As Melbourne opens up I find myself unwilling and unable to go out much or do much – I have learned new habits. I always knew I was a cave troll but now it seems I’ve happily embraced that. The pandemic is still raging. Of course I’m vaxxed and masked and careful, but it seems my capacity for DoingStuffTM is only slightly larger than it was in Lockdown6. So many people like me are going through a painful grief/adjustment/deathly tired/emotionally bankrupt time. Be kind to yourselves. The world is not back to normal.
This latest crop of pictures is ready. I keep thinking I’ve not done many but when it comes to photographing, making them look vaguely nice, and labeling them, it takes forever because I’ve done a heap of them. I think it’s two months’ worth. And there are more on the go, of course, in various stages of finished.
I looked back to the way I have evolved in drawing these, about 3 years ago, and it’s amazing how just the act of repetition and practice gets you better. Of course, this is not the only thing I am doing constant practice on. I’ve been a software engineer for just over 2 years now and every day at work I work and work to make my code cleaner, better, nicer. I actively seek out ways to improve. It’s tiring. I’ve gotten better at that, too. Can’t really share that here though: “Hey look at how much more quickly and cleanly I wrote a test for a kubernetes config map in golang, compared to last May when I didn’t even get what that was!”.
Anyhoo…pictures! I am starting to branch out into more background, and also have done a few dual portraits, with variable success. I am working harder on getting hands to look better, and proportions and likenesses to be more spot on.