Gotye Revisited

I promise that I won’t turn this blog into a Gotye obsessed humdrum, but I’ve recently come across a few things that I just have to share with you. Obviously, I have become recently infatuated with this singer. I came across this article/interview on

As if I didn’t think he was adorable enough. Anyway, I hopped over to his YouTube page and I had no idea that he has a couple of little documentaries on the process of creating his album, Making Mirrors. This guy is so unbelievably fascinating to me.

Seriously? You were inspired by a “musical fence”? Am I a total dork for thinking this is so amazing?

Super-musical people are just… Dang. I wish I had their kind of talent. I grew up playing the piano (and I play a pretty mean didgeridoo if I do say so myself), and I’ve even written a couple of songs (if you want to call them that). When I sing, my pig runs squealing out of the room.

This whole intuition of knowing what instruments should go where and when, layering them on top of each other in a computer… Capturing individual notes of an auto-harp so that you can program it to play back on your keyboard? I can not grasp this level of thought. I don’t think I have the patience to even try. You must watch this documentary!:

And the dedication? I wish I had gone the do-exactly-what-you-love-and-have-faith-that-you’ll-make-a-living pathway of life. I always go for the safe and practical and hope that somewhere in there I can squeeze in something that I love doing.

One of my “problems” is that I love doing too many things. If I had to choose one that I feel most passionate about it would be filmmaking. However, even in that area I want to do too many aspects of it. I love to write, direct, edit, act, do the cinematography, character design, etc. etc. etc. I want to be immediately placed into Tim Burton’s role. For now I dabble in each area of filmmaking, when I find the time.

I also have a hard time giving up one of my passions for another. If I did as much filmmaking as I wanted to, would I ever find time to cook and make new recipes again? Draw? Garden? How do people juggle so many things? It is part of the reason that I lack patience… If each thing takes too long, I’ll never move on to the next!

Anyway, back to Gotye. So I revisited the drawings I had done of him. It’s funny how you can feel proud of something when you do it and a week later look back on it and shake your head. I’m no longer satisfied by those drawings. I tried my hand at the charcoal drawing again, but this time in pen, solely because I never draw people with pens, so I thought it might be fun…

I was really happy with it after I had finished it, although I felt there was definitely something off about it. It does not look just like Gotye, and I actually know the many reasons why… However, it was all drawn in pen, and I’m too afraid at this point to make any more changes, since they can’t be erased.

In my drawing his neck is too thick and his chin is too broad…. shadow differences… yikes. I’m not going to redraw and redraw and redraw this man, but blah. It makes me a little bit sad that I’ve fallen so out of practice of drawing people’s faces.

PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! Maybe like Gotye I will make my studio in a barn and see what kind of things inspire me. Maybe I’ll happen upon a musical fence, grow a beard, and hopefully the product of whatever I decide to put all of my energy into will be a masterpiece beyond belief.

For now I’ll continue to admire people who do such things. And I’ll think up more recipes to share 😉

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4 Responses to “Gotye Revisited”

  1. April 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I really enjoyed your musings and the video. I will be looking for more blogs from you.

    • April 29, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      Thank you 🙂

  2. April 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    I love the way you captured all the shaddowing on his face. You are very talented.

    • May 1, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      Thank you, you are too kind 😉

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