September 08, 2005

The City That Sleeps

The way I have my desk set-up in the new house is perfect for encouraging me to sketch in idle moments when I'm thinking or otherwise being generally unemployed (yes, jobs are on my mind a lot right now). I've always been drawn to the image of a city at night; the shapes and dramatic lighting fascinate and excite my emotions.

The sketching is gradually improving almost a year on from when I decided to restart sketching and brought a whole bunch of fresh materials. A lot of higher priority things got in the way of my drawing ambition but I've hung on in there and drawn things throughout the year. I'll aim to do more.

I was generally in a bit of a useless TIZZ last night and this morning, got a bit over stressed by the whole employment search. Its easy to feel like the whole process is outside of your control, which can then become demoralising when things remain unchanged. At around mid day I relaxed a bit, made myself a nice cooked lunch, did a little bit of drawing and managed to take back some of that control by re-emailing the people I have contacted about jobs and tuning up my CV for some other kinds of work.

I've pretty much decided that my future lies in making games, but with my lack of experience and the difficulty of getting started in the industry it seems likely I'll have to take on some other kind of work in the meantime. Most of my proudest achievements however relate to the making of games in some way so the CV has required some highly creative editing.

I seem to have now gained coding control over my long running Half-Life 2 mod project so I shall be using that to brush up my C++ game programming skills while I hit refresh on my email account and glance anxiously phone-wards.


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  1. In the mean time, hereby an expression of admiration of your drawing. Good use of colors and nice sketching in general. The bright windows on the right are especially impressive. Only thing that confuses me is the streetlights creating darkness instead of light [see front right light]

    08 Sep 2005, 01:56

  2. Good luck with the job hunt, and nice sketch.

    Did you ever see that show penny crayon? she sketched things and they came to life – you should get one of those, then sketch yourself a job, or better still some money, and a robot, and a ninja and pirate and a…

    08 Sep 2005, 02:07

  3. Cool sketch :) I like to think of what might be happening in the unlit back allies of such a town. Anyway, you have no reason to worry about the jobs thing, just take it one stap at a time and you'll be fine. Just let me know if there's anything I can do more than leaving you alone, and for christs sake talk to me when ur feeling shite about stuff. (Apologies if I was a bit crappy yesterday but I think I got some kind of stomach bug that's been screwing me over for a couple of days now)

    08 Sep 2005, 08:17

  4. Where is that? It looks like Bath St. but without traffic lights.

    08 Sep 2005, 08:18

  5. That particular street is just from my imagination.

    08 Sep 2005, 19:57


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