Monday, January 30, 2012

Most Of You, Before You Fall.

January 30th, 2012, Monday

Whatever happened to that resolution to use pens that are more agreeable? I would say this biro does not fall into that category. In fact, it the antithesis of that category. I hate the way this biro looks on my skin. No, wait, not that. It looks okay. It is easier to shade when using a biro. It is probably just that it takes more time. It is probably more what it is like getting an actual tattoo (though, of course, only in comparison to the pens I usually use; I, in no way, think getting a tattoo is this simple). I hate that using this biro is more time-consuming, more calculated, less spontaneous; after every single line, I have to scribble on a piece of paper to bring the ink back because it is so resistant to drawing on skin.

 I am not so good at being patient. Most of the patterns I draw do not take more than a few minutes (with exceptions, of course). Photographing them adds time, but it is not the most arduous process in the world. Using a biro completely changes the aesthetic. Perhaps it is just this biro, though. The Lord knows I have drawn with a biro before and liked it.


The nail varnish I am wearing is I Vant To Be A-Lone Star from the Texas Collection by OPI. It's a pretty good dupe for Eyeko's Rain, which is a blessing.


Three wonderful new songs [at least, new to my ears]: Phantogram's Don't Move; Foxes' Youth (thank you, sister, for making me listen to this; you are endlessly excellent); Grimes' Oblivion.
Foxes' Youth doesn't sound like much at first, but the end is almost excessively good.

Ten posts this month?
This is unheard of.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Blood Them, The Hounds.

January 25th, 2012, Wednesday

What the heck? I know, right? What's with all these edited photos?
I'll tell you what is with them: I keep on using the trickiest mediums I have to hand.

On Monday, it was a bad blue pen, today it was a white ink from Windsor & Newton. When will I learn? Using white ink is like riding a unicycle: no matter how much you've practised, it's still a surprise if it turns out okay. It was not a surprise today. On top of that, it photographs poorly. That's what I get for trying to mix it up (what a fool I've been).

I swear I'll return to the comfort of black soon.


Two ladies who deserve all the love they can get: Canadian Grimes + Japanese Kaji Meiko.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Meets The Eye.

January 23rd, 2012, Monday

I remember now why I never use this blue pen: it's really
tricky to photograph the resulting patterns. Hmm. I'm not sure what I think.

It looks like I'm not actually posting any songs from the Old Boy soundtrack (at least, I haven't yet), but with these nails + the blue pattern (first blue drawing in a long time), there is no way I'm not about to post something from the TRON: Legacy soundtrack. I really, genuinely do not understand why people didn't like that film. It is one of my favourites, and not in the same way that the film Mean Machine is one of my favourites. I honestly think it is one of the best films I have ever seen.

Perhaps some people were just unable to see past the gaming aspect of it and saw it as a nerdy / childish film, but that's shameful. It's worth watching for the sound editing alone. And Olivia Wilde's performance. And the visual effects. No, fuck it, just watch it.


These are my two (current) favourites from the album. They are more subtly wonderful than some of the more famous tracks (like DerezzedThe Game Has Changed, Rinzler, Recognizer...) but equally as brilliant, if not more so. What is so phenomenal about the album is the way Daft Punk seamlessly married electronic + more classical music to create a completely original and unbelievable sound. It is shameful that this album didn't even receive an Oscar nomination.

If you haven't already identified it, the nail varnish I am wearing is 17's Magnetized Nail Polish in Blue.

[Eighth post this month? Someone's running with the big dogs.]

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Right Now, Today.


January 20th, 2012, Friday

Sometimes, there are days that seem to just suck a little more fervently than usual.
Friday was one of those days.

Later on, it improved a lot, but at the time of drawing, I was just mad.
Pointy pattern, pointy mood.
(Pointy birds.)

The nail varnish I am wearing is, hello, two of my currents favourites.
Teal We Meet Again from the Sephora for OPI collection
and Barry M's Foil Effects polish in Gold.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Swim Back.

January 13th, 2012, Friday

I crossed another item off of my new year's resolutions list yesterday. It was one of the more important ones. It is also my birthday in two days time. I am in a nice place of in-between: I am post-stress, pre-excitement. And how do I fill this in-between time? I paint my nails and draw a pattern. (How wild.)

Today's pattern reminds me of the sea. Perhaps it is the pattern or perhaps it is the nail varnish or perhaps it is the combination of the two, but I can't help but think of Shirley Hughes' book Enchantment In The Garden when I look at my hand. The illustrations in that book are phenomenal. Of course, every Shirley Hughes book is exceptional, but the illustrations and story of Enchantment In The Garden seemed, to a young me, like part of a dream. I highly recommend that you find a copy and gobble it up with your eyes.

The nail varnish I am wearing is from the Sephora for OPI collection and it is the colour Teal We Meet Again. My endlessly lovely sister bought it while in Canada and gave it to me for Christmas. Can that girl get any better? Not that you'd know, but, no, she really, really can't.

[It feels quite sleazy linking to something I was given as a gift, but I feel like I've phoned it in if I don't provide adequate links. Also: gee whiz, do I ever wish Sephora was in the UK; how beautiful are these eyeshadows?]


An excellent song from an excellent film (the film that provided the title of this post).
I don't think the soundtrack is actually made any more, but you can still buy it second hand, like I did.

The music over here has all been rather piano-y of late. (Am I going through a phase?)
Something different will probably be featured soon, though, so don't worry if your ears
are weeping because of all these soundtracks.

Though, a warning, the Old Boy soundtrack is on its way to me, so you might have to
wait a little while for something less filmic. Or you could just not listen to what I post.
Would you just look at all of your options!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Of The Hour.

December 17th, 2011, Saturday
New York

Hold the phone: three posts in as many days? Someone's on fire.
(It's me.)

This was pattern was drawn with a 'tattoo pen' (for children). I was, of course, not about to ignore it.
I don't love the glitter, but it's amusing enough.

My nail varnish (bought that very day) is Essie's Enuff Is Enuff.


Probably my favourite Bill Withers song...

Monday, January 09, 2012

Tilting At Windmills.

courageous + open-hearted

January 8th, 2012, Sunday

Two days ago, I did something that required me to cut my nails very short. I hate having my fingernails flush to my fingertips. It hurts the skin around the nail. (I'm not sure why. Perhaps I am just in the habit of beating my fingertips against things.) With short nails, typing is tricky. Tying shoelaces is tricky. Using my phone is tricky. Getting a good hold on a pen is tricky. Scratching an itch is impossible. However, the thing that required me to cut my nails short was on my list of new year's resolutions and it was wonderful being able to cross it off.

The nail varnish I am wearing on my masculine nails is Barry M's Foil Effects Nail Paint (there's free shipping on ASOS, but the purple version is only available here on the Barry M website). I ordered some clothing from ASOS when I bought this varnish and have returned it all, bar this. This is a little silly, as I'm not exactly thrilled with this nail varnish (I would have preferred it to be a little more yellow, though it does only need one coat). It was just the best of a bad bunch.


Two classics...

This version of 'Mad Rush' isn't the full thirteen-ish minutes, but
it was the longest I could find + it's still delicious.