Rambling observations of this and that:

LifeDrawing VS MindDrawing

 Posted by on November 1, 2007  Drawings, Thoughts
Nov 012007
LifeDrawing VS MindDrawing

Often, when I buy a big hard-cover sketchbook, I’m intimidated to even draw in it at all. Instead, I do most of my drawing on scraps of paper, and glue these into the sketchbook, using it more like a scrap book. I buy sketchbooks with the intention of drawing from life but instead I mostly fill them with doodles, things [ more..]

Ralph McQuarrie

 Posted by on September 27, 2007  Reading, Thoughts
Sep 272007
Ralph McQuarrie

Thanks to my generous, good friend Bosco, I now own the new ART OF RALPH McQUARRIE book, which collects a lifetime of fabulous artwork by the famous concept-designer and illustrator. If you have an interest in Concept design in general, or Star Wars in particular, this book is for you. Though you’ll have to wait for reprints as this print [ more..]

Tokyo Sketches

 Posted by on August 29, 2007  Drawings, JourneyMan, Thoughts, Travel
Aug 292007
Tokyo Sketches

I recently found a pile of sketches that I drew when I was living in Tokyo. Back then I often doodled what I saw, perhaps because everything was so new to me and I had a lot of time on my hands, living in a vast, complicated metropolis where I didn’t know many people and couldn’t really communicate very well [ more..]

Jul 312007
The TALE of my Dog

The year that I was six but turning seven years old, my family moved to a new town. I know very well that childhood memories are exaggerated, focusing as they do mainly on extreme situations most likely to leave an impression on us. Our powerful kiddie emotions, mixed with some facts, creates a cocktail that tastes of historical reality, but [ more..]

What’s My Motivation?

 Posted by on June 25, 2007  Elephants, Thoughts
Jun 252007
What's My Motivation?

I’ve been having some trouble with my mental focus these past few weeks. This a common problem when working on my own projects but it rarely comes up when working for “the man.” I am very productive when working for for someone else but when working for myself, I guess I just don’t respect the boss. When I need some [ more..]

May 302007

These days, many artists (even those still in school) have their own web-sites, with links to artists who have influenced them. Hop-scotching around the internet from site to site has been a great source of inspiration for me in recent years. You can see links to artists that I admire on my LINKS page, but some of those who have [ more..]

Apr 242007
Persistence of Vision

Drive-In theatres are fondly remembered for providing teenagers with both a cover story (a trip to the movies) and a relatively private place (a car) for their furtive, mutual anatomical research. But they were also frequented by families with small children. Before the ages of video and DVD, a drive-in theatre was where parents could see movies without having to [ more..]

Unforgetable Memoirs

 Posted by on February 24, 2007  Reading, Thoughts
Feb 242007
Unforgetable Memoirs

In a recent panic that my memory is failing as I grow older, I have been writing my memories down before they all fade away. Surprisingly, this has been an enjoyable exercise, as more and more of my childhood shenanigans have come back to me while writing others down. I certainly don’t have any plans to write a full memoir, [ more..]


 Posted by on February 14, 2007  Elephants, Thoughts
Feb 142007

It is wished for, written about, serenaded and talked of. It inspires some of the best in tree-graffiti, diary-entries, soap-operas and pop-songs, but while commonplace in the popular culture, in real-life LOVE can be very hard to find, and once found it is often accompanied by discussions about “where it is all going” that somehow… make it go. Hate makes [ more..]

A Bolt from the Blue

 Posted by on January 17, 2007  Baker's Dozen, Family, Thoughts
Jan 172007
A Bolt from the Blue

I have a memory of what could easily have been my premature death, had things only gone a little differently… One day, while playing with my toys in the front yard of our house, I hit upon the splendid notion that it would be very interesting to see how far it was possible to run with my eyes closed. This [ more..]


 Posted by on January 8, 2007  Elephants, Thoughts, Updates
Jan 082007

This picture was made with assorted photo textures and illustrates a story about elephants being sedated with ALCOHOL when they are transported in certain countries. Speaking of BOOZE, 2006 has come and gone and along with it my least favourite holiday of all. Some people express frustration with the pressures of Valentine’s Day and Christmas, I even know one reactionary [ more..]

Time Travel

 Posted by on December 18, 2006  JourneyMan, Thoughts, Travel, Updates
Dec 182006
Time Travel

Recently I have been travelling back in time; scanning mountains of old photographs that I have taken from as far back as primary-school and e-mailing many of the pictures to friends. It has been fun to trade e-mails with ex co-workers, school friends, and old travelling companions about the memories that the pictures have dredged up… “Wallowing in Nostalgia” was [ more..]