Coloring books for adults are all the rage these days. Coloring is supposedly meditative and relaxing, but I’ve never gotten into the whole adult coloring book craze. I assume it’s because I already color as it’s part of my work as an illustrator, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to color outside of work for leisure. I can see how others would gravitate to coloring as a way to pass time and release stress, though.
Riding on the adult coloring book wave, Summit Media and Studio Dialogo extended an invitation to me to be part of a local coloring book publication, along with 40 other Filipino artists. I was honored to be asked and to contribute two pages to Hue Can Do It! and Hue Can Do It, Too!, which launched with a book signing last August 29, 2015 at the Philippine Literary Festival in Raffles Makati.
The coloring books:
With fellow illustrators and contributors Jaime Bauza, Robx Bautista, and Pergy Acuña, all active members of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang InK), the professional organization of children’s book illustrators in the Philippines. I’m an inactive member, huhu.
All the illustrators on stage.
My contributions to the books, with one colored in:
Hue Can Do It! and Hue Can Do It, Too! are available in National Bookstore, Fully Booked, and Powerbooks stores nationwide, and in convenience stores (7-Eleven and Ministop) wherever Summit Media publications are sold. The books are available for P295 each. Thank you to Summit Media and Studio Dialogo for the opportunity to be part of this project!
Hue Can Do It! press release: https://www.summitmedia.com.ph/news/summit-books-coloring-books/
Hue Can Do It! on Instagram: http://instagram.com/huecandoit
I’m in a creative rut, and have been for the past several months.
It’s the reason why I’ve missed uploading two of my monthly wallpapers this year and frankly, I don’t foresee myself posting the rest of the wallpapers for 2015. I’ll have to rethink my wallpaper strategy, sorry. I’ve been uploading wallpapers monthly for two years now and I think I’ll stop. I might start up the wallpapers again in 2016. Maybe, maybe not.
I haven’t been doing personal art for several months now. I’m going through creative brain drain. I’m just… stuck, I guess. For a long time now, client work has been dominating and perhaps I forgot how to “art.” I haven’t been in the mood to do anything creative at all.
I guess I’ll just have to wait out this rut until I feel like picking up a pencil/brush again. Who knows when that will be.
Last February, I worked on a project for Igloo Books– a reward pack and wall chart activity book for children.
Reward charts are apparently a thing nowadays– they’re progress charts you use with your child to reward him/her of good behavior– such as doing their chores, eating their vegetables, doing their homework, etc. Whenever the child progresses towards a goal in the chart, they get a star or a sticker as a reward, akin to the stamps we got in preschool for a job well done.
Igloo commissioned me to illustrate some 50+ spot illustrations for this project– scenes showing various good behavior. Some sketches:
Some of the 50+ spots I illustrated:
I also illustrated the reward pack cover. Some process shots:
Initial rough sketches
Color draft 1
Color draft 2. The client had me change some of the character’s poses and colors.
They also had me illustrate a scene for a wall chart:
The entire project took me about three weeks from start to finish– a rush project considering I had to make 50+ illustrations in that span of time. I barely slept while working on this project as I was immersed in other projects at the same time. Despite the timetable though, it’s one of my favorite projects to date, given the subject matter (anthropomorphic animals wearing clothes!).
I received the published copy of the reward chart in the mail a few weeks ago:
Big thanks to my agents at Bright for getting me this gig with Igloo!
I started painting with gouache recently. I’ve been thinking ahead (way ahead) and figured I can’t (and don’t want to) do digital art forever, especially in my old age (LOL). I’ve been an avid computer user since I was around 14, when I first started playing with Photoshop (starting with Photoshop version 4.5). I’m not at all ashamed to say I am quite the champion when it comes to staying in front of the computer for hours on end. It’s probably why my eyesight is so bad.
Digital gets tiring though, and all those hours spent in front of the computer takes its toll on me. Sometimes I just want to get away from a screen and do my art by hand, with traditional media.
Last month I took a bit of time off from my client work and experimented and played with various traditional media I can make a transition to in the future. I recently busted out a set of gouache paints I bought a year ago; it’s only now that I found the time to play with them. Right now I’m really liking gouache– it’s very forgiving, easy to work with, and easy to clean up. Here are some quick things I painted recently.
Gouache on brown paper
A 15-minute doodled painting on the left and 1-hour output on the right.
I’m still starting but hopefully this will be the beginning of a working relationship with gouache.
For personal reasons, I’ve been on leave from all my work for a month. Without client work to fill up my days, I’ve been using the time to organize my closet and studio, to read books, and to do things I never had the time for, like my personal art. I’ve been so busy on work projects and hitting deadlines (sometimes working on three at a time) that I’ve neglected simply playing around and doing art for art’s sake, like I used to do.
So in the month I’ve been off work, I’ve done the following:
Made shrink plastic art:
Worked on my travel journal:
Carved rubber stamps:
Written letters to friends (#oldschool):
Worked on my #365DoodledNotestoSelf project on Instagram:
I’ve been enjoying my leave doing random art stuff. And look, I even set aside time to write in this neglected blog. I hope to make writing in this blog more of a habit.