Friday, March 16, 2018

Finally Finished My Art Piece

I finally finished my Chun-Li piece!!! This took FOUR weeks...though four weeks of 30 mins here, 10 min there, a lunch hour here and there for weeks. The odd time on Fridays and weekends....

I didn't make a background for her but figured it was better as sort of a 'sticker' and then put the hearts behind her. 

Done! Now back to my other projects...

Chun Li Fan Art

Monday, March 12, 2018

Case of the Mondays' - Weekend Summary and Some Photos

Some days it just doesn't pay to talk to people.

More on that in a minute...

I had a pretty decent weekend this weekend.  Friday I got a chance to draw more. Saturday was a day where we slept in, then went out to take the pup for his haircut.

For the dog's haircut we dropped him off and it would take a couple hours until completed so went out to the big mall for some lunch and a bit of shopping at the Japanese dollar store (in reality, $3 store but who's counting?).

I ate some Chinese food (you know the pick 3 items type of Chinese food) which wasn't too bad and then went to the aforementioned store. Turns out they've signed a contract with one well known dollar store in Japan so the new products coming in will be different and plentiful. I was shocked (and excited) to pick up some of the single serve drip coffee's I enjoyed while in Japan.

It was interesting too as they have a new way to ensure better customer service by having the staff when asking you if you need anything or any help they then hand you a laminated square of paper with a letter on it that you put in your basket. This way at the front when you're paying they will see which employee talked to you. I knew what it was immediately. Japanese customer service. It can only help in a world where you go into a store and either can't find anyone to talk to or ask questions or help from, OR if you do find someone (IT'S A MIRACLE) they never know what or how to help you (nor do they care). They don't normally hand out cards in Japan but they are focused on the customer and on service so this may be how they're trying to 'up the customer service' at this store at least.

Sunday was basically a low key day too where all we did was go get a few groceries, hit up Costco, eat lunch and hang around home doing laundry and watching some TV.

So lately I've come into work and have made the mistake of talking to people that seemingly only want to ask you a question, wait for your answer and then make a point of telling you how wrong you are for whatever it is you're saying.

At lunch it was the same today. Anything brought up today was met with either a judgement of why something you mention is stupid incorrect or they don't agree with. Anyone wonder why I don't say much around certain people at work? Heh. I think for a while I will heat up my lunch, walk back to my desk and eat there.  Not every topic has to be a battle of wits people...sometimes its just a casual conversation.

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Drawing Evening - Yay!

Melon Soda
Tonight it's just me with the pups down here on the main floor.

The wife is too tired from the week so has already retired upstairs to bed.  The pups won't settle down this early so that's why I get to stay up with them and am I ever happy for them for this reason.

It's not that I don't want to go up to bed, it's that I've worked all week and the last thing I want to do (even if I'm dead tired) is just go to bed shortly after supper (that and I'll wake up at 3 am and not be able to get back to sleep).

I'm happy because it gives me yet more time to work on my personal projects (art) which helps my overall mood. 

It's interesting when I'm in the thick of drawing something, it's nice even if I only get a half hour here, 20 minutes there, because the rest of the time then I'm thinking "how can I draw those hands", or "...I wonder if I should do it in a painterly style or like a cell shaded style like in animation....". 

So that's what I'm going to do tonight. I'm at the kitchen island with my tablet and I'm going to draw, watch videos and text back and forth either in my chat program or on my phone.

The photo above is a can of melon soda from Japan that I found at a local supermarket today. Sweet tasting but really good.

TGIF! And A Desk Move

So as you may have noticed, I've changed the layout of my blog site here. Just customized the look a bit. Think of it like changing the layout of furniture in a room. 

Today was the big move at work. I was the last (and my partner in crime as well) to move my stuff. Literally it's only moving about 10 feet away from my old spot.

Good thing about moving spots is that you can toss a bunch of stuff you don't need and were holding onto for some odd reason.  Perhaps that's why I felt like changing my blogger layout too. *shrugs*

My new spot at work

Behind me. I have levels!!!
I'm still drawing my Chun-Li picture. My favourite lady from one of my favourite video games Street Fighter.  Still makes me smile knowing that I've been fortunate enough to be able to play the game in the Capcom Bar in Tokyo against a Japanese worker there with my favourite character. I nearly won!  With regards to the drawing, I'm hoping I can finish it up this weekend. Just want to throw in a texture background or maybe just a painted looking colour background...pastel maybe...

I'm thinking this weekend I will install the tensioner arm on the truck. A guy at work had a great tip for when I undo the old one. Take a bungee cord and place it around the belt so when I remove the tensioner, the belt won't come off of all the pullies. Good tip! 

I think we're going to the arcade at the big mall this weekend but I never know until the weekend is in motion if the plans will actually happen or not. 

That's all I got for now. 

Happy Friday Everyone!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Tired But Drawing Anyway....

I'm tired out. It feels like the day's been a long day. I think it's sometimes like that when I'm not SUPER busy at work. It's still good though.

I had a large coffee tonight earlier and now have my tablet and am drawing for the next maybe half hour or hour before bed.

I was happy to get the mail tonight as the auto part I ordered online from Rock Auto came. Rock Auto is located in the states but it's super easy (and even with exchange and shipping) and cheaper than what you can get parts here for.

I had to get a tensioner arm and pully as the one on the truck is shot and making a ton of noise. $45 including shipping and exchange. Not bad for maybe 5 days shipping from the states.

That's all I got for now. Onto the drawing..

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Saturday Birthday, Food and Silliness

Today's been a pretty good day. I ate what I wanted, had a coffee and danish treat for myself earlier when getting my haircut. It's handy as it's right across from the haircut place.

For supper tonight I was treated to a nice amount of Japanese food. It was really good and included things like:

Sashimi (raw fish)
Sushi Rolls (with the rice around them)
Teryaki chicken
Miso Soup
Edamamme Beans
Takoyaki (Squid in fried dough)

Now I'm full but in the good way.

Below is a video I made showing our pup Seymour and what he does in the freshly fallen snow...such a weird dog.

Small Blog on Saturday Morning

I'm sitting at Art Studio #2 (known as the kitchen table) sipping a latte after picking myself up some birthday breakfast of hotcakes and sausage. It was delicious.

I did something similar yesterday when taking Friday afternoon off. I went out to a breakfast all day place (Cora's) and pigged out. MAN I was full....I had to walk off some of it before hunkering down to more drawing on my Chun-Li drawing.

It's still fun (and that's what's important) so that's good. I started off by working on her sash that has a chineese style dragon and some waves. It looks kind of goofy but they usually do so it seemed to work out nicely (shown below).

I think today will be more drawing which I'm enjoying and then some snow shovelling as it's piling up pretty good outside. Slow and steady. It'll be good to get some fresh air anyway.

Not really a lot else to report. Hope everyone's enjoying thier day!!!