As expected, I wasn’t able to go with my father on his usual walk early in the morning, but that’s what I get for going to bed past midnight (and surprisingly enough, I wasn’t watching anime). I woke up relatively late, and started once I shook off the grogginess that usually comes with it, I busied myself with fixing the last few segments of the stampede. As of of around three in the afternoon, I was pretty much at where I was some three odd months ago. Finally. Now I can worry about the next phase, which is the background.
I decided on a cityscape, but lack of any practical experience drawing buildings aside, I didn’t even have examples to base said background. So, after things cooled down for the the afternoon, it was off to my old stomping grounds in the financial area of Makati.
Suffice to say I took a lot of pictures during my hour-and-a-half walkabout around the Ayala area, most of which were either pictures of buildings or the trees lining the sidewalks close to it. I tried not to look too suspicious doing so, of course, but so far no one really bothered me while I took panning shots of the facades of the buildings lining Makati and Ayala avenue.
After getting enough reference pictures, it was time to head home. I passed by Buddy’s before I did though, and bought a (small) bilao of pancit Lucban for the family to share. Man, it’s been a while since I’ve had a taste of it — give or take two years, ever since I left E*Trade in fact.
Anyway, despite it being supposedly “small”, the bilao had enough pancit in it for eight to ten people, so obviously when I got home the three of us there at the time (myself, my father, and my cousin) wouldn’t be able to finish it all. We did eat our fill though, and for the most part my father (surprise, for all his travels around the country, he never sampled the food of the regions he visited) and cousin seemed to like it, compared to the usual pancit malabon that we usually buy for the holidays or special occasions.
The rest we left for my sister and her husband… who, hilariously enough, brought home some lapaz batchoy as well. Needless to say, we’re going to still have pancit to eat by tomorrow. This isn’t even counting the adobong pusit that my cousin apparently prepared for dinner.
Seriously, we were stuffed by the end of it all. I’m probably going to hate myself tomorrow, but eh, it’s something I haven’t tasted for a while, so I can look the other way for now.
That aside, I foresee that I’m going to spend a lot of time on the cityscape background. Even if I won’t devote a lot of details to it, that’s still a lot of buildings and accompanying greenery to fill up the space with. It’s going to take a bit, for sure.