• 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…

  • News

    Updates! Matryoshka auction, 2014 planner illustration, animation, and a holiday mailer

    Hello! Just a few updates 🙂 Katha Magazine‘s auction for a cause has been extended until November 30 due to public request. That means you still have a couple more days left to bid for one-of-a-kind art to benefit the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines 🙂 Tres Marias [pinit]   The current highest bid (as of November 28) for my handpainted matryoshka dolls with a Filipino twist is Php 7,000 or $160~ USD. Thank you, mystery bidders! Whoever wins the dolls at the end of the auction will get a few extra art goodies from me as well 🙂 Think you can top the current bid? It’s for…

  • Illustration

    Spot illustrations for an activity book

    Here are a few spot illustrations I made for a North American book publisher. I can’t say much about this project except that these are for a kids’ activity book that will be released in 2014. Some simple road signs and symbols. My easiest illustration assignment EVERRRR.   I was also asked to illustrate a couple of family holiday scenes. My working sketch   I happened to capture some of the sketch-in-progress via Instagram:   Screenshots of my process   The final scene   Sketch for the second scene   Process   Final art   Hmm. Blog posts sharing new work are so much easier to write when I’m not…

  • 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…