Painting with gouache

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 kitty
Gouache on brown paper

Ice Cream Truck

Ice Cream Bear

Flower bear
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.

Subscribing to RSS feeds (mine, specifically)

Some of you might’ve noticed that going to my URL,, now brings you to my portfolio page instead of showing you my most recent blog posts, as was the case previously. Annoying? Very.

I myself don’t like the extra step of clicking on the blog link in the menu bar above just to get to the recent entries. However, if I were to send my website link to an art director for her to check out my portfolio, my work is what I’d like to be seen first and foremost, not my blog.

“So what about me, your average reader?” you complain. “Do I really have to make an effort to click a second time just to see your posts when I type in your URL, and then not find any new blog posts after all that work?”

Subscribing to RSS feeds

First of all, welcome to 2013! Where are you from, 2001? You’re still manually going to my website just to check if I’ve updated or not? Haven’t you heard of RSS feeds?

Subscribing to RSS feeds

To be honest, I don’t know/have forgotten what RSS stands for and I’m too lazy to google, but let’s just say it stands for Reg Silva Subscriber. Basically, enter my feed URL, (link not clickable; it’ll show up as code), into an RSS reader (I use Feedly. Other RSS readers include Flipboard, Reeder, Digg Reader). What happens then is that every time I type up a new blog entry…

Subscribing to RSS feeds

…and hit PUBLISH…

Subscribing to RSS feeds

…the new blog entry shows up on your RSS reader on your computer and mobile phone (if you opt to install an RSS reader app).

Subscribing to RSS feeds

No more manual checking and typing my website URL to check for blog entries. And you can do this with other websites and blogs you want to be updated on, too. Just subscribe to their RSS feeds (you can find it by looking for a button or icon (usually orange) on their site which looks like a wifi signal lying on its side— scroll up the top of this page to view my site’s RSS symbol among my social networking icons) to get new updates delivered to you, all in one place. You’re welcome.

No, seriously, I don’t know why I know very, very few people (in real life) who know what RSS is for. But then after writing up this post and drawing those doodles to explain the portfolio-blog page switch and get people to read this without falling asleep, I remembered there’s Facebook pages and they’re kind of the same thing as RSS.

Subscribing to RSS feeds

So bottomline, to avoid that second click to see my newest blog entries, either subscribe to my RSS feed,, or become a fan on my Facebook page. Or do both. Either way, you’ll get updates as soon as there’s something new on this site. And here’s a little hint: sometimes I post micro-updates on my Facebook page that I don’t post anywhere else 😉

Project sketches

I’m currently looking through my recent work in preparation for overhauling my illustration portfolio, which badly needs to be updated. Here are some exploratory pencil roughs and sketches for a project I did last year for an online game targeted for very young children.

Project sketches
Project sketches
Project sketches
Project sketches

These first four pages is me throwing out ideas to come up with game characters very small kids can relate to. I start all of my work by sketching with a 2B mechanical pencil and scanning the page in. I write notes to myself and pick out bits and bobs which I think can be developed further and add color in Photoshop.

Project sketches

I liked these monsters but they didn’t make it past the project pitch (RIP). No worries, they will be revised and recycled for other projects (personal) as they’re eco-friendly like that.

Project sketches

When I’m pressed for time, I skip the pencil drawings and sketch/doodle direct on the computer using my graphics tablet. It’s faster that way.

Project sketches
Project sketches

Made some very rough sketches of game backgrounds, too.

Project sketches

I really love seeing other illustrators’ pencil roughs and sketches, sometimes even more so than the finished image. It’s interesting to see the transition from sketch to final. Unfortunately, I can’t show you the final product just yet as the project’s still in production. But I’ve seen the characters move around and jump as they’ve been animated by the team I handed my files off to, and it’s mind-bogglingly cute (I’m just a tad bit biased)! The final characters look nothing like the initial sketches you see here, most of which were for the project pitch. Can’t wait to show you the rest of it when it’s done 🙂

Illustration Friday: Edge

Illustration Friday: Edge

When I saw the week’s Illustration Friday prompt, this scenario immediately came to mind and I just had to draw up a quick doodle. It’s based from a compilation of hilarious and supposedly true Filipino beauty pageant answers I read years ago. English is widely spoken in the Philippines, but with over 150 local dialects (and accents), it still gets misheard, mispronounced, and misinterpreted quite often 😀

Check out some other hilarious, laugh-out-loud beauty pageant answers here! (note: some of it is written in a mix of English and Filipino)

Illustration Friday: Lost

Illustration Friday: LOST
Sometimes I draw myself as a cat. Meow.

San Francisco, May 2012. It was my first time to really be alone while traveling. I was in San Francisco the month before, but only for a couple of days and with friends. Now I was back for some unfinished business and I didn’t bother contacting my friends in the city since it was a short and quick weekday visit.

Now I don’t mind traveling alone and in some ways, I prefer being alone so I can do anything I want without having to consider the other person’s needs/wants (ha, I’m selfish). Fun! What’s NOT fun, though, is getting lost alone. But as long as you have wifi on your phone and Google Maps, I don’t think you’re ever really lost…

All work and no play makes Reg a dull girl.

When I take a break from drawing (work), I end up doing more drawing (non-work). It’s like playing. They say it’s important to also spend time on personal work as these are the things that will get you paid projects in the future. Here are a couple of stuff not directly related to what I’m working on. I wish I can tell you what it is I’m working on, but I’m not big on announcing stuff until they’re completed (here’s a 6-minute TED talk that supports that idea) 😛

Sketching break
A page from my sketchbook
Death by chocolate
I’m not a dog person so I wasn’t aware until recently that chocolate can be poisonous for dogs. Whodathunk?!

If these personal works will be landing me paid gigs in the future, I hope that these future projects involve animals, chocolate, and coffee. And bacon. Mmmmm. Bacooonnnn…

Illustration Friday: Messenger

In an effort to get back to Illustration Friday, I am shamelessly re-posting an old drawing as it’s a fit for this week’s topic, Messenger.

I drew this a year ago on Odosketch, a simple, online drawing app with limited, muted colors and no undo function.

Throwing in an unrelated, just-finished drawing also made on Odosketch. It’s a drunk cat! No particular reason for the drawing but I did just buy a couple of bottles of San Mig Light just waiting to be opened (which I will get to after I post this) 😀

The interesting thing about Odosketch is that you can replay your drawing stroke by stroke, mistakes and all! See the replay of the bear here and the drunk cat here :3