Tools, work spaces, rough edges. A round-up of a few unshared Instagram posts over the course of the last few weeks.

The summer art’s fruits. Lots of little sketches and paintings that go unposted… Purple tree splatter after watching Guardians of the Galaxy.

Not everything can be sparkly

We are lost living in our tech bubble sometimes.

We rarely acknowledge the fact that part of a job is to maintain things. Not every project can be a shiny rainbow-fest of redesign or refactoring magic. Most of the things we do are actually everyday upkeep: the minor iterations, the ones that are invisible, the parts that are powerful in its quietness.

You can’t call attention to every moment you tweak a palette of greys or rewrite the bit of script that sorts the items more elegantly. You just can’t, it doesn’t make for an interesting news article. However because we don’t present the everyday as desirable we become unhappy. We think we’re doing something wrong.

So this is a reminder.

Hairstylist – For every rainbow colored cut styled, there were 100s of uninspiring, but necessary, bang trims.

Mechanics – For every vintage car refurbishing, there were 1000s of Toyota Corollas with routine problems that needed to be serviced.

Designers and Developers – We’re not so high and mighty that we are excused from the daily grind that comes with making a living.

While there’s no reason to be particularly happy doing the routine things, we could do better making it easier for everyone to enjoy ourselves by shedding that ‘gotta be a rockstar, all day, all the time’ mentality, thus moving closer to a healthier culture of making things.

Not too different than my mock-up, it is alive! http://bysusanlin.com/library
More things to possibly add, but happy to get my books online in a neat little list.
You are free to use my forked code and make your own library too. https://github.com/bysl/library. No guarantees about the organization of the code atm though, :-)
Not too different than my mock-up, it is alive! http://bysusanlin.com/library
More things to possibly add, but happy to get my books online in a neat little list.

You are free to use my forked code and make your own library too. https://github.com/bysl/library. No guarantees about the organization of the code atm though, :-)

Totoro watercolor study of the night, 15 minutes of painting reduced to four fifteen second Instagram hyperlapses. My profile is littered with it. Top of the line!

OR here are the direct links if you’re coming across this post later:
Initial Wash | Brand Bleed & Chu Totoro | Drawing of the Big Totoro | Finishing Touches

Attaching one of hyperlapse videos from tonight’s watercolor session.

'Void Ripper' is the second oil painting I've finished in a really long time. It's sitting in my living room drying right now. You can see a process shot from early July on this blog. It’s ended up less abstract than it started, I can dig that. A sky and a tree is truer to my internal compass of what I paint.

I’m typing in simple English right now since I just recovered from a week long flu, well, barely, still coughing and lethargic. Luckily, getting to the point again where I feel annoyed if I’m not entirely productive. I don’t know if I have anything else to say, just trying to not feel so craptastic about the world and this year on a personal level.

My dear boyfie got my this art book for my birthday last year. This is me finally putting it to good use with some watercolor studies, :D

An evening piece inspired by faraway places.

I painted some animals!

Watercolor sessions from this past weekend.

I enjoyed Shovel Knight!

I thought I’d have to grow up and give up games to succeed as an adult… NOPE. Don’t give up the things you love! What I would go back in time 6 years ago and shake myself out of such a silly thought.

Edit: Squeee, Yacht Club Games shared the piece.