• Illustration

    Illustrations for Igloo Books reward pack

    Last February, I worked on a project for Igloo Books– a reward pack and wall chart activity book for children. Reward charts are apparently a thing nowadays– they’re progress charts you use with your child to reward him/her of good behavior– such as doing their chores, eating their vegetables, doing their homework, etc. Whenever the child progresses towards a goal in the chart, they get a star or a sticker as a reward, akin to the stamps we got in preschool for a job well done. Igloo commissioned me to illustrate some 50+ spot illustrations for this project– scenes showing various good behavior. Some sketches:

  • Sketches and doodles

    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…

  • Illustration

    The circus is coming to town

    To make good on my promise a few posts ago about more frequent show and tell of work, here’s what I’m currently working on. [pinit]   I’m trying to veer away from the bright colors I usually use to make my work a little more sophisticated in terms of intended retail audience. Less Walmart, and more Paperchase. Or to put it in a local context, less Baclaran and more Greenbelt. Haha what.

  • Illustration

    Make Art That Sells, Week 2: Baby Apparel

    Week 2 of the Make Art That Sells e-course was all about baby apparel. Ironically, even if my work seems like a good fit for this market, I’m not particularly drawn to this segment. I’m not very fond of babies and children (haha sorry, that seems like a terrible thing to say) and I purposely try to avoid having my work look too cute to the point that it has a toddler-ish appeal. I’m aiming for slightly older kids, pre-teens and teens, and fun, young-at-heart adults (like me :P), not babies and toddlers. However, since the latter is the intended market for the week, I adjusted accordingly. The assignment was…

  • Sketches and doodles

    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…