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7th-Mar-2013 03:59 pm - Musical Landscapes of the Mind
Most of the time, I find that albums are amazing in the first half and lag in the second. But, every so often, I find an album that I absolutely enjoy in it's entirety. This is true of the album I just recently picked up, Lord Huron's Lonesome Dreams. You can find their music here.

The feeling while listening to the notes is of a gentle soaring high, while the image is of traveling through a vast mental landscape full of mystery and beauty. It's a comfortable place to be and something of a stress reliever because I can immerse myself in the landscapes the music creates. However, the feeling is not necessarily one of happiness, but just of deep emotion. Previously, other albums that have affected me in the same way are Passion Pit's Manners (it took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked), the Inception soundtrack for some weird reason, and Pure Moods was one I fell in love with in high school. There are more, though not too many.

Certain songs also affect me in the same way. Enya's "Carribean Blue", Bombay Bicycle Club's "Shuffle", Murray Gold's "This is Gallifrey", "Onwards!", "Signora Rosanna Calvierri", and "Amy in the TARDIS", Andrew Bird's "Simple Exercises", "Skin is My", and "The Trees Were Mistaken", Arcade Fire's "Ready to Start".

The feeling goes beyond just liking the song and its catchy tune to something evocative of deeper emotion. Anyway, I suggest you check out Lord Huron. I would really like to see them live.

Next time, some art posts. It's been far too long!
24th-Aug-2012 03:19 pm - Into the Wild
Went on a couple of camping trips this year to some amazing places. Very similar to the camping trips I went on last year. You can see some of the watercolor sketches I did here.

This also means I missed pre-registration for Comic Con next year, so hopefully I can get in on a friend's professional ticket as a guest. I highly doubt the public purchase tickets are going to be easy to pick up. Gotta wait until next year to find out a) if any one of them is going and b) if any one of them has a spare guest pass though.

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Oh my freaking jeez! Someone get me this poster! XDDD It's a possibility it'll turn up at Comic Con. B-day prezzie any of you CC goers? ;p
The rest of the Fright Night movie looks cheezy and silly, but I'm going for him. :D

On a more neutral tone, I have to say that I'm glad David Tennant moved on from playing the Doctor, as you can see above, he's doing well for himself outside of Doctor Who, and I'm loving Matt Smith as 11. Loved the end of Season 5, which had a lot of good episodes and even the worst ones (Vampires of Venice, The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood) were tolerable. I rewatched the season since the library had a copy and the season as a whole was worth the rewatch. I'm loving Steven Moffat as a showrunner; most of Russell T Davies best episodes were written by Steven. And Season 6 is shaping up quite well, of which the low point was the 2 parter "The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People" and "The Curse of the Black Spot" were broken up by the high point of the season so far "The Doctor's Wife" by Neil Gaiman. Are there any more ways to love Neil Gaiman as a writer? because I'm rarely disappointed by anything he does.

Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled blog updates.
7th-Jul-2011 04:32 pm - Doodlings
Apologies for the long time between blog updates.

This time I've got some random doodles from work, usually done when I'm bored or stressed at work, which is probably why they end up with a lot more energy than most of my finished work.

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Also, if you haven't seen it yet, I've got a new post and a new mural painting up at my other blog.
I finally got around to scanning a few things and am putting up some of my real media black and white work. Go here to see some of the latest pen and ink fish from work. I've also been keeping a sketchbook with me on the commute to work for those times when I forget my book. The sketchbook's from Target and has really cheap rough pages so I'm not as precious with the drawings. It also means, however, that the paper tends to catch the pen and makes for stuttery lines that aren't as clean as I'd like, especially since I tend to sketch on the train with the sketchbook held vertically. Here are a few of the sketches from my commute. Warning: Image Intensive!Collapse )
27th-Oct-2010 10:31 pm - Downsizing
So the Aquarium's Holiday Market has come and gone and I sold 4 out of 5 2"x2" acrylic canvas paintings, which can be seen here. I priced them low for my fellow coworkers. The poor little goblin shark stands alone and the dwarf cuttlefish ended up being the most popular. Print sales were dismal despite low prices and I only sold 1 of "Where's Waldo?"

Apparently the mini canvas style was a hit and people enjoyed owning a small, low-priced original. I would've done more, but I interrupted myself to decorate a pumpkin for the staff pumpkin contest, which you can see here. Unfortunately, it was a week's work and against the stiff competition this year, I didn't win anything. Check out the other entries in the same gallery to see some awesome prize-winning decorated pumpkins!

Meanwhile, I'm back to doing a few more 2"x2" canvases for someone who commissioned a couple. At least this breaks my painting drought that's been going on this year!
3rd-Sep-2010 03:56 pm - Follow-up Garden
As requested here's a few of the illustrations besides the plant ID illustrations that were used on the Aquarium's garden signage. Enjoy!
27th-Aug-2010 03:07 pm - Unnecessarily Complicating Things
Just a brief post to say that I put up images of the signage that I laid out with my plant illustrations and some vector illustrations. You can find them here. Haha, a blog post to link to another blog post.

Otherwise, all I can is that it's Friday and I really can't wait to get off work. I pick up the first season of Mad Men from the library this weekend. Anticipating some good drama. I've already heard lots of clips via NPR and am already anticipating watching the show. 
13th-Jun-2010 09:40 pm - One of those procrastination things
Don't know why I haven't put these up before, but I guess it's just a procrastination thing for no real reason. Anyway, sketches from the Andrew Bird concert, more than a year ago now at the San Diego SOMA, a little clubby venue, standing room only. I didn't remember to bring my camera, but I did have my sketchbook. So here's a first, sketching at a concert. The club was dark and crowded, so these are all really rough contour line sketches.

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Hopefully, I'll get around to scanning more stuff soon and starting on all those projects that I want to do.
26th-May-2010 06:03 pm - Fiddley Little Plant Bits
As some of you know, I'm not a big fan of drawing plants. Too many leaves, no eyes, and they just take a long time to render, but I've been drawing a lot of them for work. The Aquarium's new Earth-Friendly Garden opened up on Earth Day featuring a few of my illustrations. You can see them here. They were all drawn in pencil on tracing paper and scanned into Photoshop for color. I'll put up even more plants from last year's exhibit next time. For now, enjoy!
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