I'm sorry for not being very active and only lurking around lately. I haven't submitted much art (I do have some new pieces to show, though
) and I left some comments unanswered - I'm sorry, I'll get to it soon.
In the meantime, I've been having a really great time. Though my broken toe wasn't completely healed at that time and still hurt, I participated in the Spring Gasshuku - an international karate meeting organized by our dojo. Four masters (7th and 8th dan) came and trained over a hundred people from eight European countries, including me
I still had to walk with crutches - that looked really funny with the combination of the karate-gi (the "karate kimono uniform") - but I threw them away at the entrance to the gym and limped right in
. All the senseis were really nice and understanding, so I could participate fully, except for replacing some kicks with different techniques they showed me (that got my sparring partner a black eye during the partner drills and made me really ashamed, because he was really kind to me and I accidentaly hit him in return - but at least I tested how effective that move was
). The Gasshuku was really tiring, but great and fun.
Because of my injury, I didn't leave for the Baikal Lake like last year as I was supposed to. It is a pity, but on the other hand, I was free to go to Croatia to karate training camp (an I'll got to Russia the next year for sure
). The people there were great, the sea was great (and the delicious ice cream!), the everyday training too and I learnt some new things and enjoyed it so much! My toe healed, but right the day after I became able to walk normally, my whole foot started swelling and hurting again. Oh well, everything can't be perfect
I've also made some nice memories: For example going to a pub to watch the first football match of the world championship (Croatia vs. Brazil) to root for Brazil with our Brazilian friend
We didn't dare to be loud and only celebrated the goals by discreetly clinking glasses. But we were discovered nonetheless, with some Croatians pointing fingers at us and saying something probably not very nice. Fortunately, they didn't dare to start anything against a group of 15 karatekas (somebody heard them mumbling something about black belts, lol
Being encouraged by sensei, I also found some time to sit at a nice place near the sea and do a little watercolor en plain air painting. And realized I'm really lacking skill in this, so I should practice more.
And this weekend, not even a week since we returned from Croatia, I spent at another training camp in Southern Bohemia. You probably won't be surprised if I tell you it was awesome, right? The training was very intense that we all tend to fall asleep at any tiny opportunity and my whole body hurts, but I learned some new things and I can almost run again
In the evenings we played games, listened to the guitar and sang songs by the bonfire and generally had fun. The atmosphere there was great, I almost feel like the people there are one big family. And most importantly, I passed the exams and became a proud owner of a yellow belt (9th kyu)
. It's still a belt for beginners and might not seem like such a big deal, but the exam was quite intense and I'm really happy about it
. I was quite nervous as this was my first exam and I passed for both 10th and 9th kyu. I know I made mistakes, but that can only motivate me to try harder and become better
If only my foot didn't swell again, dammit!
And as for something art-related, I signed up for Noah Bradley's Art Camp - a 12-week online art course. I thing it will teach me a lot, but unfortunately as you could read above, I was a little busy and didn't complete most of the assignments (yet).
I've also got some commissions. I finished a second cover for a magazine about history (that will be published this month)
and I'm about to work on another one (for a different magazine, but from the same publisher each time). That makes me really happy, although I'm not very experienced in drawing people in general - again, it's about time to learn.
And since I'm going to spend the summer mostly analyzing the huge amount of data for my diploma thesis and studying for exams, I'll definitely make time to practice drawing
What are your plans for the summer?