Some WIP from chapter 4 of Here We Are webcomic.

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This chapter is ~18 pages long and I'm pretty "behind", since I prioritized my freelance work over this. Lots of travel coming up for me in the next few weeks, and I've been feeling inexplicably extra tired overall. Mentioned this elsewhere, but the locker room was made in roomstyler which made my life a lot easier when it came to drawing in backgrounds. I also have FlowScape for quick nature/forest references (which are going to be coming up in the later half of chapter 4. There is a part of me that wonders how accurately I want to draw a boreal forest with the right trees, though the forest make-up changes depending on what year/era you're in. Sometimes I forget how dynamic mother nature is.

Today's music post: Hyukoh(혁오) on I'm LIVE, sounding really great live (the video has subtitles too). Stumbled upon this band and have no regrets!

I've always been on a mission to find the perfect bag. Every bag I own, I've had some major/minor gripe about, whether in function or aesthetic.

This is going to be about my most recent EDC bag for daily commute/work. This bag only works because I've been pretty intention what I do and do not want to carry, on top of trying really hard to not take my work laptop home! I also wanted something that could fit a sketchbook, or any other "maybe" items depending on the circumstances (scarf, mitten, lunch tupperware, umbrella, etc.) without become an overloaded monster.

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It's a World Famous Web Haversack from an army/sporting goods surplus store. I pulled off the stitched tag on the front. It's a bit of an in-betweener when it comes to aesthetic/style; it's kind of classic, but also kind of casual, but also not so casual that it couldn't work for a more businessy outfit.

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Since the inside of the bag didn't have any pockets (a no-no feature for me), I found a 3-zipper compartment pouch and sewed it into the bag seams around the corners. My needle wasn't strong enough to pierce through the bag fabric, so I went for a minimal viable product (MVP) here.

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I also sewed in a little cotton ribbon and looped in a carabiner. I use this to latch my keys to the inside of my bag for easy access.

I pulled out the tag and got a gigantic wax candle from dollarama and rubbed it into the fabric. It's like colouring with a gigantic crayon.

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I melted the the wax into the fabric with a hairdryer set to warm/hot mode! I'd say that this probably only makes it slightly water repellent, since I also went for MVP.

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Post-melting, the bag looks a-okay! Other than the 3 zipper pockets, the main compartment is just one big hole. Time to fill it up with stuff! Though not too much stuff. I'm always trying to get away with carrying as little as possible. Since I usually commute during rush hour and have to transfer a few times, I don't find that I have heads down time to do much sketching/drawing/music or podcast listening. I've made a choice to be very "present" in these moments (vs. zoning out/going into my own headspace).

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What's inside:

  • Charger and AC adapter for iphone
  • Lightning/audio jack adapter (I hate this)
  • Earphones (not pictured)
  • Tissue paper
  • Bus pass
  • Zipper pouch: friend printed and sent this to me as a memorial to our Germany trip (contents below!)
  • Keys/lanyards
  • Pens: platinum preppy (F) pink, pentel finepoint, gel pen
  • main wallet: MiniCap 2.0 by Anvi Design. really like using this! Fits in my pocket!!
  • second wallet: custom printed pattern of Pinkey from artscow. Mostly insurance/health/membership cards and other knicknacks (aka not daily use)
  • notebook: Aranzi Aronzo Kappa Take Notes Memo Book (A6)
  • foodbar: just in case

What's inside the zippy:

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I'm pretty happy with how this all came together. My only grips about the bag now are that I wish it closed tighter, but it's not a deal breaker since I feel the inside zip pouches are a good secondary level of theft protection. My next bag mission is to move from a 29L bag to a 20L bag for business travel. Stay tuned...!

Today's music post: Glory Box by Portishead. An oldie but a goodie!