07 June 2008

My Drawing Day 08 drawing

Drawing Day 08Yes, I participated too in Drawing Day 08. The problem though is that I can't draw. But I thought, compare something bad to something that's even worse and it won't look so terrible, so I drew "The artist who couldn't draw but still participated in Drawing Day 08". It is available for everybody's joy and excitement under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 license on deviantART. And of course you can see it right here on this blog!

Drawing Day 2008

Drawing Day 08Today, first Saturday of June, we celebrate Drawing Day. A day on which we remember the joy we had when we first picked up a pencil and created a piece of art. Well I don't remember my first pencil, nor do I know how joyful that experience was, but I do like this idea.

There's no real goal to achieve, although Mick Gow (who I think is head of the project) and his team are hoping for 1 million drawings to be made for the project today. That's a whole lot, especially since the number of people voting 'Yes' on the question "Will you be drawing on Drawing Day?" is at the moment I write this 9036. Of course people will work on the project without voting, but still it's far from a million. But that's ok, it's not like there needs to be a million drawings in a few hours from now or else the world will end. The point simply is the celebration of drawing.

In a chapter on sculpture in his Natural History, Pliny the Elder relates the legend of the Corinthian maid Dibutade who, when faced with the departure of her beloved, sat him down in candlelight and traced his profile from the shadow cast against the wall. Her father, the potter Boutades, pressed clay on the outline to make a portrait relief, thereby inaugurating the genre sculpturing. And from there all other Western art was born. So next time you're in a museum, just think about this, it all started with a drawing.

People can draw today on Drawing Day the traditional way, but also its digital equivalent is allowed. Art can be posted on the appropriate websites, such as flickr, deviantART or YouTube. For more links where to go and more information, do visit Drawing Day.

I may be posting a drawing later today, but if you can't wait to see other people's work, here's already a one in a million (ha!) drawing as posted on YouTube. Enjoy!

* this blog post uses a quote from souvenirlab.com.

01 June 2008

Who really should've won

EuropeYeah, I know, it's a good while ago by now, but I really needed to give my opinion on this matter. You see, the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was won by the wrong country.

I don't have anything against Russia in general, it's just that their song sucked. Sucked bad. As a musician, I know what I'm talking about and I know what's good and what's terribly bad. Or at least I think I know. And therefor, I hereby announce the votes of the Daedalus Youngian jury:

1 point, Georgia (I think you could've done more with the song, there's not enough contrast now)
2 points, Greece (just put in a guitar and some more real instruments, you would've scored more)
3 points, Latvia (just because I was rofl during the performance, you can't be serious! the song still sucks though)
4 points, Armenia (could've done more with the song too, I don't like the beginning)
5 points, Croatia (nice and original)
6 points, Denmark (could've had a bit more surprises, otherwise cool song)
7 points, France
8 points, Azerbaijan
10 points, Finland
and finally, 12 points go to...


So there you go, ESC 2009 in Ankara, if they'd just asked me.

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