Saturday, June 16, 2018

Saturday Evening, Drawing, Pup Bike Ride and More...

Well it's another Saturday night with the doggies.  She went to bed early again.  So that means I get to draw and enjoy some coffee and some shows I enjoy watching.

I need to keep pushing on my drawing anyways.

Today I took the one old pup on a bike ride with him in his pull behind cart that I hook to my bike.  It works great and he seems to be okay with it and isn't scared AT ALL.  That helps. I think he's just like the rest of us males and enjoys just getting out for a bit, doesn't matter where, but somewhere....anywhere!

Earlier in the day I did some headlight restoration on my car.  The headlights were very faded and very well....non transparent so had bought a kit a while back that claims it restores them.  Better than buying new housings for 140 bucks a piece I figure. 35 dollars at Canadian Tire.  

It wasn't too hard to use, I read the instructions and followed them and it appears to have worked pretty good though it will be a test of time to see if these things fade out to yellow or something or if they hold their transparency. (Before and after shown below).

I think the evening will mostly be the drawing though have to do more Japan trip planning still.

Hope the day is treating everybody well!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

My Betty Drawing...Using Reference for Pose

I'm sitting here at the messy kitchen island and drawing.  It's fun!

So yesterday while drawing, I decided to draw a Betty Cooper (from Archie Comics) as she was one of mine (and I know others) favourite characters. 

I never use references very often and think that's where my frustrations come in.  I thought as an experiment I would find a picture of a fit girl (since Betty was known for being a tom boy, able to fix cars and you know....DO things) and so used the pose as the reference.  As I drew I began laughing as it clearly showed me HOW MANY TIMES I drew Archie comic characters when younger. I remember making a point to draw literally EVERY character at one time or another and memorizing how.  I haven't looked at ONE picture of a drawing of Betty whatsoever.

The new comics are well....not that great. They have lost their humour that they had and instead have changed to be a 'modern' idiot drama comic with little hints of what the characters were (but without the silly humour, which in my opinion, made the comics what they were).

It seems like they have killed off the older Dan DeCarlo or Stan Gold Berg type of Archie Comics in favour for this new 'teen drama' crap.  Maybe that's something I could try doing...get a written story from my good friend online and see if I could draw one?

Anyway, back to the current drawing.  It's going CRAZY good. The pose was good, and am using some Japanese how to draw 'athletic women' books for parts of say her tummy and torso. It's going great! Who knew reference would help so bloody much. I hear it all the time but my silly brain always thought I should be able to draw things out of my head or not draw at all...that's what I put myself through all my life...stupid stupid stupid!! Hehehehe...

Anyway, I will keep inking her and enjoying the process.

Have a great day!!!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Japan 3.0, Search for More Debt, First Four Days Booked!!

Last night, we booked the first few nights for the upcoming Japan trip I like to call...Japan 3...Yeah I know real original name right? I was calling it "Japan 3, The Search for More Debt" as a Star Trek III spoof title...

We wanted to stay in a capsule hotel someday in Japan. 

A capsule hotel basically is a hotel in which you sleep alone in a capsule. A small area about 7 feet long (if you're lucky), 4 feet wide and 4 feet high. They are stacked two high and the only thing between you and the hallway (and sound and so on) is a pull down curtain...yes a curtain. BUT since I should be able to sleep after the giant plane flight there, it should be okay and funny at the same time...definitely an experience. Here are a couple shots of a typical capsule hotel..
In the hallway of a typical capsule hotel

Inside the capsule.
Now that the area shown is strictly for sleeping, and male and female are on separate floors inaccessible from the opposite sex. There are private showers you can use, shared washrooms and such....much like camping and you can store your luggage there. Since we're just arriving there's no need to worry about a bunch of stuff being stolen or anything.

The next couple days after we are going to the complete opposite of the capsule hotel. We'll be heading out of Tokyo to a tiny small area in the mountains and stay at a traditional inn along the river. I've embedded a map location of where it is below. It's called Kashiwaya Ryokan.

Out there will be nice and peaceful. There are hiking trails, a beautiful river flowing through, a small restaurants and a coffee shop.  We get breakfast and supper included in the price and in the rooms and we will book private open air bath's both nights there.

That's about all we've booked thus far. Trying to figure out an itinerary. Should have it figured out by the end of the weekend I think...

I think I'm going to go for a short walk and then enjoy the evening and weekend.

Have a good weekend!!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Photos from My Weekend

I'm back from my trip and I'm STILL tired. Could be due to the flight too. Altitude seems to maybe tire me out too. Or at least plug my sinuses a bit...

I took random photos of things. I enjoyed eating at both places. Timmies and Robin's Donuts (which I hadn't had in FOREVER).

I just put a whole bunch of photos (and one video of me on the plane. The propeller looks like it's going slow but I have my phone going at 60 frames per second so it can actually SEE the propeller. It's spooky though heh).


Click here to view photos of my trip!

Time to go walk the dogs!

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Snowy Monday

This will be the week that things will start speeding up and flying as I call it.

This week I fly out to see one of my brothers get married. I'm looking forward to it. As much as a wedding can be a stressful situation for all, I'm looking forward to both getting on a plane and being able to visit my family in person once again.

Today I hit the mall and bought some dress shoes. First I went to the Bay and I swear...they wonder why people shop online now....I saw a bunch of dress shoes and asked the sales person if they had them in such and such a size. They told me that oh no, the only men's shoes they had are the ones in the aisles in the boxes on tables. They had none of the ones (that looked half good) that were on display. I shook my head and walked farther into the mall.

Habanero Chicken Burger...So Good..
A and W
I found myself at my favorite shoe store (in Canada at least, in Japan it's ABC Mart) Sketchers. Found a pair right away and was on my way. There is a coupon for next month too so I have a nice pair of shoes I want to pick up before the big trip overseas once again. Should be good for walking the 20 some km we seem to do each day while out there.

Right now it's snowing like crazy once again. The day's been gloomy but also cozy in a way.

I'm going to try to do a video of my trip out to the wedding this weekend though it won't be a lot of 'HEY SURPRISE FAMILY YOU'RE ON CAMERA!' as that's a pain and uncomfortable. It will however be me leaving the city, flying, arriving,  and pissing around the city I lived in for five solid years. I'm looking forward to that too. Just seeing what has changed as it's been 12 years since! (Man time flies)....

I've decided that I am going to buy myself a camera stabilizer for the big trip. I wanted to have it for this but waited too long. Ah procrastination... The stabilizer would be for my smartphone as it seems to take the best video. It's called a DJI Osmo 2. From what I've seen it should be a good purchase.

The weekend was alright. I changed the oil on all our vehicles and Saturday evening I had a bit of single dad time with the pups again but that was okay. I was so lazy I just watched TV, played with the pups and gave them treats before myself, going to bed.

On the way home today, I'll stop at the Asian supermarket to pick up a few things. We're having Soba noodles tonight. I'll pick up some Enoki  mushrooms as well as some green onion.

Guess I better keep working. Have to get SOMETHING done today heh. 😀

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Yesterday Evening, Today and Tomorrow!

Last night was another single dad night out for me and the pups.

Wife went to bed right after work let out so soon as I arrived home, it was time to watch the pups and figure out what I wanted to do for the evening.

I wanted to draw yes but even many days in a row and I need a bit of a break.  I had to go grab a thing or two at the store to prepare the wife's slow-cooker recipe she was bringing to her work's potluck today and decided to stop at the Mac's store and buy one of my vices lately...a LARGE milkshake. This time I went for the strawberry.

I picked up some chick peas and plain yogurt for the slow cooker recipe that I was tasked with preparing last night. It tasted good apparently so that's good.

On the way, the young pup got himself hung up using the window controller on the door....I had it locked out but it must not be working as he was headed for the ceiling and could possibly be harmed further but I leaned over (this is as I'm driving by the way), smacked his paw off the control hit the control to lower it and let him down and grabbed him all in about 1 second so thankfully he'es okay, no need for a vet visit (or worse as I had no idea the window would have that much lifting force....eek).

I can laugh about it right? He's okay so that's what I figure. And my lesson is to not do that again.

Let's see what else...okay I arrived home and instead of drawing (like I wanted to), I decided I'd watch my shows. I only watch a few shows lately, some YouTubers that live in Japan and make videos, some artists that draw and talk while drawing, and a Japanese drama on one app I have that's like Netflix but for Anime and Japanese Dramas.  It was nice but I did overdo it on the milkshake. 😊

Thankfully work is almost over. It's been a good busy day though productive too thankfully. I think i'll make the half a block trip from here after I get out to the Starbucks and have a quick coffee there before heading home. It's funny. I can do that as the traffic patterns seem to be such, that if I leave at 5pm, it takes me until 5:45 to arrive home. If I wait 20-25 minutes and leave, I'll arrive home at I figure I'll use that to my advantage and enjoy a caffeinated drink.

We'll see how the evening is. Hoping for an okay one and then tomorrow is Friday! Friday means I will go see what I need to pick up for the upcoming wedding and then hopefully spend a bit of time drawing too. We'll see.

Have a great night!