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 πŸ™‚

New work for 2014 - sneak peek

New work for 2014 - sneak peek

New work for 2014 - sneak peek

New work for 2014 - sneak peek

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Check out some of my 2013 holiday gift tags in action! This is how I did my Christmas wrapping this year:

My Christmas 2013 gift tags in action

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:

photolast

I cannot rave enough about this paper. It’s priced reasonably (P250~? Maybe less) and the quality is amayyyyyzing. I print on it using an inkjet printer and the colors always come out so vivid, crisp, and saturated, regardless of whether I’m using an photo printer (6 inks) or my parents’ office-quality printer (4 inks). I used to make button pins for my now-defunct Etsy shop and this is the paper I printed my graphics on. If you’re near an Office Warehouse, it’s worth checking out (if they still have it– I bought this pack years ago). You won’t be sorry. And this is not a sponsored post; I really just think it’s an inexpensive and good quality photo paper πŸ™‚

Check out how other people used their Wedgienet 2013 gift tags πŸ˜€ They kindly gave me permission to share these with you.

airees
by Airees – Visit her on Instagram
You can’t go wrong with Kraft paper and bakers twine!

ea
by Ea – Visit her on Instagram
Light blue and white makes for a very classy and minimal look πŸ™‚

van
by Vanya – Visit her on Tumblr
You don’t even have to wrap your gift– just use festive gift tags and some Christmas string or ribbon and you’re done!

 

I’m tickled pink (hoohoohaha! *monkey sounds*) when people actually use my stuff in real life– my gift tags, my monthly calendars, and other downloadables. I’m working hard to get my stuff out into the real, physical world, beyond just digital illustrations you see on the other side of your screens. I’m making it happen in 2014. Huzzah! Thank you and happy holidays! πŸ™‚

I’m hoping to get one more post in before the new year. Check back soon? There’ll be a giveaway, I hear πŸ˜›

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

Play
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.

Play

Looking forward to sharing these projects with you as soon as I can πŸ˜€

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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 πŸ˜€

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).

Doodled canister stickers

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*).

Funkified, doodled film canisters

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 around, they’re accepting drop-offs at co.lab Xchange (Kapitolyo, Pasig) and at SoFA Retail Lab (Powerplant Mall). They will be distributing film canisters also funkified by other artists such as Rob Cham, Kasey Albano, and Celina de Guzman, among others, at a #CutTheCrap gig on June 15th at Route 196 (Katipunan extension) featuring the bands Pedicab, Ciudad, Your Imaginary Friends, Slow Hello, RomCom, and No Rome. For more detailed and complete information, head on over to this post on Muni PH!

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Interview with Reg Silva of Wedgienet.net on Muni PH

Also check out this interview Muni did with me about my “art,” my inspirations, and what cutting the crap means to me. Thanks to the Muni team for honoring my request to use a disguised photo of my face πŸ˜› #camerashy! Click to read: http://www.muni.com.ph/cultural-creative-cutthecrap-artist-reg-silva/

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I’ve uploaded some new stuff on my Society6 shop.

Ahoy There! by Wedgienet.net
Ahoy There! throw pillows, iPhone cases, and more: http://society6.com/wedgienet/Ahoy-There-vR3_Print

 

Pig on a Bike by Wedgienet.net
Pig on a Bike (most imaginative title evah!) canvas tote bags, cards, and more: http://society6.com/wedgienet/Pig-on-a-bike_Print

 

I wish there was some way Society6 lets you know who buys your stuff (they currently don’t show that kind of information to shop owners) because I want to say thank you to everyone who’ve bought stuff from my shop so far! If you’re one of them, I’d appreciate it if you let me know and email me [hello AT wedgienet DOT net] a photo of your purchased item! πŸ˜€

Keep an eye on my Society6 shop, http://society6.com/wedgienet, as I’ll be uploading more designs in the next few days πŸ™‚

Sunday Snippets: Hello summer! And new rubber stamps

Summer

 
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.

Cool summer cat

 
Here are a few summery illustration snippets from recent/ongoing projects πŸ™‚

Summer patterns
Beat the heat
Under the sea - WIP

 

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And of course, when it’s summer and you live in a tropical country with 7,107 islands, you hit the beach.

Wedgienet.net on the beach

 
Blog entry/article about the virgin beach of Calaguas, Camarines Norte to come, soon πŸ˜€

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I’m still carving rubber stamps in my spare time and whenever the mood strikes, usually when I feel like I need to take a break from the computer (which I spend too much time on!). I’m trying to work using a new technique that, unlike in my DIY eraser stamp carving tutorial, doesn’t involve a Speedball cutter. Just an X-acto knife and a different way of angling the blade to make stamps that are sturdier and more resistant to wear and tear.

Carving rubber stampsFirst few attempts
Carving rubber stamps

 
I’m still getting the hang of this new technique, and I’ll try to upload more stamps carved using this method when successful, heh.

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This blog’s been quiet lately, and I don’t really have an excuse except that I’m lazy (and I partially blame the heat for making me extra unproductive), but I have a few illustration, craft, and work-related posts lined up in the coming weeks, so hang tight πŸ™‚

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Sunday Snippets is a new, semi-regular Sunday column on my blog, a disjointed, catch-all entry for the little random snippets of art, random thoughts, interesting links, and whatever’s catching my fancy at the moment.

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

A question I get asked often when I'm in the US.

 
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 learned English. Now, I’ve encountered questions similar in nature every time I go to the US so I already had a ready answer, unlike the very first time I was asked how I knew English (I was 12 years old at the time) and all I could say was, “I don’t know.” But back to the roommate. Before I could launch into my canned answer (“English is the language of business in the Philippines and school is conducted in English as well”), my uncle spoke for me, winking. “She learned English on the plane on her way here.”

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Here’s a small detail from an illustration I’m working on. It shows a good visual step-by-step process of how I draw in Adobe Illustrator.

sunblock.jpg

 
I draw my outlines first then fill them up with color. Color is not my concern at the earliest stages, but getting the form and shape right. Nothing too refined or perfect (unless the project calls for it)– for this, I drew freehand on the computer with a pen tablet and I wanted to retain the hand-drawn quality, hence the uneven lines. Once I get my shapes in, that’s the time I change the colors and see what works best. I add details then shadows and highlights last.

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I watched Oz The Great and Powerful yesterday. I knew nothing about the movie other than the fact that it had something to do with The Wizard of Oz story we’re all familiar with, and that Rachel Weisz is in it. I’ve loved Rachel Weisz ever since she appeared in The Mummy with Brendan Fraser. I try to watch every movie she’s in.

With no expectations before going in to see the movie, I ended up loving every bit of it. Well, most of it. I did not like Mila Kunis’ one-trick-pony portrayal of her character and James Franco’s greasy hat hair and unstable acting. I thought that perhaps Johnny Depp would’ve been better for the role. But that’s not really what I want to talk about. What I LOVE about the movie is how much of a visual feast it is– from the motion graphics opening title sequence, to the set, the costumes, and most especially, the backgrounds.



 
The visual effects were beautiful, whimsical, and at times a bit garish and over-the-top, but it’s Oz. Maybe it’s supposed to be. Oz the Great and Powerful is an enjoyable and entertaining family film which I think I will be catching in the theaters again, for another look at the visuals.

Oz photo sources 1, 2, 3, 4

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(Sunday Snippets is a new, semi-regular Sunday column on my blog, a disjointed, catch-all entry for the little random snippets of art, random thoughts, interesting links, and whatever’s catching my fancy at the moment. It’s my own kind of microblogging.)