• Illustration

    Make Art That Sells, Week 5: Party Paper

    Almost a month has passed since my last blog post about Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells e-course. Sorry about that! Getting back on track now. Week 5, the final week, was all about Party Paper— that means paper plates, napkins, gift bags, gift wrap, and all other paper things related to parties and celebrations. I was looking forward to this market as I think my work translates to this industry very well. I was expecting a brief that involved birthday balloons, cake, confetti, and all other colorful party fare. I did not expect at all the brief that was thrown our way: to design a party plate and napkin…

  • Illustration

    Christmas, 11 months too early

    I just recently finished some Christmas designs for my agent. When I say recently, I mean this month, January. Apparently, holiday designs are in demand all year round, with buyers in various stationery and art licensing shows looking for designs to license as early as January or February. Fortunately, the weather’s pretty cool and chilly here in Manila this time of year (it hit 18 C recently! Hello, climate change) so it’s not that ironic to be doing designs for December compared to, say, April or May, when the heat and humidity here is unforgiving.   And since I’m on a pattern kick lately, I made a seamless pattern from…

  • Odds and Ends

    Christmas 2012

    Non-committal, demographically-neutral holiday lettering, an excerpt from an ongoing project   How was everyone’s Christmas? 🙂 My December 25th is always spent with two sides of the family– lunch with relatives on my mom’s side, and dinner with relatives on my dad’s side. It has always been that way ever since I can remember. It’s set in stone. The days leading up to Christmas, though, is always a mish-mash of activities– Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, last-minute project-rushing… Three weeks before Christmas, I was working on a project (which I don’t want to talk about in detail just yet) and its deadline was several days before the 25th. I worked on…