie Kids on the Slope 坂道のアポロン. It was pretty good! I loved the setting of Japan in the 60’s.

So that was my Saturday.

I hope you also had a nice one!

またね~

p.s. Today’s photo is just of the items on my desk next to the monitor. It’s not very exciting or interesting, but I think it’s okay to document the mundane things in life. When I think back to our old house or even our apartments in Japan, I wish I had more of these simple images.

Friday Five – 2019.08.09

  1. What beverage do you enjoy but seldom have? Root beer float – I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but root beer floats are yummy! I love when the ice cream gets that crispy crust.
  2. What’s better now than when you were a kid? Cameras – I definitely prefer digital over analog. The convenience and speed are nice!
  3. Who makes you happy? Bill Murray
  4. Where do you go when you want to indulge? Amazon.com
  5. Where’s a comfy place to sit? At the kotatsu (winter)

This prompt originated at friday 5. You are supposed to randomly use one letter for each question, but that was a little too difficult (I got “W”).

Pork and Daikon Dinner

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Pork and Daikon” Cedar Park, 2019

Tonight’s dinner was pork and daikon, prepared in the Instant Pot. As you may know, daikon radish can be stinky and that was certainly the case when releasing the steam from the Instant Pot. But the meal was delicious! 😄

International Cat Day

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/50 sec, ISO6400
“Anko” Cedar Park, 2019

To celebrate International Cat Day, here are photos of our two cats, Anko and Yuzu. They are sisters and super funny. They have really different personalities but are both affectionate to us and each other. 🐱❤️🐱

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Yuzu” Cedar Park, 2019