old house!

The ceiling is done! 🙌 It was intense, lots of stretching and neck craning. But its done! There’s a few tiny gaps, like in this pic, that I’ll keep for the character but there’s a few big gaps that I need to caulk and fix up a little, from where the wood has been warped by 100+ Carolina summers. But it’s done! Next up is the walls. Then the trim. Then the windows and doors. Then the floor. AND THEN I’ll be done with this room.


Phortune - Unity (1988)


Ursula Rucker - Circe (Rob Yancey Vocal Mix) (1999)

I wanted to try a new watercolour sketchbook I bought recently for my plein-air painting. I did a simple sketch this time with my lightweight Holbein set in a style similar to concept-art works found in Studio Ghibli art-books.

 I painted this based on a photo of a tea house located in a Japanese garden belonging to a hotel located near my house (It’s a shame I can not paint there).  You can see the painting process in the making-of video but to make things short I did not like how the paper worked with the watercolours really much. In the end to “save” the picture I decided to use ink on top of the watercolours to give it a little bit of depth.

Technical stuff:  

  • Medium:  Canson Montval WATERCOLOUR F2 sketchbook
  • Sketch: Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni pencil grade HB & 2B
  • Line: COPIC Multiliner SP 0.5mm
  • Colours: my main 48 colour Holbein set

外で水彩を描くために買ったスケッチブックを試したくて、シンプルな絵を描いてみました。コンパクトな12色のホルベイン水彩セットと2B鉛筆を使って、スタジオジブリのアートブックにあるスケッチのスタイルを目指しました。 以前撮った写真を参考にして、近所の日本庭園にある古い茶屋を描いてみました(ホテルの敷地内にある庭園なので、その場では描くのはやめました)。 最終的にキャンソンのスケッチブックの紙が水彩と相性があまりよくなくて、完成した着色はフラットになってしまっておもしろくなかったです。なので、奥行感を作るためにインクの線を足してみました。


  • 紙: モンバルキャンソン 水彩紙 スケッチブック F2
  • 下描き: HB & 2B Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni 鉛筆
  • 線画: コピック マルチライナーSP 0.5
  • 着色: 48色のホルベイン水彩セット

Laurent Garnier - Essential Mix (30th Jan 2000)

This has to be my all-time favourite Essential Mix., it’s just sublime. He really builds the mix up from avant-guard hip hop to spaced out trance/techno to full on stomping techno. Laurent Garnier is truly a master on the decs, and this would have been a vinyl mix back then. Always dig this one out at least a couple of times a year since 2000.