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Well, my time out in Nha Trang is nearly over..its been a nice lazy corner of the world to go and hang for a few months... funny I never bothered to get a tan, which is what most come here for.
  • Listening to: Clutch and Fu Manchu mostly
  • Reading: my kingdom for an english book
  • Watching: palm fronds swaying in a sea breeze
  • Playing: no time for games
  • Eating: like a pig
  • Drinking: Saigon White
  • Listening to: the SunRise Ocean Bender
  • Reading: my kingdom for an english book
  • Watching: a Beijing sunrise
  • Playing: no time for games
  • Eating: food i cooked myself
  • Drinking: tsingtao
Uhhh...
  • Listening to: the net
  • Reading: william james
  • Watching: summer's face changing
  • Playing: with my backpack
  • Eating: when necessary
  • Drinking: eventually
No updates since the end of March?
Well, it was a rough winter, hard on the eyes, hard on the heart.
Spring was a disappointment, and summer was a balm.
Doing alot of portrait studies lately, trying to make it a sideline,
so a number of new pictures will follow.
I've had better years.
  • Listening to: the net
  • Reading: william james
  • Watching: summer's face changing
  • Playing: with my backpack
  • Eating: when necessary
  • Drinking: eventually
Its been months since I had time to draw anything other than work stuff.
Frustrating, seeing all this great detailed dA work out there, while I'm reduced to tiny scribbles,
but thats storyboard work for you. Dasn't bitch I spose, since I'm getting paid, but I'd love a few
days off in which to draw just for kicks... oh well, maybe next year.
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: Captain Cook's Journal- again
  • Watching: the calendar
  • Playing: with a dog
  • Eating: garbage
  • Drinking: seldom
While my hatred for winter is nearly boundless, I still see some perverse merit in crawling into your dark little hovel
and hiding from the cold.. even as a little kid, I suspect I became enamoured of drawing first as a winter pastime, escaping to the jungle deeps and castle keeps of the imagination when grey skies and foul weather drove the kids indoors. Winter sports and indoor diversions never held a candle to paper and pencils, and if you draw daily, you watch yourself improve daily as well, with every little failure urging you on to  future breakthroughs.
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: Captain Cook's Journal- again
  • Watching: the calendar
  • Playing: with a dog
  • Eating: garbage
  • Drinking: seldom
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: Captain Cook's Journal- again
  • Watching: the calendar
  • Playing: with a dog
  • Eating: garbage
  • Drinking: seldom
While my hatred for winter is nearly boundless, I still see some perverse merit in crawling into your dark little hovel
and hiding from the cold.. even as a little kid, I suspect I became enamoured of drawing first as a winter pastime, escaping to the jungle deeps and castle keeps of the imagination when grey skies and foul weather drove the kids indoors. Winter sports and indoor diversions never held a candle to paper and pencils, and if you draw daily, you watch yourself improve daily as well, with every little failure urging you on to  future breakthroughs.
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: moby dick-slowwwly
  • Watching: my skin turn brown
  • Playing: constantly
  • Eating: barely
  • Drinking: excessively
Weathers getting bleak and wet and grey- and getting on my nerves, too. Still, I have time while I wait for the fish (as in-prospective employers) to bite, and at least I am drawing.. keeps me from staring out the window and sulking. Got a few images that just need a bit of resolution in order to post them, so watch this space.
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: moby dick-slowwwly
  • Watching: my skin turn brown
  • Playing: constantly
  • Eating: barely
  • Drinking: excessively
Been a while since I plugged into this page, as life and work and love got complicated for a while... but our hash is settled a bit now, and I will have time to post submissions at long last...difficult to summarise the past few months, but we shall do our best to get back on track- pictures aplenty soon to come! MM
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: moby dick-slowwwly
  • Watching: my skin turn brown
  • Playing: constantly
  • Eating: barely
  • Drinking: excessively
I love getting and reading replies and comments in here.. please, if you see something you like, something you dont, something you want to say something about, do it. I will make a point of replying, or I do my best at least. Its food for the artist to hear what people think, what they have to say about what you have done, so drop a line!
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: moby dick-slowwwly
  • Watching: my skin turn brown
  • Playing: constantly
  • Eating: barely
  • Drinking: excessively
Guess I have had my vacation...>sigh< even long ones aren't long enough.
And so with the Year of the Dragon at hand, lucky charms in pocket  and a fresh worm on the hook, I join the endless ranks of artists seeking their next project, and hope like heck it doesnt turn out to be too long of a long wait...
Guess this is gooda place as any to throw a link to my new portfolio site:

www.markmarren.com/



Best of Luck to one and all for two-twelve! MM
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: moby dick-slowwwly
  • Watching: my skin turn brown
  • Playing: constantly
  • Eating: barely
  • Drinking: excessively
Been waiting to do this all year, and I am finally doing it- which means I am not drawing much, but taking alot of pictures, which can be found by clicking this link:
www.facebook.com/media/set/?se…

alot of you are in cold places, so these may warm you up a bit.

Happy 2012 to my many devArt friends... all the best
Scratch
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: moby dick-slowwwly
  • Watching: my skin turn brown
  • Playing: constantly
  • Eating: barely
  • Drinking: excessively
www.flickr.com/photos/​m…


Needed to post some samples, Flickr seemed to have a good interface...then it turns out you can only post 200 images for free, then you have to pay. Figures. Thank goodness for dA- over 700 pictures, and counting!
:O)
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: moby dick-slowwwly
  • Watching: my skin turn brown
  • Playing: constantly
  • Eating: barely
  • Drinking: excessively
Liberty hard won, weeks of freedom, peace and sloth- its wonderful.
And finally drawing a bit, my arm seems to have recovered, though not fully-
still need a brace strap for workouts. An hour in the hammock in the sun every day, sparse meals,  watch the sun drop into the Andaman Sea every evening, a bucket of gin every night... its kinda like heaven.
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: moby dick-slowwwly
  • Watching: my skin turn brown
  • Playing: constantly
  • Eating: barely
  • Drinking: excessively
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: moby dick-slowwwly
  • Watching: my skin turn brown
  • Playing: constantly
  • Eating: barely
  • Drinking: excessively
No really..!
And now, for the next few months, I get to draw for kicks...where to start?
Rented a nice little house on Langkawi for a few weeks of Rest and Recovery
(still havent found the ampersand on this new keyboard) and taking it very, very easy.
In the near term, alot of photos to post, but I will start drawing again soon.
Might have to read a book first though- or maybe write one.
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: Iain Banks, and regretting it
  • Watching: rain fall by the bucket
  • Playing: audio lectures from the RSA
  • Eating: if I must
  • Drinking: beyond a doubt
I am ditching my Axiotron Modbook, and good riddance to the hunkajunk.

I'm sure alot of you have seen these macbook mods and thought geezy creezy, thats exactly what I need. I thought so too, until I made the grievous mistake of actually buying one.

I've had it for 2 years - (six months of which it was not working at all and finally took 600 bucks to fix- the 'mod' voids the original warranty of course)  and can generally say that when it actually worked, it was fine, great even .. but overall, it can't be depended on, except to freeze, lock up or crash completely when you need it most.

Its like the idea - turning a macbook pro into a tablet, the only one on the market at the time- was so good that they scrambled to get a slapdash operating system for it and get the sucker out on the market pronto, and if it never quite worked properly, well WTF right?
If it had ever worked properly, it would have been exactly what I need.

Instead, it was an overpriced, unreliable, clunky, heavy, poorly supported disaster area in a box, and quite possibly the biggest waste of time money and effort I ever bought. It cost me thousands more than the original price in repairs and lost work, tech support was a seldom visited BBS that was utterly useless, and- well, you get the picture.

Now, the stylus ( or more exactly, the crappy software thats supposed to drive it) has quit utterly,  what I'm left with is- just a macbook.

I'm going to donate the thing to a kids charity here, since the original macbook will still be a good learner rig for some cambodian schoolkid. If it quits on them, they can hollow it out and feed chickens with it or something.

So, if you have been looking at the ModBook, do yerself a favour and look at something else.
Anything else.
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: Iain Banks, and regretting it
  • Watching: rain fall by the bucket
  • Playing: audio lectures from the RSA
  • Eating: if I must
  • Drinking: beyond a doubt
Okay, Seriously... I'm all for the relentless forward march of progress and all- but stopping me in my tracks because dA is READY TO UPGRADE AND WONT YOU JOIN US?  along with a 'NOT NOW' button that doesnt work was pretty goddam irritating.

Please. Give it some thought. dA has become something wonderful here, for tens or hundreds of thousands of us who love to paint and draw and interact with each other.
So Please-for the love of cute kittens- DONT F""K WITH IT.

Seems like a semi-annual event where I have to export all of my stuff onto another site and into another format, and have all the images suffer another round of transfer bitrot, just so I can still have all my pictures in one box...then tread water til somebody invents a BRAND NEW AND IMPROVED BOX so I can do the migrating webfiend thing all over again when they wreck or improve or sell the old one.

Sorry to dust off the soapbox here, but there's such a thing as guilding the dam lily. I dont want a facebook link or a twitter feed on my gallery page, I dont need another chat group, I just want one nice usable forum where I can put my stuff and get it seen easily, and
dA has that in spades .

This is the longest I have kept up an image site. I cant even remember the number of online photogallery sites I've had and had to move on from because they decided it was time to  add a bit more zap and zest and eyeball appeal.

Ophoto.Homestead.Zing.Flickr.Photobucket. Another four or five whose snappy nicknames I cant even remember now. Theyve all been fine for a semester or two, then they either twiddled the knobs, reformatted their interface into something unusable, or converged with something else. The Third Commandment of Murphy's Law is 'if you Work on Something long enough in hopes of Improving it, it will Break. Every artist knows this.

I really, really LIKE dA. I just want to keep on liking it.

Okay, said my piece. Pass the talking stick to someone else while I go buy yet another LaCie   storage drive and start downloading- just in case.
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: Iain Banks, and regretting it
  • Watching: rain fall by the bucket
  • Playing: audio lectures from the RSA
  • Eating: if I must
  • Drinking: beyond a doubt
A couple weeks off just sort of wets your whistle, when it comes to drawing for kicks... you start thinking about bigger, more involved drawings, multiple characters, deeper compostions... but then, the clock is ticking, and its easy to dig into a fun drawing then look up and find five hours or six have just passed, your cigarettes are gone and you've rung up a 20 dollar cafe tab. Then you look at the calendar and go, holy crap I only have 4 days left! Wasnt I supposed to be getting a tan, taking photos, walking through temples and getting bit by monkeys? What kinda bogus asian adventure is this?
One more show, and I'll have a whole new set of questions- where to and for how long, winters coming after all and screw the tundra- what about india, at long last?
How about Indonesia? Wasn't Bali or Borneo on the bucket list? And all too soon after that, you'll see your bank balance and say shit, I gotta scrounge up another gig...

Well bugger it- today, 'm drawing big ugly barbarians swinging axes.
It'll do for now.
  • Listening to: the sunrise ocean bender WRIR
  • Reading: Iain Banks, and regretting it
  • Watching: rain fall by the bucket
  • Playing: audio lectures from the RSA
  • Eating: if I must
  • Drinking: beyond a doubt