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Idol Nite 4

"Snacks and Glow Sticks" Austin, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
“Snacks and Glow Sticks” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This evening I went to my friend’s house for our annual “Idol Nite”, which is where we drink saké, eat Japanese snacks, and watch Japanese idols’ music videos and variety shows. This was the 4th time we’ve done this, and maybe the most fun! First, we watched a video which chronicled Morning Musume’s lineups from the very beginning up to present day. It was really cool to see the progression, and of course, there was the expert commentary from Mikey.

But the real highlights for me were the Kikkawa You (吉川友) videos. She’s really cool!

Here are a couple that we enjoyed. The first one is very “Lost in Translation”, and the second is very “Instagrammy”. I love both of them!

I hope you had a great Friday!


Break Time Vroom Vroom

"Mid-day Ride" Cedar Park, 2016

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/900 sec, ISO200
“Mid-day Ride” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは。How’s it going?
Wednesdays I usually work from home, and lunch break on these days means going for a ride on my motorbike. It’s so fun to ride my 650 GS because it is pretty nimble bike so making quick turns while simply navigating the traffic circles is a blast. It feels like I’m carving through the chicanes at CotA! Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but not by much. 😆

By the way, I have a motorbike blog too in case you are interested. I’d be happy if you bookmarked Motofuji.net and checked it out sometime!

Hope you had a nice Wednesday!


Spoiled Again (with a Thai Dinner)

"Thai Curry" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Thai Curry” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。Tonight’s photos are of another delicious and beautiful dinner. I’ve said it several times before, but they kids and I are really spoiled by Mariko when it comes to the food we eat. It’s all so delicious, and Mariko enjoys cooking and trying new dishes. We are so fortunate!

My contribution to this evening’s dinner was a trip to the market to pick up some coconut milk. And of course doing the dishes, which I am happy to do. It’s a tiny price to pay for getting to eat these meals every night. 😌

"Pad Thai" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
“Pad Thai” Cedar Park, 2017

I hope you had a wonderful Tuesday!


More Sketching Study

"2017.09.18 Sketch" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“2017.09.18 Sketch” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How was your Monday?

Tonight I decided to do a little research into how people sketch out facial proportions, but my first attempt at following the directions turned out horrible… so I adjusted the system and I really like the results. Basically, I shortened the face a bit which is a bit more unrealistic, but it’s kind of the style of drawing that I like to see others do.

After I sketched it, I erased a lot of the guidelines and then realized that I should probably keep them for reference. Whoops! Anyways, I went back in with my ruler and measured out some of the distances. It’s not as easy to remember or calculate as the systems I found on Youtube but I am going to try to replicate it if I can.

Also, you can see in the photo that I used a compass. That was to draw the first circle, but what is more interesting is that this compass belongs to a set which I borrowed from my Dad when I was in high school and kind of kept it all these years. It is kept in an old leather case which smells so nice. Kind of old metal, lubricating oil, and felt… I don’t know, but it’s a smell that takes me back to when I was a kid.

Lastly, here’s a photo of my workspace, which I rearranged a bit by putting the scanner in the corner after we moved our printer to another room. It looks a bit cluttered, but normally the desk surface is clear. 

"Workspace" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/120 sec, ISO6400
“Workspace” Cedar Park, 2017

おやすみ and take care!

Frozen Scallions

"Making Eggs" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Making Eggs” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today’s photo is of the uncooked late breakfast I made for my son and his friend. My son likes to have green onions in his scrambled eggs (ever since my Mom made them for him a few years ago) and we now keep a Ziploc bag of chopped scallions in the freezer. It’s so convenient to just grab a little bit and throw into the eggs! I highly recommend doing this. 😀 Oh, and I also add a bit of heavy cream into the mix to give it a little extra richness.

This evening, my 16-year-old and I went to watch the Canelo/GGG boxing match at the movie theater. This is the second time we’ve done this and it’s pretty fun! It’s nice because the action is on the big screen and you can talk during the show! Also, the theater we went to serves beer, which is an extra plus. 🍻

But now, I’m very tired, and it’s actually 00:33 Sunday morning so I’ll say good night.


First One Done

"Digital Studio" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
“Digital Studio” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight I finished my first Digital Painting in a long, long time. I believe the last one I did was back in 1998. So, almost 20 years! I actually think it is more incredible that I had a Wacom tablet back then, as I do today. 🙃

I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out. As with most things, you can keep working on it to refine it, but you gotta call it done at some point! And for a first try after a long time, I think this will do just fine.

I created a little slideshow so you can see the progress and some changes over time. It is really fun to use the Wacom drawing tablet and Photoshop. Very satisfying! I hope to continue it for the rest of my life, as well as sketching on paper. It’s fun to combine the analog and digital.

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And here’s the finished piece, with my signature seal applied.

Hair work and final color adjustments. All done!

I hope you had a nice Thursday!


RIP Frog, and some Digital Drawing

"RIP Frog" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“RIP Frog” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I hardly ever write negatively, but alas, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies here! I was cleaning out the garage this weekend, and I notice this poor frog, dried and flat.

I’m guessing it was resting right by the tire of the Prius, and when Mariko silently put the car in reverse, the frog didn’t move a muscle. And what makes it even grosser is that the frog must have been drying out, unnoticed in our garage for a week or more!

Rest in peace, little buddy!

In other news, I worked on a drawing on the computer the past couple nights. I started using my Wacom tablet with my desktop computer a while back, but my computer would freeze up and I’d have to reboot after a short while in Photoshop. (Also happens in Diablo 3). So, I have been wary of doing any digital drawing. But I did a bit of research and figured out that the problem was with the video card, so I dialed down some settings in Photoshop. And tonight I was able to draw for a few hours with no crashing! Woohoo! Of course, I am still saving my work every 30 seconds or so, but I am confident that I’ve solved the problem.

Anyways, I worked on a drawing which is based on the pencil drawing I did a few days ago. I’m happy with the progress I am making, and working on stylus technique, making new brushes in Photoshop, and using the pen tool for some really refined lines. I still don’t know how to draw hair, and the face looks pretty flat, but I am pleased so far. 😀

Here are three photos that show the original, the start of the digital version, and where I am at so far:

"2017.09.04 Sketch" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO3200
“2017.09.04 Sketch” Cedar Park, 2017

As you can see, I’m at a loss as to what I should do below the neck and how to finish the hairstyle. 😕 And I just noticed that I lost her ear somewhere along the way. Oh well, I’ll figure it all out someday

I hope you had a nice Wednesday!


Slow Sunday Activities

"Cat in the Corner" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/15 sec, ISO3200
“Cat in the Corner” Cedar Park, 2017


It was a relaxing Sunday at our house. Just check out the photo of Anko – she has the right idea!

I did do a few chores around the house and yard, such as folding laundry, washing the bedding, and some light tree-pruning, but even those tasks were done at a slow pace. Unrushed tasks are not really chores at all anymore. In fact, they can be kind of fun. But, sometimes I realize how pleasant they can be only after the task is done. So I am trying to get that mindset before I start the task, which will motivate me to get started on them.

In the evening I played a ton of Splatoon on our Wii U. I’m terrible at that game but it’s a ton of fun. Even getting splatted by other players is hilarious! What I like about the game is that even for someone who has terrible aim in shooters, there are “weapons” that don’t require a ton of accuracy, or have different purposes other than just splatting other players. For instance, I love the paint rollers because they can cover a lot of ground in paint, and the attack is very imprecise. It’s good for someone like me who is accuracy-challenged.

"Battle Ready" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/320 sec, ISO200
“Battle Ready” Cedar Park, 2017

For dinner, I barbequed hamburgers on the grill. I tried a new technique for me, which is to not put the cheese on the burgers while they are on the grill. Instead, remove the cooked burgers to a plate, and then put the cheese on them while the patties rest. The cheese will still melt, but the grill won’t become a cheesy mess. It worked great… definitely the better way to make cheeseburgers! 🍔

I hope you had a nice Sunday. Here’s a nice relaxing tune from Splatoon. My favorite!


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