Getting Back into a Sketch-ink Groove.

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With some of my scholarship-related illustration deadlines looming near, I’ve been trying to get back into the drawing groove so I can work on my requirements. I’m not one of those artists who can just keep churning things out like a vending machine. Creativity and crap are a constant cycle (alliteration not intended), and sometimes you end up with a bin full of crumpled paper before anything remotely good or passable happens.

I don’t know if everyone goes through that, but in my case it really is a combination of mood, mindset and the right type of juices flowing. Otherwise I just don’t have the heart to bother continuing, and I paper-toss the crumpled crap right into the wastebasket. #drawingdilemmas

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Street Art Snaps: Vienna, Austria

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Vienna, Austria. May 2012.

Vienna is one of my favourite cities. I’ve always loved how green and classical it is, and I’ve always loved its history, with all the Hapsburg drama (that is a movie or TV series waiting to happen). Schönbrunn Palace is also one of my favourite palaces slash dream houses, so there’s that. Haha.

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I never really paid attention to the street art here before my 2012 visit, but when I did have a phone in hand to snap photos with, I ended up with this collection of cute oddities.

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Spot the Snoopy.

What the Hail (Pun Intended).

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Florence, Italy. September 2014.

So this just happened. There was a freak hail storm, right after bucket-sized droplets rained down on us and strong winds blew our umbrellas wrong side up. We ducked into school just as toy-marble-sized hail started pelting us.

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Food: 19 Glas Bar & Matsal, Stockholm, Sweden

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Stockholm, Sweden. June 2013.

Looked for this place on the recommendation of the people at the next table when we were eating at Noma. Nothing too fancy, but nice rustic homegrown stuff–including all of their own wines.

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Signs: Volendam, The Netherlands

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Volendam, The Netherlands. May 2012.

Volendam is another charming coastal town in Noord-Holland, although not quite as quaint as Marken. It is the most populated with tourists of all the coastal towns, because it’s the closest (I think, if I remember the map correctly) and the most accessible. Several buses pass this way, while more bus transfers are required for places like Edam or Marken.

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8 days a week. Gotta love their dedication.