Gent: A Sketch

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View from the Jakobijnenstraat, Gent.

This quick sketch is based on a picture taken in Gent, Belgium.
The drawing is pencil on a green watercolor wash background.

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Sketch: A Cat in the Streets of Brussels

Once again, I haven’t posted in a while. This time, I return with a sketch of a cat that I finished recently. It’s based on a picture I took in the streets of Brussels, walking home from the Musée d’Ixelles.Cat_Watercolor_Ixelles_2015bisThis cobblestoned street was a short stretch of countryside in the very heart of Brussels. Flowers bloomed in pots along the curb; the peach and blue houses boasted heavy, wooden shudders. Two of these, splintered and faded, stood on the ground, propped up against a wall. A lady stepped outside to water her plants and informed me that I was welcome to carry the shutters away, if I so desired.
The cat stretched and cast an indolent, yet imperious, gaze upon his surroundings.

 

I highly recommend the Musée d’Ixelles. It was my first time visiting and I was most impressed. Housed in a quaint brick building — formerly a slaughterhouse —, the collection focuses mainly on the XIXth and XXth centuries. What I enjoyed was discovering a large number of paintings by Belgian artists.
The museum’s permanent collection, along with an exhibit of Belgian landscape paintings and of Belgian painters in exile, are on display until September 20. More info here.

University Life from a Belgian Perspective

A comparative study as to the dynamics of learning.*

It’s very interesting to view college life here as compared to that at my university in Belgium.

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Campus. That grayish building looking onto the pond is the cafeteria. (All pictures in this post were taken with my cell phone, so sorry for the not-so-great quality).

In Brussels, a one-to-three o’clock lecture will start at one, but will be interrupted by a ten-minute break at two. Here, though listed as running from one to three, the course actually goes from 13:15 to 14:45 — without a bathroom or snack break in the middle (imagine!). Students are all there about 15 min early, but routinely get up to go to the bathroom, whereas in Belgium, it’s perfectly normal to arrive late, but once you’re there, you generally stay put until the break.

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The main tram stop.

Speaking of time, none of the rooms here seem to have a slowly-ticking clock prominently displayed at the front. Also lacking are plugs, which is odd. In Belgium, every third row of seats is equipped with plugs, so that you can charge up your computer while writing. Then again, Continue reading

A magazine cover, tea, and lots of grey weather

Remember my saying ages ago that I’d drawn a cover for the college magazine? Here it is! The theme for that issue was Ecology. I wanted a theme-appropriate drawing that would not be too busy, so as to leave room for titles. As to symbolism, well, the concentric lines are open to many interpretations : tree rings, waves, the Earth’s layers, plain ol’ lines, etc. Around the edge you can spot a nuclear generator, Redwoods, and an elephant, among others. There’s even a Université Saint-Louis-flag!

My drawing for the cover.

My drawing for the cover.

Speaking of university, it’s exam time in Belgium (classes stop mid-December, with exams stretching all through the grey, blustery, cold month of January). There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and I’ll get there — if administered enough chocolate and tea.
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