Hello again

No big blog relaunch, no bells and whistles for now.

I’m dusting off this blog (my last post was in 2015!) and moving in to this domain, RegSilva.com (all my blog entries used to be on wedgienet.net, which will now be a portfolio-only site). My primary aim is to get back into blogging. This blog is currently bare bones– I will be adding bits and pieces of functionality as I see fit and when the need arises. For now, just words 🙂

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1) Signing up for my email list here. In return, I’ll give you my sketchbook for free.

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Hue Can Do It! Coloring book launch

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.

Poster - PLF 2015 Summit 829
booksigning

The coloring books:

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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.

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All the illustrators on stage.

 

My contributions to the books, with one colored in:

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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

Surtex 2014 and new work

It’s Surtex season for a lot of artists, illustrators, and surface designers all over! Surtex (SURface and TEXtile) is an annual trade show held in New York every May, and this year it happens this Sunday, May 18. It’s a B2B (business to business) trade show attracting wholesellers, manufacturers, and buyers to buy and license original art to put on products– journals, gift wrap, greeting cards, home decor, party plates, tabletop accessories, and other gift ware. My agents at Bright Art Licensing will be bringing my work to the show:

Reg Silva Surtex2014[pinit]

 

(This Surtex flyer was posted on one of my favorite design blogs, Print and Pattern)

I have a good amount of new/recent work. Here’s a (very) small sampling of what’s available:

Reg Silva - Surtex work
Christmas work
 

Reg Silva - Surtex work
Everyday and birthday

 

If you’re in the industry and you’re off to Surtex, look for Bright’s booth (#631) and request to see more.

I’m hoping that by Surtex 2015, it’s not just my work that will be there, but that I’ll be physically present there myself! Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed!

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I haven’t been blogging because aside from working on a secret project I can never share with anyone, ever (damn these NDA’s!), I’ve also been busy developing new work for my primary/secondary educational portfolio for my agents at Bright, for the children’s division. I used to avoid drawing people (preferring anthromorphized animals doing human stuff instead) but the more I draw human figures, the less scared I am of the challenge and the easier it gets, little by little 🙂

Reg Silva - primary/educational artwork

Reg Silva - primary/educational artwork

Reg Silva - primary/educational artwork

Reg Silva - primary/educational artwork

Now represented by the Bright Group!

Just a quick announcement. Two things.

First: my previous agency and I parted ways earlier this year, in February. I thank them for the two years I spent with them.

Second: I’m thrilled to announce that I am now represented by UK-based Bright Agency, under the Bright Group!

Now represented by Bright!

I first sent in an application to Bright in early 2012, even if I knew my work wasn’t ready yet. Naturally, they turned me down, and I signed with another agency, also in the UK. But when that contract was over, I thought I’d try with Bright again since my work and style has grown in the last 2 years. Fortunately, Bright probably thought so too, and welcomed me into their artist roster 🙂

Indulge me for a moment here. There was actually one other agency based in New York who approached me about signing with them while I was talking to Bright. All very flattering, of course– how did I, struggling illustrator from the third world (LOL), get to the point where I had two offers of representation from two different agencies?! It was a very nice problem to have– a testament that I’ve been growing in my work, and it was a nice boost of confidence in my skills as an illustrator :”) I’m feeling very blessed and thankful right now 🙂

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If you wish to commission me for a project, please get in touch with Bright at mail@thebrightagency.com 🙂

Pusspins stickers on InstaSize

I was approached earlier this year by the guys at Munkee Apps to design a sticker pack for InstaSize, an app that lets you fit your photos on Instagram without cropping (among other things). I’ve never heard of InstaSize up until that point, but apparently it’s a very popular app across the iOS and Android platforms and I do notice my Instagram friends using it. InstaSize not only lets you fit photos; it can collage, add labels, filters, and backgrounds to your images as well. I was using 4 or 5 other apps to do these things prior to learning about InstaSize, so it was a relief to ditch the other apps in favor of one app that can do it all.

Now InstaSize has just come out with an iOS update that includes adding sticker overlays to your photos and that’s where my involvement comes in. Remember my pet project, Pusspins? No? That’s ok, I haven’t been able to devote as much time to it as I should. Anyway, I came up with 30 stickers for a Pusspins sticker pack available for download within InstaSize.

Pusspins stickers for InstaSize
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A closer look:

Pusspins stickers for InstaSize
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Pusspins stickers for InstaSize
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InstaSize is available for free on the App Store. Look for InstaSize – Post Entire Photos on Instagram (developer: Munkee Apps). Once downloaded, open the app, take a photo or load an existing one from your gallery, and scroll to the right to get to the stickers.

Pusspins stickers for InstaSize
The Pusspins sticker pack is $1.99.

 

Pusspins stickers for InstaSize
Sticker interface

The stickers in action:

Pusspins stickers for InstaSize

Pusspins stickers for InstaSize
My cats, Tiger and Sushi

Having my illustrations be available as stickers is a dream project of mine so it’s great to have been given the chance to do just that. Thanks to the team at Munkee Apps for making it happen!

Pusspins stickers for InstaSize

Instasize on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instasize/id576649830
Pusspins website: http://www.pusspins.com

2013 Yearender giveaway results!

Hello! If you’re following me over on my social media channels, you’re probably aware that I extended the deadline for the giveaway another two days. I failed to anticipate that I’d be away traveling on the original date of the contest draw.

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My Hong Kong travel journal which I will finish 2457527 years from now.

 

The extended contest deadline gave people more chances of putting in more contest entries via tweeting/sharing/reposting the giveaway images though. Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaways! It’s my first time running a giveaway of this scale, and there were over 1,400 contest entries on the Rafflecopter widget, over 100 entries on Instagram, and 50+ shares on Facebook.

Now it’s time to announce the winners, starting with Prize A. The winner was picked by random drawing via Rafflecopter:

raffleprizeA

Congratulations, Jorese! 😀

For Prizes B and C (Instagram and Facebook), I picked the winners using state-of-the-art equipment and the groundbreaking method…

drawlots

…of drawing names out of a box.

raffleprizeB

raffleprizeC

Congratulations, Joan and May!

To all the winners, please email me at wedgienet [at] gmail.com with your mailing address so I know where to send your prize 😀

I really wish I could give out more prizes as there were a lot of people who probably flooded and annoyed their friends by posting the same thing over and over again. But alas, there can only be three winners… for now. There will be more giveaways to come in the future, though 🙂

Until the next giveaway! 🙂

A look back on 2013 and a giveaway!

And just like that, 2013 has come to an end. In 2012, I remember looking forward to 2013 and all the good things this year will bring. And I’m grateful for all that has happened this year!

2013 was when I really, REALLY saw my illustration style emerge ever so clearly, starting with the April illustration for my monthly calendars:

Cool summer cat

I worked on some of my most favorite projects so far:

#CutTheCrap #NoMoreButts campaign poster

Illustrations for Glottogon's Tea Party Memory Match game

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

I didn’t blog about these but I had some work licensed for greeting cards (mostly) via my agent:

Licensed designs

I finally felt ready to send out promotional postcards and emails to clients I wanted to work with…

Postcard mailers 2013

…and have had some of them respond positively and enthusiastically to my work.

I invested in myself and in my career by enrolling in a few classes on Skillshare and Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells course.

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My work from Make Art That Sells

 

On a personal note, I also turned a milestone age this year, and this Postsecret card just about sums up how I feel:

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Yes, I’ve just turned 30 (I’m admitting my age for the first time on such a public space)– gawd, it sounds like SUCH an old age, and as I’m writing this, the words “I’ve just turned 30” is jumping right out at me as it hasn’t sunk in yet. People think I look like I’m in my early/mid-twenties though, and I also feel like my mental age is somewhere in between 22 to 25 (sometimes it drops to as low as 6), so it’s all good 😛

Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have fathomed I’d be an illustrator (I was convinced I’d be a graphic designer forever and maybe work in advertising) but here I am, immensely enjoying what I do, and making my five year old self proud because when I was five, all I wanted was to be an artist. Well, five year old Reg, here is your 30 year old self living your dream much better than you imagined, even 🙂

I’m feeling very blessed and grateful to be able to do what I do, and I’m thankful for everyone around me who encourages me to do better– my ever-supportive family, friends, blog readers, Facebook followers, Instagram friends, and everyone who reaches out to me via social media and email to tell me how my work makes them smile or feel inspired to make art. I really appreciate it, and it gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling ^__^

I’d like to give back some of that feeling with THREE yearend giveaways as a little thank you for being here with me and supporting my work (by tweeting, liking, sharing, and pinning my work– you help spread my work out into the world!). This is what I’ll be giving away:

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