White on Black

Here’s something that I’ve been working on for a while now.

You know when you have a sudden flash of inspiration or idea and you just want to get it down on paper right away before you forget?  well, the white pens and black paper was right next to me, so I picked that up instead of going for the black on white.

And you know when you work on something too much and fiddle and fiddle with it, and then you do something that you don’t like, but then you can’t cover it up any more? ¬†Well, that’s what happened last night – it started to get sloppy there at the corner. ¬†So I said enough for this.

This is what it looks like under the lights, no filters or retouching.  The lighter coloured white is silver metallic on black.  It makes it shine a little under the lights.  The solid whites are done with the Sakura Gelly pens, in white.  Makes a nice highlighter and filler-in.

I wasn’t sure if I should fill some more, because to me, the bright whites were enough for a contrast.

This is the same picture, but with a mono filter, which makes it more black and white, than brownish.  It kind of looks flat to me now.  Maybe with this filter, it needs a little more shading for a more defined look.

I see some design elements that I like, which I will try to replicate and probably beat it to death until all the doodles start to look alike. ¬†I keep reminding myself that I should practise other designs to incorporate more diversity in the drawings, but I end up drawing the same shapes and designs. ¬†Something to work on another day …

Which look do you prefer?


May Flowers

And we’re in the month of May …

We’re so looking forward to the spring weather, but it only shows up every once in a while. ¬†A day of sunshine and warmth, and then a 20-30 degree drop in temperature overnight and into the next day or two or three …

I was looking forward to the flowering of the dogwood tree in the garden. ¬†And yes, the flowers are the same, and look the same year after year, but I think that maybe there may be a bunch that’s different from the last year that I can take photos of …

And I thought that I would have a couple of hours in the afternoon during the weekend to spend some time with it, but an overnight frost blew in during the week, and now they’re starting to wilt …

They haven’t even had the chance to fully bloom and change to a deeper pink hue ūüė¶

*sigh* What to do?

I took pictures, of course!

How’s your spring coming along?



‘Late Nights’ Done

I’m done with the late night doodles …


I wanted to do a bit more with the middle part, but no ideas were coming to mind. ¬†So apart from a little more shading here and there, ¬†I’ll call this done !


I’m getting closer to what I think of as a mandala. ¬†Maybe the next one …

Oh, and Happy May 1st!

New Runnings

New experiences … outdoor track meets.

Tin participated in the winter indoor track, to keep in shape since his soccer team wasn’t playing much last year. ¬†Turned out that many of the athletes were also filling in the time by running.

Well, it turned out that Tin liked running.  He was fast, and could hold his own.  And of course, there was the challenge of catching that other runner ahead of him.

Our first outdoor meet turned out nice, weather-wise.  A little breezy, but the sun was out, and it was warm.

High-tech running shoes … See that dial on the sides? ¬†That’s to tighten the wire-thin ‘laces’. ¬†They looked more like strips of nylon thread. ¬†Dial right to tighten the laces; pull it out to ‘undo’ the laces. ¬†High-tech indeed.

The next day, he had a soccer game.  Again, warm weather.  Dare we hope that spring is really staying?

And of course, after the game, the boys were hungry.  And while walking on the sidewalk, they came upon a vendor selling icees and fresh mango Рso they got two bags of pickled mango.

Yes … spring and summer are here …



Traffic was a mess on the highway.  It was at a standstill.  It was inching forward.  Then a standstill again.  Thinking that it might be faster to detour through the city streets Рinto more traffic and traffic lights Рwe got off on the next exit.

Driving through, I hoped for traffic, so that I would have more time to take pictures of the changing landscape of the city.  So much has been done to clean up the streets.  Now there were murals on the buildings, like this.

And interesting food places … I wonder what was going to be paired with the fried chicken … or not …


I didn’t like this … dark and creepy …


… and daily life on the walls …


There were many more, but traffic was moving … drats!

Maybe next time.


Too Much Time in the Office

I was stuck late in the office a couple of nights ago, waiting for Hubby to finish working on reports to meet a deadline. ¬†I didn’t have any deadlines to meet, and I didn’t want to work any more. ¬†My brain had already shut off at 5 pm, so it wasn’t accepting reading any work emails, anyway.

But my fingers wanted to be doing something. ¬†I did have a crochet project with me, but I didn’t want to work on it. ¬†I wasn’t feeling it – it’s probably going to be frogged and I will be looking for another pattern to work on.

So I started doodling. ¬†Well, I guess you could call this ‘structured’ doodling, because I was using a ruler, and trying to measure out equal spaces free hand (no protractor on hand). ¬† I thought maybe I could come up with a decent mandala this time, I had all the time to work on it now.

I had something in mind, but I forgot what I wanted to do by the time I started drawing. ¬†I wasn’t planning on any shading until I had finished drawing it out, but then there was a little mistake here and there, so I started to draw over the lines, and now there’s shading.



This is how far I’ve gotten. ¬†I’ve cleaned it up a bit,¬†and will start shading and blacking, until I decide whether to cover up the whole sheet, or stop here. ¬†It’s not perfectly round with symmetrical designs – so much for drawing lines and measuring out spaces, lol – ¬†but I’m getting there.

Have a good weekend, everybody!