Today was the first class of Advanced I in Watercolour techniques. was so excited because i knew it was going to be ink & wash, but with brushes not with pens. Which I took to mean we were gonna be learning to sketch with brushes.
It wasn't quite that - we still did the sketch-with-pencils first, but instead of using pens to outline, we were to use brushes.
Either a) watercolour with brushes, or b) with brush pens. I had brought my pentel brush pen and i was SO EXCITED to get to use it anyway. :P
So I tried to do two sketches to try both styles, because if outlining with watercolour you gotta do the outlining after the main washes. The pro tho is that you can mix the colour to be different and even act as shadows or fade off, unlike the one-tone of pens. With brush pens though there's a good chance of getting permanent inks like with kuretake's brush pens or with my Pentel Pocket Brush.
So here they are!
Pentel pocket brush
Teacher actually took pictures of both my paintings! Because well, I first managed to do two, which no one else did, and she liked the purple-ish shading of my London building with the pentel outlining, and while she did say that my shopfront could do with more details she was very impressed with how quickly I'd managed to paint it - no other student who had done it had done it so quickly, and it was very sketchy, which she liked. Could do with more colour contrast etc etc and detailing but i'm quite pleased with it.
The table perspective on the lef t was um. Fucked LOL .
In family news, Sis agreed that mum has been inviting Aunty YF over a lot more often and it feels a little weird - ever since i left. Wonder if it's a thing LOL
also mooncake - mum ordered a heap of expensive mooncake without (again) asking if anyone was actually in the mood to eat a million mooncakes. So now they have heaps of leftovers, and she asked my sis if she wanted to leave them in her break room .
me: wtf lol
Apparently now mum is no longer buying snowskin mooncakes; she hates them. LOL yet there was one year where she bought 75% snowskin mooncakes - maybe it was just when they first came out, but she kept buying a good portion of them the subsequent years, so either she was snowed by the sales pitch, or she DID like them (brother Gemini liked them, but this year he doesn't get them because mum "never liked them") and therefore everyone was going to eat 'em or else. Same with the damned fruits & nuts versions which she bought heaps of, and then was pouty when they sat in the fridge untouched for ages because none of us actually LIKED them - they were far too sweet and did not have the salted egg yolks, which we DID like.
my sis also told me that mum was doing the whole not actually listening to her while she told her something more than once, and she thinks mum is not processing it or getting worse.
I told her mum's always been like that, but it's just getting more obvious. Because my sis had been overseas doing her undergrad, PhD and Post-doc overseas, and all in countries hours and hours behind. Meanwhile I went to NZ for Undergrad so I was hours AHEAD. Mum was very considerate of my sis's time - mostly because when my sister's daytime was around, she was very likely in class or asleep (not yet awake) so mum couldn't/wouldn't call her. But when mum woke up, no matter how late in Singapore, she sure as fuck could call ME. And she would. And apparently her shitty "Awake at all hours whenever" was in part due to her ebaying, and her excuse was that "I have to be awake to talk to my kids overseas!"
Somehow there's only one kid overseas now, but se's still awake really late and sleeping in whenever.
So sure, mum it's because you're conceeeerned about your kiiiiiids.
The youngest of whom are almost thhirty by the way.
I had a mooncake from Bengawan solo and the NTUC ones are MUCH WORSE.
I shall never buy one from NTUC again Never. at least I'm only out $5.