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3,401: Billy and Cyndi

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I’ve been playing with Adobe Illustrator for about a month now. Things feel a lot better than they did when I did those early drawings. Learning new little things now is nice. Those new things slide into the workflow easier because I’ve got the basics down. And I’m at a point where learning more stuff feels like something I want to do, rather than the initial process of learning feeling like something I should do.

And over the last few days a shift happened in a process I’ve been thinking about, playing with, for a few months: making pixelly work with a few extra elements, a few more curves, not as strict a view of how things should look. I did some stuff like that mostly in Photoshop, but also with Procreate. But over the last few days, my instinct was to open Illustrator to do those things. This is something I’ve been looking forward to: Illustrator being a tool that is the first one I reach for in a project.

I could have done these drawings in Photoshop. I might’ve been a bit quicker at them in Photoshop, but the whole process was easier in Illustrator. Especially when changing things in and out. Not having to deal with layers is such a joy in the trying-things-out process.

Here’s a dog and a cat.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Lucky Girl by Fazerdaze

On this day
Going to California, 18 July 2008

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Oaxacan cuisine

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July 18th, 2017 at 12:05 am

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3,400: Hickatee Cottages

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As I’ve probably mentioned many times over the past decade, Hickatee Cottages in Punta Gorda, Belize is one of my favourite places. I’ve been thinking about Belize a lot recent. Not really sure why. Maybe it’s the time of year that brings it to mind again, as I was there in the summer last year.

Belize is a strange place. I’m not really sure why I like it so much. But I do, and I kinda miss it after not being there for a while.

But, yesterday I was looking through my folder of unfinished drawings and found a drawing from 2012 of the main building at Hickatee that I’d done with the C64 Paint app (a pixel art app that had just 16 colours). I’d added some background trees in Photoshop now and then over the past five years, but my brain was in the right place to sit down and finish the drawing.

This was the drawing that I did while I was there in 2012:

Here are some other drawings I did while I was there in 2012. And this is the drawing I finished yesterday. I’m very happy with it. I like drawing trees and plants specifically because it’s such a daunting task. It’s easy to do stylised flora, but a real challenge to try and create an element of realism with pixels. It’s fun to do, and my mind stops babbling with other noise and I tend to be able to knuckle down, clicky click, one pixel at a time.

My friends Kate and Ian no longer run Hickatee. It’s had new owners for nearly a year now. I hope they are doing well, but I’m in two minds as to whether I should ever return. In one way, Hickatee’s joy is tied closely to the friendship that grew out of meeting them there for the first time in 2008, and what’s the point of going back there and it not being the same? If it’s worse, it would feel like a wasted trip, and on the other hand, well, I don’t really want it to be better. I guess the reality is I can’t imagine never visiting Punta Gorda again, and if I do, there’s really only one place I’d want to stay. So I suppose it’s inevitable. In this last paragraph I’ve managed to convince myself to do it one day. One thing I do know: if I ever won the lottery, I’d buy Hickatee and close it and keep it for myself, spend my whole day painting there, like Monet in his garden.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Paradise by Coldplay

On this day
Robot giraffe (stuck in the cobblestones), 17 July 2007

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Oaxaca City

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July 17th, 2017 at 3:53 am

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3,399: Clear out

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I’ve noticed I’m falling back on old bad habits here: putting up a drawing, calling it a blog post. That seems fine now and then, but the whole week’s been like that, and that’s the recipe for downfall that has happened before. So let’s get rid of the backlog of drawings from this last week, start fresh tomorrow.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever by Zayn and Taylor Swift

On this day
Oregon Country Fair photos, 16 July 2008

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List of World Heritage Sites in Mexico

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July 16th, 2017 at 12:17 am

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3,397: Buffering boy

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Other business
I just read that Colette is closing down soon. Seventeen years ago, Sarah at Colette contacted me and asked if I wanted to make a mini site for them called I Love Colette. I had a day trip from London to Paris to meet Sarah, see the store, take some photos. It was a nice day. And the site I made for them is something I still really like. It’s very of its time, in terms of Web design and my drawing, but it’s still pretty cool, I think. Clicking on “style,” “design,” “art,” or “food” is how to navigate, which I’ve just noticed, isn’t overly clear.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Misread by Fazerdaze

On this day
One of those hot dog sculpture thingies, 14 July 2015

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Shark Bay

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July 14th, 2017 at 2:05 am

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3,396: Heads

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Malibu by Miley Cyrus. A touch more than halfway through the year, and this has quietly become one of my favourite songs of the year. Off the top of my head and without thinking about it too much, at [prentds to look at non-existent watch on my wrist] 8.52am Thursday 13 July, there’s this, Sign of the Times, and Bad Liar.

On this day
Name calling, 13 July 2005

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Stromatolite

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July 13th, 2017 at 1:58 am

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3,395: Game boy

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Municipality by Real Estate

On this day
Batman’s recurring dream, 12 July 2007

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Unicellular organism

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July 12th, 2017 at 12:37 am

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3,394: Regenbogen

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Other business
D & D Glass Co. is still there:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Municipality by Real Estate

On this day
In the neighbourhood, 11 July 2005

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Phylogenetic tree

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July 11th, 2017 at 2:10 am

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3,393: Kraftwerk again

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
International Space Station by British Sea Power

On this day
One pixel Beatles album sleeves, 10 July 2014

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Phylogenetics

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July 10th, 2017 at 12:15 am

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3,392: Embedding the week

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A wee bit of artwork
Pixelly drawing (well, kinda a Ministeck-y drawing, really) of Templo de Kukulkán at Chichén Itzá.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Take it Slow by Fazerdaze

On this day
From there to here, 9 July 2009

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Canada lynx

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July 9th, 2017 at 12:01 am

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3,391: La Bombonera

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Today: a drawing of Estadio Alberto J. Armando, more commonly known as La Bombonera, the home of Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.

In 2008, I went to a Boca Juniors game. It was the best stadium experience of my life. I’ve been to better games, more important games, but in terms of atmosphere, nothing has come close to La Bombonera. Here’s a wee video clip from before the game:

I’m enjoying doing these stadium drawings in Illustrator. It’s good simple way for me to get a feeling for the program.

A couple of detail images:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Paradise by Coldplay

On this day
Game over memorial, 8 July 2015

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Anchorage, Alaska

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July 8th, 2017 at 3:27 am

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3,389: [Name of fruit juice company] Field

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Another drawing of a domed stadium, this time it’s the Tampa Bay Rays’s stadium, Tropicana Field.

Previous drawings like this here.

Prints and tote bags, should you require them, here.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Last Friday Night by Katy Perry

On this day
King William No.2, 6 July 2007

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Tokyo Dome

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July 6th, 2017 at 12:54 am

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3,388: [Name of insurance company] Field

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Fun fact: two-thirds of all Major League Baseball stadiums have corporate naming rights. I wonder if my generation will be the last one where this feels wrong. Like, we grew up with stadiums have real names like Highbury or Maine Road not the Emirates or Etihad. A few weeks ago, I was with a friend and I asked his teenage son if he knew what the mime I was doing meant. I was doing the circling fist gesture for winding down a car window. He had no idea. And why would he. He’s grown up in a time where you press a button to lower a car window. Maybe it’ll be the same with stadium names.

To me, though, it still jars. Especially when stadiums change names because of a contract ending. The Chicago White Sox’s stadium, for example, opened in 1991 as Comiskey Park, named after the team’s original stadium just across the street. In 2003, it became U.S. Cellular Field. And since 2016, it’s been called Guaranteed Rate Field. A truly ridiculous name for a stadium. But at least some White Sox fans still have the memory of an original name, can still call it Comiskey Park if they want to.

Not so for Seattle Mariners fans. Their park has been called Safeco Field ever since it opened in 1999. That will change after the 2018 season, though. That company won’t be renewing its contract with the Mariners.

Sports teams don’t want this to happen, but I think fans should collectively decide on a non-corporate name for stadiums like Safeco Field or the Emirates Stadium. Something for them to fall back on after naming rights contracts end. All of this is an entirely meandering way of saying, “I did a drawing of a section of the Mariners’s stadium the other day.” And here it is:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Little Uneasy by Fazerdaze

On this day
The 4th, 5 July 2009

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Yomiuri Giants

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July 5th, 2017 at 12:29 am

3,387: Dennis Bergkamp

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Nineteen years ago today, my favourite ever goal happened: Dennis Bergkamp‘s winner vs. Argentina in the World Cup quarter-final. And the best commentary of a goal, too.

Happy birthday, United States of America

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Take it Slow by Fazerdaze

On this day
Feliz cumpleaños, EE. UU., 4 July 2016

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List of Game Boy colors and styles

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July 4th, 2017 at 12:44 am

3,386: Palm trees

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I was doodling in bed the other night, drawing with my weaker right hand. It’s something I do now and again just in case my left arm is chopped off. It’s also helpful if I’m not really into what I am drawing properly: to still do some drawing, but to be limited by what my non-dominant hand can actually do. I did some palm trees, a common subject for my brain and fingers.

The above was done with the Paper app. I imported it into Procreate and played around with it because I wanted to add smoke. It’s a theme I’ve dealt with before. An image burnt, for want of a better word, in my head ever since I saw some crop burning in Belize last summer.

It's that time of year in Belize.

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This was a drawing I did last summer, soon after being in Belize.

And this is the Procreate-y version of the Paper drawing from last night.

Clearly, that build up to this drawing was a bit long and winding, too long for the actually middling quality of the work at hand, but a blog post seems like a decent place to talk about process. I guess what is happening here in my head is the desire to properly do a drawing of what I saw in Belize. I’m nowhere close yet, but I’ll get there one day.

Another bit of artwork
Continuing getting my head around using Adobe Illustrator, here’s a baseball team.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Misread by Fazerdaze

On this day
Yesterday’s events, 3 July 2005

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Game Boy

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July 3rd, 2017 at 4:07 am

3,384: 1 July 1987

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U2 at Elland Road stadium in Leeds. 30 years ago today. My first concert.

£14. Which in today’s money (according to thisismoney.co.uk’s inflation calculator), would be £37.72. I just checked Ticketmaster to look at the price of a general admission standing ticket for U2’s concert at Twickenham Stadium next weekend, and it’s £78.25.

Support bands that day thirty years ago: the Fall, the Mission, the Pretenders. So, technically, the first band I saw was the Fall, which is probably cooler, huh?

Although, actually, I’d been to concerts before that my parents had taken us to: the Spinners, the Nolans, and Showaddywaddy. This, though, was the first one I’d been to by choice, buying a ticket with my own money, queuing up early on a Saturday morning a few months earlier to buy a ticket for the concert and the bus trip from Lincoln to Leeds.

It was the first and last time I’ve ever been to Leeds United’s ground, too. I look forward to keeping it that way.

A wee bit of artwork
It’s been quite rainy in Berlin.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Half-Figured by Fazerdaze

On this day
AT&T Park, San Francisco: a pie chart, 1 July 2014

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Game & Watch

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July 1st, 2017 at 1:54 am

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3,383: MLB standings

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With regard to the drawing in the last post

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June 30th, 2017 at 5:36 am

3,382: Four former ballparks

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Continuing my learnin’-Adobe-Illustrator thing, I’ve been drawing some former baseball stadiums. I started with the old Yankee Stadium, the first place I ever saw a baseball game back in 2005.

That one turned out alright, but I kinda wanted to do one that was a bit less detailed. The Minipops approach, really: removing details to make a more interesting drawing. While playing around, it became clear that using outlines might help what I was wanting to do. I did three more: the Kingdome, formerly of Seattle; Shea Stadium, formerly of New York; and the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome, formerly of Minneapolis.

Those last three are available as prints at my Society6 shop. And tote bags. They have a ton of different stuff at Society6, some I like, some I’m not so keen on. I tend to turn the option on whenever I feel like the specific drawing might look okay, which is why these are available as tote bags and most other stuff isn’t.

Another bit of artwork
Back in 2011, I did a drawing called Elimination pokeys. It was towards the end of the MLB season, and as teams were eliminated from contention for a playoff place, I imagined balls of a body being removed, like how you could get rid of the balls of the body of Pokeys in Super Mario 64. And that old idea mixed with yesterday’s Hubert and Humphrey drawing, lead to this, American League West Boy, a boy with five heads based on the current (last night’s) standings in one of MLB’s divisions.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
To Love Somebody by the Bee Gees

On this day
No Wilson, 30 June 2005

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Donkey Kong (video game)

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June 30th, 2017 at 12:06 am

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3,381: Robinson’s Precipitation Services

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A wee bit more artwork
Hubert and Humphrey. This is what happens when you want a title for something and choose a name from the Wikipedia page that is open on your computer.

Other business
Accompanying this article on the New York Times Web site is a photo of the current president. Even in silhouette he, of course, looks ridiculous. The shape of his head like a spat-out piece of bubble gum. But it also put me in mind of a side profile of a fish…

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Last to Sleep by Fazerdaze

On this day
On this day, 29 June 2005

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
The Art of Video Games

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June 29th, 2017 at 2:27 am

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3,380: It’s a Sin

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It’s a Sin by Pet Shop Boys was number one in the UK thirty years ago. Magnificent song. I like the Pet Shop Boys a lot. They’ve been solidly great for a really long time. The most recent album, 2016’s Super was excellent. Just looking at their singles discography on Wikipedia, to check where It’s a Sin was in a run of great singles, and it’s a really long run of top notch singles. From West End Girls in 1985 through to DJ Culture in 1991 there’s nothing that dips below an 8 out of 10 in my opinion.

While we talk about DJ Culture, I’m always interested in the quality of the new, previously unreleased tracks on Best Of compilations. More often than not, they wouldn’t appear on Best Ofs out of merit, but twice in the Pet Shop Boys’s career, new tracks on compilations have been amongst my favourite of their songs: DJ Culture on their first one, Discography, and Flamboyant on 2003’s PopArt.

Previous posts about number ones from thirty years ago:
18/1/2017: Jack Your Body
1/2/2017: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
15/2/2017: Stand By Me
8/3/2017: Everything I Own
22/3/2017: Respectable
29/3/2017: Let It Be
19/4/2017: La Isla Bonita
3/5/2017: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
31/5/2017: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
14/6/2017: Star Trekkin’

A wee bit of artwork
No title for this, but on my iPad it’s called Faceface, so let’s just go with that, eh?

Other business
What about, right, a fidget spanner?

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet by Gavin Bryars

On this day
The two best words are the first two words, 28 June 2007

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Super Mario 64

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June 28th, 2017 at 1:50 am

3,378: Some drawings

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Guten morgen. Another week, eh? They keep on comin’ along, the seven-pronged bastards.

Here’s some drawings. Some made with Procreate, some with watercolour and coloured pencil.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Bow Down by the Housemartins

On this day
Skookum Indian, 26 June 2008

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Professional wrestling aerial techniques

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June 26th, 2017 at 1:10 am

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