• 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:

  • 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…

  • Illustration

    Sailing to Australia

    I’m in the process of overhauling my portfolio and with it comes doing self-directed, personal illustration pieces to fill in gaps in areas I think my portfolio needs more of (narrative illustration for picture books and editorials).   This is my most recent work illustrating an excerpt from Sailing to Australia, a poem by Alvaro Salinas Jr, also known as M.M. Socks.   “I’m sailing to Australia In a cardboard box But since I don’t have any sails I’m using my old socks. I’ve tied them all together, So they may catch the breeze And since I’ve used ten long pairs I’ll be traveling with ease.” I first came across…

  • Illustration

    Armchair activism: poster illustration for Muni.PH’s #CutTheCrap #NoMoreButts campaign

    Ever been so engrossed in whatever you’re doing that you forget time and before you know it, 3, 5, 10 hours have passed? When I’m working and  I get “in the zone,” it’s hard for me to stop. That’s what happened when I got a message from Jen from Muni.PH asking me if I could be part of a visual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of cigarette butts on the environment. http://www.muni.com.ph/cut-the-crap-no-more-butts/ Did you know that cigarette butts are the single most collected item in coastal clean-ups? We may not see them most of the time, but they’re there, buried underneath the sand, and they eventually end up…

  • Odds and Ends,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippets: Hello summer! And new rubber stamps

    With temperatures here in Manila hitting 34-35 degrees Celsius, I can’t help but have summer on my mind. Last year, I missed out entirely on summer in the Philippines as I was away on a two-month trip elsewhere, but I’m home and languishing in the heat this year. It’s the kind of heat and humidity where you’re literally already sweating before you’ve even toweled off from taking a shower. No joke. Here are a few summery illustration snippets from recent/ongoing projects 🙂   * * * And of course, when it’s summer and you live in a tropical country with 7,107 islands, you hit the beach. Blog entry/article about the…

  • Illustration

    Do more of what makes you happy: my first postcard mailer

    After a few years of trying to get some illustration experience (having none after coming from a graphic design background), finding my style, figuring out which areas of illustration I want to specialize in, and building up my portfolio, I finally feel like I’m ready to take the next step: sending out a promo postcard mailer to potential clients (companies I want to work with). Before I even finished the illustration for what-would’ve-been-my-first-postcard-mailer, I already had a better idea. This is my quick and lazy concept sketch. I’m almost embarrassed to show you this. I drew this slumped over on a couch, and it shows 😛 My intent for this…

  • Illustration

    Learning my ABCs of illustration and self-promotion

    I’m about to send out my very first postcard mailer to art directors and potential future clients abroad. As a freelance illustrator, self-promotion is important, and one way of catching an art director’s and potential client’s eye is going the old-school route: sending a postcard mailer. It’s essentially a direct mail piece but a pretty, less spammy one! You’re still trying to hard-sell a product (yourself/your work) but you do it in style.   I thought it would be best to show what I like drawing the most to get work related to what I like drawing– children, animals, cupcakes, colorful things, and my hand-drawn letters. I’d want an art…

  • 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…

  • Sketches and doodles

    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)