Thursday, 14 July 2011


The below illustration by Bryce Wilner reminds me of The Calling of St Matthew by Caravaggio - the composition, objects and subjects, and lighting quality.


Images via Bryce Wilner's page and Shafe.

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Monday, 11 July 2011

reading ...


It is becoming almost unbearable to keep reading Jane Jacobs' classic, as she writes about New York sentence after sentence. Anyone who has had any kind of vague contact with me knows it is my durrrreaaaam to get my bum to NY. I think it all started in year 10 art class with Ms Sheather, as she spoke very briefly about organising a school trip for us to NY (which, by the way was deemed too risky a trip for little sixteen year old expats by the school board). Anyone who knows me a little by better knows I love living in the city. We can have arguments and discussions about the pros and cons of this, but this is my monologue so stay out of it, please. I was recently asked by my uncle who resides in Hong Kong, "why would anyone want to live in the city? well, except for you.". Anyone who knows me well knows that I sometimes find it difficult to articulate myself (dot points ... dot points). Why do I like living in the city? Let me first make it clear that I don't like living in just any cities, but the more 'successful' ones, or what the media would term as 'liveable'. Successful in terms of Jane Jacobs-type cities. I have lived in Singapore. I would live in it's city. Auckland? Don't remember much of it aye bro, I was too young! Melbourne? Sure. Kuala Lumpur city? Probably not. Don't get me wrong, I love my home (which, for the record is in the burbs, and that's cool ... it's all good, I would live here), the amazing food, fond childhood memories, and all that sentimental jazz about not forgetting where you came from. But sorry hometown-city, it isn't going to work between us. It is you, not me. Oh, why do I love cities? Read Jane Jacobs. It is continually, page after page, reaffirming my observation, knowledge and that 'gut feeling' that Melbourne is indeed on its merry way to become a successful city. Hey, even Jan Gehl said so. It is also continually suffocating me in frustration that I really, really, need to get to New York.

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Sunday, 16 January 2011

sketches from Athens

Some more sketches from Athens (most of them from the Tschumi's New Acropolis Museum, because photos weren't allowed inside). I haven't revisited them since the trip but I think they should be left the way the are? It's genuine that way, I think.[[posterous-content:pid___0]][[posterous-content:pid___3]][[posterous-content:pid___1]][[posterous-content:pid___2]][[posterous-content:pid___4]][[posterous-content:pid___5]]

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Friday, 19 November 2010

illustration makes me happy

Fantasy worlds drawn on the top of photographs? Count me in, please. Swedish illustrator Johan Thörnqvist found via the always inspiring bumbumbum.

ps: Zi -- tag, you're it.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Wednesday, 7 July 2010


I had these images stored in a folder, and just realised that Amelia had posted something similar in her latest post. Très cool.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Katie Turner knows best, folks

Her dream-boyfriend list is freakishly accurate, and it doesn't hurt that the accompanying illustrations are uber cute too.

I am also quite enamoured of her handwritten typography. See exhibits A and B:

 images from Katie Turner's website
found via Smitten.

NB: Katie's blog is also worth a read - filled to the brim with cute boys and other giggle-worthy goodness.



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