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Cute Baby Brother Photography

Here are some pics I took of my cute baby brother, Joel! (You can click on the pics to see them larger.)

Baby at the beach

Smiling Brother!

Baby Joel

July 29, 2013 at 11:22 am 1 comment

Videos and Music

I’ve added two new pages to this blog – the videos and music pages. Check them out to see original videos and songs I made!

Also check me out on YouTube.

June 11, 2013 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

Crazy Tree Drawing

Here is another iPad drawing! I had fun making this one.
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March 29, 2013 at 9:35 am 1 comment

The Medusa Flower

I apologize once again for not posting that often, but to tell you the truth one reason why is that I haven’t been drawing as much lately. So I haven’t had anything to post. During the summertime I had other projects, and now that school has started I’ve been struggling just to get that done every day.

But recently while doing math, a subject where my mind is prone to wander, I’ve observed drawing withdrawal symptoms. Mainly manifested in doodling when supposed to be factoring polynomials or graphing parabolas, I’ve found myself decorating various things on the page and wasting time. So I decided there was only one way to stop it – to draw! So one day after finishing math, I got out my notebook and pens, and drew this flower.

I call it the “Medusa” flower because the tentacles (or whatever you want to call them) add a sort of wild look to it.

Medusa Flower - from OriginalitiesThe crisis being averted, I will probably still not draw quite as much as usual. But I did make a cool Facebook profile cover picture with a coordinating profile pic… More on that tomorrow! I promise!

September 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm 2 comments

How to Hide Your Stuff in a Book

Books are great things. You can read them for fun, for knowledge, or for torture (in the form of textbooks). But now I’m going to tell you yet another way books can be used – as a secret place to hide things! I am now introducing the…

Closed hollowed out book

Book safe!

Not very imposing, is it? It’s better that way though – if you get the most boring book on your shelf nobody will ever look at it and so nobody will ever know your secret. If you want to make one there are great instructions here, so I won’t write them all out again. Once I finished them, this was the final product:

Hollowed out book

Hollowed out book

You can hide money in it (if you have any) or other small things that will fit. Put the book on your bookshelf, and nobody will ever think of looking in it!

The book safe is in here somewhere...

This would be a great cheap present to make for a kid or teenager, and also adults. What are your favorite cheap, fun projects to make?

September 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm 2 comments

My Life in Squiggles

This drawing is by far the most detailed squiggle drawing I have ever done – it has at least 40 words in it. In case you’re not sure what it is I’ll explain: it is a pen drawing with words in it that are important to me or have to do with my  life. When I draw these I start by drawing the words first, and then fill in any white space with filler squiggles (not words).

If you click on the drawing and zoom in you can see the words more easily.

Squiggle Word Design

Here is another word squiggle design I’ve done: Squiggle Design: Soccer

If you want to see more of these, then like the post.

June 28, 2012 at 8:48 am Leave a comment

Music

I listen to music every single day, and I love it! It’s especially nice while doing computer stuff, drawing, and chores. This is a pen drawing of the word “music” I did while listening to music, of course.

Music Drawing

 

June 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

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Almost halfway with this classic. Much more entertaining and insightful than I expected. Let's pretend I'm standing in front of a rack of spacesuits and am about to be shot to the International Space Station in order to conduct research on interplanetary travel and meet a delegation of aliens.
#skydiving ♫ I believe I can fly... and not die ♫
♫ After jumping out of an airplane at 14,000 feet ♫
#skydiving d r a g o n f l y

Pic taken in the midst of a dragonfly swarm years ago at a soccer park during the sunset. It's a chocolateX4 kind of breakfast today.

1. Rawchocolate cacao spiced milk

2. Cocoa nibs

3. Chocolate covered espresso caramel

4. Chocolate mint tea

Yum. 💚 Why do we have such an obsession to capture and share our lives?

I walked alone by the river this evening. The stream reflected the molten dusk light and the leaves sparkled with recently-fallen raindrops. I stood on the footbridge and watched tiny fish swim in the running water.

Then I had a dangerous thought: This would make a good picture.

Out my phone came. The rest of my wandering was spent attempting to capture the evening's brilliance. Smartphone technology can not capture nature, so I was left unsatisfied.

I spend hours every day staring into my computer under bright white light. This makes these moments in nature special. Even then, I could not escape from my phone. Its harsh light shone on my face as I tried to capture the essence of a glowing patch of green grass in the twilight.

If I only left my phone at home, I would have existed in the moment instead of trying to capture it. I would have experienced nature through my senses instead of pixels.

Perhaps wanting to capture is not a bad thing? Maybe I have this urge because I'm a loner and don't often share walks or thoughts with people?

Who knows. But next time I go on a walk, I may leave my phone behind. What fun it is to sit down and sketch the first draft of a new app mockup.
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This how I design an app or software feature:
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1. Recieve a brain dump from the person who has the concept. Scribble these thoughts down in bullet point format in one of my many notebooks.
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(My current notebook is red with a vintage anatomical heart, which might seem a little goth, but I just intend for it to remind me not to be an emotionless robot in life.)
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2. Sketch draft of initial app flow. I don't pay much attention to details at this point. It's intended for a high level proof of concept to make sure the features' structures I in envision in my head will work in two dimensions on the screen.
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3. Create the screens as wireframes in the computer. Polish as I go to add detail and fill in gaps from the sketches.
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4. Then I send for feedback and we iterate. This is my least favorite part, as often complicated technical questions come up I have to figure out, and I have to think at a high level of detail.
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5. I take the final wireframes and create "pixel perfect" designs with color and fonts and pretty layout in Adobe Illustrator.
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Then we're done with the mockups! Magic accomplished.
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(Please add occasional half-steps for procrastination. To rejuvenate my mind, of course. Heh. That's what I'm doing right now by making this post.) Found in the mental disorders section. Misplaced? I disagree with anyone who sees introversion as a disadvantage. My first Malcom Gladwell book caused my worst sunburn in a while. I read along the river for three hours facing the same direction in full sunlight without suncreen, because I mistakenly think I'm invincible to the sun. I'm still peeling, but needless to say, enjoyed the book. Da fam Second ever family selfie Fun light from office window on Friday morning makes for a fantastic impromptu photo shoot at work.

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