23/02/2018

The Handmaiden


What a discovery. I'm completely in love with this movie. 100% visual poetry and a pleasure for the senses. Each frame is and artwork.
I already know the South Korean director Park Chan-Wook from Oldboy, also an amazing movie. Genius.




The characters are such a perfecto models. And so obedient. I just click on PAUSE and they still as much as I need to drawing them.



I watched this movie 4 times in the last days. Well, te first one I missed the subtitles and I understood nothing about the also great story.

"The house shows the passion of the owner for Japan and England."

20/02/2018

El Sistema











Existe un orden que define la estructura social, económica y militar. Ese orden está perfectamiente estudiado. Este orden se aplica. Pensar lo contrario sería ingenuo. ¿Acaso no se estudian en profundidad los dealles microscópicos en cada área de conocimiento? Una gota de agua acumula interminables estudios por parte de gente sesuda. Las células, las migraciones, las propiedades del silicio, las señales del espacio profundo. etc. Cómo no va a estar estudiado algo tan fundamental como el poder. Su aplicación durante siglos se ha afinado. ¿Hay una persona poderosa en la punta de la pirámide moviendo los hilos mientras acaricia un gato? La respuesta es irrelevante, pero el hecho es que “como si lo fuera”. No creo que haya una única persona o grupo de personas en lo alto, sino un CONJUNTO DE FUERZAS IMPERSONALES. La nube etérea es el conjunto de muchas energías que convergen en intereses comunes y que son reflejo del ansia humana de acaparar. Analizar el funcionamiento del sistema, o al menos intentarlo, es tarea fundamental. El sistema es poderoso y a estas alturas está bien atado y engrasado. Mantiene privilegios en un conjunto de humanos y oprime a muchos. No creo que la opresión sea deseada por los que mantienen el poder sino que es consecuencia del reparto de recursos a su favor. Después, a distintos niveles, se teje una jerarquía de poderes locales que hacen funcionar en engranaje. Legiones de estómagos agradedidos participan en esos falsos poderes moviendo ls ruedas pero no deciden lo importante. El faraón ya no necesita bajar a dar latigazos; basta con convencer a uno de los esclavos para que lo haga. Una vez estudiado el sistema y sabiendo que intentará someternos sin piedad lo siguiente es defininir qué actitud tomar. Llevar a cabo acciones sin un análisis correcto puede ser una estrategia fatal. Puesto que el sistema es poderoso y un solo individuo no puede vencerlo solo quedan dos opciones: organizarse para aunar fuerzas o protegerse . Quizás algunos consigan lo primero pero mientras tanto hay que tomar posiciones y defenderse. Si un individio se pasa de la raya y ataca al sistema, éste se volverá con todas su fuerzas y el individo quedará aniquilado fácilmente. Sin embargo, de momento la fuerza la ejerce sobre las masas, como la pata de un elefante aplastando la hierba sin cuidado ni moral.

Conclusión y acción: tan malo es no analizar como hacerlo y no actuar; en ambos casos uno acabaría aplastado o subyugado. Queda espacio para moverse en los huecos que dejan las pisadas. No destacar pero tampoco comportarse como masa. Infiltrarse y seguir observando.

08/02/2018

Orange Time Capsule

I decided to create a time capsule just for fun. An easy, kindergarten level but pending little project I had in mind for so long. However it quickly became a huge and complex task when I went in deep. Fascinating anyways.

DO NOT OPEN UNTIL 2017

A lot of questions appeared, most of them of high relevance:

What’s the main goal of a time capsule?
Where and how should it be stored?
How many years? 10, 50, 100, 10000 years? 
How to know if someone has acceded to the capsule?
How to prevent someone to open the box early?
Is a ritual required?
Should the capsule be announced in public? Or maybe is it a secret?
Who will be named a guardians?
Should I create a treasure map?
And, of course, what to include inside?

Each questions opens the door to hours of thinking. I will write about some ideas behind each one.

What’s the main goal of a time capsule?  
I reached the conclusion the most important use of a time capsule is to establish a communication with the future, probably with someone who hasn’t been born today. This is a superpower! Other tasks are the possibility to transcend or a way to keep some of the creations in time. Everything will be dust at the end, but before the end hopefully something remains. There is the risk some person found the capsule and it’s not interesting to his eyes so he could discard it. What a lost. Due to this reason it’s necessary to create a cute, full of quality and valuable box in order the future owner to fall in love with it. An award inside for him also will help.

Where and how should it be stored?
Since there is not a 100% safe place maybe the optimum place to locate the capsule could be in the space, orbiting for ever and ever. This option could be really complex to develop so I discarded it (by now). Underground is the most typical way to store a treasure since it’s safe from fire and the location is almost impossible to find due to the huge quantity of ground in the planet. However it’s exposed to rain which destroys everything unless a proper structure is built. Keeping it inside a house is other option. I will not say which one to avoid the vulnerability this information brings.

How many years? 10, 50, 100, 10000 years?
Let’s fix the date in 200 years ahead: 2217. Number or years drives the materials chosen for the capsule. Wood will not last too much. Plastic could keep water away but it will degrade with time. Metal will face corrosion problems sooner or later. Maybe glass is the best solution.

How to know if someone has accessed the capsule?
Setting a trap inside the box will alert is the capsule has been opened. But how to know it even without checking the box? I found a solution, at least while there is someone alive to do the check.

How to prevent someone from opening the box early?
Informing there is an award inside available only if the capsule is opened at the right time. Otherwise, if capsule is opened early a spell will attack that person for, let’s say, 5 years of bad luck. This scares a lot and definitely it works.

Is a ritual required?

Oh, definitely!

Should the capsule be announced in public? Or maybe is it a secret?

I think it will be a pity if the capsule survives for years but nobody notices it. So when announcing the capsule has been created at least some people will know it exists and it’s somewhere.

Should a guardians be named?

Yes, and they will have the responsibility to know the capsule exists. They will be notified by email. If you are reading this, you are also a guardian of my little capsule.

Should I create a treasure map?

A treasure map is as important as the capsule itself, unless the map points to a place which is not accesible. A treasure map map is also good as a backup.

And, of course, what to include inside?

Be sure it includes surprises.

Even it the capsule never become real, which is not the case now, the theoretical exercise to think about these questions is worth. I enjoyed the process a lot.

One more question: Who knows where my little orange time capsule will end from now on?

20/01/2018

Chinese calendar for 2018


What a stylish calendar! It's mass produced and even so it feels so full of quality and good design. And of course 100% Chinese looking.

Btw, this 2018 is Dog's year.

Airplanes in which I have worked

I worked as aeronautic engineer for (too many) years. Mainly as designer in big passengers airplanes by Airbus. Despite the monotonous daily work in an office it also had peak and vibrant moments. 

Days in South Korea

Hi Korea!
I use to enjoy most of the countries I visit during my trips but only with some of them I receive great feeling from minute zero. This is literally. When someone in the airplane provided me the immigration form I was surprised by the quality print and paper. The surprise was bigger when I saw there are glasses to fill the form in case you need them. That's a little example of a country where civility,  respect, order, cleaning and progress are evident. I highly appreciate these attributes.
Here some photos of my days in Seoul, Jeju island and Busan:
Baseball is a very popular sport in Korea.
Me in Seoul.

People are wonderful, friendly and respectful.
Seeing couples wearing like a mirror is quite typical. I've never seen that in any other place.

Women's typical clothes.

Colorful clothes always create nice contrast.

Ewha Woman's University in Seoul. Atmosphere and surroundings are more than amazing. 
I love South Korea and I can't wait to come back and enjoy more this lovely and valuable culture.

18/01/2018

Extra-extra-fine tools

Not long time ago Micron Pigma 005 was extremely fine to my eyes. Now using Rotring Isograph 0,10 is in another league. Scary needle tip.

I will like to post about the results and comparison. Actually I still love Micron since it's easier create textures and it's disposable.

Back in Bangkok

 I found so useful and enjoyable to document some details from Bangkok in boxes style.
Always, always great moments in Thailand. I miss it so much.



10/01/2018

IDEAT interview in Shanghai



I had the pleasure Tanya contacted me for an interview in Shanghai.

She showed care and interest about my artwork in a confortable atmosphere. Now my journals are part of IDEAT magazine pages. Many thanks!

Balace in digital life


I took the first photo in 2015. I can see my journal and digital life was balance according to "thickness factor". An absurd way to measure that balance.

Now, in 2018, my notebook is quite fatter and the laptop is incredibly thin. Modern times.

29/11/2017

Golden Ratio and the last finished notebook


These are all the pages from my last notebook. Thinking about the number of pages took me really a lot of time. Actually I can be lost in these kind of (irrelevant points) for ever. My goal was all the pages to be linked in a way so they can become something more: a mandala. This is not now as far as I also used in the previous notebook. 

Al together needs to fix into a frame so only a few number of pages could fulfit this condition. I decided to draw Golden Spiral (based on Golden Ratio) along the notebook. Well, there are other elements to link different pages which I maybe explain one day.

The orange circle in the center is the main reference to organize the pages as a puzzle.

It's clear the notebook is full of orange dots in everywhere. When joining dots, Golden Spiral appears.


Also the devil wanted to join the party. He puts his claws in the Earth. Maybe he manages the curve. Or just a coincidence, which is even more intriguing.


At the end of the day...


At the end of the day you are alone with your luggage.
If the luggage contains a laptop, much better.

19/11/2017

Test page


The last page of each notebook uses to be a test page. I don't know the reason but it finally becomes one of the best of the whole journal. Maybe it's because random and freedom can swim without rules.

The beauty of patterns



As humans, we can recognize some patterns. When they are (subjectively) beautiful we find pleasure. However nature creates a huge variety of patterns and we are not able to notice most of them. Computers do better.

No computer used in this page. Beauty produced.

15/11/2017

China 2.0

I came back to Shanghai recently. The point which surprised me the most since my first visit ten years ago, in 2007, was the massive use of QR codes. Actually when I landed in China, a guy was giving small papers with QR codes. They look a kind of visiting cards to my eyes. Welcome to China 2.0.

They are in everywhere. This together with the use of Wechat creates a digital scenario where nobody uses real money. Even money is not accepted in some shops.

Street vendors use this technology and save a lot of time. It's much more hygienic. Better for everyone.
It's also used for publicity, etc. I suggest placing a QR code in Mao's forehead, in his official portrait, linked to his red book or whatever other lectures.

11/11/2017

Views from my window in Shanghai

Humans can build scenarios which were unimaginable some decades ago. How could it be in 10 years? 50 years? This crowded view shows a kind of cold concrete feeling, no people (only if you close up).

A kind of poetry.

09/11/2017

Seen in Seoul


Amazing shop in Korea. Full of style and atmosphere. A kind of hamster surrounded by brushes and stuff from heaven. Congrats, unknown man.

My writing tools for travels


Optimizing the luggage is a never ending task. I do it with pleasure and it gives me great results and a new way of traveling. Regarding the writing tools I remember the days, before discovering so many fountain pens and inks, when all was easier. 

There are some requirements: Full performance, simple and light. I can carry everything with me in any moment and in everywhere. "My atelier is the real world"

Currently I use the following items:

-My handmade notebook.
-MUJI passport notebook for fast notes.
-"Happy Every Day" case. I found it in 7 Eleven in Bangkok.
-Two tiny kits of watercolors.
-Plastic ruler.
-Pencil.
-Brush.
-Two Stabilo markers: orange and turquoise.
-TWSBI 580 EF fountain pen.
-Two Lamy fountain pens.
-Preppy fountain pen.
-Kaweco fountain pen.
-Two disposable Zebra brushes.
-Pigma Micron 005.
-Pilot G-3.
-Rotring mechanical pencil.
-Rotring Isograph 0,10.
-Rotring Isograph 0,18.
-Glue.
-Eraser.
-Airmail masking tape.
-Tiny pencil sand color.

Together with this I carry another case with spares of some of the pens, glue and inks for fountain pens.

13/08/2017

Rotring Isograph


I'm using this extrafine tool during the last weeks. Rotring Isograph keeps the best old style in technical pens. Not only the pen itself, also the box, ink bottle, etc show great quality.

When I was studying engineering there were many shops near university dedicated to these technical tools. A kind of heaven shops full of expensive and quality items. I visited them recently in order to find this Rotring and unfortunately either they are gone or they don't have a wide selection of pens. Sad, sad.

Very happy with this 0,18 needle point and wanting to try 0,10.

Btw, did you know Rotring means Red-Ring (Rot-Ring)? Long live to Rotring.

Aliens shape


Just for fun. Have you ever tried to figure out how the aliens will look like? Hurry up, we are so near to discover them!

Here is my prediction. Actually I did three shots: Worm shape, sphere shape and noodles shape.

About family tree and more


I created a family tree during the last days. Not an easy project.

Fortunately I had the chance to ask to my grandmother and other relatives before they die because they were the only ones who know the name or at least the existence of some branches in the tree. I'm so shocked to see how easy information is lost. Most of the people only remember two or three levels up. And, of course, I'm always pained to see nobody left documents or even just a piece of paper with basic information. Or maybe I'm used to document everything.

I managed to find 351 people and organize a little bit this part of my own history.

31/07/2017

Istanbul

Finally the destiny chosen for the experimental trip was Istanbul. Almost no tourists due to bombs and other threats in TV. Great place, amazing food and exotic touch in the atmosphere.

Here some photos:





Experimental trip: Choosing a flight directly in the airport


A dream done! I've always wanted to do this experiment: Go to the airport and choose a flight to anywhere. But I went further and did it directly when I flew back from Amsterdam! Full tired after a few days non stop with no clean clothes, etc. A friend of mine was waiting for me in the airport. It was a stressful but funny experience. Let's open the door to random world. Planning to much leaves out a big part of the journey.

We chose a flight to...