Journey down South (Australia Trip Day 2: Phillip Island)

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And it’s day 2! The tour guide was kind enough (and cruel enough) to ask the hotel clerks to give us a wake up call (literally) at 6 a.m. early in the morning. The sun has yet to show up but we are already all dressed up and ready to explore the great wonders of Australia!

Day 2 is the day when we will be exploring Phillip Island, an offshore landmark which was originally occupied a group of peace loving farmers. Due to rapid urbanization, many have moved over to the urban (or at least, the sub-urban area). The island is currently being commercialized and frequently hosts tourists from all over the world.

So what’s its selling point? You will see later.

Google Maps shows the location of Phillip Island relative to that of Melbourne

Google Maps shows the location of Phillip Island relative to that of Melbourne

The bus trip took us an hour and half, in which most of us slept through. The island has a very vibrant ecosystem, sheep, cows, horses, etc…It’s a real life farm! Not your usual FarmVille.

Sheep eating grass and looking cute

Sheep eating grass and looking cute

It's really cloudy that day...which explains why it's windy and cold at the same time

It’s really cloudy that day…which explains why it’s windy and cold at the same time

Gloomy much.

Gloomy much.

Ah, the beauty of mother nature.

Ah, the beauty of mother nature.

Applied saturation and heavy shadow, kinda look like a oil painting isn't it?

Applied saturation and heavy shadow, kinda look like a oil painting isn’t it?

 

The lunch was great, fish & chips, materials all harvested locally.

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After lunch we went for a walk around the island, the place is really cool. Best place to indulge in a slower pace of life.

a seagull looking good

a seagull looking good

The wind was so strong i couldn't open my eyes

The wind was so strong i couldn’t open my eyes

An attempt with panorama...click for more details

An attempt with panorama…click for more details

We visited the local farm next. This is a very new experience for all of us, especially the part where we get to milk the cow.

Well...Hello there!

Well…Hello there!

It's so cute i don't even

It’s so cute i don’t even

Me gently stroking a horse, haha the girl beside me looked appalled

Me gently stroking a horse, haha the girl beside me looked appalled

found this at the remote corner of the farm, i guess they really do know how to enjoy life

found this at the remote corner of the farm, i guess they really do know how to enjoy life

*with an Auzzie accent* "Hello there!"

*with an Auzzie accent* “Hello there!”

Just another day in the animal farm.

Just another day in the animal farm.

As we wave goodbye to the farm, our next stop (which is not very far away) is the Koala Conservation Center!

Lazy koala.

Lazy koala.

Absolutely stunning view in this park.

Absolutely stunning view in this park.

A curious looking koala

A curious looking koala

An intricate looking tree (in B&W)

An intricate looking tree (in B&W)

The bus driver (who was Auzzie) took us off road on the way back to explore the hidden coastlines of southern Australia.

Coastline of Southern Australia

Coastline of Southern Australia

Rocks eroded by waves. Oh the wonder of the nature.

Rocks eroded by waves. Oh the wonder of the nature.

I kinda feel like this is the end of the world.

I kinda feel like this is the end of the world.

The view behind me is equally beautiful.

The view behind me is equally beautiful.

That’s all for day 2! Stay tuned for Day 3: The Great Ocean Road!

 

 

 

 

 

Journey down South (Australia Trip Day 0 + Day 1: Melbourne City Tour)

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I was browsing through my hard disk and came across these photo I took during a family trip to Australia (more specifically Melbourne, Sydney and the Great Ocean Road). A week before the trip we decided to get a new Camera, a Panasonic DSLR, to capture some of the precious moments we would have in the country down under. It also took me a few days or so to study the mechanics of this new camera and some basic aspects of photography (composition, color, focus, etc).

Moments before setting off on an SIA plane to Australia I had a few test photos captured in my house.

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Gloomy clouds among apartment buildings

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Trying out the B & W filter

 

Taking a selfie in the bathroom

Taking a selfie in the bathroom

And Here we go! First stop is the Changi Airport.

Playing with the filters...here is the interior of Changi Airport, pretty amazing isn't it?!

Playing with the filters…here is the interior of Changi Airport, pretty amazing isn’t it?!

Changi Airport Interior

Saturated the colors for additional effect

Reached Melbourne in around 6 hours time, and the city tour begins!

Melbourne Street view (pretty blue sky!)

Melbourne Street view (pretty blue sky!)

Trying out the B & W filters again on the State Parliament building.

Trying out the B & W filters again on the State Parliament building.

Building from the Victorian Era still well preserved

Building from the Victorian Era still well preserved

Next stop: St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was a bright Monday morning, the compound was pretty much empty per se. Staring up the top of the Cathedral, most of the time I was contemplating about the shortest path upwards (thanks a lot Assassin’s creed).

St. Pau's Cathedral (with a considerable amount of lens flare)

St. Pau’s Cathedral (with a considerable amount of lens flare)

St. Mary of the Cross Statue (again with a considerable amount of lens flare)

St. Mary of the Cross Statue (again with a considerable amount of lens flare)

St. Paul's Cathedral wide angle shot (with blue filter)

St. Paul’s Cathedral wide angle shot (with blue filter)

The Cathedral (I love lens flare!)

The Cathedral (I love lens flare!)

Statue of a Saint in the yard

Statue of a Saint in the yard

Me attempting to look cool

Me attempting to look cool

Next up: Fitzroy Garden, complete with Captain Cook’s cabin

 

Photo in a photo...photoception

Photo in a photo…photoception

Captain Cook's Cabin......hidden behind bushes and trees

Captain Cook’s Cabin……hidden behind bushes and trees

 

 

The Shrine of Remembrance, the fire never dies

1939-1945

1939-1945

Great view of downtown from here

Great view of downtown from here

Last stop: Queen Victoria Market and others

It's like a flea market...although I think the prices are way too expensive for a flea market

It’s like a flea market…although I think the prices are way too expensive for a flea market

THIS EPIC BUILDING (WITH LENS FLARE!)

THIS EPIC BUILDING (WITH LENS FLARE!)

And this concludes my first one and half days of the journey to Australia. Stay tuned for more photos of Philips Island, Great Ocean Road and more!

 

 

 

 

 

Some update (after a year being MIA)

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The last proper product I designed was for my school’s fencing competition, in case I forgot to post it in the past posts, here it is.

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Well, the fact that I stopped updating my blog after so long usually means that either I am being very lazy or I simply lost interest in writing blogs. However, this time it is different, because, oh well…, I enlisted into the army.

Things work differently in the army, no mobile phones, no laptops, no entertainment. Instead I was greeted by tons of push ups, sit ups, running around to touch trees (army guys will know what i mean), leopard crawls and more.

It’s finally 2015! 12 months into service my working environment has improved dramatically. Graduated as a professional military policeman (see below), and getting posted to a critical ops unit. I am finally able to squeeze out some time for blogging, drawing, and procrastinating.

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Army has its lull period as well, I have done some sketches and digital drawings in and out of military camp, here are some of them.

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Here is a friend who sent me a photo from Taiwan, I did like it a lot so I made a digital painting from the reference photo.

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And here is the colored version.

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Well, army is not a career (at least not for me). My service will officially end in December this year. And yes, I have managed to obtain a place in the university. I will be studying applied mathematics in National University of Singapore with a scholarship from the University itself. And here is a photo of me getting ahead of the competition.

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As I age my interests do expand a bit more, recently I am quite into learning photography and the Japanese language. Look forward to those in the future posts.

2013 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

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2012 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

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Landscape, Surrealism and other sketches.

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OKAY……I know it’s been a thousand internet years since I ever posted anything.

The fact is that I had been busy with my promotional exam and my Project Work. I don’t really want this blog to become a burden.

Well, I’m back! And I was offered H3 Physics! Yipee!

It’s gonna be a year of Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Particle and Nuclear Physics!

Since sketches have been piling up, I think I will throw in some of my latest sketches.

Recently I have been fascinated by all the surrealistic and landscape and architectural sketches. I decided to give it a try.

So……….ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s all folks! Happy “orz”ing!

More Swatches!

Originally posted on Caitlin Clarkson Illustration Blog:

And more besides swatches!
But swatches first. In my last post, I mentioned that I had turned some drawing of corgis into a fabric pattern.

I just received my swatch in the mail today, and it looks great! Really, the pictures I took don’t do them justice.

Each corgi is about 1.25″ long. It’s super cute, if I say so myself.

I also ordered a swatch of fabric that I designed a while ago. Unfortunately, the color isn’t as rich on this one as I was expecting. It’s still pretty good though. And I think it would be worth going back and redesigning the layout so it isn’t so easy to pick out where the pattern starts to repeat.

Besides that, I started a painting the other day, but progress has been slow after a stupidly pulled a bunch of muscles in my arm while playing tennis. But I like…

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