I didn’t really do anything productive today. At night I went for a drive on Mount Hamilton Road past the Lick Observatory. I had never been that far and was tempted to drive all the way to Patterson or Livermore but that would have taken 2 hours to get there and it was already past midnight. Besides, it’d be much better to drive during the day to enjoy the views. The coolest thing I saw tonight was the abandoned car (pictured below) that looks like it might have been burned and a coyote on the side of the road but it was too dark and my camera couldn’t capture it.
The day started off awesome. It started with a walk at Lake Cunningham with my buddy then followed by some day drinking downtown. I can’t hang like I used to because when I got home I passed out and woke up hours later thinking it was the next morning. I’m a little bit hungover but still feeling good.
I also got news that all people, 16 and older, living or working in Santa Clara County are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, days before the rest of the state becomes eligible. I signed up and got my appointment set for later this morning.
The website to schedule an appointment is https://vax.sccgov.org/home
I went back to Casitas de Esperanza on Friday, not to work on the map mural but for their Easter event. It was open to all Amigos de Guadalupe residents They provided food for all guests and an Easter egg hunt & toy donations for the kids. Right before they released the kids to go hunt for Easter eggs the staff used my map to help line them up based on age. It made me so happy to see the map being used and to see all the kids running around having fun. I posed for a few pictures while was there too.
Aside from a bit of touch ups and a good cleaning, the contiguous United States are done. I still need to lay down Alaska, and color in Hawaii to be officially done-done. In a few days Casitas de Esperanza is having their first annual Easter egg hunt, for all the kids housed via Amigos de Guadalupe, and they’re accepting donations for pre-filled Easter eggs. I bought a bag of plastic eggs and chocolate candies and loaded them up. I also drew a different smiley face on a each egg.
I drew myself as the titular character from the original Donkey Kong video game just for funsies. Fun Fact: Mario made his first appearance as “jumpman” in the Donkey Kong arcade back in 1981.
Here’s my sketch for the project I mentioned yesterday. The idea would be to paint the names of all 50 states on concrete and make it as colorful as possible. I’ll wait to see what the organizers think before finishing this in case they have other ideas.
An opportunity came up today to design & paint fun interactive paintings on concrete at housing project in downtown San Jose for kids to play on. Think hopscotch & four square. This opportunity came via the arts nonprofit Local Color. I and a couple other artists are waiting on more information from the organization, and for dry weather, before we can begin.
In other news, I penciled the this 3 eyed vampire kid as a Thank You card for me to ink later.
It feels like an adventure, exploring new places with the help of a map. Instead of carrying a sword I got a small pocket knife. My phone’s gps serves as my compass. Grant Park has wild pigs and Hyrule has moblins. Today (Wednesday) I came across a hallowed out tree that looked like the the entrance to level 1 from the original Legend of Zelda for the NES. I was wearing my Zelda: Wind Waker mask today too FTW.
I did something I’ve been avoiding for months, if not years. Getting wrapped up in a video game. I didn’t want to spend countless hours in front of the tv but here I am. I started playing “The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap” a few days ago and now I’m hooked. I spent all day Tuesday playing it and even though I’m enjoying it, I’m also feeling a little guilty, like I should be doing something productive.
I had a great Saturday evening full of love, warmth, care & respect, to say the least, and I’m very thankful for everyone & everything that made this evening possible!
I’m back on my bullshit! Today I left one of my 1-Up buttons at Lake Cunningham Park on a little sign near the Tully Road entrance. I hope someone finds it otherwise I’m taking it back, or moving it, the next time I’m there.
I went hiking again today at Alum Rock Park and went to see if the button a I left on the log 4 days ago was still there, and it was. It sat in the rain and got a little rusty and I took it back home with me. I decided, prior to taking back the button this afternoon, that I don’t want to do sticker or button drops (for people to find) at Alum Rock Park anymore. It was a lot of fun the couple times I did it but I also felt weird about leaving stuff behind at the park. It felt like borderline littering. I also don’t want to encourage others to leave stuff, in hopes someone else will pick it up, and I don’t want people to come to the park if it isn’t to hike or experience nature. I still want to do Finders Creepers drops in the future but not at a place like Alum Rock Park, out of respect.
Friday afternoon I went on a hike at Alum Rock Park on some trails I hadn’t gone on before. This time I took a button with me and left it on a tagged up, fallen tree, on The North Woodland Trail near the #18 sign post. It started raining a couple hours later and I don’t know if it got claimed or sat in the rain and got wet. The button doesn’t have my Instagram handle, email or web address, just a pattern with my log on it, so it’s highly unlikely whoever finds it is gonna contact me. I wonder what they’ll think it is when they have zero reference to my logo or who I am.
The sticker I left at the top of the Sycamore Switchbacks Trail at Alum Rock Park was claimed. I left it yesterday about an hour before the park closed. I thought maybe some kids had found it but it turned out to be a hiker who I crossed paths with at the bottom of the trail. He picked it up soon after I left it and he DM'd me on Instagram today and let me know. The Gram's been pretty quiet all day while we wait on the presidential election results. I uploaded my latest creation which was a picture of my head with a body made out of multiple pictures of my head. It's simple but fucking weird and it made me laugh out loud. I also got back to redrawing the letters on the Layla-Mae project, Next I'm gonna ink the background. We'll see what happens tomorrow.
I took another sticker with me on my hike at Alum Rock Park today. Last week I left a sticker at the bottom of the Eagle Rock Trail and the person who claimed it DM'd me on Instagram four days later when she found it. Today I left it at the top of Sycamore Switchbacks Trail where it meets the South Rim trail. That's about a 40 minute hike uphill from the Penitencia Creek Trail the bottom. I left it there at 4:00 PM, which is one hour before sunset, and 1.5 hours before the park closes. It's possible that it already got claimed because as I was coming down the hill I heard voices of young children above me where I had just left the sticker. It's possible that the voices came from the busier trail below and I just heard echos because I saw no one else on the trail ahead or behind me the whole way. I just hope that it doesn't get blown away and whoever finds the sticker contacts me when they do.
I took some stickers with me on my hike at Alum Rock Park today. I didn't stick them anywhere but I did leave one for someone to find at one of the information kiosk things. It's at the bottom of the Eagle Rock trail across from the Rustic Lands parking lot, inside the compartment above the letter R. If it's still there when I go back I might take it and put it somewhere else.
Tonight I took apart the two puzzles my grandma and I worked on while she was here at the house these last few weeks. It was fun working on them for hours but it was frustrating taking them apart. (as seen in the video below) I dropped grandma off at my aunt's house this morning and we agreed to do a new puzzle together the next time she visits.
Today my grandma and I finished the 1000 piece puzzle we started a couple days ago. Afterwards, because the air quality was good, (from the wildfire smoke) I went on a 5 mile hike/walk through Alum Rock Park and just a few minutes ago I sent off the revised design for that little job I'm working on. Time for bed.
My grandma and I started a new puzzle today. It's a collage of a bunch of old school games & toys. Together we did the border, minus a few pieces, before she went to bed. I took a break then came back to do a little more. The next thing I know it's been 6 hours and I've completed half, if not most, of the puzzle.
I hung out with my buddy today who I haven't seen since March, before the shutdown. We met up at a park, stayed socially distant, drank some beers, drew in our sketchbooks and caught up after 6 months. On Sunday I'm driving up to Ukiah to visit my cousins. I don't think I've seen them since Christmas and I really miss them. It's gonna be hot as shit but we'll still have a good time, plus they have AC. I've been needing to see friends and family after sheltering in place for so long. I always feel better afterwards. I like to think of it as recharging the soul's batteries.
My grandma is visiting and, since we have plenty of time to kill at home, I thought it'd be a great time to start a new puzzle together. We did one a last year and it was a lot of fun. It's really interesting to see how my grandma tackles the puzzle versus the way I do it. She groups pieces by color then starts trying to put them together. I like grabbing pieces then looking at the poster to figure out where they go. That's how we roll. We're a few hours into this puzzle, and as you can see in the picture below, we're using two tables to work on it. I think the puzzle we did last year only took us a couple days and I kinda hope this one takes a little longer. If we finish early I'll probably go and buy another puzzle and maybe a game to pass the time with grandma.
More byproducts from working on the Eyes & Mouths drawing. I draw these to warm-up and test the different pens before inking the main piece. It's a great exercise and fun to get loose with these before getting super focused inking the big one.
Everyday before inking my latest 3 pieces (bottom pics.) I've been warming up by drawing on these 4"x5.5" cards or the backs of old envelopes (not pictured)
Pardon the shitty quality of my iPhone 6 camera. I'll be upgrading soon :)
My work requested some recorded mixes of music I'd play at weddings, that's quick-mixed in & out of. I tried a few days ago and couldn't do it. My mixes fell apart after a couple songs. I feel that most music I play at weddings sounds better when people are dancing to it. Without an audience, most wedding dance music feels flat to me. Today I tried again but used a few songs I wouldn't normally play at events, focused on what makes me dance and had fun with it. It took a long time to choose the songs and listen to them to find the in & out points. When I finally recorded it it took me two tries to get it right/good-enough. In the end I made this 13 minute mix that starts in the 60s and works its way to the 2000s