A couple of months ago I decided to listen to a new Spotify playlist. It is called Lo Fi Beats, and I played it in the background while I was sketching one weekend afternoon. I rememeber about an hour in in, I told Martin “I keep listening to this playlist and I don’t even think I like it. I just can’t stop listening”
Lo Fi Beats does that thing where the end of each song merges with the beginning of the the next, so the entire playlist begins to feel like one continuous stream of music. But I listened to it again and again over the month and started picking up favourite songs.
And my absolute favourite is “Today is a gift” by Beowulf. It’s a pretty chill song and would be easy to pass off as another piece of basic instrumental ear candy – if not for the words. It took me a few listens to recognise the lyrics – they were from Kung Fu Panda.
Quit. Don’t Quit.
Noodles. Don’t Noodles.
There is a saying:
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift.
That is why it is called the present.
I got pretty obsessed with this song and listened to it on repeat while driving to work, or sketching. So I decided to doodle the inspiration behind the song: Master Oogway.
I started with a simple pencil and marker sketch, but really didn’t like it. I actually think i dislike markers – or maybe I haven’t learnt how to use them yet.
I decided to completely paint over it with my Paper Artsy paints. I love these paints – they are muted and matte – two of my favourite things!
When I paint with these I use the “I don’t need no paint palette” technique that I learned from bybun when she has a twitch channel. She just paints straight from the caps – this way you avoid mess and wastage.
After painting lots of tiny dots (the best part!) I went over again with pencil and added by favourite part of the song on the right side of the spread.
I’m really happy with how this turned out and reminded myself that a bad piece of art can be saved if you have the time and the paint!