2011/03/28

Low-budget travels


 
Many people go motorcycling around the World without a penny in their pockets. And I wonder how much money is really without a penny. Because you can’t even buy a bus ticket without a pot to piss in. Anyway, my only way to travel these days is reading borrowed travel books. And yesterday I went to Tirana. For free. 

2011/03/17

There's no harm in trying

In the past, I did some wood carving, but linoleum is definitely easier and faster to cut. Last week, I got some linoleum sheets and I couldn’t resist! Five minutes later I was spreading a thick layer of gesso over the panels; neither sand paper nor délicatesse as I wanted the surface quite coarse to add texture… and because it is easier to draw over a white background. I was so excited that I forgot to take a shot at this stage.
I always choose the Royal Talens (Van Gogh series) Burnt Sienna acrylic to paint fast sketches. Since I was a child, I always felt a strange attraction to earth tones, don’t ask why.

All right now! At this point, you should already know who are they. Don’t pay attention to the types above, they are not a clue. It’s just I have a horror vacui syndrome.

Then I made a fast proof with the aforementioned colour and discovered a new and exciting path to explore, which, of course, I won’t show you yet.

And thus, the first sketch is done. See you next week!

2011/03/14

My new tumblr: Men & Gods

 

Men & Gods is a place to share with you all the things that inspire me. All the books I read. All the films I see. All the paintings I would paint if I had any talent. I guess you get it. I am not ashamed to say that I directly stole the name from the Henning Haslund’s book Men and Gods in Mongolia*. A book you should read. Because I told you to.

* Taken from the back cover: “A first-person account of travels among the Torgut Mongols by the Swedish explorer who accompanied Sven Hedin on his exploration of Mongolia and Central Asia in the 1920s and 1930s. Full of colorful incident of shamans, bandits and brigands, the book takes us to the lost city of Karatoka in the Gobi Desert and gives us a front row seat at the birth of a new nation”.

2011/03/09

Half an hour drawing


If Tabasco sauce is between 2,500-8,000 Scoville heat units, the mere sight of a Naga Viper pepper with its 1,382,118 might kill you. So, this makes the little bastard as lethal as a Basilisk. You have been warned.

2011/03/03

Visualizing your goals




Yesterday, my devoted girlfriend told me about using motivation techniques to give my career a boost. She thinks I’d stop bothering her with my complaints, as I am always grumbling and mumbling about mastering the arcane principles of being creative. So, this is how I visualized my successful outcome in great detail.

2011/03/01

Warming up the engines!

The magical first post. You are expecting some kind of stunning introduction about this blog. So here we go, Ladies and Gentlemen… “Welcome to my blog. I hope you will keep on following me here”.
Joking aside, this is the very first time I create a blog, so I feel like a child with a brand-new toy or a traveller with a one-way ticket in his hand. Welcome aboard and enjoy the ride!