An Average Day for an Above-Average Guy

Last updated on January 8th, 2021 at 12:00 am

Don’t you love those moments where you see something that you just have to draw? This happened on the subway this morning with me, with a dude sitting down who definitely had his style coming correct. Black dude who was well-groomed, dressed well and reading a pamphlet on managing money. Mad cool. But it was morning rush hour, so I couldn’t take a seat and sketch him out there and then. Instead, there I was staring like a fool as I tried to memorize as many details about him as possible. Facial hair. The style of links his chain had. Did his shirt have a pattern to it or not? This is what I came up with in the end:

A sketch of a Black man with an afro who I'd seen on the subway

This is going to be one of my longer days. As I’m typing this, it’s 5:30 at work with no light at the end of the tunnel. But I will eventually go home in the hope that I can work on some more OLA-related stuff. You guys might not realize it, but there’s a LOT going on in the background that a team of us are trying to accomplish in the name of OLA so that we can make a big name for the group in 2010. I feel I’ve gotten a bit off track with my fair share, so I’m looking to get back to putting some things together there. This will include some infrastructure for future OLA projects, some work on my own personal projects and just trying to help others get to the point where they want to be. The more I can get life to calm down, the more time I can spend getting my OLA stuff to the place where I’d like it to be πŸ˜‰

[Doomz Note: I left work at 8. 11 hours! Woo!]

Hm, note to self – we’re going to need to make the site mobile-friendly if I’m going to be posting stuff daily. I’m not always gonna be around!

Anyway, that’s all you’re getting for now. I didn’t do anything too elaborate today art-wise. I went to work, sketched a little at lunch, came home and crashed. Yeah, that’s right. That was my day. Ha!

Have a good one peops,

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The Importance of Reference

Last updated on January 7th, 2021 at 11:56 pm

Last Updated: January 7, 2021


Whassap, y’all? I hope the long weekend was productive and that y’all weren’t relaxing too much! It’s just after Labour Day, and we all know what that means – it’s go time! Back to school for some of us, the last cottage weekend for others, but for me, I took the name of the holiday rather literally and busted my ass on trying to get a lot out of the way.

This involved things such as:

  • scanning in a ton of half-completed, likely-never-to-be-finished sketches
  • uploading a number of photos that have just been sitting around doing nothing
  • using FreeMind to develop a mind map of all the random ideas that I often seem to have floating around
  • sketching like a fiend so that I could get rid of a ton of reference material that I seem to carry with me everywhere

And then Damn Terry Dam went and said, “Reference material is always a good thing to carry”.

Okay, yes, I totally agree with this statement, but what I think Terry didn’t realize is who exactly he’s talking to. When it comes to getting a job done, I tend to get a little OCD at times and really go over the top.

A couple of years ago, I’d put the word out to a few communities that I was part of online that I was looking for donations of old magazines so I could slice pages out of them for reference material. This was gonna be on top of the magazines I was already getting rid of for the same reason! I figured I’d just be able to draw things out one page at a time to improve my skill and the range of things I’d know how to draw.

Great plan, but I severely underestimated the response I’d receive from my peers!

A box full of reference material

This is the box that holds all the reference material I gathered from that exercise:

The Big Ol’ Box of Reference Materials

So as you can see, it’s quite a bit. In fact, I had problems even managing to squeeze it all in said box. So I’ve got my work cut out for me as I’ve now gotten to a point where I’m actually attempting to go through the box and USE the reference. My method goes a little bit like this:

  1. Grab handful of sheets from box
  2. Stuff in whatever knapsack I’m carrying with me that day
  3. Pull a sheet out on the subway/at the girlfriend’s/during lunch
  4. Sketch like a madman
  5. Recycle reference page
  6. Return to step 3 until all sheets are gone
  7. Then, return to step 1

Eventually, I will get through this box, and at that point, I’m hoping that my work will be far more awesome. But until then, I’ll follow Damn Terry Dam’s advice.

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Return of the Mack

Last updated on September 9th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Hey y’all – sorry to be absent for a few days; I was helping my girlfriend move into her place – one that is currently lacking in both electricity in most of the house, but more importantly, lacking in Internet. I spent much of my Monday evening catching up with the affairs of the weekend so that I would stay current.

One thing that I definitely need to catch up with is OLA – there’s been a number of things going on, and I definitely need to fill in the gaps on some of them on my end. In fact, just to show you how dedicated I am to finding time for OLA, I should tell you that I actually brought my laptop with me so that I could work on this blog entry on the GO Train in to work. It’s only a 30-minute ride, but I plan to make them 30 minutes well-spent!

One thing I’ve noticed is Achievements – I’m totally an Achievement fiend – or rather, should I dare to day, an OLAchiever? Now that I’ve got my fix of time-wasters and social media out of the way (as well as about a month of laundry), I think OLA deserves some attention. So I hope y’all are prepared for a blitz of Doomz, ’cause that what’s coming to you!

Next on the list is the blogs I promised on financial matters, etc. – I hear that some may be worried that ol’ Doomz has forgotten about them and the questions are never to be answered. Never fear! I definitely have NOT forgotten – in fact, there are other OLA members who’ve already been taking action along the seeds I sowed – but there is still much to do and much to write about, so that too will come.

Keeping on top of OLA 2010: If you’ve been hitting up the Saturday Ssauga Sketch Sessions (and if you haven’t, I hope you have an AWESOME reason, for they are full of WIN), you may have heard about the grand plan that is OLA 2010 (that isn’t the official name, but I figured that it’s cryptic enough to get attention, yet descriptive enough to give it an air of definition). To put it in a nutshell, OLA has a number of goals they need to achieve by Fall 2010, and you’ll be hearing far more about it as time develops. My role in the matter is a mix of acting as a project/business manager, keeping us on track with regular (okay, semi-regular) updates and of course, as all OLA members who want to make something of themselves are expected to do, working on producing something that I believe is at the highest level of quality that I can work at. I look forward to sharing thoughts, ideas and plans with you all as things cement themselves further in the near future.

So, OLA, you are not forgotten – merely put aside for a couple of days while I got a few other affairs in order. But this week I’m back, and I’ll try hard to get things put together in the midst of everything else I have going on.

Have a great day, OLAgents, and GOOD LUCK!

–case p.

Let’s make this a quickie.

Last updated on September 9th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Alright, it’s come to my attention that managing finances might not be something everyone’s well-versed in, here. I’m hoping to do a series of blog posts on financial management, but I’ll need everyone’s help.

A little about me before we start:

  • worked at TD Canada Trust for 6.5 years, finishing up as a Financial Sales Representative
  • have an Honours Bachelor of Arts from York University, majoring in Business & Society with a focus in the Economics and Mathematics/Statistics streams
  • spent two years as a Business/Financial Planning intern for the Government of Ontario, currently employed there as a Project Planning Coordinator

With all that said, please fire off your questions, concerns and ideas for financial management. What do you want to know more about? Where can I help?

Let me know so I can start writing to help you!

Thanks,

–case p.

We Be Bloggin’!

Last updated on October 7th, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Last Updated: October 7, 2020


Hey all,

So it looks like I have ample time on my hands to get dumpin’ all this stuff in my cranium into something a little more… tangible. Currently, I’m over at my girlfriend’s scanning docs that’ve been sitting around and just sketching and writing so I don’t have so much physical clutter around me. To streamline, you’ll be seeing a lot of things point back to my site (to be resurrected soon), such as an embedded FriendFeed (housing things like my Flickr, Tumblr and Twitter accounts, etc.) and the blog I direly need to start to express myself.

What am I hoping to get out of the Ontario League of Artists? I worked with WordPress a bit when I was still working for the provincial government, so I already have an idea of its potential. I’m looking forward to having a mini-community to really discuss what’s going on in my art life, share my sketches, get feedback from my peers, etc. I think we can make this place as good as we want it to be.

For now, you’ll have to make do with this vague sliver of my thoughts, but I intend to bring more.

In due time, my friends. In due time.

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