• Illustration

    Make Art That Sells, Week 4: Editorial

    I was excited for Week 4 of Lilla Rogers‘ Make Art That Sells class– Editorial week. Prior to this class, I wasn’t really sure what editorial illustration is. It turns out it’s illustration for magazines, newspapers, books– anything editorial that has a need for an accompanying illustrated piece to depict the concept or content of a written article. Our assignment for editorial week was to make a map of the town or city you live in. Maps are constantly being commissioned, especially for magazines, so this is a lucrative market to make art for. Making an illustrated map has long been on my long list of to-do’s for my portfolio.…

  • Arts & Crafts

    Tres Marias: art up for auction for the benefit of the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan

    If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ve probably seen me posting progress pictures of a matryoshka doll set I’ve been painting for the past few weeks. In 2012, I bought a set of black chalkboard matryoshka dolls from Muji. I love Muji’s stuff– I always think their “blank” products are perfect for customising (see the Muji colored pencil tube I turned into a kokeshi doll). Their matryoshka dolls aren’t any different. These chalkboard nesting dolls came in a set of five with white chalk included (I’m trying to look for a product link online but Muji seems to have discontinued producing these dolls). I bought the dolls knowing I would…

  • Odds and Ends

    Super typhoon Haiyan: where to donate if you’re overseas

    Photo: National Geographic   By now, most of my international followers have heard of the widespread destruction in the Philippines’ Visayas region, brought about by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international codename Haiyan). Yolanda, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, is the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall, and it left a wake of devastation in its path. Metro Manila (where I am) was largely unaffected, but Yolanda went “island-hopping” as it made landfall multiple times over several islands and provinces across the country, uprooting trees, tearing roofs off houses, destroying everything in its path, and causing storm surges (waves rising above sea level due to the wind blowing…

  • Illustration

    Roughs, sketches, storyboards, and final art for Aki Alupihan

    I just realized I never posted about this project I worked on late last year. Actually, there have been a few projects I haven’t blogged about, but let’s start with this.   Bobim Papasin, the author of my first illustrated book, Ang Munting Anghel, wrote a short story about Aki, an alupihan (Tagalog word for centipede) and his family. Bobim got me to illustrate two scenes from the story and he entered the manuscript in Singtel’s 2013 Asian Picture Book Awards. Unfortunately, the entry didn’t make it to the finals but coming up with work like this, especially on a tight schedule, is reward enough for me. It’s a story…

  • Philippines,  Travel

    Calaguas, an unspoiled beach destination for the Boracay-weary

      I’m a contributing writer for lifestyle and travel website When In Manila and I wrote this piece on a remote, undeveloped beach in a province in the Philippines. Sharing this with my readers (all three of them)— despite the “third-worldliness” of this country, I love living in the Philippines and places like Calaguas being within reach is just one of the reasons why. * * * When in Manila, ask any urban-dweller about the best beach in the country and you are guaranteed a popular answer: Boracay. And why not? Boracay’s blindingly white powder-fine sand and its clear, azure waters have spoilt us Filipinos. The Philippines’ top tourist destination…