Archive | March, 2011

ANNOUNCEMENT

29 Mar

NIÑA IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A TASK THAT IS TAKING TOO LONG TO FINISH.

IT IS A RELATIVELY SIMPLE TASK BUT UNDERNEATH ITS BORING EXTERIOR LURKS AN EVILNESS THAT HAS MADE HER COMPUTER CRASH MULTIPLE TIMES, HAS TAKEN AWAY PRECIOUS HOURS SHE COULD HAVE USED FOR SLEEPING, AND HAS CAUSED HER TO SPEAK IN THE THIRD PERSON.

PLEASE COME BACK IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. SURELY SHE WILL BE DONE BY THEN. I MEAN, SURELY.

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Day 83: Beer Ads

24 Mar

I just got home from a night out with people from the office and this was my first time drinking Stella Artois. And wow, was that a let down. I always had this image in my head of Stella as a sort of sophisticated beer with complex undertones and some shit. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. A workmate verbalized my sentiments perfectly when she said “it’s a step up from pee.” Oh and I just found out that in the UK, Stella is nicknamed “wife beater” because of its links to binge-drinking and aggression among drinkers. I shudder to think what they’d be capable of if they get their hands on some Red Horse.

So I decided to redesign some of Stella Artois’ old ads and repurposed their tag lines just so people know what they’re getting into if they want to drink this…drink. I can’t even call it beer now. I grew up with San Miguel (Pale Pilsen is the way to go, none of that Light bullshit) and that’s what I call beer. Stella does not deserve to be called the same thing. I’m really sorry if there are Stella fans among you. This is just how I feel.

I did not even have to edit this last one. This was an actual ad that ran in the UK. At least they're honest.

What I wouldn’t give for a bottle of Pale right now.

That is all! See you tomorrow!

Day 82: Drawing Night: March Edition

23 Mar

sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeppyyyyyyyyyy

^^ That is what I look like right now so this will be quick and painless. Tonight was Drawing Night at the office and here are some of my drawings.

2-minute poses

5-minute pose

10-minute pose

20-minute pose

The end! Oh and in other news, my Japan earthquake poster is going to be used in an actual fundraiser in St. Louis, Missouri so that’s quite fulfilling. I’m very proud to be able to help.

That is all! See you tomorrow!

Days 80 & 81: Submission to eatsleepdraw Magazine

22 Mar

eatsleepdraw.com is an online art community where they post 100% original content submitted by contributors across the globe (lifted that from their website because I cannot be arsed to think for myself). Every month, they release a publication called eatsleepdraw Magazine and they are accepting artwork submissions for their next issue, the theme of which is “Crave.” Today is the deadline. I’ve known about this for over a week now, but of course, being me, I put it off til yesterday before I started working. I knew I wanted to spend at least two days on it just so it looks a little more polished than my usual doodles. Last night was the sketching and conceptualization phase and tonight was the execution. Look, I even inked my drawing. Here it is, y’all.

It's called "WANT."

I don’t know if it’s good enough to get put into the next issue. The stuff that people submit are insane. Oh well. Did my best. Hope it gets in.

See you tomorrow!

Day 79: Molo Soup

20 Mar

The heart wants what the heart wants. And this week, my heart wanted molo soup.

In our family, we make a mean molo soup. It is so mean that it is only made during family get-togethers and never on regular days. I’ve never actually tasted other people’s molo soup. But then why would I want to? Ours is very mean.

Today, my sister taught me how to make it (because, being the youngest girl in the family, I was surrounded by older, more qualified people so I’ve never actually had to learn how to cook it. Or any dish, really. An error I am trying to rectify with the Epic Year Project. Huzzah.) Well, an approximation of it. The main difference being the fact that they do not sell Knorr cubes in our supermarket! Making the end result not as mean but still pretty tasty, considering.

And now I will show you how it’s done.

Ingredients! Chicken broth (because, Knorr cubes! D:), carrots, an onion, scallions, an egg, molo wrapper, butter, ground beef, ground pork, and chicken. That's right. It takes the entire animal kingdom to make this evil soup. Deal with it.

Step 1: Cook the chicken in some chicken stock. Normally, we would just boil a whole chicken in water (and add Knorr cubes! D:) to make our own stock. But since we are making this dish for just the two of us, and not the usual thirty family members it requires to even warrant the suggestion that molo soup must be made, it's just a chicken breast in some stock.

Step 2: Chop all the things!

Step 3: Once it is cooked, make himay the chicken. I'm sorry, but I do not think there is an English word for himay. Is there? Maybe there's a French word for it. I'm not sure. But basically, use your fingers to shred the chicken.

Step 4: Take your chopped vegetables and combine them with the ground pork and the ground beef and the egg and some salt and pepper. In a bowl. With your hands. As if it were a party and you are the god of food and you are forcing the ingredients to mingle. With your hands.

Step 5: Make little dumplings out of the meat party and the molo wrapper.

Here is a diagram of how to do that.

Step 6: Sautee the onions in some oil and add in the chicken.

Step 7: Add the chicken stock that you used earlier to cook the chicken. Bring to a boil.

Step 8: Drop your brave little molo soldiers into the boiling soup. Their sacrifice won't be in vain.

Step 9: When the dumplings are done, add the scallions and a pat of butter.

Step 10: Enjoy. Because it is awesome.

That is all!

See you tomorrow!

Days 77 & 78: Double Doodle Day

19 Mar

As predicted, the Crystal Castles show completely wiped me out and it was awesome.

BUT IT WAS STILL NOT AS AWESOME AS THE FACT THAT ONE OF MY BESTEST FRIENDS IS ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED TO THE LOVE OF HER LIFE.

I’m sorry I still cannot get over this. Watching the proposal video had me crying at my desk in the office. It was pretty embarrassing. I tried to hold it in but it got to that part right after the inaudible “of course” that just broke the dam of emotions and tears. You all know that moment.

All together now: AWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

It just so happened that when I saw the video, I had been listening to the Eraserheads. And as it always happens when I get to Aloha Milkyway, the song Hard to Believe got stuck in my head. And so for the entire day, I had the line “Beause your love is still the only thing that matters in this world, the only thing I can believe,” playing back over and over in my head. And I think I will forever associate that line with these two lovebirds. BECAUSE THEIR LOVE, YOU GUYS. I BELIEVE IN IT HARDCORE.

Congratulations, Lianne and Puto. I love you!

Oh and since I promised to do two doodles for today, here’s another one, in honor of the moon being the closest it’s ever been to the Earth since 1983.

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's...erm...Supermoon. 😐

That’s all folks!

See you tomorrow!

Day 76: Hipster Leprechaun

17 Mar

This is what you get when you live where I live and it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Hipster Leprechaun from Williamsburg, Ireland.

This drawing is brought to you by some argyle socks and a pint of Guinness.

In other news, one of my bestest friends in the whole wide world got engaged today! LIANNE KARLE TAULI (will you marry me? yiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii) is getting hitched!!! And although I am going to go see Crystal Castles tomorrow, and had therefore planned on making something related to that for tomorrow’s post, I am scrapping that idea and am now dedicating tomorrow’s task to Lianne and Puto and their undying love. I’m not sure if I will be able to make it home alive with enough energy to make anything after the show though. If not, I’m doing two tasks on Saturday. Just a heads up. We’ll see how it goes.

See you tomorrow! Or not!

Day 75: Shamrock Origami

17 Mar

I actually made this last night in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day (today), but I passed out before I was able to write this post. I don’t know why but I’ve just been very sleepy a lot lately. I’m sure it’s nothing more than stress but I sometimes like to think that I’ve come down with a special case of narcolepsy where I only fall asleep when I have to post entries for this blog.

It is St. Patrick’s Day! This day is such a big deal here that the usually black-clad throngs of people I see everyday on my walk to work are wearing bright green. There is an Irish pub on my street and there is a line of people trying to get in because it’s a party inside. This was 9 in the morning, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was going on since the clock struck midnight last night. It is such a huge deal in this country that my younger brother’s middle name is Patrick because he was born here on St. Patrick’s Day. So, happy birthday, JP! Today’s task is dedicated to you!

I wanted to have something festive to display on my work desk today, so I decided to make a paper shamrock (with stem!), but I forgot to bring it to the office this morning. Nice going, me. Anyway, here’s proof that I did what I said I did.

Materials: two square bits of paper.

I followed instructions that I found online. It was overly complicated and at the halfway point, it looked like this.

After what felt like many hours of trying to reason with this tiny bit of paper to please cooperate (because the paper I chose may have been great for an old printmaking project that I had, but not for origami), I somehow managed to make it look like this.

Then I had to do the stem/base and I swear this project was almost more trouble than it's worth.

But then you see the finished product and you just forget the 17 hours you spent making it. I mean, look at that wonky little thing.

So that’s that. I’ll see you later tonight for another St. Patrick’s Day-themed thing!

Day 74: Ancient Roman Doodle

15 Mar

March 15 is the Ides of March. On this day a million years ago, Julius Ceasar was stabbed 23 times by a bunch of Roman politicians. He died.

Some of the politicians were ninjas. Trufax yo.

I don’t know what I’m doing anymore.

Blargh I’m just so sleepy. I just want to sleep! Good night!

Blarrrrgh.

Day 73: Pi Day Pie

14 Mar

Today was Pi Day! So I made pie! It’s a Chocolate Cream Pie but instead of cream, we used marshmallows. So I guess it’s a Chocolate Marshmallow Pie. My sister, the pastry chef, supervised and would like to state for the record that she did not have anything to do with this pie because if she did, she would have made her own pie crust from scratch, instead of just using one that we bought from a store. So here we go.

Ingredients: cocoa powder, eggs, corn starch, milk, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, butter, vanilla extract, marshmallows and store-bought pie crust (I am a noob so this is not cheating).

Step 1: In a bowl, combine two eggs, some milk, some cocoa powder and a bit of corn starch.

Step 2: Whisk until there are no lumps! Lumps are evil and certain pastry chefs wil roll their eyes at you if you have lumps in your chocolate mixture thing.

Step 3: In a saucepan, heat some milk with some sugar in it until the thing boils.
Step 4: Pour about half of the boiling milk into your bowl of chocolate and whisk furiously. This is called “tempering.” If you put your chocolate mixture with the eggs in it into the milk in the saucepan without “tempering” it first, you will get scrambled eggs in your chocolate. “Tempering” is your friend. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.
Step 5: Pour your “tempered” chocolate in with the rest of the milk in the saucepan.
Step 6: Whisk until it boils. And when it does, don’t stop then. Whisk for two minutes more. Just whisk. Whisk like your life depended on it.
Step 7: After the two minutes are done, add in a bunch of bittersweet chocolate buttons and a few tablespoons of butter. Because butter makes things shiny and it also brings out the rich flavor of the chocolate. Look at all the things we are learning today. When everything is melted and combined into this shiny, chocolate goo of paradise, dump everything into a bowl and let it cool in the fridge for about the duration of a Dr. Who episode.
Step 8: When it’s all nice and cool, pour the chocolate into the pie crust. Make sure it’s level!
Step 9: Add a layer of marshmallows on top.
Step 10: Decorate with more chocolate.

And that’s it, pancit! Happy Pi Day! See you tomorrow!