Watercolors to illustrate a future deck

I'm doing some watercolors in order to illustrate several cards of a future deck. I chose a new watercolor paper brand Hakuho. Experiment. The first feeling was not very positive but the second day of use I discovered how magical its texture is. See some close up to appreciate it.

More fantasy creatures come to life. They enrich the atmosphere for the story to tell. Definitely more interesting than the real world.


Encapsulated Thunderbolt

2050. Some years ago a capsule with a huge thunderbolt inside was found in a lake in the Earth. Some people say they saw a big eagle flying with the capsule in its claws. People often say crazy things but also they see even more incredible events.

Despite its origin, the capsule is now one of the main energy supply. Engineers and tax employees worked hard in order to juice the energy to satisfy hungry customers. Actually they don't understand well the mechanism inside but taking each volt from it is enough.

Something like free energy. 500MT can cover the waste of energy for an average wester family.


Ba Na Hills. Cult to fake.

I stopped visiting tourist spots long time ago. They are places overcrowded. Even the amazing places like Angkor Wat are ruined by people and the final experience is poor. See here my photos there.

Da Nang was my greatest discovery in the last trip. I guess it will be also full of visitors in a couple of years if not months. However now is almost a perfect place combining Vietnam style with facilities, beach, not many people and the best: It's free of motorbike traffic which is a common torture in other Vietnamese cities.

But Da Nang is a future tourism hub. The beach will be a new Benidorm and the highlight is a kind of Disneyland built in the mountains. Welcome to Ba Na Hills. Sunworld.

Someone told me to go there the day before and I guessed it was something like a trekking in the mountains. What a surprise when I arrive there and I saw a crazy scenario designed for masses. The perfect environment for a session of photos by the master photographer Martin Parr.

They are created a medieval city with real stones... in Vietnam! In XXI Century! All is fake and ready for fake photos of people posing. Recently I read it's the most posted place in Instagram.

Too much for me. Bye bye to tourism places, whatever they are, for the rest of the year/decade.

Btw, the ticket costs 1 million VND.

Here some photos of the modern wonder:
The cablecar is the most interesting part of that place.

See the new cathedrals under construction.

Voila, a medieval city is ready.

Sunny place for happy people.

Me enjoying the colorful happiness.

It's Vietnam in 2019.

Dedicated to Martin Parr I.

Dedicated to Martin Parr II.

The famous bridge seen everywhere.

Sooner or later the fake will appear.


Unexpected and harmonious notebook layouts

Many people say my pages are very organized. When I look at them indeed they look organized. It's not my main goal. 

This kind of layout is very useful for a page full of mixed notes. It's not too planed. Only general lines to balance the proportions, selected colors from my palette and experience with different typographies. Each idea finds its box during the process and all together create some beauty with harmony. 

Sometimes the result is a pleasure to see and not so good in other cases. Maybe the difference is in certain details because brain (better said the set brain/senses) is very picky and can notice points which we even don't know and we can't explain. Let's use the way of intuition and flow with the process.

A tree is a predictable being

 Here a few mixed notes from Da Nang (Vietnam).

Being unpredictable is a superpower. It's also useful and fun in a society where dogmas and beliefs invade most of the brains. People expect certain behavior. The real value is being unpredictable from authenticity, not acting like that (for any reason). Natural, do not force. Maybe it needs practice and training.

A tree is quite predictable and it's also ok.


Bedside lamps

I've noticed the importance of bedside lamps. In my nomadic life they appear in random ways since every hotel room is different. A kind of surprise. They are the key to create amazing atmosphere during some hours. And environment impacts in confort. Confort calms brain. Brain can produce magic. Valuable night hours then.

Tiny beings

Drawing new characters is somehow like bringing beings to life. They didn't exist a few minutes before and suddenly they are walking (and sometimes dancing) in this world. Well, in our imagination which is our real/simulated world. Only a piece of paper and a pencil needed to create magic.

These days I'm enjoying the process of drawing creatures. Actually in the last times I'm almost only interested in Science/Technology and fantasy universes. Real world on Earth is sometimes not exciting as imagination.


The Hypnotizing Planet

Year 2050. One of the rarest planets discovered up to now is The Hypnotizing Planet. It’s so beautiful and with such a charming moving that anyone who looks at it will be PARALYZED for the rest of his life. We know many astronomers suffering this effect. 

The spell also applies to machines. Computers and robots stopped working when they scanned this planet. 

Of course there are not photos and this drawing is only a basic approach from testimonies but needed in order to illustrate the Encyclopedia of the New Era.

Note: This is a drawing to illustrate the future project "The Last Days of Mankind", set in years previous to 2050 where Singularity is imminent and could happen in any moment.  

The beauty of imperfection

Many people tell me my pages are so perfect and ask what I do when I have a mistake. Nothing is perfect and micro-mistakes invade every gap.

Here I show some close up examples of scanned pages at high resolution: 

I selected some mistakes, stains, smudged ink and all kind of imperfections. I can see beauty in them. They are welcome as they are part of the process. Choosing the way of 100% perfection is a mistake. They can’t be avoid and even can bring a lot of stress if you fight against them. Nature doesn’t work like that. 

We are organisms full of defects so we will always produce the same.


Study of Planet Panic

Year 2050. Results from Deep Inter Laminar Scanner (SCA-Xラ25) show layers of the Planet Panic with certain details. New information revealed after the barrier layer (5) since these areas were unknown until now.  This is the real data and now it’s time for analysis.

During the last decades scientists created theories trying to find an explanation. Shamans and religious organizations (dying but still there) tried to modify their classical speech in order to accommodate the new facts. Results from scanner is a true test for all of them.

Note 1: “Real data will surpass imagination”. Think about this.

Note 2: Don’t be fooled by the cute monster in layer 7. He is highly poisonous and violent! He uses a harmless and kawaii looking as a mask.

Note 3: He is guarding a weird sphere.


In the Mood for Love

Recently I discovered some photos taken during the filming of In The Mood For Love in Angkor Wat. They are great and the reason is: The touch of reality is always the best ingredient.

Highly stylish. Probably each frame in that movie should be in a museum.

Jellyfish visit my notebook.

Jellyfish visited my notebooks. They look with shock the words of N. Maduro on the other page: “I went to the future and I came back. I saw all was ok.”

That’s a genius argument! You will need an even crazier argument to refute it. Think about it.

That's why the jellyfish-type beings prefer flowing with freedom. Dancing. Propagating.


Superluminal Spaceship

Unique proposal to travel at higher than speed of light. See my other brainy proposals for mankind here.

Year 2050. The new element “Vitesse-3c” (see Periodic Table of the Elements updated) found in a lost asteroid allows 10^3 times the speed of light. An harpoon made of that element is thrown and anchored in space time fabric. Then pull with energy and thrown it again. Easy.

Nose of the ship needs to be covered with Vitesse-3c as well so the whole machine can also travel at that speed. The vessel can carry massive troops, artillery or just passengers. Measures, stabilized control and other minor details for its design and manufacturing are left to scientists and engineers.

The main points here are:

1.) Ship must show an elegant style.
2.) Exquisite brownies will be served on board by militarized provodnitsa (проводница) who will keep order, etc.

First destination.... Planet Panic! Bon voyage!


New inks for fountain pen in use

I wanted to switch to permanent bulletproof inks long time ago. I was happy with my current colors after a long process of testing and trying new ones until I defined my palette. Adding the superpower of waterproof (and more other properties) could be a plus. Since I know the colors I want the task seemed easy. Just find a new brand with those colors and try.

Expert's voices about archive and conservative materials pushed me to change. It looks like cleaning and restoring a notebook in the future could be much easier with these bulletproof inks otherwise the inks goes away almost like magic. Have a look at this video to see by yourself.

Rohrer & Klinger is my first attempt. The colors are amazing, exactly what I was looking for. And the color's names very original for inks! I chose Carmen, Frida, Emma and Klara for this trip.

It's quite risky to start a new long trip without testing them in deep but I had to do it. New year, new trip, new notebook and... new inks.

Result of investigations coming soon!