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This journal is written by Kuma (Felis catus) and Kuma's owner Y (homo sapiens). We have moved from Japan to Australia in 2011.


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2017-07-19 09:28   My Everyday Drawing Challenge

Y (Kuma's owner)

At the end of last month, I decided to draw a picture with coloured pencils everyday at least for 10 minutes because I thought that if I make a strict rule for myself, I am not going to be able to keep it. I think my decision was right, I still draw a picture everyday, sometimes drawing a picture for an hour and sometimes drawing for about 10 minutes, it depends on my mood.

Eastern Rosella

What I understood after I started drawing is coloured pencils can overglaze. I had been believing that only oil painting can overglaze. It depends on the firmness of the lead of a pencil but some types of coloured pencils are good for overlaying.

I have already finished drawing three bird's pictures. I draw the picture using a photo that I have taken but there is an issue. My camera is not so good and it's difficult to see the details of the birds. The pictures I took are mostly low resolution.

I know it's no problem to use pictures on the internet for my practicing at home but if I want to upload the picture that I drew looking at someone's photo to Twitter or somewhere in public, it's illegal. If I could draw a picture well, I would like to use it for my Twitter's header, so I have to use the picture I took. I have never imagined that before I draw pictures, I had to take a fine photo.

The picture below this page is the third picture I drew. I wanted to draw the feet but this bird was walking on the lawn and its feet didn't appear in the photo. I'm going to choose a good photo for the next practicing.

My Everyday drawing challenge is still going on!

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2017-07-15 20:36   Christopher Nolan's Movies

Y (Kuma's owner)

The first Christopher Nolan movie I saw was "Interstellar." I like science fiction and am interested in realistic stories. In that sense, I like "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "The Martian" as well. That does not mean denying other types of science fiction movies, what I mean is that I don't like half-baked stories, stories that are between fantasy and reality.

I don't know why I like stories that have different chronological orders. A story that has different chronological orders is complex and it's not easy for me to understand especially in English but I like it. Therefore, I see such types of movies again and again until I understand. I like mechanical puzzles and it seems that I also like to be puzzled seeing movies. I think that I like mysteries for the same reason.

The second movie I saw of him was "Inception" and this movie is exactly my favorite, and it's a story that has complex time series. The third movie was "The Dark Knight" which I wrote before on my blog.

As I see Christopher Nolan's movies, I'm getting to understand how the stories were elaborately built. There are tricky jokes in some of the computer software that are called "Easter Egg" and I like it. I think there are some Easter Egg -like scenes in the movies and it's fun to find them. It reminds me of the movies of Alfred Hitchcock's cameo appearance. I love that.

When I was doing a puzzle game creator, I put one of my cats (He had a unique face that is totally different from any other cat) into the puzzle in secret but nobody noticed it. I love such types of mischief which is harmless.

Let's go back to the topic of the movie. I haven't seen one of Christopher Nolan's movies called "Following." I heard that this movie is also a complex time movie. I love movies which are not only complex, I love movies that I am able to enjoy even if I see them many times. Some movies are difficult to understand seeing once and I need to see them several times and after I finish seeing them, I can sometimes notice that there is a meaning that was put in one scene in the movie, and it was fun to know.

Christopher Nolan's latest movie is "Dunkirk." According to Wikipedia, this movie doesn't have too many lines in the script. As represented by the Joker in "The Dark Knight", I like the actor's lines in his movies and I'm not interested in historical movies, so maybe I'll skip his movie this time.

If I could request him, I would like to see a movie which is not scary but mysterious. I don't think mysteries always needs a murder case. When I was young, I tried to think of a mystery where nobody dies but couldn't write it.

The latest movie has not yet released but I'm already waiting for more movies following that. I wonder what kind of movie it would be?

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2017-06-28 07:08   My Drawing Project

Y (Kuma's owner)

What type of kid were you when you were small? I was a kid who always drew. I drew every day. If I ran out of paper, I would even draw on a small space of a newspaper. I had several aunts and uncles who were teachers. They knew I was addicted to drawing, so they gave me paper (mostly extra English examination papers), which they were going to discard. I was an animal lover (still am) and I loved to draw animals.

In Japan, there is an old saying that the soul of a child of three years old will be the same as when they reach 100 years old. In my case, it was true. I still love animals and drawings. The difference between when I was a small kid and now is that I don't draw pictures now. I have sometimes suddenly felt like I wanted to draw a picture but that feeling didn't last long. I don't know why I could draw so many pictures when I was small.

One day, I found a Twitter account of a professional artist who particularly likes drawing birds picture. Her name is Rachel Hollis; her drawings are amazing and I suddenly felt like drawing pictures again.
They say that if you want to draw pictures well, you should draw every day.

Long ago, I decided I would paint pictures every day but it didn't last long. At that time, I was using watercolours. It was a bit awkward every time I finished painting because I had to clean the pallet. Yes, I know, I was lazy.

Coloured Pencils

Then, I remembered that I have lots of coloured pencils. When I quit the company where I used to work, my colleagues gave me a deluxe coloured pencil set. I haven't even used them! I had thought that my favorite artist, Rachel Hollis, used watercolours but I read her website and noticed that she uses coloured pencils.

I have been taking lots of photos of birds. I have a water bowl in the backyard and take birds picture almost every day. Maybe I can use those photos. So, I have decided that I will spend at least 10 minutes drawing every day. If I make a strict rule for myself, I am not able to keep it.

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