it would appear that t42 is finally started and a new blog has appeared! [lotus ink blog] will now be discontinued and all new posts can now be found over at the new...

t42 [ sketchblog ]


art pun on the run

Jill said I should do a vignette-y painting. I heard Vin Yeti. I sure do wish t42 was up... or even started.


we are thinking of rebranding in the near future!

I am in possession of a new sketch book. After 5 years I finally finished the last one. I'd almost forgotten the joys of the crease shadow when scanning. So amateur but so authentic! Yeah, Jill helped pretty my Ariel up.

Hmm, what else is new... oh we're still oogling Vector Magic after many months and thinking of purchasing a license. It looks like a pretty fun program for digitizing traditional stuff. Though I'd likely use it more for lineart, here's an example of what it does to watercolour. Looks just like it from a distance but now it's gained great powers of scaling! Well it would if it wasn't just a screenshot. You can try it out for free at http://vectormagic.com/home

I guess the only other things I have to say for now are: District 9 was a great movie, custom framing is expensive, and I wish I knew when Diablo 3 was being released! Oh, and after much deliberation we might change from Lotus Ink to Tea 4 Two (with applicable website/blog/card/etc. changes) because we (think) we have a better idea of what we want to be now and this rebranding will be more a mutual effort than my tagging along with Jill's Lotus Ink. It's better done sooner than later.


back to business

My position with UTM has come to an end, all the work is finished up, and while it was a great three and a half months I am beginning to realize how much I put everything else off to the side during that time.

One thing in particular that scared me was when I checked my lotus-ink mail, which I generally trust to redirect to a personal mail I check daily. That is one frightening inbox and I am currently doing my best to sort through the incredible amount of spam that is not filtered and find the important things that may or may not have actually made it to my personal inbox!

Also, yesterday marked the first time all summer I sat down and sketched for fun, and it really made me reflect on how exactly the years have drained that spontaneity and why. That's still a thought process in progress and I will need to discuss with peers and friends.

So, my thoughts at this point are that I am happy to have a couple of weeks now to reassess priorities and pick up on some neglected areas. Among other valuable lessons, this summer has driven home the fact that I am a poor multitasker and place all my energy in one place at a time. Perhaps not a bad thing, but good to know.

And with that, I'm diving back into my inbox and other such tasks and ending this on a radishing note.


images of my utm summer

Summer BBQ at Lislehurst for the labs I've been working in that I was lucky enough to be invited to! The party is in the back, but there are a couple people from the lab chilling out front. The property is the residence of UTM's principal and it's pretty much the coolest place I've ever been.

Samples of work. The first was a gift for my supervisors, the rest are illustrations of Rhodnius Prolixus reproductive and digestive systems for the Orchard lab's work.

Myself at work in the lab!


summer shirt shuffle

iRO is hosting a summer t-shirt design contest with Cameesa and my first design has been approved.

"voting" is a bit different on this site, compared to Threadless. you have to give support by "crowdfunding" which is basically prepaying for a design you like to get it printed. you can check out the specifics on supporting here.

check it out and give support here!