Possible book cover for completed novel The Elosar.

New drawing which I’ve just done. Preparing some possible artwork covers for my novel The Elosar which is now completed. Kinda love this drawingpossible elosar book cover

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Elf costume

I was an elf this year for halloween. Hope you all enjoyed the festivities and soaked in the atmosphere and ate lots of goodies lord of the rings elf costume

China’s Van Goghs

China’s van goghs is a documentary about people who paint imitations of van goghs work in China and the documentary was funny at times for example when a guy painted van goghs ear wrongly and was told to redo it and he slammed the paint brush on the floor and said he had corrected it three times. It broke my heart when this man Mr Zhao finally got his dream to visit van goghs museum in Amsterdam and saw the actual work and his own work which he thought would be in a gallery just hanging in a souvenir shop. China’s painting village Dafen churns out 600-700 orders of van goghs imitations and the man was paid 450 renminbi while the dealers sell his work for 500 euros. He realised that he had been painting imitations for twenty years and not once had his work been displayed in a gallery. He was not well educated due to lack of money which he cried as he explained, so painting imitations was skilled work. He went home and painted a portrait of his grandma and the workshop where him and his wife brother and brother in law worked painting non stop. They also visited van goghs grave and lit three cigarettes for him. It was a documentary that touched me at the core because I never realised how blessed I am to have the opportunity to create original artwork, even if my work is not so great or not appreciated. I have sold a print of my art for 150. It totally changed my perspective on my own artwork and encourages me to work harder. I also wish these people much hope and happiness in the future.chinas van goghs.jpg

Bamseom pirates

I went to see this documentary about a metal band that is from South Korea performing music about North Korea and South Korea. It discusses the politics of North and South Korea and how one of the band members got into trouble for retweeting some tweets he saw from North Korea. In equal parts witty and depressing and defiant as you witness their public performances and a riot and the imagery and photography used in their works. Along with the post modern style of the poetry written and used by Kwon. The sense of dissension and dissatisfaction of the youth in South Korea along with the bands dislike of mainstream culture in South Korea is captured. Along with their fiesty efforts and participation in the music that brings some justice to their emotions and life. The grey lines of democracy and the law are also drawn in the modern world of technology. I enjoyed their music and their banter and their expression of their political beliefs.banseom pirates

Blade runner 2049

I loved this dystopian movie. The atmosphere and settings and visual techniques are to be commended. If you are looking for a fast paced action movie this is not it. It shows a world of genetically engineered humans struggling to find their place and identity in the future. A man who places more importance on a cyber projection of a woman than a real woman and falls in love with her despite knowing she is merely the product of programming. A man who believes that being a stranger is the only way to protect a son. This is a story more about humanity and it’s struggles to utilize science and technology rather than being controlled by it. It discusses rebellion against the state which has become inhuman in the face of technology and other humanitarian issues.blade runner 2049.jpg