New Toy – Casio Exilim EX-Z750 (Pic on Flickr)

New Toy – Casio Exilim EX-Z750
Originally uploaded by pigpogm.

New toy!

Still to see if the lens actually works. I’ve read about some problems with these things and ‘lens error’ messages. Didn’t inspire much confidence when the display model in the shop kept giving lens errors, but it did also have a big dent in the front. This isn’t that one – they had an unopened one in stock.


Guitar Pro

What is it?

Guitar Pro is a program designed to make reading and writing tab a lot easier. We’ve been using it to help us learn, rather than for writing tab, so we’ll concentrate on reviewing it as a learning tool.

So, as a learning tool, is it any good?

It’s great because instead of struggling with printouts or an ‘E-Z-play’ book, this program lets you see and hear the tune you’re trying to learn. Also, you can slow the song down without altering pitch, so you can slow the song down to half the speed and work your way up. You can view your tune being played on a fretboard, a keyboard or in standard notation.

Drawing Club set on Flickr

Irene & Tim’s Back Garden, originally uploaded by pigpog s.

I’ve joined Michael Nobbs’ excellent Drawing Club, so I’ve made a Drawing Club photoset on Flickr.

Click here to check out my progress.

Manikins – 17 July 2005

Manikins – 17 July 2005, originally uploaded by pigpog s.

An important message to artists everywhere. Don’t neglect your Manikin and force him to find work as a loo roll holder.

We saw a lifesize Manikin at the Art Shop in Darlington last week. Life size and with realistic moveable toes. Creepy.

Perspective – How to Draw It

We’re looking at a slightly simplified version of perspective here. Partly because it’s much easier to start out that way, and it’s probably as much as most people will need, and partly because it’s all I know 😉

Sorry for the quality of the pictures – they were supposed to be rough, but not this rough. Still, if I wait until I get around to doing them again, this will never get written. And if you’re reading it, it did get written, so it’s obviously impossible for me to redo them without creating a loop in time. We don’t want to end up in a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie.

Some people think perspective is vital to make your drawings work, others think it does nothing but get in the way, and you should just draw what you see. I think you have to find your own way, and your own style. That might involve knowing how to use perspective, and it might not.

Pencil Hardness

Pencils are available in different grades, with letter and number codes to identify how hard or soft the lead is. A ‘normal’ pencil is HB, or in the American system, a #2.

Different Systems


In the UK, and (I think) most of Europe, pencils are always labelled with one scale – H for Hard, or B for soft, with a number to say how hard or soft. HB is the middle of the range, and by far the most common type. For sketching, though, a softer lead is usually preferred, often 2B or even 4B. For more technical drawing or very light lines, a harder lead works better, like a 2H. The scale goes up to 9 at each end – 9B to 9H, with the extreme ends of the scale being a bit too extreme for most uses.

Wiki – Erasers

It’s a beautiful day out there. It’s Saturday. I’m sitting here writing reviews of erasers. Only two of them so far – the classic Staedtler Mars plastic, and the rather nifty Schneider Erase-o-matic.