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nahadef

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Silly question, but do you sketch them on-site or do you take pictures?
Not silly at all! I don’t use photos, generally. These are me taking a walk, seeing something I like, and plopping down on a curb or step for 30 minutes. A drawing of a photo usually comes out looking a bit sterile to me.

I wishI could have done more this summer, but it’s really been lousy windy verging on rain for much of the summer.

@johnnyG, hard to get good effect from that. Compare the middle pic to this:
 

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Yeah, pretty different. Street view does put restrictions on--little spurts of movement that are impossible to adjust, and it's always from the road, obviously. (not from farther across the street, or closer OTOH).
 

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Hi @nahadef , I have been away from this forum for a few years, and see that you are still making great images and comics. Are you making a living in Japan, drawing things or making artwork?
 

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Thanks, but no, it's just something I enjoy. It takes a lot of time and effort to turn a hobby into a job. But my current employment leaves me lots of free time to entertain myself.
 

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Doing the popular Inktober challenge this year. Tried a few days with brush only, tried out my nib yesterday.

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Nice work as always. Do you have a left hand drive vehicle in Hokkaido or are you just taking artistic license?
 

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Artistic license, though it’s definitely Hokkaido inspired. I’m still filtering a lot of Canada into my work
 

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I really like your images, @nahadef! Does meditation still play a role in your life?
 

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I haven't meditated in a few years, it's probably been two or three. There are a lot of solid meditation substitutes out there, drawing is one
 
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