Sunday, January 7, 2018

Going back to painting in Oil!

Going back to traditional painting. It's been 7 years before I used my oil paints. This is my practice piece before I jump to a bigger canvas for an upcoming exhibit.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Tarsier Time Lapse Video

I got to paint again and I also took a video! This is a postcard design for the 98b exhibit with the theme into the wild philippine animals and pets. It took me about half a day to finish this piece. Tarsiers are lemurs endemic in the island of Bohol, Philippines. Their eyes are huge (like mine), having the largest eye-to-body size ratio of all mammals.They are very small and suicidal if stressed. Im not kidding! Some locals keep tarsiers as their pets. It made me realize wouldn't it be cool if i have giant tarsier as a pet. Hence the inspiration for this illustration. :)

Below is the final artwork will be selling this postcard at 98B on Aug 15 Saturday at Escolta, Manila. I hope to do more of these if time permits. :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Offering Children's Book App Illustration

This was one of the longest and most enjoyable projects I have done. This is my first app project that's why I was so giddy with excitement. The project started last 2014 and is now in the development phase. Here are some of the character studies I made. :)

What i have learned:
Be patient, good things come to those who wait. The timing on this project was spot on. I just finished my svs children's book illustration class and applied what i learned from it. It has been so much better comparing it to my works before. Especially the lighting and composition.

Ask advice from mentors and other illustrators. Having a mentor and friends who does what you do will greatly improve your work. It will let you see your work in a different light. Don't take their critique personally, remember that they also want your work to be better.

I will post more of these when the app is out. :)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Behind the Scenes The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora

The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora

Finally after 6 months of sleepless nights, blood sweat, and tears our book is out! What started as an idea 2 years ago is now a reality. Yup we had this in mind 2 years ago but we didn't take action.

From sketch to reality

Only last year october2014 did we start the character sketches, it was supposed to be just between me and Burn, I was surprised that he already posted it on his blog and already said that we will have a book soon! Yes he started promoting even before we have page 1 of the komiks. Of course this created a lot of pressure at the beginning. This time I was also assigned to a telco account which means more hours spent at the office. Burn send the scripts and I do them on weekends, during lunch break or early in the morning. Google calendar really helped a lot in making this happen, scheduling and prioritizing the komiks, and making sacrifices like saying no to parties and stuff that doesn't bring me closer to my goal. But when I look at the big picture I know it was worth the sacrifice.

Another challenge was the printing cost. Since getting a sponsor will take a while we decided to self publish our book, using our own money and get a publisher later on. We did our book launch at the pantry at 07, it was just me and burn and our very first client Butz! We also have the website up thanks to Lara. We printed 500 copies of the book and sold them online. Looking back it was so worth it. This is one of the best passion project I've done so far.

What I learned in creating this book:
  • Focus and time management: We all are give 24 hours everyday, what we do with it is up to us. Allotting an hour everyday and freeing up my schedule on weekends to do the things I love became my goal.
  • Consistency and hard work: Doing the illustration as part of a routine helped a lot. I start drawing even if I'm not in the mood and after a few mins. I start to enjoy what I'm doing!
  • Love what you do: Doing something you love makes you more productive, fulfilled, and helps you to push yourself to succeed even more.
  • Work with a team: I wouldn't have done it without the support of Burn and our friends. Working with a team helps you keep focused and motivated to finish because you don't want to let them down.
  • Just do it: I know it's cliche but it's true! :)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DIY Cowboy Switch

One day at the Aspac office.

Javy and his DIY cowboy switch

JAVY: (With his cute smile) "Please make me a Cowboy head, arms, and pants, no body okay?"
ME:  "Okay, get me a pen and paper"

After 45 seconds...

JAVY: "Here"
ME: Okay.
(I started creating the face...)

JAVY: "He should have a big hat... And his eyes should be have only, like this" (Javy covers half of his eyes)
ME:  "Okay, what else?"
JAVY: "Oh he should have a moustache"
ME:  "okay"
JAVY:  "Don't create the body, just the head, arms, and legs"

After a few minutes of office hours...

ME: "Yay, it's done!"
JAVY: "Can you please cut it?"
ME: "Okay, but first I need a kiss!"

JAVY: "Okay"

Art for a kiss :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

All we need is LOVE

Another chalk art at the office! :)
This one is a quote from the Bible 1 John 4:19 "We love because he first loved us."
The song is Love me do by the Beatles.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Art in the Future Market

It was my first time to visit 98B's Future Market in Escolta. (I know, i know it took a while, I'm busy okay! :) )  We have a passion project coming up details on this soon. :) So we went there to look at the place and took some photos. Of course I wasn't able to stop myself from looking and admiring works from awesome artists there! And I ended up spending more than what I'm supposed to. haha

The Ocular Team
From left to right: Chay, Franz, Bryan, Mita, Future Market poster

Fist stop was Ardie Aquino's Eddie comic. I like it because first it is a one off, second it was funny, and most of all because the illustration is cute! :) You can check out his fb page here. The 24 page comic costs Php 70, and some smaller ones are Php 30 I think.

Fan mode on! Ardie Aquino Comics
Next stop is Hapiwasabi by Karen Versoza. :) I love her minimalist style these postcards are sold for Php50/ea and the black and white print for Php 30. :) She also has framed pieces that are priced at Php300 and up. I plan to frame these postcards and post it on my wall for inspiration.

The artist signing her print. :)

I love the simplicity of this illustration.

And Cheryl Owen I love her work and so spot on the future market's theme of sorbetes.
I bought her digital print for Php200. You can also buy her original artwork for 4k.

Overall my first Future Market is awesome! I love the artist vibe and the entrepreneurial spirit.
Which made me think of selling some of my own stuff too! :)

I didn't stay too long because it was so hot! The sorbetes theme made me crave for Big Scoop ice cream, which luckily was just a few steps away from 98B.