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I’ve been busy with several client projects, none of which I can show yet since they’re either under NDA or still in production, but I can show you some personal work 🙂

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This started out as an entry to Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search contest where the winner gets two years of representation from Lilla Rogers Studio. I’m ineligible to enter as I already have agency representation but I liked the contest brief and thought I would work on it anyway, for fun and to possibly add to my portfolio.

I’m not at liberty to share the exact details of the contest brief but I am allowed to say that the brief was to design a playground-themed journal cover as if it were commissioned by lovely UK-based stationery brand Paperchase. It is one of my dreams/career goals to design something for Paperchase someday (for real, and not through a contest). I wish we had Paperchase in the Philippines. I’ve no interest at all in the foreign brands coming in to Manila lately, like IHOP and American Eagle Outfitters (although I do love Uniqlo!). Give me Paperchase! Give me kikki.K!

But anyway, here’s my take on the playground brief. This is my proposed journal cover:

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The brief only requires a journal cover, but I expanded these illustrations to include some repeating patterns…

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…and reformatted the illustrations into a poster layout.

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In fact, I’ve made these illustrations available on a variety of merchandise on my Society6 shop.

 

Check it out— there are iPhone cases, prints, shirts, hoodies, tote bags, and more. I myself ordered a print to check out the quality (Society6 products are produced and shipped from the US— I don’t have any of my merchandise on hand) and I believe it will be arriving in my hands soon. I’ll have another blog post up then when I receive it 🙂

Society6 shop: http://society6.com/wedgienet
Every so often, Society6 offers free shipping worldwide on most products– become a fan on my Facebook page to receive updates whenever free shipping is available: http://facebook.com/wedgienet.net

Going to the dentist and an Inquirer feature on my Instagram feed

Note: This post was going to be a Sunday Snippets entry which should explain the randomness at the start. I didn’t get to post it then because my hosting provider was down at the time.

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I went to the dentist last Saturday. Sad face. I hate, hate, HAAAAATE going to the dentist, even if it’s just for a routine cleaning. Going to the dentist is one of my biggest non-mortal fears, and while my current dentist is nice, I cannot fathom why there are people who choose to become dentists. It’s a horrible profession! …said the girl with a lot of cavities in her teeth.

I had a molar pulled. This happened:

Horrible time at the dentist
I am not exaggerating.

 

Please do not judge my illustration skills by this crude doodle alone. I just wanted to show you what happened— in order to pull my big, fat molar out, the dentist had to use both hands to pull and the dentist’s wife had to hold my head down. And it didn’t come out easy. It took them maybe five minutes to pull my tooth out (I was on anaesthesia so I didn’t feel any pain, just discomfort and pressure on my mouth), and when it did, one of the tooth’s “legs” (I know there’s a proper term for it but whatever!) broke off and was left in the gum. Ah, well…

My poor, unwanted tooth

After my time at the dentist, I went to the supermarket to buy painkillers and antibiotics and also to pick up a copy of the July 13th issue of The Philippine Daily Inquirer. Earlier that week, I was contacted by the Inquirer and was asked if they could do a feature on my Instagram account for the Super section. I said yes, of course, despite the fact that I had to take a selfie (the horror!) for the article. I thought I was going to be there along with a few other featured Instagram users, so imagine my surprise when I picked up my copy and saw this:

Me and my Instagram account on the Philippine Daily Inquirer

Turns out it’s the start of a weekly column where they feature one of their favorite Instagrammers and I was the first to be featured. Aww, yay! They printed some of their favorite photos from my feed and my answers to their questions. You can check out the online version (not all photos available) of the article here. Thanks to Pam Pastor for the feature! 😀

This is timely because at the time of writing, I’m just a few followers shy of 2,000 (the article on Inquirer brought in around 35~ new followers the day it was published). That blows my mind sometimes, considering that when I first joined Instagram a year and a half ago, I had 86 followers and most of them were friends and acquaintances. I wanted at least 500 followers then and had no idea how to get to that number. I kept posting anyway, simply because IG was fun in itself, followers or no followers.

Some of what I post on Instagram
Some of what I post on IG

 

In time, I started gaining followers, especially after I streamlined my feed about a year ago to exclude everything else that didn’t fall into one of these categories: drawings, illustrations, my work, arts and crafts, cute stuff, my cats. I had to make a second, private, personal, for-real-life-friends-and-Facebook-pseudo-friends-only IG account for all other things I wanted to post but didn’t fit in with those things above.

Wedgienet on Instagram

Instagram is a great community and I’ve also found some new favorite artists, photographers, and online friends there. This is your cue to follow me on Instagram— my username is @wedgienet. I’m aiming for 3,000 followers by the end of the year 😛 #ambisyosa XD

Sunday Snippets: new work snippets and gadgetlust

You might’ve noticed the lack of blog posts lately. I’ve been working, but working on projects I can’t/don’t want to show in entirety just yet. So without saying/revealing too much, here are a few sneak peeks at excerpts of some projects I’ve either recently finished or am working on.

Hortencio
Ongoing – Sketches and in-progress work for portfolio development

Horty sketches

Paris girls
Finished – One of two illustrations for a French company that makes puzzles, magnets, toys, and Paris souvenirs.

Paris girl

Tea Party
Finished – A set of illustrations for an Australian toy company that makes games for children

Memo game sketches

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Ongoing – a would-be entry for an art agency’s talent search/competition. I’m ineligible to enter as I already have representation, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to work on the project brief anyway.

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Looking forward to sharing these projects with you as soon as I can 😀

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Currently wishlisting the new Wacom Cintiq 13HD.

Wacom Cintiq 13HD

Droooooool. I’m currently using a Wacom Intuos 4 to do my illustration work but I’ve been wanting a Cintiq for years. Cintiqs are so expensive, though! I wrote this a few years ago about the entry-level Cintiq 12WX, at a time when illustration, for me, was more of a hobby:

“If I had a tablet like that I’d better be doing digital paintings of flowing rivers and majestic sunsets and portraits of world leaders instead of doodling cute faces on inanimate objects, diba? So no, I can’t justify my so-called art with a P60K tablet.”

Fast forward to now, a few years later. I still don’t do digital paintings of flowing rivers and portraits of world leaders (and I don’t think I ever will!) but I think I’m now serious enough in my “so-called art career” to invest in a Cintiq? It would reduce the need to draw and redraw strokes to get them right (like I do with my Intuos which requires hand-eye coordination) since I would be drawing directly on screen, thus letting me get things done faster.

Ack, need to get more projects in so I can hopefully/maybe get a Cintiq 13HD in time for my birthday by the end of the year 😀