Night Market turned out to be quite an good way to spend the last bit of the night. We originally had no intention staying there as long as we did. Ended up not leaving there till about near 1am I think it was and we had arrived just after 11pm. We had meet up with Loks friend Stephan. Stephan had basically been there all day and now night. I will definitely go again in the future but the next time concentrating on the food and not photography.
Not nearly as eerie as below as the grand stand had scattered people all about it. Everything from a pda couples to random groups wandering and talking about. Mostly empty but still alive. The structure was pretty amazing. I was trying to get better photos but it was so dark and I did not have a tripod with me so it made photography it incredibly hard. Almost none of them came out except the one I included. Suffice to say all the other were blurry. The green of the stands was quite pleasant under the lighting conditions and I almost felt some of i was lit so dramatically I near felt I was in a music video or the like.
A place I would never imagine absent of people. It was almost eerie. It felt somewhat dated as I felt I was in a film taking place some decades ago with the ornament and color was more of a norm than it is now. The color is almost over stimulating. Thinking back I could almost imagine the lifts opening up and blood spewing out like in the shining. That may be overstating the eerie quality of the spaces but suffice to say it was really cool being here almost completely alone.
As interesting as the night market was I really loved the fact that I had this opportunity to see the race track when it is essentially dead and at night. I have never been to the track before since I am not really a gambling type but I have wanted to see the track. The idea being around lots of drinking loud gamblers in the sun is not something I would look forward to. So this was the perfect chance to check out all the track has to offer minus all the things about it I would not normally want to endure.
I felt like I could not include these two particular photos with any other sets so I decided to show these separately. I really like the lighting quality in these and the Board, a carved and adorn surfboard, was super interesting and was lit so well. The Gyro type machine used I never really see so clean and unused. It was odd seeing it in these state when there was still tons of food and people everywhere.
This was one stall where they loved the spectacle of throwing fatty oils into the fire as they threw the yummy meats onto the grill. This of course resulting in huge flames where people would oooohhh and aaaahhhh over. Of course I was also one of these people since I can not help but love fire. A bit tricky to photograph, took a bit of time but I think they came out alright.
Night Market in its first attempt was for me a huge failure as they did not realize how many people would actually go so it was super small and way too many people. There was insane amounts of traffic and there was nothing left really come 7pm. This was the 3rd one I think and it was or moved to Santa Anita Race Track. It was so much better. There was plenty of space for the amount of people and vendors. It was actually enjoyable. Though I regret I did not really have a chance to eat much since I had came from a dinner with friends. Though I felt like it was a great photo session. There were a lot of what I would say as interesting people. everything from super cute kids wondering around to millipedes of codependent brosians to creepy dirty guys in power ranger’esque costumes doing weird dances…
Ozero has this super yummy rose milk tea that I get everytime I go there. They also have toast. The toast is pretty yummy as well. The last time I went here with Lok we had a conversation about the toast being characters in an animated short or the like and how funny this could be. One of the things we talked about was how most cultures have a version of toast and a way of developing characters could be through their toasts. So being excited and entertained by this thought I started to sketch out a few characters that came to mind first. Abet they may be a little stereotypical but I tried not to be. Its pretty hard to make the cultural distinction and without being overt with accessories. I am not a cartoonists by any means so do not judge the characters too harshly. It was fun though and maybe at some point I will animate them.
p.s. I know the Mexican toast should be a bolillo but I had already started drawing…this will be in the next iteration.
Loks friends invited us to a craft day. I do not really do crafts so I sketch and draw. While there I was inspired to sketch a lot of random things I saw in their yard, on their table and in their home. Some of it was really abstract like the first and second. The third was more so inspired by a few tchotchkes near me and imagined as cellular organisms. Though it does look more all spherical designer gloop or the like but nonetheless it is what it is. The last was a far more serious attempt at a drawing were I took a Lama type object I saw as well as this skull of a small animal they had and decided to see what I could do with that. It ended up being sort of surrealists and highly stylized, between this and the Feather Bird I would consider the craft day a success.
One night I was watching the Twilight Zone. The original series in black and white from what I think is the 50′s. I got through the first few episodes and while watching them I sketched random things I saw in the episodes as a collage. It was later after finishing the sketch that I decided and was encourage to try and color it. Given my previous failed attempts at water color I decided to use markers. I also decided to use warm and cool grays. I thought limiting the color to grays would be a fun exercise and a good way to limit the cost and expense of my marker purchases. I think the first was fairly successful. Better than I anticipated but of course needs improvement.
The second piece was done for my Mum. I knew she likes things of african influence when it comes to art and sculptures so I decided to peruse the interweb for african figures and patterns. This were inked fine, outlined in med and detailed in extra fine. I stayed with grays using warm, natural and cool grays. trying to keep them alternating and maintain a rhythm between the various parts. I like it mostly though I do feel like it may be a little too clean for my taste. Live and learn.