• Odds and Ends,  Sunday Snippets

    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…

  • Illustration

    Nick Jr UK characters

    Late last year, creative agency Joystick Interactive tapped me to design and illustrate some characters for several Nick Jr UK online games targeted for very young children. After a few rounds of exploratory roughs and sketches (see this previous post for the sketch pages) for possible game characters, we settled on a set of jungle animals, but not before discarding some other characters that didn’t make it past the project pitch. Rejected: “Basic shape monsters” and just monsters These ended up as the final characters:

  • Odds and Ends,  Sunday Snippets

    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…

  • Illustration

    Roughs, sketches, storyboards, and final art for Aki Alupihan

    I just realized I never posted about this project I worked on late last year. Actually, there have been a few projects I haven’t blogged about, but let’s start with this.   Bobim Papasin, the author of my first illustrated book, Ang Munting Anghel, wrote a short story about Aki, an alupihan (Tagalog word for centipede) and his family. Bobim got me to illustrate two scenes from the story and he entered the manuscript in Singtel’s 2013 Asian Picture Book Awards. Unfortunately, the entry didn’t make it to the finals but coming up with work like this, especially on a tight schedule, is reward enough for me. It’s a story…

  • Illustration

    Updating my portfolio

    In preparation for overhauling my portfolio, I’ve started adding and removing portfolio pieces to better convey to clients the kind of work I do and the kind of industry I want to get into: art licensing for stationery and paper products, illustrations for the youth market, and illustration for picture books, among others. Overhauling a portfolio isn’t easy. You can’t add every single job that you do and every now and then, you go through your folio and remove the ones which you feel aren’t representative of your work anymore. I was a graphic designer (well, I still am sometimes) before I decided to transition into being an illustrator so…