For the past few weeks my drawing hand gets numb whenever I use my computer at home (sit desk). It doesn't seem to happen when I'm using the mouse as work (stand desk). I'm not really sure what's going on, but I suspect it's a pinched nerve somewhere else in my body that is causing this. Will be asking a RMT about it tomorrow!

As a result, I haven't really been drawing much at all, especially not at the computer.

Here's a picture I drew of my holiday party outfit this year. Most people assumed that I was going to wear a bag dress (as usual), so I decided to SHAKE THINGS UP and go with a full menswear-inspired outfit, inspired by cool people like Esther Quek from older-era, DapperQ, and of course, Janelle Monae.

I came pretty close to replicating this drawing IRL, save for a few things:

  • Didn't find a knitted tie in time...
  • Opted out of the flower pin for a pocket square instead! Well, the pocket square was just a piece of scrap fabric
  • My tie bar was a bobby pin, ha! SO CHEAP!

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Oh, I drew my own hair part wrong. Everything is mirrored...

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A while back, I also drew some stuff to get embroidered on to a varsity jacket! I'm really happy with how it all turned out! Everything on the jacket was designed to represent some aspect of myself, so it is very personal. Kudos if you can figure out how everything is linked to me...!

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I also sewed on the Love Love Hill patch and put on Saicoink and Wai's pins.

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Today's music post: Grand Poppa by ZAMAGI chill japanese hip hop!

Let me tell you about some things that I like...

Sapphire crystal watch glass.

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I'm currently sporting The Hemmingway watch from Hawthorn Watch Co's kickstarter. It has all the features I need in a watch: highly contrast watch face, 3 watch arms, numbers, and date. I toyed with the idea of getting an automatic watch for a while, but decided that the reliability of swiss quartz movement is more functional for me and what I use watches for (running to meetings, timing workshop activities, etc.). Automatic watches also tend to be way more expensive, taller, and mostly marketed towards man-sized wrists. The Hemmingway is definitely on the bigger side for my wrist (40mm) but I guess that makes it easier to read time as my eyes get older. It always aggravates me I see "women" versions of watches that are tiny and bejeweled to the point of non-function!

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The watch I had prior to the Hemmingway was a Grenen watch by Skagen. It was the first "adult" watch that I ever bought, for the purposes of looking like a legit workerbee when I went to client meetings, etc. I remember within 1-2 days of wearing the Skagen it already had a permanent scratch on the surface (you can see some of the scratches in the photo). The strap is also not replaceable and has begun splitting after a couple years of wear. Many reviews on the Skagen website also note the same problem. The strap problem plus the mineral crystal glass led me to retire the watch . I love the look of a lot of Skagen watches, but the quality of the make is just not good enough!

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I have accidentally banged the Hawthorn watch on many things before and it shows no sign of wear! Sapphire crystal totally makes a difference (even if it is domed/raised, which you would expect would scratch more often). Apparently sapphire crystal is second in hardness to diamond! Will see how long this watch survives!

In other news, I have updated my Bludit to 2.x without a hitch, so now the RSS feed works!

Music post: What's That Perfume That You Wear? by Jans Lekman. This artist was chosen by one of my colleagues as a song that might represent aspects of my personality... interesting!

Looking at drawings from 10+ years ago and it doesn't really look stylistically that different from how I draw now...I just draw slightly more confidently now perhaps? And probably some general technical stuff I'm better at drawing (clothing and hands?). I still admire ppl a lot, but I'm also at the point where I've settled in to what I do artistically (even if that means I'm not the best).

I started to draw the comic mentioned before, Here We Are.

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Loosening up my inking after 2010 was a good idea I think, probably both visually and physically (for my hand).

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Some day I will also draw buildings better, haha!

Today's music post: It Ain't Fair (The Roots feat. Bilal). This song really reinforces all of the garbage that has been happening in the world... lyrics are here.

Continuing my screaming about glasses, I drew Victor's glasses based on this description:

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It ended up being a mix of baroque achitecture and also period clothing. Baroque patterns are so complicated and intricate! I can't keep up! In the end I wasn't sure how to incorporate the detail about "naturally grimy"???

Today's music post: Every Time I Close my Eyes by Backstreet Boys. An oldie but a gooder. One of my favourites from their early albums because it's more vocally rich with harmonies. I also love cheesy dramatic monologue.

In other news, Kendra and Kat (please check out their webcomic, zines, and more!) were kind enough to do a writeup/review of SUPER LIFE ON THE HILL (SLOTH). Thank you both so much!! It is always so interesting to hear back from our readers!

GUESS WHAT I really love glasses. I have noticed that when some of my colleagues were glasses, I like them infinitely more. I don't understand my own shallowness for glasses, but it is real. They make me so happy...

For some reason I was thinking about Touken Ranbu, but with glasses instead of swords. So I drew my current pair of glasses, Blackfin's Frazier in red/pink, into a male character.

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It was pretty fun to lift industrial design details and transfer them to fashion!

  • Red/pink rims turns into red/pink shawl lapel jacket
  • Diagonal line hatch detail on frame arms turns into jacket lining
  • Blackfin logo turns into shirt pattern
  • Notched gray temple tips turn into moto pants

Today's song of the post is GUY.EXE by SUPERFRUIT!