I’m engaged! / Argentina <3

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Hiii!

It’s been a while between posts!

Heaps has happened – I’ve tried my hand at a new digital painting, went overseas, started learning Unity and C# – but the most exciting thing is that I got engaged to my boyfriend!

We’ve been together a bit over one and a half years now, and while he’d met all the loved ones from my side, I had only met his through Skype. We recently visited Buenos Aires, Argentina –  meeting Mauro’s family and friends, as well as his new baby niece, Alina. It was so nice to see everyone face to face, and I had such a great time getting to know them all 🙂

We were so lucky to stay at Mauro’s aunt’s apartment, which was a super cosy 2-storey loft. It was the sweetest thing to come home to heart-shaped balloons and chocolates after the long flight, and it was that very night that my boyfriend proposed!! It still hasn’t fully hit me yet – I’ve always been a bit of a lone wolf when it came to dating and I never imagined I would find someone so perfect for me.

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The flight itself was a 3 hour journey to Auckland, with 3 hours of waiting and then 12 hours to Buenos Aires. We spent most of our time seeing people, but the last day we went to the Japanese garden there and took some photos. I also have to mention how good the food is there – alfajores, empanadas, milanesa and medialunas! I can understand why Mauro misses it so much now.

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Life’s gotten busy since start of trimester 2 with uni, and I’ve started learning some basic programming in C#. It’s been a very different type of learning to what I’m used to, but I’m lucky to have a great lecturer who explains things clearly and has a great understanding of programming.

In our other class, Game Production Foundations, we’ve been working on a prototype in Unity for a key-syncing space-themed game. I’m also about to start working on making Missile Command with another programming student which should be interesting.

Because it had been a while since making any art on my own, I decided this month I would try and work on some digital painting and start getting to know my Wacom Cintiq a bit better. It’s been so much fun and a really relaxing way to end the day when I’m stressed out or tired – even though it can be a challenge, it never feels overwhelming and reminds me of the days I used to draw and paint til the early hours of the morning.

I started working on a girl warrior portrait, and created a Facebook page where I could post my progress.

You can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/sfialaart/

Here are some snapshots of the painting progress!

 

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I learnt how to manage layers better in Photoshop, and get a better command of the brushes in general. I’m happy with how it turned out and couldn’t wait to get started on the next!

Thanks for reading xx

 

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