• Illustration

    Make Art That Sells, Week 3: Scrapbooking

    I’m going to be honest here. I don’t like scrapbooking. Neither do a lot of my classmates from my Make Art That Sells class (side note: I was surprised to learn that a lot of my British/European classmates aren’t even the least bit familiar with what scrapbooking is. Apparently, it’s an American thing). I get scrapbooking’s appeal but personally, it’s not for me. Most of the scrapbooking work I see is just pre-made creativity (templates) collaged together looking like… pre-made work. Of course, there are standout scrapbookers who manage to create and manipulate these templates to really come up with work that looks beyond templated, but they seem to be…

  • News

    Art for Muni x Moonleaf’s annual planner – sneak peek and planner launch!

    You might remember I collaborated with Muni PH a few months ago for their #CutTheCrap anti-cigarette butt litter campaign. Now I’ve collaborated with Muni again to produce artwork for Moonleaf Tea Shop‘s annual planner 😀 I’m one of several Filipino artists who contributed artwork for the planner, which will be launched on November 16th at Moonleaf Maginhawa (that’s in the faraway land of Quezon City… says this Southerner). Don’t worry, my final art isn’t this ugly. This is just my initial sketch.   Everyone’s invited to the planner launch, aptly called “Not Another Coffee Shop Planner (we’re a tea shop!): THE LAUNCH.” Hahahahaha. Moonleaf posted a sneak peek of my…

  • 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…

  • Illustration

    Make Art That Sells, Week 1: Paper

    I’ve gone back to school! But not the kind of school you’re expecting– that’s boring. Last March, I signed up for Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells e-course. Lilla Rogers Studio is my DREAM agency (I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that as I’m already represented by another agency!) and Lilla reps a few of my favorite artists (among them, Jillian Philips and Mike Lowery). Lilla is one of the world’s top illustration agents and I tell you, I see her artists’ work on products all the time, even here in Manila. You know her artists and the studio must be really successful and get a lot of projects if…

  • Illustration,  News

    Tea Party illustrations for Glottogon

    Excited to show you a project I did months ago! I was just waiting for it to be out and available 🙂 Earlier this year, Australian toy company Glottogon commissioned me to create 15 illustrations with a tea party theme. They provided the brief and the color palette, and it was up to me to take their concept and have fun with it. And have fun I did! This may be my most fun project so far. The illustrations were to be used for their memory match series of games, targeted for children 3-6 years old. Glottogon provided me a list of words/objects to illustrate (i.e. triangle sandwiches, cake, coffee…