quarta-feira, 2 de julho de 2008
Asian - Make a moo
This week at Make a Moo or Two the theme is Asian. The picture of the girl, which I downloaded from http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/ seemed suitable, but I had a really hard time with the background. I wanted it to look Asian and I think the best way would be by stamping something Asian on the moo. However, I have no Asian stamps, so I had to look for my Chinese notebook for help. Yes, I took Chinese (Mandarin) for one semester – one of the most interesting languages I’ve ever tried to learn and no doubt the most difficult. I plan to catch up with it after retiring, when I’m old and grey… ;-)
The characters I wrote on the green moo mean “star very /brilliant shining” (from top to bottom). As far as I can remember, in Chinese the nouns come before the adjectives, just like in Portuguese.
As for the orange moo, I actually did it in a snap. The picture of the lady was given to me by Célia Nunes and it was a part of a flyer announcing the coming of Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” to my hometown. (I’m sorry I don’t know who drew the picture on the flyer.)
The character drawn twice on the tracing paper that I stuck over the beige paper means “I” in Mandarin. (When I was learning Chinese I used to copy the characters with the help of tracing paper to memorize them and be able to draw them flawlessly. For some reason I kept tracing paper sheets.) Yeah, I know I should have drawn something new and more meaningful than ”I” but it would take ages to draw the characters because right now I don’t know any of them by heart. I’ve forgotten the few I knew. They call it selective memory… ;-)