Sunday, 30 October 2011

Continuing the Commute

So between quitting my old job and grabbing a new one (which I like a fair bit more than the last) I've been scratching away in my lovely little watercolour sketchbook. However I only just realised that I've actually been drawing scenes featuring the tube (that aren't sketches of other commuters) on my commute.
fuck you tuesday

It has taught me to get myself out of bed in the morning...

forever sleepy
....but I'm always tired...I'm sure my body will get into the swing of things soon though.

halloween train
I quickly scribbled this little scene on my tube journey home late yesterday evening. Was really funny seeing the commuters in their smart suits next to the kids in their costumes. I saw some amazing ones this year including a very accurate Mad Hatter (Tim Burton version) and one of the creatures from Avatar (in a full body sock dyed the right colour an sewn together, very impressive!)
Happy Halloween!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

back to the streets

Well I desperately had to do something to get the creative juices going again and fell back onto my old favourite of street fashion to get a good quick piece done an to make myself want to sit in front of vast stacks of paper and far too many scalpel blades again. I think it worked! I still really like how they look before I ink them up, but yeah I'm still not a big background fan so a handmade collaged background like this...probably not on the cards anytime soon. (unless i FINALLY make time to do my goddam overdue Royal Tanenbaums project...)
wallpaper cardigan

(found the girl over on this beautiful blog  http://www.missmoss.co.za/)

Sunday, 2 October 2011

MINT

I've wanted to blog about my trip to the Mint Museum of Toys in Singapore for a while now. I was really blown away by it. I can't believe I'd never heard of it before considering I get out there every year.
I LOVE how toys from Japan an China were so colourful!
The Mint Museum is a collection of over 3000 toys from all over the world dating from the mid 19th century up to today.
I totally fell for the patterns that featured on a lot of the older toys from more eastern reaches of the world.
There were a few odd things in there!
This panda's face had me laughing to the point where I think I probably embarrassed my dad.
There were a few recognisable bits around (why is there no Star Wars jewellery?)
Loads of astroboy stuff,
Including this massive statue as you came into the museum (taken with my old film camera). I really want to get into Astroboy more. I love the way he's drawn, it seems so cheerful but it's such a sad story too!

It was really fascinating to see how culturally ambiguous alot of toys have become nowadays. Back then they were produced, of course for a mass market, but took on more characteristics from the culture from which they came from and were less interested in appearing "western".
I'm always a sucker for a creepy toy....
The toys are owned and collected by Chang Yang Fa, there's not much about him online, an there isn't much about him in the museum either. But I'm greatful he's decided to share just a fraction of his collection with the public!