So, how do you explain to women (or men) that you’re not perving them out when you stare intently at them? Because I am not. I am trying to memorize how the cold light above creates a shadow on her muscular thigh between the Vastus externus and Biceps femoris, and how the light reflecting from the wooden floor gives her leg a lovely indirect warm light from below and I keep trying to figure out the relative intensity of the lights in the room to create a similar effect.

Not that anyone has ever complained in to my face about it. But sometimes I catch myself and wonder how it looks like to other people. Staring at other people’s faces is the most awkward.

"Hi, I noticed you were staring at me?"

"Uhh… I was just looking at how the light reflected from the mirror behind the bar and the glass table were creating a complex shadow pattern around your cheekbones and trying to figure out where the third shadow is coming from…"

Well, a short note to inform everyone I am not dead. Nor did I have a third stroke, or any other calamity.To put it in as few words as possible: I took a vacation from society. 

Or any other responsibilities. I am currently on my last week of holidays, once I go back to work I’ll start up training (I stopped that too), start studying Japanese again (I didn’t quite stop that, but I slowed down a lot) and I am also planning on starting doing art again. 

So yeah, I’ll be back in few weeks, if I don’t kill myself by starting all this stuff again in one go. Might be a bit of a shock to system, really.

I wonder if I still know how to do art? Hmm…

"Spirit", By Jyri Straechav, 2014. 
Something a little less horror and a bit more “dark fantasy” or something. It was just an idea that I had, and here it is. I rather like how the surface turned out. I might (in other words: I will) use this technique again to work on my future pieces. Have to wonder what to do next, though… hmm…

"Spirit", By Jyri Straechav, 2014. 

Something a little less horror and a bit more “dark fantasy” or something. It was just an idea that I had, and here it is. I rather like how the surface turned out. I might (in other words: I will) use this technique again to work on my future pieces. Have to wonder what to do next, though… hmm…

Well, best laid plans and all that.

I’ve found myself facing a distinct lack of time. I forgot to post yesterday about the piece of art. It’ll be done this week, but instead of Wednesday, it’s Saturday. I’ve noticed that I really have no time at all for art during the week anymore. All my artistic efforts will be done on Saturday and Sunday. 

Anyway, should be more than enough time. It’s mostly done, but still, I can’t just publish it as it is. I still need some four to five hours with it before I show it to people.

So see you on Saturday.

Hey man, you don't really update ALWAYS on Wednesdays & Saturdays. Why is that?

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Hah. I suppose I should address this. It’s not exactly a new sentiment from people.

In short: I don’t do much art right now. Actually,  I don’t do any art right now. Whether I’ll do something tomorrow or not, is up in the air. I go day by day whether I will work on any art or not.

Basically since the first stroke I’ve had this huge urge to keep on working and doing something “useful” and 99% of the time this has been art. However, I started studying Japanese. So now I spend 99% of my time studying Japanese, instead of doing art.

I haven’t abandoned art, so I’ll definitely come back. But right now I am spending almost all of my energy and waking hours in to my day job and learning Japanese. At some point I imagine I’ll ease off the Japanese learning and come back to doing art. But since learning a new language is a multi-year project, I assume I’ll be dividing my time between the two.

As for why I haven’t updated here for my usual days, it’s because I didn’t think people would want to see me post just pure text posts for … well, however long it’ll take me to do a new piece of art. I figure people follow me for my art, not to read about my Japanese learning experiences.

So in conclusion: tomorrow, I might do art, or I might not. I will definitely be studying Japanese either way.

When listening to all the five star rated songs in my music collection, I’ve had several urges to wish I could rate the song all over again, but higher.

I think someone should make a music player (that can handle my 20,000 song collection) where you listen to music and you can give it “upvotes” or “downvotes” while you listen to your collection without any upper or lower limit to the number of votes.

"Memories", By Jyri Straechav, 2014.
Yeah, so those strokes I had? They damaged my short term memory and this is how studying (especially memorizing things) feels like when you have that particular handicap. Truly lovely, that’s all I am saying.
And no, despite the rumors to contrary, I am not dead. Just very, very, very busy. So Art comes as a bit of an afterthought. This one was pretty quick, I did it today in about four or five hours. 

"Memories", By Jyri Straechav, 2014.

Yeah, so those strokes I had? They damaged my short term memory and this is how studying (especially memorizing things) feels like when you have that particular handicap. Truly lovely, that’s all I am saying.

And no, despite the rumors to contrary, I am not dead. Just very, very, very busy. So Art comes as a bit of an afterthought. This one was pretty quick, I did it today in about four or five hours. 

"Misery", By Jyri Straechav, 2014.
So, I am more or less done with my brief “vacation”. But I am incredibly busy. I finished this piece on Saturday and I haven’t even looked at the possibility of starting a new piece of art - unlike usually. 
Like I said, I am incredibly busy. But I’ll do my best to push out some new art. I do have one VERY weird and unsettling piece that I started before this one, and I might start working on that one. I should freak some people out…

"Misery", By Jyri Straechav, 2014.

So, I am more or less done with my brief “vacation”. But I am incredibly busy. I finished this piece on Saturday and I haven’t even looked at the possibility of starting a new piece of art - unlike usually. 

Like I said, I am incredibly busy. But I’ll do my best to push out some new art. I do have one VERY weird and unsettling piece that I started before this one, and I might start working on that one. I should freak some people out…

Sorry about my absence. 

I’ve taken a bit of a break from art. I don’t know when I’ll get back to it, but it shouldn’t be too long. Just don’t expect multiple-times-per-week updates as before. 

Why? Well, mostly I feel like I need to recharge my batteries a bit. The ideas I come up with don’t really interest me enough to finish them completely, which isn’t a promising start.

I figure a small break ought to fix most of these problems.

"Mr. Mouthy", By Jyri Straechav, 2014. "He eats hands that feed."
A quick piece, I got bored with the 3D stuff and instead painted all the details and stuff on top of a really rough render. It was kind of fun to do that much painting again. I think I might next just do a painting. But I don’t promise anything, everything always changes whenever I start working on things.
That said, I think this piece is hilarious. Other people seem to think it’s disturbing and creepy. I just don’t understand people.

"Mr. Mouthy", By Jyri Straechav, 2014. "He eats hands that feed."

A quick piece, I got bored with the 3D stuff and instead painted all the details and stuff on top of a really rough render. It was kind of fun to do that much painting again. I think I might next just do a painting. But I don’t promise anything, everything always changes whenever I start working on things.

That said, I think this piece is hilarious. Other people seem to think it’s disturbing and creepy. I just don’t understand people.