明信看世界

在小学的时候,我第一次去delifrance,就被杂志架上的免费明信片给吸着了。
于是,从那一刻开始,我拥有了第一张明信片。

接着,姐姐去了新加坡念书。
我的爱好变成了她的习惯,只要她看到免费的ad-card都会帮我带回来。
于是,我的收集从一张变成了一叠,从一叠变成了一箱。
我看它们摸它们的次数还多过我的相本。

明信片一直是我的珍藏。可惜,有人收邮票收纸币收信封,就是没有找到收集“免费明信片”的朋友。重点是- -免费。

一直到无意中发觉了这个网站,惊为天人。
原来全世界有那么多人都守在自己的位置收集来自各地的“免费明信片”。

虽然我没有办法环游世界,但却借着我的珍藏认识这个世界。只能说,这个网站的创办人太棒了。

Postcrossing, 如果你也是同好,一同去看看这个世界吧 

**除了明信片,还有一些网站如bookcrossing, toy voyagers, euro bill tracker 也秉持着同样的概念

How to draw anything

那天读了一篇post,教你如何画不会画的东西。
很简单,就在不会画的部分画一只狗狗,就好了。

呵呵,很可爱的concept,不过还蛮有道理的:P

How to draw anything (in 1 step) by Meowza Katz

Step 1. Draw a dog covering the thing you can’t draw.

Don’t believe this works?
Remember how I asked users to send me their problem illustrations? Well, let’s test it out firsthand, shall we?

Brandon Kobayashi from Burnaby, Canada sent me this email and his illustration of a woman sitting on a tree stump:

“I often find myself having difficulties drawing human feet.
Do you have any tips on how to improve my ability (or lack thereof) in that department?”

Sure there is, Brandon. Just follow my tutorial and you will be set.

Step 1. When finding you can’t draw feet, conveniently enough, a dog decided to rest at the woman’s feet the day the portrait was painted.

Melanie Goode of Auburn, WA, wrote me asking for help on this particular image:

“I don’t seem to have problems drawing bodies, but I am mystified when it comes to getting the proportions of a human face just right.”

Well, Melanie, I see you’re off to the conventional start by adding in the guidelines for the facial features.
Most art instructors teach this very method. But I find it’s a lot easier if you follow my tutorial.

Step 1. Pretend a dog ran across the woman’s face the day she decided to lay in the grass.

At this point you’re probably wondering,
“Wow, this is great! But will this technique work in different illustrative styles, as well?”
Why, thank you for the compliment! And yes, it will work in all illustration styles.

For example, Ken Tanaka from San Diego, CA sent me a cartoon image of a solider he wanted depicting an M-16 machine gun.

Step 1. I have never personally been interested in drawing weaponry,
but even with my lack of experience I was able to use my own tutorial to complete the image of a soldier holding an M-16 machine gun.
Who just happened to be walking along the direct path of a leaping golden retriever.)

And people of all ages can do it, too.

Wendy Lee of (address undisclosed) sent me a drawing by her 6 year old son,
and told me how he loved to draw dinosaurs and wants to learn to draw them more realistically.

Well, first off, dinosaurs do not talk, smile, nor has there ever been (in any official documented report) a dinosaur that existed labeled a Kevinsaurus.

So how will my system work on a 6 year olds drawing? Very well, actually!

Step 1. As we can add multiple dogs to cover the child’s numerous, major technical flaws.

So, there you have it: The be-all, end-all of illustration tutorials.

With my method, I guarantee you’ll find yourself with a newfound ability to draw anything and everything you can imagine on this big, round Earth.

Including the Earth.

Q: “What if my weakness IS drawing dogs?”
A: It’s time to change hobbies.