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3,375: Meatwood flack

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Following on from a recent post regarding Fleetwood Mac’s name, one thing I didn’t realise was that when the band started, John McVie wasn’t a member of the band. He was a bandmate of Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, but Fleetwood Mac’s first bass player was Bob Brunning. From Wikipedia:

When Peter Green left the Bluesbreakers in 1967, he decided to form his own group, naming it Fleetwood Mac after the rhythm section he wanted for the band – Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Fleetwood joined up straight away, and slide guitar player Jeremy Spencer was recruited, but McVie preferred to stay with the Bluesbreakers, where he was earning a regular wage. In the meantime, Green hired Brunning on a temporary basis, hoping that McVie would change his mind. During this period, Brunning played with Fleetwood Mac at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival.

After a few weeks McVie did change his mind, claiming that Bluesbreakers leader John Mayall was turning too far in the direction of jazz for his liking. So McVie joined, and Brunning stood down. Brunning did contribute bass guitar to one track on Fleetwood Mac’s debut album Fleetwood Mac, “Long Grey Mare”.

I would assume, seeing as though John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers had about a million members over the years, he wasn’t that arsed about people coming and going, but it’s a pretty clear intention of taking another band member to name a new band after McVie. Maybe Peter Green should’ve full on flipped everyone out by calling the band Fleetwood Mayall, enticing John to leave his own band. Then Peter Green could’ve left Fleetwood Mac, and took over the Bluesbreakers. Peter Green’s Bluebreakers. I assume something like that happens in The Art of War, that book that dudes seem to enjoy (having on their shelves).

When you see a list of former members of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, it’s a pretty impressive bunch of people. The above mentioned Fleetwood Mac bunch, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Andy Fraser, three members of Canned Heat.

There can’t be too many bands that had greater success after a founding pivotal member left. When we talk about Fleetwood Mac nowadays, we aren’t usually thinking of the Peter Green-lead era. Depeche Mode is another. And, at least in terms of sales, Suede after Bernard Butler left. Any others? Can’t think of any right now, but there must be more.

Looking at chart success of the post-Peter Green era and pre-Nicks and Buckingham era Fleetwood Mac, they released six albums, only one of which entered the UK top forty. So seeing how successful they were with Nicks and Buckingham in the band, and the fact that they’d released a (great) album together before joining, could we view it as a merger? Maybe this happens a lot, but off the top of my head I can only think of one other example: Showaddywaddy. But that was a merger of two local bands, before any success. I guess that must happen a fair bit on local music scenes. Indeed, when I was living in Lincoln in the 1990s, every band seemed to have the exact same drummer, and every band member of every band seemed to also be in another band or two.

Anyway, here’s Minipop No. 1,343: Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood, a pairing that may not be obvious if you’ve never seen the 1989 Brit Awards.

A wee bit of artwork
I drew a curve. Copied it, pasted it. Again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and carried on until there are about 700 curves.

Other business
And here we are. The first shitiversary of the referendum.
Going well, innit? All going swimmingly.
The future looks absolutely peachy.
Rule Britannia, gallons of nice cups of tea, and as much Arctic Roll as you can eat.
What misguided fools us Remainers were, eh?

Here’s a couple of drawings from around this time last year. First, an angry drawing done in the hours immediately following the result:

Second, a drawing I’m actually quite proud of. The water could’ve done with a bit more attention, but on the whole it would’ve made a good editorial illustration, I think:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Ship of Fools by Erasure

On this day
Drawings in a bar, 23 June 2010

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
1985 Mexico City earthquake

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June 23rd, 2017 at 12:01 am

3,367: Argentine Minipops Week

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The fifth and final day of Argentine Minipops Week. I enjoyed it, hope you enjoyed it, too. As we move anti-clockwise around the continents with these Minipops Weeks, we’ve had a European country (Germany), a North American country (Mexico), and now a South American country. Next month, it’ll be an African country. Which African country? You’ll have to wait and see*

* It’s Nigeria.

🇦🇷🎾 Guillermo Vilas 🎾🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Susana Giménez 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Soda Stereo 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Che Guevara 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Jorge Cafrune 🇦🇷 That's the last of the Argentine Minipops. Hope you enjoyed them. At some point next month, the Minipops Week will be 🇳🇬

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 16th, 2017 at 1:37 am

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3,366: Non-Argentine Minipops

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A couple of musicians, James Murphy and DJ Khaled:

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

On this day
My second Coldplay review, 16 June 2005

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Habitat 67

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June 16th, 2017 at 1:13 am

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3,365: Argentine Minipops Week

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I’m enjoying this project. The first one, the German one, was just me being slightly in love with Berlin again. And the Mexican week was a fairly obvious second attempt at seeing if this idea would work on a regular basis. Both of which, in terms of audience, were for the enjoyment of friends mainly. This is the first one where I’ve not lived in the country in question. And that has made it more fun in a way. To actually sit down and read about people I don’t know much about. It’s like I’m creating a little encyclopaedia for myself in my brain.

Anyway, day four’s Argentine ‘pops:

🇦🇷🎾 Gabriela Sabatini 🎾🇦🇷

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🇦🇷🇳🇱 Queen Máxima of the Netherlands 🇳🇱🇦🇷

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🇦🇷🎤 Carlos Gardel 🎤🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Tato Bores 🇦🇷

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There’s a slight mistake in the above Minipop, that blue pixel near the collar should be light grey. For some reason it was transparent when I imported it into the Argentine Minipops “frame.” I am ashamed, but it’ll be amended on the Minipops page, so not to worry too much, I guess.

🇦🇷 Alberto Olmedo 🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 15th, 2017 at 1:44 am

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3,363: Argentine Minipops Week

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Day three of Argentine Minipops Week is a proper football day.

🇦🇷⚽️ Ossie Ardiles ⚽️🇦🇷

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🇦🇷⚽️ Diego Maradona ⚽️🇦🇷

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🇦🇷⚽️ Batigol ⚽️🇦🇷

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🇦🇷⚽️ Alfredo Di Stéfano ⚽️🇦🇷

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🇦🇷⚽️ Juan Pablo Sorín ⚽️🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 14th, 2017 at 12:35 am

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3,361: Argentine Minipops Week

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Buenos días. Day two of Argentine Minipops Week.

🇦🇷 Eva Perón 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Moria Casán 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Ernesto Sabato 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Florencia De La V 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Juan Manuel Fangio 🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 13th, 2017 at 1:46 am

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3,359: Argentine Minipops Week

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Hola. Today we begin the third in an ongoing series of weeks where we, royal we, put up a load of Minipops from one country. Some old ones, some new ones. As promised a few weeks ago, it’s Argentine Minipops Week this time. A country I very much enjoyed visiting in 2008, and have dreamt about living in ever since. Five Minipops a day until Friday. Six today, though, because I’ve done two versions of Lionel Messi (one from the World Cup in 2006 and one I did of him earlier this year).

Argentine Minipops Week 🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷 Minipop No. 906: José de San Martín

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🇦🇷 Minipop No. 1,329: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Minipop No. 1,326: Astor Piazzolla 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Minipop No. 1,330: Ricardo Fort 🇦🇷

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🇦🇷 Minipops Nos. 1,111 (2006) and 1,307 (2017): Lionel Messi 🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Argentine Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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June 12th, 2017 at 1:16 am

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3,353: How I Minipop

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A couple of weeks ago, when I was doing the Mexican Minipops Week (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) I made an effort to do something with one of the ‘pops that I’ve not done before: copied, pasted, amended every step of the process.

Usually what happens is I work on the same drawing, changing, erasing bits, adding stuff until it’s how I want it. This time I did something, copied, pasted, make mistakes, corrected mistakes, until it was how I wanted it. The Minipop in question is this one of Juan Gabriel.

🇲🇽🎤 Juanga 🎤🇲🇽

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The specific moment in his career that I drew is from this live concert in Mexico City. This song below (Hasta Que Te Conocí) is, in my opinion, his best song. One of those songs that is close to being perfect. It’s nine minutes long, and it’ll be the best nine minutes you will have today if you click play unless, y’know, something really good happens, and in that case: congratulations.

So, how was that for you?

Great, right?

Back to the drawing process. I thought Juan Gabriel would be an easy one right from the off. But I’ve been doing Minipops long enough to know that often the thought and the reality aren’t always the same. I have four abandoned attempts at Kim Jong-un on my computer. You’d think he’d be an open goal, but he’s tough to get right.

With Juan Gabriel, I started with the clothing. This is bad practice on my part. Normally I try to do the head first. If I can’t get the head right, there really is no point in carrying on. But I guess I was blinding by the sparkles of Juanga’s threads. I always begin with a template figure who is about my height (5’7″) and adjust it up or down and adjust the skin tone. First thing with Juanga was to make the skin tone a touch darker. Mostly his clothes are black so that part was easy, and he looks like generic art director in the second figure. I drew the jacket decoration in grey first, just to get the pattern right, then gold-ed it up. Two tones of gold-ish colour to hopefully indicate a bit of sparkle.

Time for the hair. His hair is quite distinctive here, but not actually easy to draw.

I went through a few different attempts. It’s long-ish at the back, but there’s quite a lot of volume at the front, in the fringe (or “bangs” if you absolutely must insist on calling it that, North America). It’s almost got a quiff-ish quality to it. But as you can see, my first four attempts weren’t getting that.

Next step was awful, trying to add more volume by making the whole hair thing bigger. After the second step below, I was close to giving up, thinking he’d be another in the pile of “un-Minipop-ables.”

And it really was by chance that from the second drawing below I moved the top three pixel section of the head one pixel over to the left, like you can see in the third drawing. The quiff-y bit hanging over, way out (ie. one pixel out) from his head. That seemed to click. This is why I sometimes think of Minipops as reverse caricatures. Normal caricatures accentuate the features, but with Minipops it feels like the same idea in reverse: taking out everything that isn’t needed. In this one, a bit of both is happening, cos his fringe isn’t as big as that, and the hair at the back doesn’t poke out like that, but it seems to work. With Minipops, I’m not doing an accurate drawing of a person, I’m trying to draw what you think of when you imagine that person. The last of the drawings below just adds a dark tone to the jawline.

Most of the time, that’d be the point where I would stop. The normal Minipop style is standing straight, arms by the side, just like my Uncle Harold:

But there’s a moment at 4m 56s in the above clip where he’s shimmying with his arms outstretched. You can see the tassles on his jacket, and it seems to fit the idea of Juan Gabriel more than an Uncle Harold pose.

First attempt was simply rotating each arm 90 degrees, but that made them look a bit long. So I shortened them by one pixel each.

And then tried to put a bit more movement into the arms. Neither of these were particularly successful.

Thankfully, I’ve done enough Minipops now, where I’ve quite often experienced any posing problems before, so I go to the archive and see how I’ve dealt with outstretched arms in the past, and found this one of Luciano Pavarotti, which, I should note, I just spelled correctly on the first attempt.

Double thickness arms, a bit more gold, and a microphone added. Getting a lot closer. Nearly there.

The shortened arms from a bit earlier needed re-lengthening again. The outstretched-ness needed it. And the final touch: the tassles.

And that, dear reader, (and thanks for reading), is how I Minipop. Sometimes they are easier than that, but Minipops like this are the most satisfying. Having moments like that in the middle where I’m ready to abandon it have a nice cumulative effect of stopping me from giving up on a drawing way more often.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Let’s Get Lost by Carly Rae Jepsen

On this day
My Coldplay review, 7 June 2005

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Austria-Hungary

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June 7th, 2017 at 2:22 am

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3,348: Minipop No. 1,326: Richie Hawtin

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I did a Minipop of Richie Hawtin in the early days: Minipop No. 97, 21 October 1999, listed under “Plastikman” on the archive. A couple of years later, I got an email from Mr Hawtin asking if he could use it on the back cover of his new album, DE9: Closer to the Edit. It’s a fantastic album, and I was quite thrilled to have my Minipop on the cover.

Mr Hawtin doesn’t look like that anymore, though. So it was time for a new one. I drew it last autumn, intending to animate it, but got distracted by something else. Life.

I finally did it. And here it is:

A wee bit more artwork
Here’s a thing, drawn with Procreate on an Ipad.

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
Double Turkey, 2 June 2005

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Rügen

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June 2nd, 2017 at 12:21 am

3,346: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)

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I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston was number one in the UK thirty years ago.

It is, of course, a magnificent piece of work. A teenager at the time, I had decided that Whitney Houston wasn’t my cup of tea. The whole vocal gymnastics thing. But, y’know, you can’t deny this song, eh? It’s ace.

I actually think, though, that it took me until hearing Whitney Joins the JAMs by the Justified Ancient of Mu Mu for me to properly appreciate the original.

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

A wee bit of artwork
Following on from the drawing of Dynamo fans yesterday, here’s some pixel “art,” some adult entertainment. There’s a reason for this, not just titillation for people who like to squint. I was thinking that I need to practice drawing people in other poses, and people close to each other. This seemed like an obvious place to begin.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Kissing Strangers by DNCE

On this day
London football teams, 31 May 2014

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Saltholm

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May 31st, 2017 at 2:14 am

3,345: Fußball in Berlin, game 26

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Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Altlüdersdorf at Mommsenstadion. Last home game of the season. Home team in purple jerseys, white shorts and stockings. Visitors in white jerseys, purple shorts and stockings. That would never fly in a World Cup, would it?

A quiet one for me. Not feeling so great, and blistering sunshine on the terrace. It was nice to see the rainbow flag flying again, which has apparently been a point of discussion between the club and fans. More details (in German) here. I spent a great deal of the second half stood in the shadow of a tree behind one of the goals. Just before the teams came out for the second half, the PA played Crucified by Army of Lovers which was a highlight.

TeBe won by three goals to one in front of a crowd of 347, a prime number.

Fußball in Berlin:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
SV Lichtenberg 47 v SV Victoria Seelow, (14/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Hansa Rostock II, (15/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06, (26/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v FC Energie Cottbus, (28/4/17)
SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf, (29/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin, (30/4/17)
1. FC Frankfurt v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (7/5/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Grün-Weiss Brieselang, (12/5/17)
SV Empor Berlin v SV Tasmania Berlin, (13/5/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (19/5/17)
SV Tasmania Berlin v SC Staaken, (21/5/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/5/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Altlüdersdorf, (28/5/17)

A wee bit of artwork
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been playing around trying to see what I can do with the idea of amended pixels. Doing a drawing as I would ordinarily do it in pixels, but then when I re-size the image, each of those pixels is bigger than one pixel. Like a 20×20 square. And then playing with those 20×20 squares, adding curves and such. Here’s a drawing of some BFC Dynamo fans in their original Minipop style, and then re-sized and played with. This, I feel, is one step in a process, not a finished “new” style.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cake by the Ocean by DNCE

On this day
Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca, 30 May 2016

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
List of islands of Denmark

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May 30th, 2017 at 2:04 am

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3,341: Mexican Minipops Week

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And here we are, the last day of Mexican Minipops Week. It was fun for me. Hope you enjoyed it, too.

I have a plan for future Minipops Weeks. We began in Germany and then went to Mexico, it kinda makes sense in my head to keep going anti-clockwise around the continents. Next will be a South American country, then an African country, then an Oceanic one, and finally an Asian country before the next European one.

There’s a couple of reasons for this plan: it feels nice in my brain, and it would also be very easy for me to accidentally slide into a pattern of doing loads of European countries straight away. Indeed, before I thought about doing Mexico as the second Minipops Week, I was thinking about an Irish or Swedish one next. I don’t wanna do all the countries where I could name 25-30 people off the top of my head before tackling, for example, Mali, Ecuador, or Bhutan.

So yes, coming at some point in June: Argentine Minipops Week. If you have any suggestions for that, let me know. But for now, here’s the last bunch of Mexican Minipops.

🇲🇽 El Santo 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Comandanta Ramona 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽💵 Carlos Slim 💵🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Chavela Vargas 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 🇲🇽 That's the last one of Mexican Minipops Week. Hope you enjoyed it. At some point in June I will do Argentine Minipops Week 🇦🇷

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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May 26th, 2017 at 3:12 am

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3,339: Mexican Minipops Week

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Buenos días, y’all. Day four.

🇲🇽🎤 Juanga 🎤🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Juan García Esquivel 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 El Chavo del Ocho 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Rafael Márquez 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Moctezuma II 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Vicente Fernández 🇲🇽

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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May 25th, 2017 at 1:54 am

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3,337: Mexican Minipops Week

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Day three of Mexican Minipops Week.

All the important aspects of life covered today: the arts, the sports, and ¡revolución!

🇲🇽 María Félix 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Hugo Sánchez 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Emiliano Zapata 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Japhet Amador 🇲🇽

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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May 24th, 2017 at 1:41 am

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3,335: Mexican Minipops Week

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More Mexican Minipops…

🇲🇽📺 Odisea Burbujas 📺🇲🇽

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🇲🇽🎤 Paulina Rubio 🎤🇲🇽

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🇲🇽 Vicente Fox 🇲🇽

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🇲🇽🎭 Cantinflas 🎭🇲🇽

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🇲🇽⚾️ Fernando Valenzuela ⚾️🇲🇽

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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May 23rd, 2017 at 12:09 pm

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3,334: Mexican Minipops Week

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Back in April, I did a week of German Minipops. I called it German Minipops Week. It was fun. so I’m gonna make an effort to do something similar every month. This week (starting a day late, somewhat appropriately) it’s Mexican Minipops Week.

I enjoyed doing the German Minipops Week in April, so I'm gonna make an effort to do something similar every month. This week (starting a day late, somewhat appropriately) it's Mexican Minipops Week 🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽

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🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽 Blue Demon 🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽

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🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽🎤 Timbiriche 🎤🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽

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🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽 Subcomandante Marcos 🇲🇽🎉🇲🇽

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German Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.
Mexican Minipops Week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5.

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May 23rd, 2017 at 10:08 am

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3,332: Fußball in Berlin, games 23 and 24

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Friday night was another local derby for Tennis Borussia, the last of their eight Berlin derby games of the season, away at FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf. I went to see Hertha 03 in March. Nice little stadium. It was grim and rainy and cold that day, Friday was a lovely warm evening. The weather and the visiting team made a big difference to the attendance, too. I’d been told that a lot of Tennis fans went to this game last season, and it was no different the other night. Hertha 03’s average attendance this season has been 183. Their previous highest attendance of the season was 275. On Friday, it was 407.

They had laid on extra staff, too, compared to the last time I was there. Someone grilling sausages, a couple of lads sorting out the beers, and someone else selling cakes, the proceeds of which were, if I remember correctly, going to the girls team.

It was a monumentally fun atmosphere. Chatting, singing, balloons. The deeper one gets into being a fan of Tennis Borussia, the more rewarding it is. I like that when I walk to get a beer, I can now say hello to someone I’ve spoken to at another game along the way. It’s not the football quality, of course, it’s a feeling of being part of a group. This is obvious. But I have struggled with the idea of fandom over the past few years. I had issues with the New York Yankees to the point where I just stopped supporting them, I’ve not felt comfortable with some of the things the Cruz Azul ownership has done, and the Diablos Rojos del México’s new policy of only hiring Mexican players makes me very angry indeed. But here, with the Tennis fans… it sounds sentimental, a bit mawkish maybe, but it’s so nice to feel at home even though I’ve only been to seven of their games. And that’s entirely down to their fans.

Tennis took a 1-0 lead into half time. And made it 2-0 just after the break. They lost 4-2.

On Sunday, I went down to Neukölln. A part of the city I never really went to when I initially lived in Berlin. But since I’ve been away, it’s become the cool part of town, because of the cheaper rents. A friend and I went to see SV Tasmania Berlin v SC Staaken. This is the Berlin Liga, the sixth tier of football, one tier below Tennis Borussia’s division. Before the game, Staaken were top of the league with four games remaining. A victory over third place Tasmania combined with a loss from second place Eintracht Mahlsdorf would give Staaken the title. Staaken won 1-0, but Mahlsdorf won their game, too. Champagne on ice for another week when the title is purely in their own hands: win one game, and they are champs.

In a way, Tasmania’s ground Werner-Seelenbinder-Sportpark is kinda perfect. It’s small, has some seats in the middle, and terraces either side of those seats on both sides of the field. One end of the field, where several balls were hoofed, there’s some trees. The other end, some benches and tables were a bunch of people sat, drank, and watched the game. I went to this game with a friend. It was her first live football game since seeing Arsenal at the [Name of Airline] Stadium. Thankfully, she enjoyed it. As always: live football is fun. Be it a shit game or a good game, there’s usually something to enjoy.

While we were there, I met Ben, a British photographer living in Berlin. He takes great photos of football in the lower leagues. If you like photos and football, he’s worth a follow: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Web site. His photos are very much better than mine.

My next game (Thursday) should be an exciting one: it’s the Berlin Cup Final between FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin and Berliner FC Dynamo at my local stadium, Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark.

And, finally, the old style naming of the Berlin Fußball Project now seem a little pointless. What started out as an inside-of-my-brain school project to see the eleven Berlin teams in the top five tiers of German football was completed in the middle of April. I am, though, still writing about football in Berlin. So I will continue to link to the posts until the end of the season.

Fußball in Berlin:
Hertha BSC v Eintracht Frankfurt, (25/2/17)
FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin v 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (18/3/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v SV Lichtenberg 47, (19/3/17)
Berliner AK 07 v FC Schönberg 95, (22/3/17)
SV Empor Berlin v 1. FC Union Berlin, (23/3/17)
VSG Altglienicke v FC Viktoria 1889 Berlin, (25/3/17)
Berliner FC Dynamo v Hertha BSC II, (29/3/17)
Hertha BSC II v FSV Union Fürstenwalde, (1/4/17)
Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06 v 1. FC Frankfurt, (2/4/17)
1. FC Union Berlin v Erzgebirge Aue, (5/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Berliner AK 07, (7/4/17)
SV Lichtenberg 47 v SV Victoria Seelow, (14/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Hansa Rostock II, (15/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v Hertha BSC II, (20/4/17)
FC Strausberg v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (23/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v Charlottenburger FC Hertha 06, (26/4/17)
SV Babelsberg 03 v FC Energie Cottbus, (28/4/17)
SV Germania 90 Schöneiche v SV Altlüdersdorf, (29/4/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v FC Mecklenburg Schwerin, (30/4/17)
1. FC Frankfurt v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (7/5/17)
Tennis Borussia Berlin v SV Grün-Weiss Brieselang, (12/5/17)
SV Empor Berlin v SV Tasmania Berlin, (13/5/17)
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf v Tennis Borussia Berlin, (19/5/17)
SV Tasmania Berlin v SC Staaken, (21/5/17)

A wee bit of artwork
Minipop Nos. 1,312 and 1,313: The Horrors and Reggie Watts


The song in my head when I woke up this morning
What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber

On this day
Animated GIFs for IBMblr, 22 May 2014

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Happy Birthday (Altered Images song)

Self-promotion
Flip Flop Flyin’ Flip Flop Fly Ball
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May 22nd, 2017 at 9:11 am

3,315: Self portrait as eleven poles

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This drawing began as just a simple play on words that came about after a Brexit conversation. I’d mentioned that I would happily give up my British citizenship to still be an EU citizen. I don’t care about being British. It’s nothing to actually be proud of these days. I would rather be German, Spanish or a Pole. Yep, simple silly word play. Sorry.

The poles, left to right: the ceremonial South Pole, utility pole, lamppost, baseball stadium foul pole, barber’s pole, Bavarian maypole, windsock, Voladores pole, pole-dancing pole, totem pole, flag pole.

A note about the totem pole: it is intentionally not a representation of any particular group’s totem pole. Native American groups and artists take their work seriously and, naturally, own the rights to any representations of their poles, so I didn’t want to copy anyone else’s work *cough* so I drew one that is out of my own head, but inspired by the general vibe of a totem pole.

A wee bit more artwork
Continuing the recent food drawings: here’s some tacos al pastor.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Your Type by Carly Rae Jepsen

On this day
The joy of Ichiro, 5 May 2009

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
List of countries where Spanish is an official language

Self-promotion
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May 5th, 2017 at 5:15 am

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3,307: My Minipops

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A few weeks ago I got an email, someone was kind enough to give me a heads up that there was someone out there doing embroidery work that looks a lot like my Minipops. And that this someone had their work featured in the T magazine section of the New York Times. I clicked. And this is what I found.

Hmmm.

I had a look around the Internet and found the below images on another article, where my influence is mentioned. Seems like someone thought they could copy my Minipops, and then when she had exhausted that resource, continue to copy my style. My Minipops in the left column, her work on the right.

So I emailed her. In her reply she acknowledged my influence, told me that she mentioned my influence to the Times, and that I am mentioned on her Web site (which I’ve had a good long look at, and can’t find that mention*), but went on to say that she comes “from the school of thinking that “art cannot be created or destroyed, only remixed.”” Which is convenient, isn’t it? Very convenient that your school of thinking allows you to piggyback off my idea, my work, my hours and hours and thousands of hours to get yourself a sugary write-up in the New York bloody Times and exhibitions in New York.

(* update 29 April: She added the press release that mentions my influence to her Web site at some point in the last day. Here’s a screenshot of her site from a couple of weeks ago, and another from this morning)

I wrote an email to the public editor of the NY Times. Someone else had also done that. They addressed the issue. Saving you a click, here’s what they wrote:

I realise I am biased in this matter, but the reasoning there is weak as fuck. The writer finds her art “charming” and she is “gaining momentum and attention.” Those are not good reasons. Well, they are, but they’re bad good reasons. It also seems like the artist, having told me she mentioned my influence, didn’t do that.

The New York gallery showing her work put a post about the NY Times piece on their Instagram. After someone else left a comment about this issue, they described my work as “her inspiration spring board.” I replied:

I had a look the next day to see if there were any other comments, but the post on their Instagram had been deleted. Interesting…

(I should note that I did some mental calculations after writing that comment: tens of thousands of hours is probably a bit of an exaggeration. I regret not doing those calculations before writing the comment. Ten thousand hours is probably about right, but not “tens.”)

The artist herself has turned off the comments section on any of her Instagram posts, too, that had comments left by other people about this particular topic.

Since then, I received an unsolicited second email from the artist. She is “aware of a vehement negative reaction to the piece that the NYT T/style magazine has just run about me,” and that it “must stem from a misunderstanding.”

Oh good, well at least it was only a misunderstanding, eh? And, apparently, “[i]f anything, it is an homage to your work.” She goes on to tell me other 8-bit imagery like “Nintendo, Atari” have also had an influence, which seems weird considering they all look like my drawings not like “Nintendo, Atari” stuff. In her more recent work she often puts characters next to each other and in the email seems to feel like this means she is doing something different.

There’s a lot more waffling on, self-justification. Y’know, I can understand this. It must be a pebble in the shoe of happiness to have this issue come up at this moment in your career. Doing some mental gymnastics to free yourself of guilt is what lots of us do at various points in our lives.

She finished her email like so:

“Never have I thought that what I was doing (beyond my first exploratory quilt) was anywhere near copying you. If, beyond this misunderstanding over images of this quilt, you still feel that I have copied you, such feelings are unmerited and unfortunate.”

So there we go, it was all a misunderstanding. It’s not an apology, so it can’t be considered a non-apology apology. But it’s along those lines, innit? Me feeling angry and annoyed by this person’s work is “unmerited and unfortunate.” Aw, well, if that’s how you feel, I’ll just stop, right? That’s not how this works.

So, yes, here we are. A heads up for you that this exists and I’m not cool with it. I feel like this person has created a career for herself off the back of my work. She may no longer be actively copying my work, but she’s still ripping the style, and would never have got to that place had it not been for copying my work in the first place. It feels wrong. I’m not happy about it. And I wanna be that pebble in her shoe. Minipops, these tiny pixelly versions of famous people, are mine. I’m proud of them and the many hours I put into them.

And for meta commentary, here’s a pixel drawing of an embroidered version of a pixel self portrait.

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Best Song Ever by One Direction

On this day
Old drawings, 28 April 2011

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Structural coloration

Self-promotion
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April 28th, 2017 at 3:02 am

Posted in Blah blah,Minipops

3,305: Pixels

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Here’s some more recent pixel drawings. I’m very much enjoying using pixels at the moment. There’s a reason this burst of activity has come about, and I will write about it in the next few days, but I need to be, um, in a certain frame of mind to write what may be a long post. I’ve been meaning to do it for about a week, but I’m not ready yet. Hopefully tomorrow or Friday.

So anyway, pixels. Here’s a self portrait as an air dancer:

Here’s something that is pixelly, but based on the idea of pixel as a defined shape. That defined shape here is a triangle in this instance:

Introspective by the Pet Shop Boys:

Bratwurst im brötchen:

Currywurst:

Kraftwurst:

Some Minipops: David Foster Wallace, Die Antwoord, Graeme Souness, and David Bowie and Mick Jagger.

And finally, a pixel drawing of an embroidered version of a Minipop self portrait:

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Issues by Julia Michaels, again

On this day
Puebla, 26 April 2011

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Fractal

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April 26th, 2017 at 4:38 am

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