Aug 31, 2010

And speaking of lists...

Did anyone else have to read that strange book "The Listmaker" in year 7 English? We all unanimously decided (in our herd mentality wisdom)that it was a terrible book, on account of it being almost a centimeter thick. (YEAR 7!!)
Despite this it wasn't entirely a bad book. I felt my first pangs of intimidated, all-pervasive inferiority when a friend of mine at that time said that she actually enjoyed the book. I was intimidated because everyone else had decided they wouldn't, and yet she was sure about her honest feelings towards it, and comfortable with those differing from the majority of the 12 year olds around her. It was kind of awesome, in the traditional sense, like amazing and scary and profound all at the same time.


How to Find out a Classmate's Name
  1. Ask a Friend
  2. Ask someone you've seen talking to them
  3. Listen when the roll is called
  4. Check the roll to narrow down possibilities
    (If roll is illustrated, +10 points)
    (if roll is out of students' hands, -10 points. check Unit Mailing System for names)
  5. Facebook search the possibilities
  6. If profile picture is ambiguous, double-check against count of friendly mutuals
  7. Friend friendly mutuals
  8. Google possibilities
  9. Listen out for name in conversation (auxiliaries can be a boon in this)
  10. Just admit you don't know, and ask them.

Procrastination Techniques, August 2010
  1. Dinner
  2. Pretzels
  3. Mundane Facebook posts
  4. Rewatching of youtube links you've been sent
  5. Personal Hygiene (ie. Shower)
  6. Vacuuming
  7. Pondering whether socks feel dirty enough to be changed
  8. Checking email, FB, every website you're a member of for messages to reply to
  9. Pondering deep & meaningfuls like life, career, and why your mother never taught you to sit still & work for hours at a time



Some ideas I've been having.

Aug 25, 2010

Superfast Jellyfish

Illustration HW, reinterpreted...

I don't quite think that's what we were supposed to do.

SIGH so far off the bandwagon that I can no longer see it on the horizon.

Aug 23, 2010

Tired :/

Succint summary of my life at this juncture?

haha not really. Had a homework project for Illustration class to uh... depict our "changes of state" at each part of the day. 7.30 AM, 12 noon, 7.30 pm and midnight. I've literally forgotten this assignment 4+ times after having it succinctly explained by classmates on 4+ separate occasions, that's how much its potential bores me.

Does anyone else get embarrassed in telling their housemates/familymembers what their teachers are asking them to do in Design/arts subjects?

For the record, my last Sunday:
  • 7.30 am: Hit the snooze for another bit of shut-eye because my dreams are more awesome than IRL.
  • 12 Noon: Eat a can of soup, doodle on my tablet some and ponder absently about the state of the world. 
  • 7.30 pm: Walking and wanting to be anywhere but here. IRL is boring :/
  • 12 Midnight: Sleeping? :/
Yeah it's not really wow, so I guess I'll try and depict mental states? I go up and down during the course of the day...  :/ :/ the blue was meant to be my dream. There was this person in my dream... aahh it's too hard to explain '_';

Sunday Work

US & Canada, of APH, and a skit from Colbert Report.

| Julia, Tony & Enough Rope from the Aus electorate.

Errr re-levelled this & added texture coz it looked a bit washed out...

HRM been feeling very political this weekend. Finishing the last work on Adamo while eating chocolate, watching back episodes of Gruen and Chaser, unwinding from the spin with some Daily Show & Colbert Report. Thankyou IVIEW for making it all available at my fingertips!
I used to prefer John Stewart but Steven Colbert's done a few really good ones recently. They're both lovely, really. John should watch his weight.

HMM so I'm gonna teach myself to draw things that aren't cute, spongy cartoons at some point. Again. From scratch. Look forward to it!

Aug 19, 2010

Leaders of the Free World

New page of Visual Diary... mix of uni notes, ideas & fanarts. :>

Collaboration! Vera, Marijka, Virginia & me.

So I'm collecting albums these days. It's part of my post-splendour new music kick, though not all of it is new.

Right now: Grabbing Angus & Julia Stone's Down the Way and A Book Like This.

Most Recent: Brand New's The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me, basically got because I found myself falling for their track "Jesus", and so I expected the rest of it to be that mellow... and it wasn't.

Just Worn In: Elbow Discography. I really loved Elbow's Seldom Seen Kid, which I'd discovered on the plane back from Queenstown a year ago. Finally I got to grabbing all of their stuff. Just now, just today (well last time I was all-nighting a project), I finally wore all these songs in like a new shoe and now I really, wholeheartedly enjoy all of them. Which makes me a fully-versed Elbow fan, I guess.

A discography by an artist is a big gamble, and undertaking it depends on your willingness to still love that artist after hearing tens of hours of material that might span decades. Even if you love one album cover to cover and want to hear more, getting the entire catalogue of their work is a BIG step, and it usually shatters your preconceptions of what they're about. No matter how much I loved the Pillows while I was at RMIT, I've still to get through their entire 15-year back-catalogue, and the old stuff sounds REALLY aged (1990 for god's sake!).

It's a gamble, because sometimes you WILL hate an artist you're meant to love, not for lack of trying.

It's like that if you decide to try out an artist, too. Do you go for the newest album? The best-selling? The most acclaimed? What's a good "in", after you've heard a song or two or just read a review that tickled your fancy?

Well I can't say that I'm any better at the game after a few weeks of heavy collecting. But it's still fun, and I'll stick with it until it stops being so. And hey, you can just delete stuff that you don't like. :>

So anyway (while I'm procrastinating), here's a list of my inbox atm:
  • Tame Impala - Innerspeaker (A bit cool, better live)
  • Angus & Julia Stone - A Book Like This, Down The Way
  • Arcade Fire - Neon Bible, Funeral (heard someone raving about them across the room, grabbed 2 albums from either end of the career I think? still undecided :/)
  • Arctic Monkeys Discography (Retrospectively realised these guys are awesome.. but... I'm still a little overwhelmed with a wall of rock-sound after all this indie tripping.)
  • Bliss & Eso - Running on Air (I really enjoyed Flying Colours, rhymes are a bit juvenile sometimes but that's part of the FUN. And their samples are wicked, and include Kasey Chambers....WAITWHAT?)
  • Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago (You gotta expect something awesome from a guy who locks himself up in a cabin in the wintery woods and, while hibernating, puts together a soulful healing album. It's lovely, even the tinniness of homebrew recording is.)
  • Brand New - The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me (I thought I'd like the later album better, but the song that got me interested was my "in" on this album. Like a few tracks now, not sure I'll ever like some others. Heavy rock sound, I'm just not in the mood for it)
  • Elbow Discography (love it! Covers the same ground as Coldplay but not radioplay-murdered, and his voice is LOVELY.)
  • Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (I liked Demon Days once I wore it in, and a lot of people didn't... I think less people will like Plastic Beach, but I've kind of been on an electro-kick. It hit the spot for me. These cartoons are friggin' COOL.)
  • Jamie T - Kings & Queens (He sang that Sticks & Stones song, ya remember? One of my first albums after Splendour and every minute hit the spot, esp. in contrast to Tame Impala. I've overheard it now, and his slummy brit-rap is really hard to understand sometimes, but it's kinda more poetic than just rap about being young and getting drunk/high a lot (looking at you Eso).)
  • MGMT - Congratulations, Oracular Spectacular, Climbing to New Lows (HMM I was really into MGMT for a week there, and Congratulation's hard to hear if you like OS a lot. I got sucked into thinking about it as a Take That Stupid Fans album, like a lot of ppl did, but reading some heartfelt interviews kind of warmed me to it. And by that point I'd worn all the songs in. I've got some ANCIENT tracks from their uni days, too. Heheheheh...)
  • Mumford And Sons - Sigh No More (I think everyone has to have this album, if they're into indie music in 2010? Like Angus & Julia Stone? I really like it, some of the lyrics are a bit hmmm for me, but their raw energy and passion is lovely. But uh, really..."folky".)
  • Passion Pit - Manners (Another post-splendour one. Seeing them live was fun as... they kind of filled the hole that Congratulations didn't)
  • Philadelphia Slick - Culture Industry (Heard some of their raps on T61 and really enjoyed them... looking forward to this)
  • School of Seven Bells - Disconnect from Desire (They had 2 albums, not sure if I got the right one? Love the atmosphericness of it, but some tracks are hard to tell apart. Not worn in yet)
  • We Are Scientists - With Love & Squalor (HAHAHaha IDK if you should invest in music just because you like the videos. I like a few tracks, but it's that harder rock sound that I'm not feeling atm, and kinda simple.)
I really, really need to clean out my inbox.

HAHHAHAHAHAHAaaaa time to get back to work! '_'

Aug 14, 2010


Book Cover Design - Two jacket flaps on left and rightmost, back cover, spine then front cover in that order.

Final result will be vaguely like this, x4. THIS IS PROGRESSING while Adamo is ticking precariously close to due dates.

Will I manage all of this while still taking time off to board?


Aug 10, 2010

10 things

10 things that I would rather be doing than designing letterheads:
  1. Drinking
  2. drinking for free
  3. eating cheesecake
  4. Dancing
  5. getting high
  6. yakiniku party
  7. getting paid
  8. making comixxx
  9. snowboarding
  10. correcting people on the internet

10 things I would rather not be doing, than designing letterheads:
  1. cleaning bathroom scum
  2. listening to annoying people
  3. going through chemotherapy
  4. studying for Japanese test
  5. trying to get somewhere on public transport
  6. getting centrelink to pay me money
  7. dying in a vat of acid
  8. haering my first Justin Bieber song
  9. listening to my employers argue
  10. having to pay for things
10 things I did today instead of designing letterheads:
  1. pet the cats
  2. look up music videos on youtube
  3. look around facebook for something to comment on
  4. bit of inking on illustration project
  5. think about my new haircut
  6. eat orange cake
  7. refill my teapot
  8. braid my hair
  9. tell the cat to get stuffed coz i needed my lap to work
  10. ponder deeply about what to have for lunch & when to have it

Aug 9, 2010


& I'm really really excited.... :>>>>>>

Now to find time to do them all between uni work, HMMM.

I'm like a husband, finding things to do at work to avoid going home. *SIGH* I need 5 canned soups for every week day in the week I think.

Aug 8, 2010

siberian breaks


crying lightning

We Are Scientists - After Hours.


Aug 7, 2010

Collecting Input / doodles

An update about all the stuff that I've been doing the last couple of days, besides running around after deadlines...

Pretty much all of it can be summed up by listening to lots of new music, feelin' the CRAZY BUZZ and.... MGMT.

I am unrepentant, or at least not COMPLETELY repentant. Also more of the boys from That Oneshot that is still in inking progress as we speak (tab on the LEFT actually tells you how far I've gone with it, and helps bring me a sense of achievement!).

I've started up a secondary blog, because we had to for school. This is pretty much the INPUT, or a link log for everything I find (usually on the internet and atm, music vids) that inspires me.
So I will put all my OUTPUT on this one, namely illustrations, designs, etc etc etc.
Ima give the link on my sidepanel for my own reference.

Come to think of it I might make a list for my school projects too, and make me stay on top of it...

Man my scarf smells like I've been to yakiniku, and I don't know why, because I was eating vegetarian last night. :/

SOOooo anyway
Quotes/drawing during a design talk | Flash Delirium Video dudes, from when I first saw it | They're just so young, angry and shirtless, yaknow??

URF I'm too lazy to de-line them. Should I get a planner with no lines? I probably should.

School stuff:

Thumbnails for bookcover series where a HAND represents fear. Somehow.


INPUT BLOG: Minty Xylitol

Aug 4, 2010


Museum of Modern Oddities - the logo monstrosity
A bit of a monstrous logo. Catching up on design projects after my recovery... taken a page from Nick from PP's book (I keep seeing him everywhere it seems...) to go wild with my projects while I have the chance. He had some awesome advice for us kids.
Do I really want to be a Designer?

HMMMMM *shrug* IDK

3 big ones and a test next week! Wish me luck, and 26 hours in a day.

Aug 3, 2010

Time to Pretend

SOoo... PFWOAH. Got back from 3 days attending Splendour in the Grass, which is a big musical festival. I was gonna really think about something to say about it, but then I didn't. I spent 6 days in QLD overall, driving around (sitting in the back seat while somebody else drove around) looking at beaches and enjoying the balmy weather and searching for crocodile burgers, which are a local delicacy.

Yes. In Australia, we EAT CROCODILES.

It was a discovering journey. I'll leave it at that until my brain recovers, lol... so I fell straight into the lap of four separate deadlines, looming up beyond the crest of next weekend in what promises to be a mad rush among mad rushes... and it doesn't help that I simply don't care anymore.

It's hard, when your life's just been about sitting in a car, squeezing through festival crowds and finding a not-too-dirty t-shirt in your suitcase. To put all those heaving weights back on your shoulders, pick up the trailing strings of all those things you're trying to follow up and make happen, all those things you owe people and all those things just beyond your reach. To get back into the gravity of it all.

And I got all these great ideas, on the buzz of extraordinariness, that I don't want to just stew there to oblivion like they usually do. A few nice chances and things that for a change I don't really want to let slip by.

I'm keeping myself in a flurry of activity that'll hopefully stave off the real comedown, when that shadow catches up with me.

SOOOoo, pictures!

What would happen when two OCs meet?

Two people I saw on a plane... with an Iphone and what should have been a LOMO camera, lol.

Also I got kind of a (maybe?) chance of being published in a tiny mag and I don't really know what to send them. I'll let that one stew away as well.