Art of Concentration: Day 10

For today’s Art of Concentration drawing I decided to go with a more traditional approach.  By traditional approach I mean;  it was the way I normally drew and colored these type of drawings.  They contained either straight lines, squiggly lines, or both.

The Art of Concentration rules are:

  1. Draw lines on a page.  Straight line, squiggly lines, circles, squares, triangles, stars, it does not matter.
  2. Color every other section.  Start anywhere.  Use any color.  Typical you will only have a black pen, or a pencil, those are fine.
  3. If you desire, use multiple colors.  Sections of the same color can not touch.

The line drawing:

AofC traditional

In a meeting, a classroom, or a waiting room, you will typical only have a pen with one color – below is today’s line drawing colored in black and white.

AofC traditional color 1

You may be part of the special group that has many different colors pens on hand.  The largest box of Crayola Crayon contains 152 different colors.  The largest tin of Prismacolor pencils contains 150 different colors.  And, it is very easy to fine a set of 100 different color gel pens.  Sometimes, I have the urge to use has many different colors a possible in my drawings, like the drawing below.

AofC traditional color 2

I messed up today’s hand drawing, then I messed it up again, and then I messed it up a third time.  I should have been simple enough, but I was listening to water draining and was wondering why it was so loud.  I gave up and turned the tile over and started again.  Since today’s theme was traditional, I decided I would do a sample of my normal typical drawing.

Notice the curvy lines.  There are several lines that look like the cursive letter “L”.  Drawing the cursive letter “L” is a good pattern to repeat on the page.  The letter “S” and the music symbol Treble clef are also good to use.  Just keep the line flowing from edge to edge.

What I learned today with my mess up, coloring a section with a marker and going over it with a white Sakura gel pens, gave it a nice color.


Sea of Algae

PDF version of the line drawing created in Corel Draw is available for download on the Coloring Page, or click here.

Art of Concentration: Day 9

Today’s Art of Concentration drawing is more typical of the drawing I used to do in meetings and classes.  It wasn’t anything too complicated, just some lines and occasionally other objects.

Remember you can do these types of drawing on any size of paper from “Post-It” note size to letter size, or larger.  If you create them using ruled paper, you already have some lines premade.

The line drawing:

AofC flower mess

The Art of Concentration rules are:

  1. Draw lines on a page.  Circles, squares, squiggly lines, it does not matter.
  2. Color every other section.  Start anywhere.  Use any color.
  3. If you desire, use multiple colors.  Sections of the same color can not touch.

The first object created was the flower and than squiggly lines added.  Notice the top left of the circle in the middle of the page.  There are more than two section that are touching.  The rule “Section of the same color can not touch” will not work here.  To solve that dilemma, I used multiple colors.

AofC flower mess color 1 The flower petals were done in a deep red and white.  The center and background was done in black and white.   It doesn’t even look like a circle.  That is why I named today’s hand drawing “Squid”.  Looking at if after is was done, it looked more like a squid then a flower.



Squid was done on a black Studio Series Artist tile using Sakura gel pens.

The line drawing was done in Corel Draw and exported as a bitmap to color using Microsoft Paint.  I decided to use three colors and black on the second drawing with white line.

AofC flower mess color 2

Click here to download a PDF version of the line drawing.  All of the line drawing are available on the Coloring Page.

Xbox Games on Windows 10

windows 10 xbox

There are several Xbox games that I have on my Windows 8.1 PC.  Lets see what happens when I try to access them from Windows 10.

Click Start (Windows Icon) to bring up the menu.  On the right-hand side of the menu there are several icon.  I’ve located the Xbox Icon and clicked on it.

After waiting many seconds for it to load, it displays a screen saying “Here’s how you look on Xbox Live”.  It important to note, but I may not use it is: “You can update these later in the Xbox app > Settings”.  I’ve looked over the other options on the screen, now lets click “Let’s play!”

windows 10 xbox lets play

The Xbox app loads and displays the Home screen which has the activity feed and list of friends and recommends friends.

On the left-side of the screen, it has menu of options:

  • My games – show the games installed on the laptop
  • Messages – I have no messages
  • Activity alerts – Again, nothing
  • Achievements – basically shows the last games played
  • Games DVR – shows the games clips and screenshots
  • Store – opens the Microsoft Store (this maybe what I need to get my games to the laptop)

windows 10 microsoft store

Where oh where are my games?  They are not under Home, Apps, or Games.  Wait, there is my picture in a little circle, hiding next to the Search bar.  Let me click on my picture -> My Library.  There are my games.  Yay!  Let me click the download arrow next to the name on the right side and download them.

But, one game is missing.  I think I will just download it from the Store.  I clicked Games and since I know the name, I click the search bar and type the name in.  I found my game.  I guess the differences between this game and the other games is:  this game wants to be Installed instead of Downloaded and every time I play this game it connects to Xbox Live.

Nothing appears to be happening!  I will give it time and check back later.

It worked!  The games are on my laptop.  However, the only game that keep my progress was the one that logs into Xbox live.  I expected that to happen.

An icons for the games were not placed on the desktop.  To find my games I had to click Start -> All Apps and scroll to the list.  Alternatively, I could open the Xbox app.

For some reason, the game Candy Crush Saga was installed on this laptop.  To my knowledge I have never played this game on any Microsoft device.  I know million of people are addicted to this games, not I.  Therefore, I will be uninstalling it.  Locate the item in the Start Menu -> Right-click on it -> click Uninstall.

The adventure to be continued….