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Hisashiburi, Dr. Sketchy

Ohisashiburi, ne! Sorry, I suppose I’ve been MIA for a while now. It has been a busy month and a half both professionally and personally, and unfortunately, my blog has suffered as a consequence. Gomen, guys!

Anyway, now that things have calmed down a bit, I have been able to squeeze in some vacation time, which has brought me back home to Vancouver for a few days.  Despite living in Vancouver for the first 20-some-odd years of my life, my hometown feels a lot more foreign this time around. I suppose this is the strongest case of reverse culture shock that I’ve felt in some time.

While there are a lot of new buildings and restaurants and bars — I really don’t know what’s cool in this city anymore! — I was relieved to find that one of my favourite local events was still going strong.

Dr. Sketchy’s is a global figure drawing workshop that is “part art class, part cabaret.” I used to attend the Vancouver sessions at The Wallflower quite regularly back in 2010.

As luck would have it, my trip to Vancouver this time happened to coincide with one of this month’s “anti-art” workshops, held at Hot Art Wet City, a new-ish (well, new to me) gallery on Main Street. After almost 4 years since the last time I attended, I really couldn’t resist having a go at stretching my sketching muscles again. I went with a couple film school buddies who are both animators. All three of us are used to translating 2D concepts (in the form of concept art or storyboards, for example) into 3D art, and so it was fun — and quite challenging, to be honest — to have a chance to do the opposite for a change, that is, capture a live three-dimensional figure onto a flat sketch.

The crowd was smaller than I expected, which only made the session feel more intimate. Apart from that, the atmosphere was just as good as I remembered it — a regular figure drawing session transformed into a loose, loud burlesque show which embodied exactly what I love about the local art scene — open-minded, welcoming, and fun.

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Blurry Photos from Tokyo Game Show 2013

Tokyo Game Show 2013

This year, I had the chance to attend Tokyo Game Show for the first time. It’s a four-day game convention, quite similar to E3although smaller in scale. The first two days are industry-only Business Days, while the last two days are open to the public. I originally wasn’t planning to go, as Business Day passes normally cost ¥5000 a piece, but Miyazaki-san came through in the nick of time with four pre-paid tickets, which meant that Edu, Bob, Kairi and I were able to indulge in a field trip to TGS this past Friday. The great thing about attending on Business Day was the lack of crowds! I hate line-ups that last more than an hour, so if I’m lucky, I’ll try out maybe one game at E3, but at TGS I was able to spend a considerable amount of time playing the RYSE multiplayer demo, the Knack demo (which actually had quite a long line), and check out a few on-stage demos as well. I won’t review any of these, because hey, why read reviews when you can look at blurry pictures I took with my phone instead!

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A Warm Okonomiyaki Welcome

Yesterday, Reiko-san organized a welcome party for Edu and me at Gottsui Sasazuka, a nearby okonomiyaki joint. It was a fun night. The food was great (then again, all the food I’ve eaten so far has been great). We even got our own personalized okonomiyaki! The environment at work is definitely the most reserved that I’ve ever experienced, so it was great getting a chance to chat with our new coworkers in a social setting. Dinner conversation ranged from game development to Chicago deep-dish pizza, anime to samurai assassins. Despite the language barrier, we managed surprisingly well, combining our broken Japanese and their slightly better English.

サラダ to kick off the evening

"Welcome あでる (Aderu)"

“Welcome あでる (Aderu)”

Edo-san's okonomiyaki (complete with a Japanese flag!)

Edo-san’s okonomiyaki (complete with a Japanese flag)

The From art team :)

The fine folks at From 🙂

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The Last of Us Wrap Party

In game development, the old adage very much applies: work hard, play hard. Last week, the Dogs threw an amazing wrap party at The BookBindery to celebrate the The Last of Us. Here are a handful of photos from the night.

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