Pukka Detox Tea, Chill Music, and a Sketchbook are the ideal Saturday night.

Desk **Quick observation sketch of what my desk looked like at 21:46 last night.  On a side note, my website was having difficulty with the gallery portion. Luckily, my magical IT guy (cough cough my dad) was able to fix it! So although it hasn’t been updated with new artwork… at least the old stuff is still available to view. My personal favourite is the figure drawings and oil paintings. I miss life drawing and hope to pick it up again this semester. The University of London Union do classes on Wednesdays from 18:30 to 21:30, so I’m going to motivate myself to go after work! Until then… here’s the current stuff: Figure Drawings.  And some Oil Paintings while we’re at it!

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When was the last time you paid attention to the cinematography of an ANIMATED film?

When was the last time you paid attention to the cinematography of an ANIMATED film?

My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

Can we please take a moment to honour the framing, colour, lighting, and design of shots in Miyazaki animation? His animated films are visually beautiful and a nice stylistic difference from the traditional western aesthetics.

Note to Self: the cinema of Asia is artistically exceptional and I should watch international films more often.

In the Mood For Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2001)

In the Mood For Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2001)

Cinematography: Mark Lee Ping Bin, Kwan Pun Leung, Christopher Doyle

Have you ever stopped to look at the film itself? I mean actually STOP. and look at it. Acknowledge it. Not its narrative, characters, or realism. The cinematography can be absolutely beautiful and breathtaking with it’s enhanced colours, deep compositions, shifting focus and subtle reminders. Cinematography does not shout, it whispers. And those that listen will discover a hidden beauty that flashes every 24 fames per second.