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3,273: Not much doing

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Just a couple of drawings today.

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Check this out. Awful, right?

And while I am talking about that human being, right now, more specifically, I’m talking about that lettering. That bloody space around the I.

WASH I NGTON

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Gimme Gimme Gimme by Narada Michael Walden. Love this song.

On this day
Wu-Tang Clan vs. E Street Band, 28 March 2009

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Regency

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March 28th, 2017 at 12:14 am

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3,266: Tower city

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Another drawing done with both hands. The main bulbs of each tower were drawn right (wrong) handed, the rest with my dominant hand.

In Brexit news…

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

On this day
More finger painting, 21 March 2009

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Marquetry

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March 21st, 2017 at 1:27 am

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3,262: n i n e d i g i t a l t h i n g z

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One of the things I love about drawing digitally is how quick I can bash ideas out. On paper, I can bash the idea out with a pencil or a pen, but it’ll just be a sketch. Digitally, I go through a similar process but also define colours, change things, and still feel something of the spontaneity. So here’s a bunch of stuff drawn in Photoshop and on the Paper app for iPad. I really like the Paper app. I just wish it could export the drawings at larger than screen size. I would use it so much more if that were possible.

This was an early morning warm-up sketch:

For this, I had this thought of doing the US states as squircles sized according to total area of each state. I figured that doing something like Canada first would be a better idea. Less provinces and territories to deal with:

I like the idea of doing a whole family of records. Like, the 7″ single is a kid who just wants to have some quick fun; the 12″ single is a bit older, going to clubs; a 10″ single is the kid who wears mis-matched socks whilst reading French novels; and the album is the sensible one who is thinking about his pension:

Start of a quick dirty project that may or may not be finished:

I look back with much fondness at the time when I was a kid, drawing rockets with three numbered parts:

Still really fucking angry about brexit:

Every now and then, I try drawing with my wrong hand (the right hand). It’s a useful exercise. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years, and it still feels weird, but less weird with every passing drawing. And I really like how my right hand drew clouds here, something my left hand would never have done:

Not really sure what I was doing here. It was quite late last night, just drawing with my brain turned off:

But the stickman vibe felt like it could be worked on, so I did a Kraftwerk concert. Might work on this style some more.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Love by Lana del Rey

On this day
Santo Daime, 17 March 2008

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Gender equality

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March 17th, 2017 at 2:43 am

3,261: Oooh I like that 2

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Last March, I made a Spotify playlist of things I liked at the time. In my head, I’d do it once a month or every couple of months. Those of you who appreciate the unforgiving nature of the human calendar will notice that last March is pretty much a year ago. But, that was pre my new blogging vibez. Let’s see, huh? A monthly mix would be good for me, too. Anyway, yep, like last year’s playlist, it’s mostly what would be called pop music. Barely a guitar in sight. Most of it is new-ish stuff, and it wasn’t a concious choice, but nearly every song has a female singer. That’s been something I’ve noticed in my listening habits over the past couple of years: more and more female voices. Less men whining about girls not liking them and stuff blah de blah guitar solo. Anyway, here you go. There’s some really good stuff here, I think.

A wee bit of artwork
Ü

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Upper East Siders by Actrese. It’s on the Spotters playlist linked above.

On this day
A zoo for you but no kangaroo, 16 March 2006

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United Nations

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March 16th, 2017 at 2:22 am

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3,259: YMCA and a burger

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This is digital week for me. I’ve been painting pretty solidly for quite a while, so spare time drawing this week is gonna be iPad-y stuff.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Green Light by Lorde. This is one of those weird things, like when you have an opinion that means nothing really but you feel out of step by expressing: I find her voice really quite grating. She has ace songs but the way she sings them rubs me up the wrong way. It sounds like an affectation.

On this day
A poem, 14 March 2009

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Chernobyl disaster

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March 14th, 2017 at 12:59 am

3,258: d i g i t a l d r a w i n g s

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A drawing made in SketchUp, a quick little story about a senior citizen, a drawing of a pop group, but first: a snowman is for life, not just for Christmas:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
It was technically Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic, but really there was a bit of a soup that also included Fun by Coldplay, Crucified by Army of Lovers, and two Neneh Cherry songs, Buffalo Stance and Manchild.

On this day
Harmony, 13 March 2010

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Helicopter

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March 13th, 2017 at 2:17 am

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3,254: Couple of things

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Just a couple of drawings done with Procreate on the iPad.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Lil’ Love by Petite Meller

On this day
() \/\/ I_, 9 March 2016

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Psychedelic drug

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March 9th, 2017 at 1:18 am

3,250: Embedding the week

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Notebook pretending to be an East German passport

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Beer and candle

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Sportpark

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Two heads would be useful for working and watching YouTube at the same time

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton

On this day
Scribbling, 5 March 2010

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Garden city movement

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March 5th, 2017 at 1:27 am

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3,248: Buildings the same age as me

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Obviously, one of the joys of Wikipedia is finding yourself trucking on through a load of info you didn’t know you were interested in and- oh look, it’s 2.30 a.m. I was looking at communication towers in Germany, ended up on the page for the Florianturm in Dortmund, which was part of a category of towers completed in 1959, which lead me to towers completed in 1970, which got me to Buildings and structures completed in 1970. That was the year of my birth, and I fancied having a look at me-aged buildings. Here are some nice ones. (All photos from the applicable Wikipedia page.)

No.1 Croydon, Croydon, UK

World Trade Center, Tokyo, Japan

Welbeck Street car park, London, UK

Tigran Petrosian Chess House, Yerevan, Armenia

Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute, Madrid, Spain

Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi, Pakistan

Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, Amherst, USA

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial, Dallas, USA

Hotel Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Edificio Colón, Barcelona, Spain

Dai Heiwa Kinen Tō, Tondabayashi, Japan

A wee bit of artwork
Welsh football person Gareth Bale done in pixels.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cups by Underworld

On this day
Brasilia skies inverted and upside down, 3 March 2008

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Hyperboloid structure

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March 3rd, 2017 at 3:21 am

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3,247: Mauerpark 18, 19, 20, 21 and Am Falkplatz

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Five more local paintings. All acrylic on paper.

And here’s an updated map of all the paintings of Mauerpark and Falkplatz.

Previous local paintings here, here, and here.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hey Now by the Regrettes

On this day
Dunny, 2 March 2007

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Oscar Niemeyer

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March 2nd, 2017 at 1:20 am

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3,246: Hopkins and Skegness

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Three paintings, all acrylic on paper. Two of a road near Hopkins in Belize that leads towards the sea, one of a wind farm in the sea near Skegness.

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hey Now by the Regrettes. I’d not heard of them until a couple of days ago, but I’ve been really enjoying their album on Spotify. Also, that’s a great name for a band.

On this day
Stuff and nonsense, 1 March 2010

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Brasília

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March 1st, 2017 at 1:22 am

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3,245: Tree and woman

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Two drawings. First one is a rough representation of a woman on the U-Bahn who had a really nice colour combo of clothes. Second one is a tree I drew with my weak hand whilst lying in bed last night.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley (not the awful remix)

On this day
A spot of rain, 28 February 2008

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UNESCO

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February 28th, 2017 at 2:37 am

3,244: Scribbling

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Backpack by Petite Meller

On this day
Adios, amigo, 27 February 2015. A short tale about (an unsuccessful attempt at) giving up smoking.

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Music of Mexico

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February 27th, 2017 at 1:42 am

3,241: Watercolour and gouache sketches and Mauerpark Nr. 18

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A bit of a break from the Mauerpark project (here, here, and here). I’m still working on that stuff, and I feel like I’m getting closer to where I want my painting to be, but over the last week I needed to focus my painting on something else. (It’s not really a break, more of a wee sidestep to think things through before returning to the main job.) I did a couple of gouache sketches based on photos I took in Chiapas in 2005, a watercolour of something imaginary that just started with a purple circle and expanded from there, and a watercolour of Frankfurter Tor based on a quick sketch I did on Monday when I was down there, a few minutes early waiting for a friend. I wanted to try and get something of the feel of the pencil sketch into watercolour. Not entirely a success, but that in itself is some kind of success.

Here’s the pencil sketch the above watercolour is based on.

These have been useful. I feel that the Mauerpark project has been heading in the right direction. There have been some I’ve been happy with at the time, some not. But I’ve never worried too much about the ones I’ve not been happy with because they are part of the process, and it’s be wrong and freakish if everything made me happy. But the progress is clear, to me, from the first Mauerpark painting, through what I think of the end-of-part-one, the seventh Mauerpark painting. Part two has had more missteps, I think, but they were necessary missteps. If I’m continuing this TV episode analogy, I feel that the most recent one (number 18, below) is close to the end-of-part-two. Part three will be interesting, I think.

Other business
I listened to an episode of the Reply All podcast yesterday, and at about 19m 45s into the episode, there’s an interesting segment about the origins of words like yas and shade.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Crest by Stereolab

On this day
Strangely perceptive computer thesaurus, 24 February 2013

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Detroit techno

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February 24th, 2017 at 2:14 am

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3,240: edges2cats

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Well, gosh, edges2cats is a heck of a lot of fun.













The song in my head when I woke up this morning
How He Wrote Elastica Man by Elastica feat. Mark E. Smith

On this day
Joy/not joy, 23 February 2009

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Juan Atkins

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February 23rd, 2017 at 2:01 am

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3,238: Mauerpark 15, 16, and 17

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All the other Mauerpark paintings here and here. And here’s an updated map:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cigarette in Your Bed by My Bloody Valentine

On this day
Wet Northern Line map, 21 February 2014

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Music in Berlin

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February 21st, 2017 at 12:45 am

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3,237: Octagons and other Notes drawings

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I’m very much enjoying the drawing function in the iPad’s Notes app. (The first batch I did are here) Here’s some more, the first of which is available as a print:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cybele’s Reverie by Stereolab

On this day
Nearly a US map in broken-off tiles, 20 February 2008

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Berlin School of electronic music

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February 20th, 2017 at 12:29 am

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3,234: Easy

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This was, as I’m sure you will remember if you are British and a similar age to me (or if you watched it before reading these words), an advert for a building society from the 1980s. Not sure exactly when it was, but I guess it might’ve been 1986 or 1987. I remember when this was on telly a lot, it did some sort of job on me. That guy’s life seemed perfect. Firstly, he was clearly not living in Lincoln. London, when I was younger, seemed like the best possible place one could be. The flat he lived in was one massive room, with big open windows. He had bicycles hanging from the wall, trains outside the window (that seemed like a cool thing, somewhat inexplicably), blinds (not curtains!), a nice fridge with rounded corners. And he had a cash card. Something I didn’t have at that point in my life. He could go to a machine and get money out of a wall. How modern is that!? And afterwards, he’s sat by the massive open window with his coffee, newspaper, and cat and enjoying his Sunday morning. That level of relaxation is perfect in my head. Something I very rarely achieve.

A wee bit of artwork
Up until yesterday, I had no idea you could draw in the Notes app on an iPad. Always exciting to have something new to try out. Once I’d done a doodle of a giraffe, though, I spent most of the evening playing with the ruled lines tool.

Other business
Beatification of John Paul II

The songs in my head when I woke up yesterday and this morning
Lo Boob Oscillator by Stereolab
International Colouring Contest by Stereolab
That’s eight days in a row now

On this day and yesterday
Hello ∞, 16 February 2010
Flutlicht, 17 February 2011

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Joni Mitchell

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February 17th, 2017 at 2:51 am

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3,232: Middle-aged Fanclub

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The venue was smaller than I remembered. But the walk from the U-Bahn station was a big longer. I went to see Teenage Fanclub last week at Columbia Theater. Last time I went there it was called Columbia Fritz (after a local radio station). Getting to the venue on the other side of town felt like muscle memory, but once out of the station, my brain expected to be at the venue in a few metres. It was about 200 metres, at a guess. After being in Mexico, it felt really nice not to be searched when we entered the venue. Here’s my ticket, person at the door wishes me “Viel spaß!”

I can’t remember the last time I went to Columbia Theater. Might’ve been for a Phoenix show. I think I saw The Mission (yes!) and Franz Ferdinand there, too. Difficult to clearly remember others, cos there’s another venue a few metres along the street called Columbia Halle. That one is bigger and the place where I saw more concerts in Berlin than anywhere else. Always loved that venue. It was a functional box, with a fairly small balcony area.

My mate and I got a beer, caught up on six years of our lives. And it was nice. It is nice to see a band that are not as popular as they once were, and where most of the people in the audience are in the same age bracket. Indeed, there were several moments there where I saw people whose faces I recognised. Not friends or acquaintances, just people who went to the same sort of concerts that I went to back in the day.

People seemed cool to have a wee bit of personal space. There’s a wee door to the left of the stage, and we nipped in there to watch the band. Middle-aged audience so no mental crush down the front, and we hung out, enjoyed the old songs and didn’t know the new songs. Feet were tapped. Hands clapped.

Obviously Teenage Fanclub (and let’s pause for a moment to salute the greatness of that band name) have a sound but when they are filleting 22 songs out of their back catalogue, there’s a samey-ness in terms of tempo. Here’s the setlist.

The last song they played was Everything Flows, their first single from 1990. I wondered how it must feel to be 27 years into a career and still ending a show with the first song you released. Then I thought about Minipops for a second pushed that thought into the knot in my stomach.

A wee bit of artwork
An iPad drawing of the boxes.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Wow and Flutter by Stereolab. Five days in a row for Stereolab now, which seems a lot, but looking back at my records, there was a time in May 2015, where I had the songs of Taylor Swift in my head for sixteen consecutive mornings.

On this day
Hermosillo, 14 February 2013

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Aircraft boneyard

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February 14th, 2017 at 3:15 am

3,231: Some artwork

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If you’re too busy to eat a hot dog AND brush your teeth…

Some lines

A friend has one of those huge iPads and the apple pencil thingy. I had a quick go, drawing tulips on the table

And, sorry, this is disgusting. Sorry sorry sorry

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Des étoiles électroniques by Stereolab again. Been on a bit of a Stereolab binge lately, which is why I’ve had their songs in my head for the last four mornings. I decided to listen to every album in chronological order, which was fine from the beginnings of Peng! and Switched On through to Emperor Tomato Ketchup. That has always been my favourite period of their music. It’s pretty much perfect. After that, I still bought the records (up to and inc. Sound-Dust), I still liked them, but I didn’t really love them. I’m making an effort to give them all another go, though, cos I’ve not listened to them for ages, or listened to any of the last three post-Sound-Dust albums at all.

On this day
Books and Kraftwerk, 13 February 2006

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Spacecraft cemetery

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February 13th, 2017 at 2:12 am

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