I watched a lot of cartoons and movies. I draw incessantly and carry a sketchbook everywhere. I work in animation and self-publish my books. There are monsters in the streets, don't wear red. Mad bulls and monsters hate that color. I still watch cartoons.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Japanese Brush pens are an occasion to what else--draw!

Gray ink brush pen, Muji black ink brushpen. A couple chinese calligraphy classes allows me to relax. The red ring you take off--it separates the ink from the brush array when inside the package. I kept it. I'm a pack rat.

Delaying gratification. Been wandering into the Kinokuniya stationery store as a matter of course each time I'm in Japan Town. I have more than enough drawing implements in my satchel. I have three or four sketchbooks in there, kneaded erasers, pens, pencils, ,waterbrush (and unopened spare), watercolor set, various hoarded coffee shop napkins for blotting, fountain pens--I am prepared for a drawing opportunity. Though most days I will not find one.

The bag is heavy. I have my GF-1 in there for photos that I will regret not taking, a copy of "And there you are" because this book was intended to replace the habit of carrying sketchbooks all the time. See I've lost an entire bag with contents like mentioned above. Including a camera.

Old habits. "Then the terrorists win" internal argument loops and fades, results in carrying a reconstituted clone of the same bag, contents and all, anyway. Why not. If I'm not drawing then what the heck I'd just hang it up and buy a doughnut franchise.

But when the drawing does show up all recrimination is erased. More drawings want to show up. The need to try brushes and notebook papers and feeling some stories out glide in. The day is brighter in one corner.

The coffee helps, too.

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Blogger Francesca said...

I've been in awe of your work since a teacher showed "Three Trees Make a Forest" in college. After that I became aware that you've worked on a ton of amazing things I already loved.

I enjoy your list of toted art materials! My first Kinokuniya experience was only two months ago and it was incredible.

10:50 PM

Blogger nickwatson said...

really nice!

4:20 AM

Blogger Joseph Mingoo Lee said...

awesome ronnie! huge fan of your work!

7:51 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the feeling! I can't help gravitating to and loitering in a good stationery section, regardless of how many drawing tools and sketchbooks I already have in my bag.

I was able to catch your panel at Comic Con; it was really amazing. It was the best panel of the weekend for me. It would be great if you were to do a TED talk someday!

12:12 PM

Blogger Charlene Fleming said...

Kinokuniya is such a dangerous place! I can hardly walk out without buying several pricey books at least... and hopefully I've escaped the pen section altogether by that point, but usually not.

1:24 AM

Blogger chromasketch said...

the muji sketchpads are my favourite

2:31 PM

Anonymous Miggy said...


I've got a group work in school to make a documentary about a well known figure that could be considered a "Bayani", and we decided that you would be the person we will cover. I would like to ask if this is okay with you, and if we could ask some questions about your life. If you would be so kind as to accept, you can contact me through email(emg_herrera89@yahoo.com)

P.S. sorry, I didn't know how else to contact you.

6:23 PM

Blogger Lara said...

Your work, and words are inspiring! I have a few of those brush pens. They are absolutely lovely.

Btw, Kinokuniya rocks! Its one of my favorite places to go when I'm in Asia.

8:37 AM

Blogger Manchurina said...

I bought And There You Are. It is a beautiful work of art. You are a genius!! Are you also a teacher? If so, where do you tech?

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I love this Ronnie!!

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