Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I Keep Forgetting

The other week, I went with Lisa for a tattoo consultation with the talented and much sought-after Marie Wadman at Diving Swallow in Downtown Oakland. The studio is super rad and they had this super rad screen separating the client lounge and office area:

Anyhow, it'd been a while since we hung out in Oakland, and even longer that we were there in the morning, early enough to beat the brunch crowd. This convergence required a stop at my absolute favorite breakfast place, Mama's Royal Cafe. I indulged with their Croque Monsieur. The trick with this place is avoiding the brunch crowd. If you can do that, then you can believe the hype.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Or in Other Words

Handle that sh*t. Ran out of white paint and had to zip off to the art store. With the time lost, was only able to get a background going:

I liked the cascading letters/numbers from the last painting so wanted to try it again without losing the characters under the layers.

As vocalists say, if you can hum it, you can sing it. If I can sketch it, hopefully I can paint it. Added some details to the girl/bike sketch. Also changed it from a Campy geared bike to a vintage track bike with lugs. Yeah, yeah. No matter how in-fashion they might become, track bikes are just too, t00 sexy for Milan.

Gave her a proper cycling cap. Funny how obstructing her face just a bit made her demure. (I spent like three hours shading the upper lip. -Napoleon)

Drawing and painting means I get to design my own cycling gear. In high school I had considered attending FIDM. Fashion design? For serious! The folks I know who did are hella paid nowadays. My focus would be stylish endurance athletic gear. Kryst, at least road running shoes that don't look so nerd. Speaking of design for athletic wear, Rapha got the hot sh*t. I like Twin Six's designs also, but wish they'd use better material.


Off on a tangent... Some highlights from recent cooking:

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Of Timesheets and ROI

A neat habit I've picked up from working with the software group: So we have to fill out timesheets to help keep track of effort spent on different projects and assignments. One would think it's a bit of micromanagement, like serious lock-down on slackers (like me, heh). I've actually found it quite useful to help maximize the hours when I'm adequately caffeinated and ready to hustle. It also helps measure one's own Return on Investment: Whether the the benefit is worth the effort. And whether my time is better spent elsewhere.

This also coincides with a trick picked up from fitness and nutrition: What is measured becomes completed. And so, with that, some very rough sketches from the weekend:

I probably will do something with the girl and bike. The guy, a bit of self-portrait, is just old-skool graf character practice. ... Also, about the ROI thing, Lisa's been teaching me to cook lately. This is last night's pineapple upside-down cake, definitely worth the effort:

Pineapples at the bottom with a sprinkling of sugar on top. We were out of brown sugar and used raw sugar instead.

The goods. We love Trader Joe's and is our grocery store of choice for most items. We've been using Splenda for a good long stretch now. Zero calories, lower Glycemic Index rating. Ya know, that nutrition thing.

Pour in batter. I should've taken more pics, but Lisa has this rad upside-down cake thingamobob with latches on the side and removable bottom.

Tah-dah! Lisa says it's common to put cherries in the center of the pineapples. The taste? For the most part, great. The pineapples turned out a bit bitter. I think it was because we sprinkled raw sugar on the pineapples instead of brown sugar.


Forgot to add Breach to my flick list. Also re-watched the last 007 film and it was even better the second time around:

Casino Royale
The Lives of Others

Curse of the Golden Flower
The Departed
Pan's Labyrinth


Also recently finished Jeff Chang's Total Chaos, which will be a strong contender for the best book I've read this year. Some gems:

Why are we called the hip-hop generation?
Why aren't we the Jedi generation? Watching Jonzi D, Danny Hoch, and Sarah Jones in Jedi Theater? Looking for a Jedi platform to counter against conservative lies and liberal Waffling? Why do we follow Russell Simmons and P. Diddy toward empowerment and not Yoda?
"There is no try. Do or do not."
(R. Kirimi)

Then later:

Every day brings its challenge. Today it is the tragedy of autumn.
(S. Chin)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Productive Sunday

Started cleaning -- laundry, straightening the bookshelf. Then figured, eh, I could do this while the paint dries. So....

Starting supplies. Old art board with a failed painting and some gift wrap. I've been using smaller art boards lately cuz they fit better on a scanner. While epic-proportion art is all good, it's tough to take quality pics and I wind up having to edit them some in Corel. I've also been using the same gift wrap for a stretch. I think this is the last batch of this stuff.

Gift wrap is applied with spray adhesive then evened out with a roller. I used sandpaper to strip the leftover wrap and get clean edges on the art board, a trick picked up from grip-taping skateboards.
First coat is reddish-orange-brown. You can see the pattern from the gift wrap come through. The paper also soaks up some of the paint and gives a bit more texture to the surface.

Added some characters via stencil. At this stage, I have no idea how the layers will wind up looking when done. The colors are a little... uhh... revolucionsita.
Two darker layers of paint later, the stenciled characters are barely visible.
The main image will be pretty dark, so I added some lighter stencil work to go under the image for contrast.
Drawing/transferring main image to the painting. I hope this works!
Ah. So far, so good. Needs some eraser work to clean up some of the transfer carbon.
Tah-dow! One of the few paintings I've done where I'm immediately content and happy.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Meh. Some Close-ups

Just some closer views of Scrapbook Jam Vol. 4. These are intended as quick and dirty throw-ups, just to get something done fast, hella dirtstyle while in the moment. Like krump dancing, yeah, that's it, precisely: Krump Scrapping!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

After the Heatwave

The morning
a heatwave
breaks stay
under covers
trees sway
like meanings

the weather

of homefries and eggs for 2 p.m. brunch

of Scrapbook Jam Vol. 4