The Korean Dog Starter Guide

Do you want your dog to fit in with the hip-hop-colour-pop pups?
Here’s what you need to get going…Korean-Dog-Starter-Guide

A post inspired by the many super-pop groomed pet dogs I pass on the streets daily here in Korea. They are often carried by hand, in a handbag or occasionally pushed around in their own prams.

The Ajumma Starter Guide

Aspiring to become an old Korean ajumma (아줌마)? Here’s what you need to get going…

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A post inspired by these many similar-looking elderly women I pass on the streets daily or have elbow-jabbing me in my ribs to get on the subway here in Korea.

Food Diary

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Trying to “diet” (read: cleaner eating and exercise) is a constant battle between the shoulds, really-shouldn’ts, and the I’m-going-to-regret-this-in-the-morning-but-it-tastes-so-good-right-now-so-screw-it.

You start developing a relationship with food, a better understanding of it and a long-term commitment to being a better body -I mean person- because of it. But the more you’re supposed to go for the protein-packing good guys, the more you end up day-dreaming about and night-creeping with the bad boys, and giving in to the temptations of those covered in chocolate or grease. You make excuses, you cheat, then you come [insert chosen form of exercise] back to the shakes, salads and tuna promising you’re going to do it right this time, from today, you swear this time it’s different, this time you’re serious. I even packed my gym clothes!

#fooddiary #confessions

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Flowered Weeds Wallpaper Collection

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PHONE WALLPAPER:

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^  DOWNLOAD HERE

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DESKTOP WALLPAPERS: Flowered-Weeds_16x9

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^ Flowered Weeds / MULTI: DOWNLOAD HERE

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PROCESS

The initial drawing and line work was done using a Parker fountain pen (see video).
My favourite property of this pen’s ink is its reaction to water.
With an aqua brush, I used the water to let the lines bleed slightly and paint in some tone and details.Flowered-weeds_detail2
Moving to digital, I scanned in the page from my Moleskine journal (providing the background yellowish colour), then cropped and coloured the image using a complimentary red, set to multiply and drawn in with a wacom tablet and pen.Flowered-weeds_detail1
Finally, resizing the artwork for download as desktop and phone wallpapers.

The Nguni cow’s portrait

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Nguni Portrait – Ink on paper, A3 200gsm.

I had the opportunity recently to paint cows again for a commissioned ink work, which is now in its home in Hermanus enjoying the ocean air.

Some notes on the process:

  1. A fairly rough sketch in 5B pencil on some paper to warm up and have a better look at the image – hey bingo, a separate artwork (below).
  2. Plot the basic lines in 2H pencil on the A3 paper using a light box (read: my window) and the reference image for proportion accuracies.
  3. Ink time! Start with large areas of washes in very watered down ink where the darkest areas/shadows lie in the image.
  4. Work on layers, painting smaller areas but darker shades, building up the details.
  5. Work
  6. Work
  7. Work
  8. Use your finest paintbrush, add the detailed finishing lines, like lashes and stray hairs.
  9. Sign.
  10. Hey pesto. Nguni portrait done 🙂
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Practice sketch

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WIN a Scribble Doodle book!

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It’s small, it fits into your handbag or back pocket, just needs a pen or pencil and some imagination. 

Scribble Doodles is the procrastinator’s perfect pocket book. Filled with 40 pages of creativity-starters and doodle platforms, this little book will keep you busy and offer the perfect distraction when you probably should be doing or paying attention to something else…

Each “activity” is based on a scribble which you draw onto, into, over, under, tippex on, paint, scratch out, write on or just colour in to create new creatures, constructions or mindless pen-wonderings.
At the start of April I’ll be giving away 2 copies of this little gem, one to a chosen Facebook fan, and one to an Instagram fan.

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Turn the scribbles into weird and wonderful doodlings 🙂

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Like ‘Amy Slatem Illustration’ on Facebook and/or follow @shmaymee on Instagram
2. Download and print the below Scribble Doodle and transform it into something interesting. Get creative, let loose. Draw on it, tippex things, heck… you could even cut it up and rebuild it if you want!
3. Upload your artwork (or a photo of it) to either FB or Instagram using #ScribbleDoodlesCompetition and make sure to tag me (so I know you’re in it to win it)
4. On the 31st March (DEADLINE!) I’ll choose 3 of the best entries submitted on FB and 3 of the best from Instagram and put them up on FB & Insta for public voting from 1 April-7 April 2016.
5. The entry with the most likes on the respective social media by the end of Thursday (07/04/16) WINS!
i.e. ONE winner on FACEBOOK + ONE winner on INSTAGRAM = 2 winners!!
6. I’ll contact you, get your postal address and send you your prize (RSA only).

GET DOODLING!

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23dom: Week 3. 07/02/15 – 14/02/15

Day 16. Saturday. 07/02/15
#CRIKEY

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I often get these big and wonderful ideas, this is my current adventurous tangle of practicalities. Watch this space…


Day 17. Sunday. 08/02/15
#WHAT NOW

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This is based on a recent experience I had while visiting family friends and being asked to “un-Uncle” my one uncle figure and call him by just his first name. It’s rather difficult to unlearn such set “norms” that have always been so since I was little. This is one example of many.


Day 18. Monday. 09/02/15
#AMAWOOFWOOF

Day-18

Hmmm, does it make it any better that I can admit that I can be one (from time to time only, obviously…)?


Day 19. Tuesday. 10/02/15
#CUTSDEEP

Day-19

This is the second time I’ve managed to cut my finger with a sharp knife while preparing spinach (of all things). This time at least it didn’t end in stitches.


Day 20. Wednesday. 11/02/15
#ONE

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Still early days and counting. One month together yet one month apart.


Day 21. Thursday. 12/02/15
#JUNGLEHEADED

Day-21

Today’s thought is a continuation from Day 16, in which my brain is a mushy mess of thoughts and confusions, of excitements and doubts about the future, foreign countries and hearts. Made me think of the fab song by Wankelmut & Emma Louise: My Head is a Jungle (Give it a listen. Let it get stuck in your brain too! My gift to you.)


Day 22. Friday. 13/02/15
#JUST

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I got thinking about the formalities of making plans with old friends, new friends and people in between and how one goes about deciding on what kind of “date” you would care/be able to do based on your relationship with that person. Simple coffee dates by no means [always] hold a negative connotation, but I wouldn’t necessarily want to go on an extended lunch date or similar with certain people, I mean you’re setting yourselves up for a commitment of being able to hold long[er] conversations, choosing what to eat (mothatrucking pasta vs the greek salad, darling) and then still eating it awkwardly in front of each other while trying to determine the difference between awkward silence or eating silence, oh… and then the bill. Honestly, sometimes just going for coffee is a WAY less stressful/awkward/intimidating/ idunno invitation… sometimes you’re just a coffee date to me.


Day 23. Saturday. 14/02/15
#VDAY

Day-23

The distance between us is only half of the Earth, no biggie.
Also the last day of the 23dom series… and it’s Valentines day (23 days after my 23rd birthday!).


Let me know your thoughts about 23dom, the posts, your own experiences of being in your confused 20’s, being a creative and anything in between… I’d love to chat (and maybe do a follow up similar series).
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