Weekly Blogging Challenge #7: The art of doodling.

I’ve always had an interest in drawing for as long as I remember. When I think about it I believe it comes from my interest in watching my mother create doodles of flowers. She used to leave them everywhere on everyday items that she doodled on, usually while chatting on the phone. When I was younger I was a lot like her in that regard, only instead of flowers it was always some cartoon character I created. 

My interest in cartooning has grown and developed as I’ve aged. I always loved art class in school. In fact in junior high my art teacher published some of my cartoons in the school year book, and when I look at them now I laugh at how terrible they are. When in my early twenties I drew a comic, along with a friend of mine, about a violent, sarcastic, maniacal robot named Killbot, (I know its not overly original) which I still consider adapting into a web comic.  But eventually over the past few years, I stopped drawing often for various reasons. Mainly because I find myself overly critical of my artwork.

Proud as I am of some of my work, over recent years I’ve struggled to finish most drawings because I can’t seem to stop looking for flaws. Eventually I stopped drawing almost entirely, doodling randomly andrarely finishing a project. I guess I hit a creative block of sorts. Since I went back to school in an effort to get myself into a career in design & illustration, I’ve been trying to draw more often to get over that creative block. Drawing is really the only talent I have had for the majority of my life and to be honest I feel like it’s my key to being successful. 

For today’s post I want to share a drawing I did this week, inspired by a friend who was going through a rough time on her birthday. I started this drawing as a way to cheer her up. I decided to post it because for the first time in a long time I didn’t struggle with finishing it. As much as its not perfect and I can point out a million flaws, I’m proud of how it came out. 

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Weekly Blogging Challenge #6 : Take a look It’s in a book.

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With school being finished and not having any homework to worry about I’ve been trying to keep myself occupied. So I’ve been taking online courses and trying to read more frequently in an attempt to challenge myself intellectually. Over the past year I’ve been creating a list of books I must read over the next year. So far I have come up with 5 books I want to read.  I have already finished one while I am currently working on # 2. 

For today’s challenge I decided to share my book list and why I selected each title. 

1) 1984 – George Orwell (Currently reading)

I’ve been wanting to read this book for years. Orwell’s version of a dystopian future,  where society is controlled by a tyrannous party headed by Big brother and individual freedom and thought are a considered a criminal act. Orwell’s vision of the future seems all to real in today’s world of everyday surveillance, and public mind control through the media. 

2) Not wanted on the Voyage – Timothy Findlay (Completed)

A retelling of Noah and the Great flood. This story was compelling, emotional, and an excellent perspective on the well known biblical tale. Be warned, those with strong religious beliefs will likely be offended by the story. But for those like myself it’s a sad, yet hilarious read. 

3) The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank 

One of the world’s more well known books about the holocaust, I’ve been meaning to read through this story for years. I’ve attempted to on one occasion but struggled with this window into one of the worst atrocities ever committed in human history. This young woman’s powerful, beautifully written diary about her struggles with everyday life while in constant fear of being captured has made this one of the hardest books I’ve ever attempted to finish. I plan on finishing this right after I complete 1984. 

4) The War of the worlds – H. G. Wells

I’ve seen the movie(s), the homages and all the other similar style stories that were inspired by this science fiction classic. Most of the pop culture I love has been influenced by this book even in a small way.  Yet I’ve never actually read this story. I’ve been dying to read this for a long time but I always ended up putting it on the back burner for another book. I own a copy of it and can’t wait to cross this one off my must read list.

5)  Catch 22 –  Joseph Heller

A term that has now become a part of everyday language. A “Catch 22” as defined by wikipedia,  is a problematic situation for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem or by a rule. This story has been recommended by many people I know as a must read. Listed repeatedly as one of the greatest literary works of the 21st century and notable for its humorous and satirical take on a mans struggle to survive in the face of an no win scenario. I hear it’s a good laugh on such a serious subject and look forward to giving this one a go. 

Thanks for taking the time to read today’s post. I know its only 5 must read books so far, but I figured keep the list small and when finished start a new one. Based on what I have shared today, I’d love to hear from you readers any recommendations for books you may have read. 

 

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Wicked Wednesday Psychobilly Madness

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Last night I had planned to write before I went to bed, but the girlfriend and I went to a psychobilly concert, which ended up going much later than I expected. Especially for a Wednesday.
So I ended up going right to bed when I got home as I had to be at work this morning.

Despite being pooped and feeling the mid-week blah’s before heading into the show, we both had an awesome time. Headlining the show was Toronto’s The Creepshow, who play a wicked blend of old school rockabilly music with a horroresque theme similar to The Misfits but with a female vocalist.

Now I’ve seen them live before for a Halloween concert a few years back and had a blast. The girlfriend, having been introduced to the band by me had never seen them before last night, so she was pretty excited. The band recently went through some lineup changes with the departure of their lead singer. So it was my first experience seeing her replacement.

Now not that the new girl was terrible, as she had a wicked voice. But throughout the whole set I could hardly understand her because she had no strength behind her voice. She was in tune but was almost impossible to hear her against the rest of the band, and most of the night she mumbled through each song. It could have been no fault of her own and just sound issues, but it really took away from the show.  Despite those issues, the band still rocked the joint and put on a great show and we ended up having a great time.

As well one of the headlining acts was a local band called Fire next time. I’ve seen them once before and they put on a good set. Being my second time seeing them, I was again pleasantly surprised just how good these guys are. In my opinion they were almost better than the headlining act.  The bass player was by far one of the most entertaining and energetic musicians of the night, so hilarious.

In the meantime I’m going to prepare for another show I have coming up this Saturday featuring a local ska band named Mad Bomber Society, who are my second fave Ska artist right after The Mad Caddies (Who I also get to see live next month and can hardly contain my excitement).

Anyway before I go, I’ve decided to share a link to one of the songs by The Creepshow that I love titled “The Garden“. I hope you take the time to check it out if you haven’t heard them already. As always thanks for reading and hope you enjoy the tunes.

Mike

RAWR! Dino 101 = Awesome

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(Cartoon courtesy of Gary Larsen’s Farside)

Man, it’s been a week since my last post and I didn’t even notice, so I apologize dear readers. My new job has me working so hard that I’m exhausted at the end of each day that I haven’t posted in awhile.

As well as the new job, I’ve also signed up for an online course in Dinosaur Paleobiology offered by the University of Alberta. I’m loving the course so far. Really enjoying the lectures presented by Dr. Phillip Currie and his staff. Plus it satisfies my childhood awe of these magnificent creatures that once ruled our planet.

I encourage anyone with an interest in Dinosaurs and paleontology to check it out and sign up and if you’re interested in working together on course material, well feel free to comment or send a private message to me.

Otherwise it’s just taking time adjusting to the recent changes in life. Which has been a little difficult, though when is change ever easy?

So I’m off to watch a few more video lectures before bed. I hope to have something exciting to share with you folks about what I’ve learned by the end of the week. Who know’s maybe Gary Larsen was on to something? Lol