Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Neighbors #2

So continuing my sketch series on our interesting neighbors, I thought I'd tell you about one of our current neighbors. 

**N.B. I'm trying to keep this series a lot more messy and quick, so hopefully as the series goes on these drawings will get better - in the meantime it's great sketching practice just trying to get across some emotion etc so here's hoping the practice pays off.**

Picture, if you will, a tranquil domestic scene...
Here I am just knitting peacefully away.
When suddenly out of nowhere...

Our next door neighbor lets rip a string of profanities. 

We live in an apartment complex where we are surrounded by neighbors on three sides. The guy who lives on the other side of our lounge wall will often get mad at something and start screaming. All I can say is I'm glad we don't have kids. :P 

As far as I can tell he lives alone (although often when he arrives home he starts talking to himself/someone once he is through the door) - and I don't know what exactly is making him so mad that justifies that kind of language. It's especially nasty because he says it as if he is swearing at someone, and it's hard not to take it personally.

But maybe I'm being too hard on him. Perhaps he has really good reason for his potty-mouth, such as...
Maybe his floral art is just not falling into place.

Or maybe he just can't work out that 1000 piece puzzle. 
I'd be mad wouldn't you?

Or perhaps he just CAN'T get those creases out of his shirts!!!
I feel his pain.

Or his scones came out of the oven burnt and resembling rocks. 
This one I really empathize with. Been there for sure. 
(Mine ended up on the floor)

So I guess in the meantime this is just what we have to deal with while living in an apartment. Looking forward to having a house to live in in the future. 


  1. I have been thinking of more possibilities: a hedgehog (Hedgehogs can be really infuriating). He is recording voice memos to include in information sent to distant galaxies to tell them any potential life in other parts of the universe about what our planet is like. He is sewing (sewing also can be very infuriating). He is pretending to talk on the phone, a habit many of us develop in childhood and never grow out of.

  2. So funny! Yeah, having a house is better in several ways. I've been in both an apartment and a house and the house is by far the best living arrangement.