Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for April 30

Wow. I was aware I had dropped the ball there for a while, but didn’t realize it had been almost 2 whole months.

That changes today. I’m getting things back on track a step at a time. This is the first step.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my high school years the last few weeks, particularly because of the recently resolved student strike at the UPR (the secondary school I attended was part of the University system), and one thing that came to mind was a sort of unofficial call to arms my class had. So I started doodling and sketching– something I hadn’t done in quite a while, and came up with what would eventually become this:

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Anyway, there we are. Let’s see what my brain has in store for me tomorrow.

Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for April 13

I was too tired Tuesday night to put something together, so I decided to double-up yesterday. Unfortunately, I spent a good portion of the morning doing some bug hunting inside my computer, but not before I had put together the 4/13 piece. However, Firefox decided to play the slow as molasses game with me, and I walked away from it in frustration, telling myself I would put up both 4/13 and 4/14 today (April 15). I sat down and roughed out what I wanted to do for 4/14 and 4/15 and went to bed.

So, here’s the piece for 4/13. It’s inspired by my favorite track off disc 2 of the NCIS sountrack (vol. 1). A link to the video for the song will follow.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for March 9

The Rush Hour movies seem to have been playing a lot on cable lately. As a result, I’ve had the song “war” running through my head on and off for the last couple of weeks. Funny thing, until just a couple of minutes ago, I didn’t know the singer’s name was Edwin Starr. Anyway, here’s today’s CSED, along with a link to a YouTube vid of Edwin Starr singing.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 26

Today’s CSED is inspired by (probably) the best-known work (Rio Grande de Loíza) by  a woman who is widely regarded as the greatest female Puerto Rican  poet– Julia de Burgos.

Funny thing, though. In giving myself a quick refresher on her life (I had not read up on her since high school), I found that her birthday was a little over a week ago, so I find it rather appropriate that I’m using her words on a Feb piece.

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The verse, translated, reads as follows:

Who knows in what rainfall of what far land
I shall be spilling to open new furrows;
or perhaps, tired of biting hearts,
I shall be freezing in icicles!

As always, your feedback is encouraged and appreciated.

Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for Feb 23

I’m still catching up on my #daily365 pieces. I don’t want it to sound like I’m making excuses (I’m not), but the last few days I’ve been working on some tweaks to my site, so that’s taken time away from me working 0n my #daily365.

My piece for 2/23, quite simply, is inspired by my love for Lost.

’nuff said. Enjoy.

©2010 rafael armstrong

Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for Feb 22

As I write this, it’s well past midnight on the morning of 2/24, which means that by now I’m technically a couple of days behind on my #daily365. So I have a little catch up still to do.

On Feb 22’s CSED:

I spent the late late evening on Monday (2/22) watching the movie Johnny Got His Gun. If you’re a metal fan in your 30s, you’ll remember this as the movie Metallica took clips from for use on the video for One. And, if I understand correctly, it had not been released on dvd until recently.

So, after watching the movie and being inspired by the dvd cover/one-sheet, I had this visual pop in my head, and it was just a matter of (mostly) drawing it out in Illustrator. Unfortunately I passed out last night before being able to sit down at the computer.

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I know that visually it’s similar to a previous piece, and I’m curious at this point in the year how (not if) patterns (visual, thematic, other) will eventually develop. I guess we’ll just have to see.

Your thoughts and feedback are always welcome.

Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 21

I mentioned earlier– to no one in particular, and yet, to everyone at once (such are the wonders of the interwebs)– the State of my dinner, and a very good friend commented that I had created something good and my CSED couldn’t top it.

Which made me think of all the times I had spent  evenings with friends and family (including this friend) playing dominoes. So I decided to take a shot at some dominoes. The caption on the illo originally made references to curling (one of my favorite winter Olympic sports, probably because its rules and conventions are somewhat foreign– literally and figuratively– to me, and I find that intriguing), but I opted to edit them out and keep the caption simple and relevant to the game at hand.

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Hope you enjoy. Your feedback’s always welcome.

Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 20

Not feeling particularly inspired today, but I did find myself at one point checking out the Curling Federation’s website for rules on how the game is played, so I decided to go with that.

©2010 rafael armstrong

For the record, I still don’t quite understand how the game is scored and/or played. I’ve heard it’s like shuffleboard (of which I know absolutely nothing) on ice, but what little strategy I’ve sort of picked up makes me think of pool (billiards) a bit.

Oh, well. Think I’ll go to bed now…

Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 19

Today’s piece was inspired by one of my favorite TV shows– Lost, and more specifically by one Mr. Hugo Reyes.

Namaste ©2010 rafael armstrong

I’ve also been giving some thought to the rest of the year, and I think that starting in March I’ll set a theme (or unifying thread) at the beginning of the month. I’m hoping it helps to make things a bit more efficient.

Your feedback, thought, and even ideas for “themes” are always appreciated and welcomed.