16 April 2010

Background music

I heard Chopin's 'Mazukas' as background music in Kinokuniya last night. Wondrous. It is certainly much better than the R&B crap that one hears in Borders.

Meanwhile, the selection of books in Borders is getting worse and worse. Vampire-romance porn, the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, more Freaknonomics, and also those how to get rich books. Oh no!

The military section has shrunk from ten shelves to a miserly three shelves, now mostly filled with American triumphalist stuff like 'The Pacific'.

The history section has shrunk significantly as has the science section. Likewise, the science fiction and fantasy section are now filled with vampire-romance porn or Star Wars novels. Terrible.

The music section in Borders is now nonexistent. Borders used to have a great classical section, second only to the one in HMV. Today? Nonexistent. Likewise, the selection of music CDs used to be good, including many Metropolis Records, Projekt Records, 4AD releases. Now? It's mostly Lady Gaga and R&B. I have pretty much given up on Borders except that it is just about the only bookstore open late that I can browse at.

The only saving grace about Borders these days is that it is open till midnight on weekends. Kinokuniya needs longer operating hours. It needs to open till midnight.

15 April 2010


Pencil doodle. Five minutes.

Illustration Friday theme: Linked

A dream of a waterfall

Pigment ink sketch. This was based on a dream I had about a month or two ago. I had swiftly drawn a pencil sketch of the layout then. Eventually, I started the ink aspects, bit by bit.

I will be considering a digital painting eventually. I would have to consider techniques and plan carefully. Perhaps, a painting utilising mixed media. Digital waters and digital oils.

14 April 2010


Pigment ink sketch. The pencil outline for the landscape was completed two years ago. The other aspects were only completed this week.

13 April 2010


Pigment ink sketch. The pencil outline for the landscape was first completed two years back.

Dead snake

My cat is the protector of my home. He kills intruders. Here are images of the snake killed by Mimi, my cat yesterday. The snake measured about 40 cm or so in length.

The area near the head had been ravaged. Horrific open wounds.

12 April 2010

Snakes, cats, football, digital painting and what not

My cat had caught a variety of animals and insects over the last two years, this morning, he outdid himself. Mimi caught and killed a 40-cm long snake. He was proud of it and stood by his trophy, showing it to whoever would see it.

Meanwhile, two weeks of excellent footballing news continued. Manure had gotten dumped out of the Champions League by a resurgent Bayern Munch, which was excellent news, then, they stumbled by drawing against the middling Blackburn Rovers. Much earlier, they had succumbed to the Chelsea onslaught which was, of course, splendid. Too bad for Sir Red Nose. And that bit about 'typical of Germans', hilarious!

"There was no threat and the referee wasn't going to do anything about it until they surrounded him. It is typical of Germans. They are like that."

What a bad loser. Hopefully, Manure (Manchester United) ends this season with only the League Cup to show.

On digital painting, my problem is the time and energy needed to develop techniques and best practices. In terms of opportunity costs, I have prioritised reading above that. I have also put drawing in a traditional sense above digital means. I have only so much time and energy.

Just as I was finishing this entry, some lady from some agency representing AIA just called, 'Hello, I am Sugiano (or something) from XXX agency representing AIA..' I said, 'I'm not interested' and hung up. It is not worth my time listening to their prepared scripts and their reactions to negative responses, they have scripted returns too.

Forest trail

Pigment ink drawing. This was drawn two years ago in pencils, I finished it with ink last week. It was almost a complete piece then. Line drawing.

11 April 2010


Digital oil. Software. The image was drawn in pigment ink, scanned and then digitally painted. My third digital painting ever. First one in five years or so.

Two images. The first was darkened. It was what that looked like when I was painting on the Wacom. After switching LCDs, this was the result. I would have to adjust the monitor colours soon.

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Forest trail

Pigment ink drawing. A pencil sketch was made two years ago. Last week, I finished it with ink. A line drawing.