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The disease of urban planning; and plans

The Art of Up!

Now that summer has started, it’s time to reflect;

Over the semester, I’ve been dependent on this concept that I should focus on one thing and be very good at it. I’ve found that, this concept this doesn’t necessarily work out for me.

For example, I am an urban planning undergraduate. However, I have interests that span all over the place: I enjoy Chinese and Korean language, food, music, and culture. I read about urban design and transportation planning; I have a general concern with Asian urban development and sustainable cities. I am developing a strong interest in animation and art. If there was an emphasis, that I have strong interest in, it would be participatory urban design, using the most important visuals to tell a story and engage people in the urban planning process.

I want to try to merge these interest together, to get to the participatory urban planning/design process, but how?

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Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces

I’m currently trying to work on my portrait drawings, and this is a good starter book with very specific, user-friendly instructions on how to draw faces.

Within a matter of days, you can easily learn the fundamentals; sure, you have to practice your face drawings over time, but this is a great start to people interested in learning how to draw.

For me, what I like about this book is that it emphasizes starting, from drawing using simple skills and using pre-existing pictures. I am not a natural artist (people start somewhere), and this book gives specific steps on, how to, lets say, draw an eye, using basic measurements and shading.

For pictures, see Parka Blogs.

Graduate Theological Union Sketch

Graduate Theological UnionĀ 

Because school is over, I now have more time to sketch.

I look forward to doing at least a sketch a day, practicing a lot of artistic fundamentals. This also means that I will be depending less on Adobe software in order to improve my understanding of art fundamentals.

Anyways, I drew this because I was attracted to how the atrium created a center point for the reading room below; this center point created a sense of circulation and openness, which is exemplified by the skylights above (not seen).