Hello, blog. Yes, I know.
As much as I’d like to recount the Incredible Adventures of Rindo McAwesome in the Orient, I’ll leave those for another time. Or possibly never, my forgetfulness and lethargy being what they are. So let’s skip the tales of cop chases, saving damsels in distress and other feats of derring-do, shall we? Bigger developments are afoot.
I’ve been drawing!
Living in Singapore without a smartphone is a disability. It’s not so much the inability to navigate in the city (a big problem indeed; I’m known for being more directionally challenged than a pickled turnip) or missing out on the innumerable apps that make hailing a cab, finding out nightspots with great deals, and life in general so much easier; the thing that irks me most is the abject boredom in subway rides! While the rest happily stalk cute friends of friends on Facebook and hurl birds at pigs with their iThingies, I have to resort to more Neanderthal means of entertainment: a sketchbook and pencil. And nowadays, the Zig.
My pencil work is always messy, and I hardly bother to clean up afterwards. I just sketch layer upon layer until I get a semblance of what I have in mind, and leave it rough-hewn. “It adds character,” I tell people. I’m plain fucking lazy, I tell myself.
Enter the Zig. Folks, it’s a dream. Blacker blacks, cleaner contours and it’s somehow… swift. It feels so good running that nib across paper and masking the imperfections with a rich flush of black. God, I drool just thinking about it.
Observe. Svelte super-women, but dull. Lifeless. Woefully inarticulate. Nothing is more frustrating than a lissome figure that’s ill-defined.
Now, look at this. Sharply etched muscle and, if you know your hatching (I don’t), excellent texture differentiation. Isn’t Death dandy?
Of late, I’ve been trying dynamic poses and stuff that action heroes are wont to do. Let me tell you, the pencil roughs were shit, but the Zig magicks them into clean-cut figures of men in action. Satisfaction.
Being off the internet for 2 hours everyday does have its benefits. Drawing semi-nude women is therapeutic.