• Illustration,  Odds and Ends,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippets: New work sneak peeks + 2013 holiday gift tags in action

    I’ve been busy– busy behind the scenes and working on new stuff and collections for 2014. Let me show you a few sneak peeks 🙂 * * * Check out some of my 2013 holiday gift tags in action! This is how I did my Christmas wrapping this year: I used brown paper, red and blue printed ribbon, and my 2013 gift tags printed on matte photo paper. I used PhotoLast Professional Matte Photo Paper which I randomly came across a few years ago in Office Warehouse: I cannot rave enough about this paper. It’s priced reasonably (P250~? Maybe less) and the quality is amayyyyyzing. I print on it using…

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    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 Paris girls Finished – One of two illustrations for a French company that makes puzzles, magnets, toys, and Paris souvenirs. Tea Party Finished – A set of illustrations for an Australian toy company that makes games for children Play Ongoing – a would-be entry for an art agency’s talent search/competition. I’m…

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    Sunday Snippets: doodled film canisters and new products in the shop

    A few weeks ago, I doodled on these stickers for a collab/project with Muni PH for their #CutTheCrap #NoMoreButts anti-cigarette butt litter campaign (read about my involvement in campaign here). The stickers have since gone on to “funkify” old film canisters that will be repurposed as portable, temporary storage for your cigarette butts, handy for times when trash bins aren’t immediately available (when you’re at the beach, for example, or when you’re *cough* in an SM mall where trash cans are hard to come by *cough*). Muni is having a film canister donation drive that’s been extended until June 6th, so if you’re local and have old film canisters lying…

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    Sunday Snippets: Hello summer! And new rubber stamps

      With temperatures here in Manila hitting 34-35 degrees Celsius, I can’t help but have summer on my mind. Last year, I missed out entirely on summer in the Philippines as I was away on a two-month trip elsewhere, but I’m home and languishing in the heat this year. It’s the kind of heat and humidity where you’re literally already sweating before you’ve even toweled off from taking a shower. No joke.   Here are a few summery illustration snippets from recent/ongoing projects 🙂   * * *   And of course, when it’s summer and you live in a tropical country with 7,107 islands, you hit the beach.  …

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    Sunday Snippets: on speaking English, how I draw sunblock, and the land of Oz

      I don’t remember what I was thinking of that prompted this quick, warm-up drawing I made last week. But it’s a true story and during my last trip to the US almost a year ago, I got asked that question more times than I can count in a span of two months. One such incident was when I visited my cousin at her college dorm in Irvine and I was introduced to her American roommate. “Your English is so good!” the roommate exclaimed, after I answered the requisite questions on where I was from and how long I was staying in the States. She wanted to know how I…