Archive for March, 2012

Sick of spring

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Spring is here again, which means I must suffer from my allergies. In Spring I can’t breathe through my nose without help, I start crying when I’m on the UW campus, and I wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air as though some Sith was trying to kill me. This year my allergies are worse than ever, and I had to go see a doctor once they got bad enough to interfere with my sleep and my work. With the help of prescription allergy medicine, hopefully I will get my life back. School starts again this week, so I can’t get well soon enough.

This will be my final quarter in school. I will graduate with my master’s degree at the end of spring, but until then there is a lot of work to do. I’ll work on Guns & Roses whenever I can, but probably won’t be able to make significant progress until summer.

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Basic Reimu

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Finished following the tutorial.

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My airbrush skills are crap.

Raise a glass to Erin

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

(Erin as in Ireland.)

At last Sunday’s Lunasa concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, there was a sign asking not to take cameras into the theater. I did take my camera into the theater, but it was kept out of sight and never used.



Saturday, March 10th, 2012

It’s my birthday today. I turn 32, and H.C.Staff turns 5. The first two years of the blog’s life (under the name Heart’s Content) were sucked into the Great Palestinian Hackervoid, but nobody remembers the first two years of their life anyway.

One of my classmates showed up on the second-to-last day of class wearing a bright green St. Patrick’s Day shirt. It turns out he is part Irish and his friend runs a bar. He told me that outside of Ireland, the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day is Chicago. This year they are bringing back the St. Patrick’s Parade (cancelled during previous years due to excessive drunkenness) and as per tradition, coloring the Chicago River green.

I’m in Chicago now, and while I will be back in Seattle for St. Patrick’s Day itself, I’m here for a particularly Irish reason: to see Lunasa in concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The best spring break activity ever is also the best birthday present ever.

So while normally birthday posts are the time for me to gripe about how much I fail at life and how I’m so far from reaching my dreams, I’m too happy for that today. Instead, you get this.

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Now some of you may be wondering how I managed to graduate from art school with my work looking like it did in 2002. The answer lies in the fact that people are not the only subjects people draw, although it could be argued that they are the most important.

When I was much younger, I took a personality test to predict my future career and the result was “Architect”. Now that was a complete miss, seeing as I ended up becoming a Systems Engineer. But it did somewhat foretell that I would be better at drawing buildings and other things made out of straight lines. I suck at drawing people, but I can draw everything else. I don’t have the polish of a true professional, but that’s just because I haven’t practiced enough.

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I may not be able to put as many hours into my artwork as I would want to. I may not learn things as quickly or as easily as people who are more gifted. I may fail more often and waste more time and effort. I may complain too much and work too little.

But I’ll be better this year than I was last year.