Greetings from Amsterdam

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Last month we visited Amsterdam. I’m not big on travelling, which seems to set me apart from the general consensus about travelling being inherently good for you, but I can enjoy a weekend trip here and there and even I, the malcontent traveller, have a list of places I want to see. Amsterdam was certainly on that list and this was our second trip there.

Our first trip was about two and a half years ago, when Silver organized it along with Amanda Palmer concert tickets as my birthday gift. Same as this time, we kept it short, couple of days of walking around and trying to visit some of the “must see” sights of the city.

This time we tackled the city with no particular plan in mind, having done the mandatory museum rounds on our first visit. This meant a full day of wandering around with nothing but Silver’s sense of direction to guide us and a plan to make some gifs instead of photos driving us.This plan ended up having a happy ending, thankfully, as you can probably figure from the flurry of movement below.

It takes a lot longer to edit gifs, so they won’t replace our photos anytime soon, but it’s a fun stunt to pull every once in a while!

I feel like our trip got published in the Daily Prophet.











And that’s it about that!


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Building a workspace

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We’ve been dreaming about having standing tables for a long while now. Mainly to break the routine of sitting all day long. Wake up, make breakfast, sit in front of the computer. Walk to work, sit in front of the computer. Walk home, and then work some more… sitting down.

Buying one standing table, let alone two, costs more than we can afford, so we looked into DIY solutions. You can find a lot of “make your own standing table cheaply” -information on the internet, but they tend to concentrate mostly on making an elbow high pyramid of multiple pieces of furniture. Since one of our goals was to upgrade our furniture, not stack it on top of each other, we opted for the “new tabletops with long legs” option.

We got the Ikea NUMERÄR countertops and adjustable legs. If you’re interested, here‘s a nice step by step of the same process we had to go through to get from an untreated tabletop to our finished tables.

Overall it was a fairly straightforward and not an unenjoyable project, although due to supplies running out and underestimating the drying time it took way longer to finish than we thought. I sincerely hope these tables last a long time, because I’m not in a hurry to repeat this process any time soon.



Sanding magic!

Sanding magic!

Staining the wood to get a nicer color.

Staining the wood to get a nicer color.


A varnish pass, and we are done :)

Adding a varnish pass, and we are done :)




Poetry of the pen and the brush

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I’ve been trying to understand why it is that I prefer working traditionally instead of digitally. Over the years I’ve heard arguments one way or the other, none of them ever hitting home for me. That is probably because an argument isn’t a good way to approach the subject of two tools that have no innate value, other than the people wielding them.

But still, I feel I personally have a preference, and I have wanted to explain it to myself. I arrived at an answer that somewhat satisfied me. It is a rather ambiguous answer to a strong feeling-based preference.

The digital medium has much good to offer. There is the accessibility created by no cost after the initial investment. The faster process and shareability. A completely new set of tools that open a new realm of exploration.

But there is a poetry to working with traditional tools, that I feel missing in digital. The poetry doesn’t lie in the final result or in it’s value. Neither of these tools should have any considerable impact on an individual’s creativity, no more than having a preference of working with oil paint over acrylics for example. It is no more, than an individual preference and the subsequent ease of working that comes with one choice or another. Neither tool will impact the content of a person’s ideas or creativity either. So no, I don’t feel like either tool is better or more valuable.

The poetry of working traditionally comes in the form of mortality and emotional investment. Mortality, finality, corruption of the blank page with marks that will last only as long as the page survives. The care put into handling it and lenghtening it’s life cycle. The reverence you feel when you hold this, in all probability, flawed creation. This romantic finality is completely missing from digital medium.

Add the tangibility of the weight in your hands, the variety of real textures, the choice of materials. The smells that make you suddenly notice your environment more acutely than you have for ages.

I feel it all adds up to something emotionally real and present.




Andoids, robots and musings

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Since Silver’s been posting his sci-fi environment concepts and illustrations, I thought I’d pitch in with some character concepts I made recently during my free time. I don’t get to do sci-fi at work, so this was a refreshing subject matter to explore.

I rarely do concepts after work, but hell, this was fun even though between a full time job, maintaining the same pace with RFR and these extra personal concepts, my head was ready to fry. But it was worth it. Still, I’m thinking I’m not going to be showing any non-RFR work for a while. Then again… I do have a tendency to come up with new projects and ideas constantly, and then despaire at the limited time I have and the fully packed schedule I’m facing every week. From a very different perspective, I can also say that I’m lucky I’ll never run out of stuff I can’t wait to do. A happy thought :)

This made me realise that my whole life is surrounded by this growing plethora of ideas, plans and projects in various stages of maturity. And pretty much none of them except for RFR have seen the light of day. It makes me feel a little bit like a crazy person :D


– Kaija