November 26, 2005

Illustration Friday - Small

It is a misery
To be the smallest in class

The smallest is always made to sit in the front row
So as to get a clear and unobstructed view of the blackboard
Or rather, so that the teacher can get a clear and unobstructed view of YOU

Even if you arrive extra-early on the first day of school
To ‘reserve’ a much-coveted seat in the second-last row
(Research shows the second-last row tends to be the blind-spot for teachers)
But alas, when the teacher arrives
You will, without fail, be summoned to sit in the front row

Let me tell you the hazards of sitting in the dreaded front row …

You have no place to hide
There is little opportunity to doze off undetected
You need to look perpetually attentive
And nod your head with thoughtful diligence to avoid being called to answer questions

In the days of blackboard and chalk
You will have inhaled enough chalk dust to coat your lungs many times over
No wonder I looked slightly dazed in those class photos
Must have been high on chalk

Besides getting up-close and personal with the teacher’s wrath or unwanted affections
Your face lies in the same latitude with the biggest ass in class
Hence the need to brace the dangers of a bio-chemical gas attack
(Good luck if the teacher loves curry or has a gas-inducing diet)
That’s not all, you also need to duck from spittle
And have a piece of tissue on hand to keep your table dry

Oh, what a misery it is
To be the smallest in class

November 24, 2005

Illustration Friday - Free

I wasn't intending to do such a girly piece ... but it just turned out that way after the colours went in ... and all those flowers sure helped too. Does it look like a tampon advertisement to you? Not my (initial) intention, cross my heart.

November 22, 2005

Blocked ...

I think I'm suffering from a doodler block ... What to draw? What to draw?

November 13, 2005

Illustration Friday - Strength

Had to overcome the lethargy of not having participated in IF for a few weeks ... so I did a pencil sketch as a warm-up exercise. Here's a straight-forward interpretation of this week's theme! Is she scary or what!?

Picture Postcards from New Zealand

Photo sharing! Here are some of the shots taken during my South Island vacation ...

November 8, 2005

Back from the Clouds

I'm back from my (very short) 16-day vacation to South Island, New Zealand, the Land of Clouds. It's been a good break and I've tried a good many crazy things like jumping off a plane and swinging into a canyon. I've also gone upclose with beautiful snow-capped mountains, glacier lakes and moss-covered beech forests ... and hopefully taken some pictures that do justice to the awesome beauty of wide open spaces.