Sunday, September 16, 2012

Charcoal Class 5

Need to be more liberal with the dark parts. 敢敢来!

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Charcoal Class 4

I have finally started on the second object...

Not much it seems, but have actually brought the right side of the big pot down. Still looks lopsided, so I guess I would have to touch up more.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Charcoal Class 3

Progress is not so obvious, but I'm actually close to completing the crock pot.

To note for next lesson:
- Bring sandpaper to brighten highlights.
- Check rim again for height and angles

Monday, August 27, 2012

Oh no, I did it again

Once again I committed myself to a series of 15 lessons. This time in Malay.
I always told myself I shouldn't load myself with too many regular classes. But within a month, I have signed up for charcoal drawing and now Malay.

I hope I learn enough by the fourth lesson to say understand something during my impending trip :)

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Charcoal Class 2

Well I am still on the pot, but I have gotten the hang of using those brush-like blenders. Gosh, aren't they life-savers!

To note for next week:
1. Do not draw outlines, not even the rim. Should work in one direction, so that eventual result would be more accurate.

2. The neck of the pot is darker, hence should put in more chunky charcoal.

3. Add in the highlights.

Overall a good effort today, as commented by the teacher. :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

PBN - Finally completed!

It's Hari Raya holiday, and so I woke up with the intention to carry on with my Paint-By-Numbers. Then in about five hours of plugging in the colors before the TV, I finally completed it!!!

Had to mix some of my own colors as most have dried up
After all, it has been more than a year since I got it. Even one of the colors I mixed dried up in its glass container. Now I have no idea what to do with that hardened mass of acrylic... Grr...

Actually looks quite nice in the wooden frame. I am still contemplating if it's a good idea to varnish it. The last time I varnished my boss's gift Cappuccino piece, I almost perished from the poisonous fumes :) Maybe i shall not do it this time. :)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Charcoal Lesson 1 - 19 Aug 2012

To note:

1) Avoid drawing outline, build up slowly in one direction

2) Keep gauging hand close and parallel to canvas when measuring angles. Move parallel to canvas only.

3) Got to bring the bottom of brown painted band a little down, with respect to the knob, in next lesson.

4) Try blenders next lesson.

So here is what I did in 4+ hours. Not much, but I'm having fun experimenting with all the tools.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Almost there...

Having been ill at home for three days, I decided to work on my PBN piece again. Had to mix my own colors as many of the containers of acrylic paint have dried up.

I guess I can say I am 80% done. The seagulls, butterfly and cattails are more or less discernible. Having made so much progress in a day makes me want to continue.

But I must rest. My cough and flu are still bothering me. Can't believe I am so sickly...

Sunday, April 01, 2012

New color sketch kit

Saw Laure Ferlita's No Excuses Sketch Kit. Now I've prepared my own with:

- Faber-Castell 12 Watercolour Pencils

- Kuretake Zig H2O Brush

As for the sketchbook essentials, I'm using Moleskin pocket sketchbook, and a brandless ballpen.

Shall play with it and see what I can produce. Quite exciting. My coloring skills are rubbish at the moment, but I believe I could improve and enjoy sketching more at the same time, if I had colors to play with whenever I want to.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Another sleepless night

Again, I cannot sleep. All day I have been yawning.
The breathlessness is back. I just popped another sleeping pill to ease myself into the land of dreams.

Dreams. I don't dare to dream of wealth, not even of love. I only want a stressless life, where I can finish my day without worrying how to proceed with all the backlog in the coming work week.

I have tried to forget about my troubles, to accept that I cannot finish my tasks. But then I receive reminders from people that I have to start now. But how can I start so many things at the same time? I tell them I'm busy, but so are they. And there seems to be no way out except to do what I am assigned to do. There is no room for "no". There is no room for "stop". And I have been unable to recover from my trough of anxiety.

Why do I suffer so much? I am afraid something will happen if I fail. I will lose all credibility. I will lose whatever is left of my career, so young and so early in my life. I will be mediocre all my life, and not be able to support myself through the rising costs of living. But I think I might lose my mind before all that happen, if all these carry on.

I want to fail, because I cannot succeed without killing myself a little everyday. There should be people who can help me out. They are indeed doing so, but I wish I could get out of all of these. I wish they would take charge, and lead me. I dont want to lead. I dont know how to.

Yes I am a coward. I don't deserve any roles of responsibility. I have tried my best, but everything piles up. I need time to rest too. And I am having massive trouble with that, as I can't sleep at night. This insomnia has compounded, adding to my troubles.

What should I do? I can't keep popping sleeping pills. That alone could send me to my premature grave.