The one where Oba buys a MacBookPro with Retina Display

One of the most stressful and extravagant purchases I’ve made in a long time finally materialized as tangible goods on August 9th 2012. Using the excuse that my partner would not return the MacBookPro 2010 edition that I lent her a few months ago, I am now the wistful and financially-burdened owner of a MacBook … Continue reading

A measured perspective

It’s been a long work day so I wasn’t expecting to sneak in any art but I just about had time to do the first exercise in Chapter 8 of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. The chapter concentrates on sighting to put things into perspective and the first exercise asks you to … Continue reading

Experimenting with Picture Formats #2

The next exercise in Chapter 7 of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is to draw the negative spaces around a chair and in doing so, inadvertently draw the chair. The brief also included practising the principles of a base unit and keeping the drawing in proportion. Naturally, I mixed in another picture … Continue reading

Experimenting with Picture Formats #1

After the last few drawing exercises I took some time off to regain confidence and read some more of the drawing book. I am now tucking into Chapter 7 which explores negative space and the idea of a base unit of measurement to maintain perspective. Chapter 7 also introduces the notion of composition: how best … Continue reading

Down tools and get back to work

The enjoyment mixed with intermittent frustration of my arty holiday-come-extended-weekend is drawing to a close (pardon the pun). Time to down tools. Tomorrow it will be back to the day job, managing a team of software quality analysts. Talking of tools, drawing can be an incredibly cheap pastime. I splashed out on a snazzy pencil … Continue reading

Accessing the right frame of mind: drawing wrong way up

Over the last few days I completed the next group of exercises in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. The task was to replicate a series of line drawings upside down and whilst doing so, become conscious of “R mode” or thinking dominated by the right (creative) hemisphere of the brain. The theory … Continue reading

Let the games begin! London 2012 Olympics

The Olympic opening ceremony took place last night and from a starting point of incredulous scepticism about the whole idea of a Danny Boyle show, I reached the crescendo in admiration of Danny’s creation and the work of all those who helped put it together. It was a proud moment for Great Britain. A quick … Continue reading

Drawing Taylor S

Over the last four days I haven’t found enough spare time to continue the exercises from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain but I did manage to pick another model and do 4 “stretch-sketch” exercises. The first two were drawn on the same day when I was in a good mood and pretty … Continue reading

Two months post Diablo 3 launch

For me, Diablo 3 – which I’ve hardly mentioned since before it’s launch on May 15th – is an enjoyable way to pass the time and/or throw off the stress of the day. The artwork is pretty darn gorgeous too so the game also fuels my passion for art, computer graphics and game development. If … Continue reading

Caroline’s Vase

Continuing with the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain book, I’ve just started Chapter 4 “Crossing over: experiencing the shift from left to right” in which the author helps the reader understand the shift required to move from L to R mode thinking. The first exercise is to draw the classic vase/faces optical … Continue reading