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3,422: Mauerpark Nr. 23

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Acrylic and coloured pencil on paper, 32 x 24 cm.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Hard Times by Paramore

On this day
Podcastdownloadboy, 17 November 2013

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Coronation Street

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November 17th, 2017 at 2:09 am

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3,420: World Series

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Well, that was a load of fun, wasn’t it? This is the first time in quite a while that I’ve been on this side of the Atlantic while the playoffs were going on, and, pfff, it plays havoc with your sleep. It was brilliant, but I’m happy to have a normal life back.

Anyway, I did a post-World Series thing for Vice Sports, here

(I did graphics before each of the stages of the playoffs, too: Wild Card games, Division Series, Championship Series, World Series)

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

On this day
Gosh, 3 November 2006

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Nuclear weapons in popular culture

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November 3rd, 2017 at 1:18 am

3,419: Día de los Muertos-themed Tennis Borussia drawing

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(This post is obviously early, but I just wanted to get it online.)

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Don’t You Forget About Me by Robinson

On this day
Belize, day 10: Punta Gorda to Hopkins, 31 October 2014

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Nuclear holocaust

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October 31st, 2017 at 1:02 am

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3,418: Allestodo 73-78

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Boys by Charli XCX

On this day
Wembley, 27 October 2008

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Human extinction

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October 27th, 2017 at 5:25 am

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3,417: Allestodo 67-72

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Do It by Rae Morris

On this day
Day seven, 26 October 2005

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Timeline of the far future

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October 26th, 2017 at 9:11 am

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3,416: Postseason things

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I’ve been doing some graphic stuff for Vice Sports during the Major League Baseball playoffs. I’ve done four of them so far, before each stage of postseason: the Wild Card games, the Division Series, the Championship Series, and the newest one for the World Series which began last night. Once the World Series is done, there’ll be a final one specifically about what happened during that series.

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October 25th, 2017 at 3:43 am

3,415: Allestodo 61-66

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Gorgeous by Taylor Swift

On this day
Belize, day 4: Placencia, 25 October 2014

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Ultimate fate of the universe

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October 25th, 2017 at 2:20 am

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3,414: Allestodo 55-60

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Let’s Get Married by Bleachers

On this day
Introducing Arthur, 24 October 2005

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Cosmogony

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October 24th, 2017 at 2:43 pm

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3,413: Allestodo 49-54

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Make It Up to You by Julia Michaels

On this day
A cat watching the Manchester derby, 23 October 2011

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Aztec calendar stone

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October 23rd, 2017 at 4:07 am

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3,412: Allestodo 43-48

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Don’t Take the Money by Bleachers

On this day
And so, 22 October 2009

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National Museum of Anthropology (Mexico)

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October 22nd, 2017 at 5:56 am

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3,410: Allestodo 37-42

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Do It by Rae Morris

On this day
Teaching the Mexican youth about pixels and shit, 21 October 2010

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Olmec colossal heads

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October 21st, 2017 at 7:00 am

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3,409: Allestodo 31-36

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Replica by The XX

On this day
Hamburguesas, 20 October 2011

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Mesoamerican chronology

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October 20th, 2017 at 2:36 am

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3,408: Allestodo 25-30

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Touch by Little Mix

On this day
Oostende, 19 October 2008

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Nim Li Punit

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October 19th, 2017 at 1:33 am

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3,407: Allestodo 19-24

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Home by Joe Goddard

On this day
I Wouldn’t Walk 500 Miles, 18 October 2010

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Toledo District

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October 18th, 2017 at 1:40 am

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3,406: Allestodo 13-18

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Feels by Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean

On this day
Carsten Charles, 13 September 2009

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Mennonites in Belize

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September 13th, 2017 at 2:15 am

3,404: Allestodo 7-12

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Uh Huh by Julia Michaels

On this day
Vegas, Paris, a jackass, and poo, 14 August 2007

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German Mexicans

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August 14th, 2017 at 3:35 am

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3,403: Allestodo 1-6

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These were made with Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp, Pixaki, and Procreate. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while, something that reflects the interest I have in drawing jungle, but rather than doing a straight jungle drawing, doing a drawing of the jungle if the jungle was the inside of my brain and the different processes my brain uses to draw things and trying to make a coherent images from those different processes. These are just the start of this project.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
The Pop Kids by Pet Shop Boys

On this day
Three insects, 11 August 2009

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Beer in Mexico

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August 11th, 2017 at 1:54 am

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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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