Thursday, 19 January 2012


A month and a half ago I went to see some good friends in Shanghai. I took no work, and ended up doing very little other than eating and talking, with occasional breaks for walking around (mainly from café to restaurant to café...) It was bliss. One thing that interested me about Shanghai was the ex-pat community there - it seems much more pronounced than here in Tokyo (although, what do I know, maybe I'm just not cool enough to be in it in Tokyo), with a number of coffee shops and restaurants capitalising on all the foreign custom. Over an almond croissant and a nice cup of coffee in one of these, (and then afterwards on the subway) I drew some of the following:



"The happy couple in their natural environment"

The denizens of the Shanghai Metro

Sketchbook page

Handsome hipsters

Monday, 2 January 2012

New Year

After not doing much over New Year's (I got sick and so spent a lot of time on the sofa under a duvet) I went out today to Ueno and had lunch with some friends. Daniel asked me what I liked to do in my spare time, and when I mentioned drawing, he asked me to draw him. He provided a pencil, and another friend, Taka-san provided his disposable paper book cover. And thus, a five minute sketch:

Here's hoping that you're all having a good New Year. I'm going to try and work on my drawings and update this blog with more regularity, hopefully working on a larger, longer-term project or projects. & I think this is a good point from which to start.

And a close up of the sketch, courtesy of Daniel himself: