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Trigger Warning for survivors and the weak-stomached. Read at your own discretion.

This was the phone conversation I had with Mike earlier tonight. I emulated his minimalist style in honor of his old webcomic, Don’t Forget To Validate Your Parking.

I’m not linking that stupid HuffPost article but by now, I bet you can find it anywhere in the blogosphere.

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Please don’t use this illustration without my permission.

I don’t have a DVR anymore so Mike has been posting his favorite X Factor USA clips on my Facebook Wall each week, or of whichever singer he thinks I’d find interesting. Earlier last week was the Judges’ Houses performances so we got to see contestants sing for their life in the poolside backyards of each judges’ gargantuan hillside mansion.

I was especially amused by Simon Cowell’s patio wear. Like jeez, dude, can you be anymore relaxed?

Barefooted. BAREFOOTED!

Look at the glistening sunset reflecting off the pool that's also reflecting off Simon's bare chest.

This is my absolute favorite. Imagine him cackling: "HAHA! Oh, poor people."

When I mentioned it to Mike, he pointed out something very important:

“Sunglasses, deep tan, white linen shirt unbuttoned down to his navel. He looks like he’s the head of a drug cartel.”

HOLY COW, I went, he does! Now I can never unsee it. Honestly, why can’t Simon be real with us? You know if X Factor USA wasn’t marketed as family-friendly television, he’d really be sitting on that couch flanked by sultry vixens while barking orders at the contestants: “Give me talent! Give me sob stories!”

See for yourself what I mean:

Author’s Note: I wasn’t very happy with the first panel I drew. You can check out the first draft below, which was a MUCH better sketch of Simon but as you can see, I messed up on their hands.

Cash monnnneeeyyy.

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Since coming home, I’ve joined my family in watching some Chinese soap operas at dinnertime. No, I don’t hate Chinese soap operas haha. But some of those shows do tend to focus on honor, filial piety and food to the point of silliness.

Speech bubbles courtesy of the program, Comic Life.

Yikes, his face turned out a little too sinister.

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I’m in the sharing mood so here are some photos of old sculpture projects I did back in college. You can tell it was my favorite class.

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We worked with clay to make conceptual objects that would look interesting on all sides. No tools.

We twisted chicken wire into an armature before the plaster was put on.

With plaster on. My professor liked how severe the arch was.

I Scotch taped a bunch of cardboard triangles together for the project using planes in order to create a sense of movement.

Before a classmate lent me her digital camera, I was using my iPhone camera and it created this incredible lighting. Looks like a watercolor painting, doesn't it?

These are pieces for the theme of "time" project. I cut and twisted chicken wire together to make blobs which I then Scotch taped and molded white-and-black colored clay all over. I let them dry overnight, then cut through three layers while it was still wet. The drying made some awesome cracks.

A really talented classmate told me she was surprised someone as shy as me could create pieces like these.

My professor was often worried about my progress because I struggled to interpret my ideas to her. She gave me the most pitying eyes when she saw me randomly hot-glueing sticks together. I honestly didn't know what I was doing when I started.

After a few hours of adding sticks to my module, it started to look better. This form was already good to go but I wanted to make it even bigger.

It became my biggest, most ambitious project in the class. It was a tumbleweed chaos made with the simplest materials.

Just a nice photo combo is all.

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Please don’t use any of these illustrations without my permission.

This post is inspired yet again by the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If you DON’T want movie spoilers, it’s best to skip scrolling down any farther.

It’s considered NSFW because of a risque image down below. You’ll know which one. View at your own discretion.


Joel Barish carrying the memorable watercolor painting of skeletal Clementine sailing on a ship in a bottle. (Screenshot from Netflix)

As I have mentioned earlier in my last post, I was planning to recreate Joel Barish’s sketchbook for Mike to carry around during Halloween.

I first saw it as a small, fun side-project to do and was really only going to imitate a couple of his more notable drawings. But the moment I placed a ball-point pen down on the first page, I was thrown into a crazy creative road and haven’t stopped drawing for the past six hours.

SCREW WAITING! I’m too proud of myself right now. I want to show these off ASAP.

Above was the first image I drew. I sketched all the drawings in lead pencil before the pens roll in. I didn’t have any watercolors for some of the paintings I recreated so I substituted them with color pencils.

Copying Joel’s handwriting was almost an art in itself. I had to alternate between print and cursive on the left page. I almost had to make up a word towards the end because the screenshots I was depending on didn’t show up very well.

My favorite image from the movie but boy, was it difficult. I kept messing up on the perspective of the train windows. Luckily Joel’s messy artistic style allowed me the liberty to hide mistakes.

He did a few simple doodles with some indecipherable scribbles which I replaced with quotes from the movie. Same for the one below as well.

Eh, it does look similar to the original but I wish it turned out better.

Another demented sketch of Clementine. His art is unique though a little depressing to look at.

The “daddy” part was made up. The screenshot didn’t show what it said after “psychotic” so I substituted it.

Another one of the lovebirds lying on top of the frozen Charles River.

This was actually a note that Clementine gave to Joel to remind him of the sweet things he said to her. I liked it so much I included it in the project.

I used a regular binder paper to write it on to make it more similar. I drew the photo of the rag dolls and added scotch tape around it as though it’s been attached.

Rag Doll Clementine had a speech bubble but since I couldn’t make out the words again, I added her most memorable quote:

“‎Too many guys think I’m a concept, or I complete them, or I’m gonna make them alive. But I’m just a fucked-up girl who’s lookin’ for my own peace of mind; don’t assign me yours.

Then I folded and taped the love letter into the sketchbook.

With another binder paper I later taped into the sketchbook, I drew the raunchiest sketch of Joel’s collection. The comic came from the “Humiliation” scene in the movie.

I was fascinated by the combination of retro and depravity and actually had a lot fun drawing it. I realized halfway that the first row had three panels and not two. Since it was blurry in the screenshot, I redrew it with a snazzy title panel.

God, family, don’t hate me.

That dismembered arm thing was another one of Joel’s small doodles. To fill space, I included the quote from Alexander Pope’s “Eloisa to Abelard” which inspired the movie title.

Ah, finally, the biggest and most time-consuming piece of the bunch.

After a while of sketching, I outlined the rest with a fine point Sharpie and finished it with color pencils. Yes, I know, it’s supposed to be a watercolor painting — give me a break.

Phew, now I’m tired. And very satisfied to have done this. Thanks for sticking around, guys.


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This post is screenshot galore — thanks, Netflix! So if you DON’T want movie spoilers, it’s best to skip this post.

Aww...

From an earlier post.

I know, I know, I keep mentioning this but it’s actually happening!

This Halloween, Mike and I are planning to dress up as Joel and Clementine from our favorite Charlie Kaufman-written movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Even if our late October plans are still unclear, I’m excited about the prospect of making my own costume.

I’ve got the bright red hair which I’ll retouch again before that weekend.

I also found some old plastic holders with safety pins on the back. I can just slip in pieces of paper with “Clementine Kruczynski” and “Joel Barish” written on them which both of us can wear as name tags. Good thing too! The Hello, My Name Is… stickers were cheap but what would I do with the 498 left over?

Facial hairrrrr.

It’ll be easy for Mike to dress up as Joel since Jim Carrey’s character is a plainclothes man. Minus his PJ’s, Joel almost always wears a long dark coat and a wool beanie cap.

He also has a constant 5 o’clock shadow which is perfect. Mike already sports facial hair!

I rewatched the film earlier tonight and grabbed screenshots of Joel’s signature drawings. I’m planning on redrawing his macabre doodles and have already purchased a discount wire-bound sketchbook for Mike to carry around.

He also had a black mole-like dot on each temple placed there by the Erasers. But I’m not sure if Mike’s okay with me putting a Magic Marker to his face haha.

A drawing of Clementine from afar.

Bye, hoodie. =(

For me, I’m in a bit of trouble.

I almost got a sweatshirt similar to the tangerine-colored zip-up hoodie Clementine often wears until I realized…orange hoodies aren’t really my thing. Aside from Halloween, the sweatshirt will just pick up dust for the rest of the year.

Since the idea was nixed, I took A TON of screenshots of her hairstyles and other outfits to get new ideas.

Due to the lack of sewing skills and the amount of time left, I won’t be able to whip up an identical outfit like this:

How cute is that vintage dress?

So I’ll have to “make” the costume using the clothes I already have in my closet.

Clementine’s style is daring and full of color. She’s practically a rainbow amongst the darkly dressed crowds. She likes wearing clunky boots, big jackets and scarves.

As long as I’m faithful to the theme of her attire, the clothes don’t have to be exactly the same.

The image below is something I can easily do. I have a red American Apparel skirt, black combat boots and dark green tights. My mom might have a coat and scarf that’s similar to the one she’s wearing.

Hair-wise, I was very amused by some of the styles she pulled off effortlessly. She likes pulling up her hair with clips and barrettes, allowing two long strands to frame her face.

Twin buns!

Loose waves, never straight.

Minor detail: I have fingerless gloves too! While they’re black, at least it’s something she also owns and they’ll keep me warm at night. Yay!

I also noticed she wears a lot of silver rings. Maybe I’ll stop by Safeway and get a couple of them from the coin-operated toy dispensers? Haha. =D