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.

Someone asked me the question (elsewhere, but seemed like a good topic) whether I think color theory or color in general important. They also briefly touched on the topic of “value vs. hue”. Value meaning how bright the color is and hue the actual color and how I approach it.

Personally, and this is pretty obvious (if you haven’t noticed you really should have), I am much more interested in value than hue. All my images are generally high contrast and have extremes. Both the pure white and pure black are everywhere in my art. I might have done some pieces where I didn’t try for maximum contrast, but those aren’t really the norm.

I personally haven’t studied much color theory or care about it. I have to use a color wheel whenever I want to use complimentary colors and all that jazz. Those cases are a more of a personal attempt to see if doing it the “right way” makes any difference.

In a word, no.

I find color theory, and I am sure most artists who have thought about it, a bit of a nebulous concept. It really is just a “theory” and doesn’t really mean anything. It’s highly dependent on the viewer’s tastes, culture and eyesight. 

You really can’t get more subjective than that.

So, to answer the question second time. I really don’t care about color theory, and I care much more about value than hue. My maxim is that the image should “read” decently in black & white. Even though I don’t think most of my images look good in B&W. 

Also, if all is going to go well, I’ll post a quick piece tonight. It’s a picture of my new pet. I call him “Mr. Mouthy”.

Oh my god. I hate this week. Working alone is such a pain in the ass, twice the work, same paycheck. I really had to put on speed today to get it all done. Thank god tomorrow is Friday. 

Also, I have zero interest in my new piece, which is a shame, because it’s kind of funny little thing. I’ll try to work on it despite my laziness.

Okay, time for excuses. 

I will  not be able to finish this week’s piece of art today. It WILL be done this week, so that’s not the issue. But just letting you know not to hold your breath. Unless I do something really radical, maybe Friday? Saturday for sure, anyway.

Why this delay? Well, the last week’s piece was only finished on Saturday and thus pushed my usual schedule even further - and for some reason trying a new workflow has really curbed my more excessive ideas, so I am a little hesitant on doing some of the crazier stuff I’ve been thinking of.

Anyway, also I am working without my usual partner at my day job. So I am also much more exhausted every day, and doing art on my free time has so far been secondary to sleeping.

But, it’ll be done.