The King is dead

The King is dead

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Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), aka, BB King died yesterday and left a hole in the world. BB King became one with his Gibson ES-355 guitar (his beloved Lucille) when he played, as was frequently hailed during his lifetime; the man and the instrument fused into a single musical entity. It was this, the inseparable nature of the bond between the man and his guitar, and the intensity of his perfomance that I tried to capture in this 1994 drawing I did of him. I had sometime previously found some black rag handmade paper and hadn't at the time found a use for it. While listening to the radio, BB came on doing what only he could do. That was all the inspiration I needed. Farewll,…
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Rare return to vectors

drawing, Uncategorized, vector
I haven't quite given up on ever drawing meaningfully again. Jeez, when's there ever the time these days. Anyway, I stayed up way too late to do this and as usual, once I started I couldn't stop. I struggled with the eyes on this one - couldn't get them to track correctly. Actually, this was not made easier because when I get tired my right eye goes a bit cross-eyed and I had to work really hard to make it behave. It's not that I mind drawing my cross-eyed state as such, it's more that it just ends up looking like I couldn't get the gaze right! As usual, click on image to load bigger version. This version (below) has had a bit of noise added to it to see…
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Finding China Part 2 – nostalgic futures?

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As with all images on the blog - click on it for a larger view Tongxiang is a reasonable-sized city of around 109,000 souls within the Zhejiang Province, China. In character and complexion it looks and feels much like one might imagine a contemporary, expanding city in China to be. Certainly, the old rubs along with the new, the chic with the shabby, and the rich with the poor. Swanky department stores on wide boulevards shoulder aside ranks of lock-ups jammed with lengths of specialised extruded tubing for supply to the seemingly insatiable construction effort that is happening all around. Cycle rickshaws jostle for space alongside mirror-glazed Mercedes and BMWs. Street food vendors selling exotic nibbles compete for trade against the globally ubiquitous KFC and McDonalds. Construction work and the…
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UK.gov: You didn’t trust us with your ID, so we gave it to private biz

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UK.gov: You didn't trust us with your ID, so we gave it to private biz  Source: The Register Author: Kelly Fiveash An interesting article that outlines the UK government's plans to extend its snooping powers and to force private companies to do its dirty work. As any informed citizen of the UK will attest, the UK Gov has a lamentable record on securing personal data. Beyond that, past experience shows that any new powers will certainly be abused. Consider that contentious and draconian anti-terrorist laws that provide the authorities with unprecedented snooping powers  were pushed through parliament on the basis that they would only be used under the most extreme circumstances as part of anti-terrorist intelligence gathering activities are now being used routinely by petty minded local authorities for purposes…
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Learning to draw – it can be life changing

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At thirty, Betty Edwards' seminal book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, exerted a life-changing influence on my whole approach to learning and in particular, to creative exploration and development.  By following Edwards' teachings I went from a position of being only able to produce the arrested development level drawings of a ten-year-old to a moment, some three months later, when I undertook my first paid commission to create a portrait. It was - and remains - one of the profoundest lessons of my life. A lifetime of being told that only those with some mysterious talent could draw had been radically and empirically proved to be a nonsense. Edwards' message, that drawing is a skill that can be taught - and which SHOULD be taught, just as…
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Intuitive – alas no

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The new Windows 8 Metro interface has drawn praise and scorn in almost equal measure. Widely hailed as an innovative and imaginative departure from established paradigm when used on tablets, it has been roundly condemned when put to use within the PC desktop environment; an environment in which the touch interface seems innately less appropriate. By way of contrast, the Apple OSX interface is commonly held - not least by Apple themselves  - to be an interface of such intuitive simplicity ('it simply works') that the claim has almost gained acceptance as a simple given. A position that I happen to hold on the issue of the 'intuitive interface' is that there is as good as no such thing in real, practical terms. There may a slightly stronger case for…
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