In the past few weeks, I:
- Built my listening room (and wrote a post about the process)
- Participated in hourly comic day. Most years I do it traditionally, and they’re always extremely low-effort. I’m glad I drew quite a number of hours this year.
- Drew more often overall, which feels really good!
thinking about doing next
- /defaults page
- future blog post: creative pursuits 2024, which has been a draft for weeks now lol
- using instagram for art? maybe? I also learned about pixelfed, so maybe that. idk.
on the internet
- Ten Gallon Tank by Jan De Wilde - not so much reading as it is a Cool Website. It describes itself as ‘overkill aquarium stats tracking’—‘overkill’ is such an delightful word for this kind of thing. I should aim to be overkill in all my endeavours.
- Future CSS: Anchor Positioning by Roman Komarov – ugh, this would be wonderful. Its use with sidenotes is definitely the thing I’m most interested in.
- The Quiet Death of Ello’s Big Dreams by Andy Baio – how depressing.
- the experience of completing a sketchbook for my japan trip by Winnie Lim – I love this post. Winnie writes so beautifully:
What is the point of working on and completing a sketchbook? In practical terms – none. But the entire process enriched my soul deeply. Each time I completed a spread it feels like I painted another layer of my soul. It is a full circle: having an experience that becomes a memory, pulling out that memory to make art out of it, then holding that creation in my own hands and seeing that memory take a concrete form – it enhances and solidifies the original experience that would otherwise have been quickly forgotten.
- AI Art is The New Stock Image from iA – I don’t like AI art and this is a nice articulation of why it’s kind of…cringe.
- Everybody has to self-promote now. Nobody wants to. by Rebecca Jennings for Vox – a depressing look at how ‘marketing’ and ‘branding’ are inescapable when trying to be an artitst, writer, musician.
media log, highlights
- I’ve been listening to a lot of Naruto music recently, so much that it’s distorting my Spotify daylist and giving me stuff like ‘anime mangas friday night.’
- For those of you who care about Naruto: my favourite opening is distance by LONG SHOT PARTY (shippuuden op #2), and favourite ending is undoubtedly Wind by Akeboshi (naruto ed #1).
- I finished The Bear season 2. I liked it more than season 1—it was a bit calmer and had lots of great character moments.
- Minor spoilers: loved Sydney eating in Chicago and the menu forming; Marcus’s trip to Copenhagen; the chaos of Fishes, of course; everything about Forks, which has the most incredible Taylor Swift usage; the front of house vs kitchen atmosphere of the soft opening.
- I watched Royal Rumble. The athleticism in wrestling is so impressive. Maybe I’ll watch WrestleMania when it comes around? I want to see Rhea Ripley.
- I logged back into the critically acclaimed mmorpg Final Fantasy XIV and did a bunch of extreme trials for the first time with my friends, which was exciting and also silly because I forgot how to play.
in ordinary life things
- Ate hot pot a couple of times
- Stayed indoors during that week when it was like -14°C (which is unheard of in Vancouver)
- Ordered an ereader, which is surely the thing that will make me read more.
- Bought some new pens for drawing—I have a somewhat stupidly large collection of them, but I didn’t have any super thin ones. I picked up a set of sakura microns 005 (.2mm) pens, which I think will help with my cross-hatching problems. I used them in the drawings here.