I tired a bit of shading today. Turns out i had my tablet on the wrong setting so shading is really tricky, any lines that overlap in the same penstroke would get darker much quicker. I’ve sorted that out now but my shading still has much to be desired!

I prefer drawing architecture where everything is just nice straightforward lines. I think I still need more confidence In drawing lines straight out rather than continuously sketching them until I get the right line, which takes up a lot of time. Practice makes perfect I guess!

meh, seems im not good at faces. especially mouths. Also theres a surprising difference between my two screen, the faint lines on her nose look a lot darker here! Oh well.

Day1

So.. I drew my own hand, pretty interesting!

 

Here goes nothing.

I like to draw well. 
But I can’t. 
So I don’t draw at all. 
Which kind of hinders improvement.
 
I thought maybe if I had a drawing tablet I’d draw more because I’m on my computer so often, but I’ve had a Bamboo Fun for over a year now and I’ve hardly used it. I think I’m scared of people seeing what I’ve drawn and thinking its crap. 
To end this now, I’m making this blog. I’m going to spend 30 minutes every day drawing anything at all, and then post it here no matter what state it is in. The best thing that could happen is I gradually get better at drawing and less embarrassed about showing people my work. The worst that could happen is I make a shit blog. We’ll see.

Cyanogenmod on HP Touchpad

I had a bit of time today, so I decided to update my HP Touchpad to the ICS version of Cyanogenmod. As usual, the nice easy guide didn’t work for me, and I ended up faffing around for ages trying to work out why.


The point I got stuck at was step 10 of the guide:

type: novacom boot mem:// < ACMEInstaller2 into the command line.

The problem here was that instead of it starting the update process as desired, it instead simply said “no device found.” Turns out that the novacom drivers didn’t install properly, or windows didn’t like them. I found this handy tool which auto detects and installs the drivers, however that didn’t work either. 

Manually installing the driver in Device Manager also failed miserably, so I was pulling my hair out slightly.

In the end I found this page with some slightly different drivers, and success! The drivers finally worked and ACMEInstaller2 ran successfully.

I hope this helps anyone else out there who might come across the same issue.

Chicken Chow Mein

For this recipe I pretty much followed the BBC recipe word for word, so there’s no point in repeating it.
I was very surprised at how quick and easy this recipe was, and how good it tasted! I made double and have frozen half, I’ll find out soon how well it withstands being frozen.

Sweet & Sour Pork

Bit of time off recently and I haven’t cooked in a while. I thought I’d try my hand at creating some of my favourite  Chinese dishes, to see how much effort they require and if I could potentially save any money.

One of my favorite dishes is Cantonese style sweet and sour chicken, the really sticky and crispy kind you get in some Takeaways.
After getting halfway through a recipe I found on the BBC’s website, I realised the recipe wasn’t quite what I wanted, and started following a different one entirely, so the below is a combination of the two that turned out quite well.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/sweetandsourpork_89259
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/pork/r/sweetsourpork.htm

Meat:
2 Pork loin steaks.

Sauce:

1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water/pineapple juce
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tin pineapple in natural juice.
1 red pepper
1 green pepper

Batter:
1/3 Cup Flour
1/3 Cup Cornflour
1 Egg white lightly beaten
1 tbsp oil
Water to thin out (1/3 cup, or as much as is needed)

Optional:
3tbsp Roasted peanuts, coarsely ground.
1tbsp pepper.
1tbsp dried chilli.
Mix into the batter.

Preparation:
-Remove fat from edges of pork.
-Bash/flatten pork to about half its original thickness (1-1.5cm)
-Cut into strips or cubes, whichever preferred.
-Place into bowl with a pinch of cornflour and 3 tablespoons soy sauce.
-Leave to marinade 10-20mins or while preparing the sauce if you’re in a rush!

-Mix the sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, salt, water/pineapple juice, and vinegar, bring to the boil.
-Mix in the diced peppers and pineapple chunks.
-Combine 1 tablespoon cornflour with 4 tbsp water, mix into sauce slowly until the sauce is as thick as you like it.

Mix the pork with the batter, deep fry in batches.

First!

First and potentially last post in my blog, as my attention span is very short. I’ll mostly be posting about things that interest me, and solutions I’ve found to problems that always seem to plague me, I’ll also be posting a few recipes and other bits of pieces that other people may find useful.