• News

    Updates! Matryoshka auction, 2014 planner illustration, animation, and a holiday mailer

    Hello! Just a few updates 🙂 Katha Magazine‘s auction for a cause has been extended until November 30 due to public request. That means you still have a couple more days left to bid for one-of-a-kind art to benefit the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines 🙂 Tres Marias [pinit]   The current highest bid (as of November 28) for my handpainted matryoshka dolls with a Filipino twist is Php 7,000 or $160~ USD. Thank you, mystery bidders! Whoever wins the dolls at the end of the auction will get a few extra art goodies from me as well 🙂 Think you can top the current bid? It’s for…

  • Illustration

    Make Art That Sells, Week 4: Editorial

    I was excited for Week 4 of Lilla Rogers‘ Make Art That Sells class– Editorial week. Prior to this class, I wasn’t really sure what editorial illustration is. It turns out it’s illustration for magazines, newspapers, books– anything editorial that has a need for an accompanying illustrated piece to depict the concept or content of a written article. Our assignment for editorial week was to make a map of the town or city you live in. Maps are constantly being commissioned, especially for magazines, so this is a lucrative market to make art for. Making an illustrated map has long been on my long list of to-do’s for my portfolio.…

  • Arts & Crafts

    Tres Marias: art up for auction for the benefit of the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan

    If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ve probably seen me posting progress pictures of a matryoshka doll set I’ve been painting for the past few weeks. In 2012, I bought a set of black chalkboard matryoshka dolls from Muji. I love Muji’s stuff– I always think their “blank” products are perfect for customising (see the Muji colored pencil tube I turned into a kokeshi doll). Their matryoshka dolls aren’t any different. These chalkboard nesting dolls came in a set of five with white chalk included (I’m trying to look for a product link online but Muji seems to have discontinued producing these dolls). I bought the dolls knowing I would…

  • Illustration

    Make Art That Sells, Week 3: Scrapbooking

    I’m going to be honest here. I don’t like scrapbooking. Neither do a lot of my classmates from my Make Art That Sells class (side note: I was surprised to learn that a lot of my British/European classmates aren’t even the least bit familiar with what scrapbooking is. Apparently, it’s an American thing). I get scrapbooking’s appeal but personally, it’s not for me. Most of the scrapbooking work I see is just pre-made creativity (templates) collaged together looking like… pre-made work. Of course, there are standout scrapbookers who manage to create and manipulate these templates to really come up with work that looks beyond templated, but they seem to be…

  • News

    Art for Muni x Moonleaf’s annual planner – sneak peek and planner launch!

    You might remember I collaborated with Muni PH a few months ago for their #CutTheCrap anti-cigarette butt litter campaign. Now I’ve collaborated with Muni again to produce artwork for Moonleaf Tea Shop‘s annual planner 😀 I’m one of several Filipino artists who contributed artwork for the planner, which will be launched on November 16th at Moonleaf Maginhawa (that’s in the faraway land of Quezon City… says this Southerner). Don’t worry, my final art isn’t this ugly. This is just my initial sketch.   Everyone’s invited to the planner launch, aptly called “Not Another Coffee Shop Planner (we’re a tea shop!): THE LAUNCH.” Hahahahaha. Moonleaf posted a sneak peek of my…