the sun bends light

And so we continue, post 1001, another curvilinear sketch of a UC Davis building: the Walter Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. It’s right opposite this building, which I drew a couple of weeks ago.

buehler alumni center

I am an alumni,” is a phrase I hear all too often here. “No you aren’t,” I reply, “you’re an alumnus.” It is incredible how many highly educated people don’t actually know this, or think it matters. Maybe it doesn’t, maybe the language is changing and we should let it change, even stop using all latin-based singular words. But if you’re tring to get across that you actually are one, “I am an alumni” makes you sound like you aren’t. You wouldn’t say, that is a mice, I am a men, I just ate a bananas.

Anyway that’s quite enough prescriptive grammar for a Sunday morning. Besides, I’ve always been far more David Crystal than Lynne Truss. I’ve just had to suffer Spurs losing an FA Cup semi-final in extra-time, which isn’t fun. I want to point out that I drew this with a uniball vision micro pen, I’ve used them for years but almost always draw with my pigma microns or copics, because of better ink and finer lines. However, the nibs on those always run down quickly in my watercolour moleskines, which is frustrating, but the nibs on these pens last for way longer, an the ink is pretty black and does not bleed; just something to consider in future pen choices.

4 thoughts on “the sun bends light

  1. Nathan E. Milos says:

    Pete,

    I love your work. You’ve really captured the spirit of Davis. I have a strange request, and it may be inappropriate (so I apologize if it is). I’m putting together a webpage for the UC Davis English Department’s newsletter. I was wondering if I could use one of your sketches for the banner. I’m just a lowly graduate student, and I don’t think there’s enough interest in the newsletter to offer you any kind of compensation other than a mention and link to your blog. I realize this is less than meager recompense. You can reply to me at nemilos@ucdavis.edu

    Best,

    Nathan

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