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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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3,402: Who’s That Girl

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Who’s That Girl by Madonna was number one in the UK thirty years ago. A long time ago, eh.

Not one of my favourite Madonna songs, and not a song I listen to very often, frankly. I never saw the movie of the same name. Or heard the soundtrack album. Kinda strange that it’s credited as a Madonna album on the sleeve even though only four of the nine songs are by Madonna. More pertinent to not listening to it very often, though, is that it’s not on The Immaculate Collection, her first greatest hits. More often than not, unless I wanna listen to specific non-singles, I will just open up either of her first two best ofs.

I like best ofs. But my brain likes them best when they follow a couple of rules: every single, and in chronological order. The Immaculate Collection does the later, but not the former. Even if we ignore her first two singles (Everybody and Burning Up) which weren’t hits in the Billboard or UK charts, It’s missing a whopping eleven singles from between 1983 and 1990: Angel, Dress You Up, Gambler, True Blue, Who’s That Girl, Causing a Commotion, The Look of Love, Oh Father (UK only single), Dear Jessie, Keep It Together, Hanky Panky.

One could definitely argue that if you were gonna drop eleven singles from a singles compilation they chose the right eleven to drop, but still.

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’
28/6/2017: It’s a Sin

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Cut to the Feeling by Carly Rae Jepsen

On this day
Steven Robinson, 19 July 2012

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Mezcal

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July 19th, 2017 at 12:05 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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
List of World Heritage Sites in Mexico

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July 16th, 2017 at 12:17 am

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3,398: Fun fact

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The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Bad Liar by Selena Gomez

On this day
Hopkins seascapes, 15 July 2012

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
World Heritage Site

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July 14th, 2017 at 11:28 pm

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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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Anchorage, Alaska

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July 8th, 2017 at 3:27 am

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3,390: You’ve Got Mail

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It’s not a new observation to note that technology dates a film fairly quickly. I watched You’ve Got Mail (1998) again the other night. Entirely marvellous film. Meg there with her Apple Powerbook 3400, Tom with his IBM Thinkpad 300. Both of them typing with the flourish of concert pianists so that we know what they are doing, which I guess must’ve felt entirely necessary to do, especially cos up until the Internet being a normal part of daily life, computers in films were just things that nerds used.

The computery intro still looks great, though. Yes it’s dated, but it has dated quite well, I think.

And this is what they onscreen stuff looked:

Aaah, I love that film. When I visited New York in 2008, I went to the place where they met at the end of the film to do this.

Mostly though, when I watch You’ve Got Mail, I am reminded of how nice it was to visit New York. Something I did quite a lot in the last decade. It’s eight years today since I left the States for the last time. And I’ve mourned the loss of the U.S. from my life in the traditional ways. The last couple of years, though, it feels so abstract. That country might as well be a blank space on a map. I’ve blocked its possibilities out. It’s like China. I’d like to go one day, but that’s about as far as I will let the thought go. That’s a bad comparison. I have no burning desire to go to China, but the desire to visit the U.S. again has just been suppressed so much that it doesn’t even feel possible anymore. Mostly the U.S. is Mexico’s neighbour for me now. It’s easy to suppress it when you see bad things about it, (the current president, etc.) but it doesn’t take a huge amount to bring the feelings back. You’ve Got Mail does that.

A wee bit of artwork

The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Starálfur by Sigur Rós

On this day
Rocky, 7 July 2014

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Air-supported structure

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July 7th, 2017 at 1:10 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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
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

3,385: Embedding the week

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

On this day
O, 2 July 2009

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Gunpei Yokoi

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July 2nd, 2017 at 1:13 am

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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

Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article
Game & Watch

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July 1st, 2017 at 1:54 am

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