Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 11th at Samji

The first activity of the day was a couple business looking ladies buzzing around the tile frames. They weren't interested in getting a caricature though. I had to rummage through some frames in the office and find what they were looking for and they changed their mind a couple times and were just mildly annoying.

They settled on this brown beauty.  I was rummaging to find it when Jong Ho arrived.
 And shortly after came Jinah who works up in the office.

And he took care of the frame for the girls. This is all very exciting.
And then my first sketch of the day was an old Taiwanese man. He had a really good face; the drawing came out fine. His son in law and daughter were with him, and they really seemed to like it. The most notable thing about that experience was how really really nice and good-natured the son in law was. Then Jong Ho went to lunch. Shortly after, a young couple from Thailand came to get drawn.
   One big regret I have from April the 11th is early in the day I had these really fish in a barrel situations that I sacrificed to speed and line quality when they could have brought some good laughs and maybe follow up customers.

    Next I drew an older Korean lady. Maybe she was about sixty.  I don't think she was too happy with her drawing, but I felt good about the likeness. My coworker to the left of me, Minjong, drew her friend and it was awesome and it looked like her and was funny and cute, so in comparison I probably seemed a little brutish, but also, the drawing wasn't wild and crazy either, so shame on me, then. But no photo. After this, we did a lot of standing and sitting around with no customers. Here's what that looks like roughly.

   Friday April the 11th spent a lot of time acting like it might get warm, but it probably won't. A warm day here at Samji always brings customers, and not only customers but happy customers. It's so palpably different the way customers respond to caricatures in warm weather. Or it might just be that warm weather brings a different type of crowd in altogether, a much better crowd. Hot weather is a different story of course. I guess I like the whim customers. I guess I need to think more about that crowd that knows what caricatures are and they want one. Those would almost have to be the people who come when it's too hot or too cold, but enough about the weather.
   The end of the long, dead time was brought by what seemed like some psycho girls. I could tell Jong Ho didn't want to draw them. They were so hyper decoratey. As I drew them, though, I found them to be really great, but still very very intense. 

And the girl on the right, she'd gotten a lot of caricatures done, like in Spain and Newbrunswick and Portugal and Brunai and Antarctica. She did the thing where she tells me everything about herself and her friend, and I gotta make a drawing using that information. 

 Then out came the sun! Hooray! And I drew, whim customers, Cherri and Minji here. They were pretty awesome. They had a fun conversation amongst themselves that I could just pop into from time to time. I love when that happens. They don't get bored. They just hang out and chat and let me do my thing. I drew the girl on the right's mouth doing a different expression than what you see her doing in the photo, but mostly I wish I would have done her eyes a little different.

By now the sun was shining down on Korea with a warm friendly glow and nearly all the caricature customers were just sunshine enjoyers, wandering in and out of interesting experiences.

   MinJong did a great drawing of such a family.

My next customers were brothers from Abudabi. They were both electronics engineers.

   As I drew this drawing, my whole focus was don't get a reject. The girl and the mom had reject written on their faces and bodies and handbags, and then I finished, and it was a reject. Minjong did the redraw and she did a fine job.

 I enjoyed drawing this girl.

 But it came out like this.
 Which is fine.
And then this couple was pretty fun, but I flubbed her up. I think I'm getting a "big eyes" tendency I'm gonna have to keep in check.

   By now it got pretty chilly and slowed down a lot. I did a drawing of our stand that came out fun.

And then at the end of the day I got to draw the happiest most pleasant baby you could imagine.

 He was so cute and wide eyed and just unfathomably pleasant. He looked like the sunshine baby from Teletubbies or something, just as cute as can be. He did start to cry at the end, right after I think I caught him makin a poopy face.

 And that's a full day folks. Some good drawings some bad drawings, a reject, a baby make a poopy, all around a good day. Samji is by far the best spot to work at in Korea, especially in the spring time. This has been a lovely blog post, with Aaron Philby.

Friday, April 4, 2014



Hey, take it easy, man. It's just the circle of life, man.

"Who wants to get some coffee?"

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sunny Day Sweeping the Clouds Away

 Here's one of our caricature locations. On the right, we see Lulu. On the left is Sunny. Jinah is straight ahead. My three coworkers here are having a conversation in their native language of Korean or Hangul. I only understand bits and pieces, but I've been taking many proactive steps toward learning Korean. I read the story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl translated into Korean and now I'm going to read the English version and then I'll read the Korean version again and go back and fourth in this way as long as I can. I'm curious about what that kind of learning will feel like and this makes me if I need motivation since my wife is Korean...but actually I do, because she speaks English pretty well and almost everybody in Korea wants to learn English and has more good reason to learn English than I have a justifiable reason for wanting to learn Korean so they try to speak English to me and enjoy when I speak English to them, but I want to learn Korean. I want to experience a completely different culture from my own from the inside. A different culture is like a different world. It feels like a different world when you grow up surrounded by one culture and you know that there are other cultures outside of your culture, but you, or rather, I didn't realize how much of what I was surrounded by was simply western culture rather than..I guess I could say life.

 We live in an apartment. There is no desk really which can be uncomfortable sometimes. Everything happens on the floor, except for cooking and showering. I want a desk. The next place we move to is going to be bigger and have a desk. I need a desk and a chair darn it! I'm a human being, and my life has value! Just joking. This is our humble lil apartment. We got a tv. It came with the place. Sometimes we'll watch tv. I like a show that's called "anyunghasayyo" which translates to "hello" in korean. Also, to say the word "is" you say "eebneeda" which explains why my Korean Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is so much thicker than my English version. If you want to say, for example, "Hi. My name is Slicka Slicka Slim Shady" in Korean, you have to say "An-yung-ha-say-yo. Jae  ee-dum-eun  seu-lee-ka  seu-lee-ka  seu-leem shae-dee  eeb-nee-da."

We have a caricature location at the entrance to a trick-eye museum. You can see at the bottom left of this drawing the top of a pop can which is suppose to look like it's standing up on the ground if you see it from far away, but the lighting is not done too well so there's a glare and the illusion is lost. I've never actually been inside to see the actual museum yet. I've been to trick-eye museums before though. They're pretty cool. I imagine they will be much more prevalent and advanced as time goes by. I hear there's a mirror maze inside. I've only been in one good mirror maze in my life and it was at Lotte World. I love a good mirror maze.

And here's a street in Seoul. Today is such a beautiful day. I drew this today on the way home from the hospital. The hospital's not as much of a big deal here and it's much cheaper. People go to the hospital for a simple cold which I, and as of this morming my wife have, but I've also had this bizarre ear ache for the past few days which really did merit going to the hospital. The doctor cleaned me out and said there was some Q-tip in there, and also mold. I clean my left ear a lot because it's always more itchy than my right ear. The Q-tips in Korea are not like in America. They're more flimsy. Is this the reason some of the Q-tip came off in my ear, or have I had a piece of Q-tip in my ear for the past 20 years which made it itchy which causes me to clean my left ear too much making there be not enough essential wax to fight off the resultant mold? I'm not sure, but Doc cleaned me out good and said don't clean my ear for a while.