• Books,  Sketches and doodles

    20 Ways to Draw a Strawberry (and 44 Other Elegant Edibles)

    I posted a video on TikTok of me drawing in this book and the video blew up, with over 680,000 views 1.5 million views and 170,000 likes 352,000 likes as of this writing (tbh it’s lowkey stressful to have that many notifs blowing up my phone 😅). People have been asking the title of the book and where to get it so I decided to write this post 🙂 The book is 20 Ways to Draw a Strawberry and 44 other Elegant Edibles by Zoe Ingram. It’s available here on Amazon, but I got my copy from the Big Bad Wolf book sale in Manila last year (2018): 20 Ways to Draw…

  • Sketches and doodles

    To all the sketchbooks I’ve loved before

    I laid out my sketchbooks recently and was quite surprised to find I’ve gathered up quite a bunch already. I’ve always had sketchbooks even as a kid but I drew in them sporadically. I only started to fill up an entire sketchbook in 2010. I wasn’t an illustrator yet then; I was working as a fulltime graphic designer and drawing was merely a hobby– a mindless and inconsistent pastime for idle moments at work while I was waiting for client feedback on my design projects. In 2016/2017 when I already a professional illustrator, upon God’s leading, I let go of my illustration agent (more on that in a blog post…

  • Sketches and doodles

    Painting with gouache

    I started painting with gouache recently. I’ve been thinking ahead (way ahead) and figured I can’t (and don’t want to) do digital art forever, especially in my old age (LOL). I’ve been an avid computer user since I was around 14, when I first started playing with Photoshop (starting with Photoshop version 4.5). I’m not at all ashamed to say I am quite the champion when it comes to staying in front of the computer for hours on end. It’s probably why my eyesight is so bad. Digital gets tiring though, and all those hours spent in front of the computer takes its toll on me. Sometimes I just want…

  • Odds and Ends,  Sketches and doodles

    Subscribing to RSS feeds (mine, specifically)

    Some of you might’ve noticed that going to my URL, Wedgienet.net, now brings you to my portfolio page instead of showing you my most recent blog posts, as was the case previously. Annoying? Very. I myself don’t like the extra step of clicking on the blog link in the menu bar above just to get to the recent entries. However, if I were to send my website link to an art director for her to check out my portfolio, my work is what I’d like to be seen first and foremost, not my blog. “So what about me, your average reader?” you complain. “Do I really have to make an…

  • Sketches and doodles

    Project sketches

    I’m currently looking through my recent work in preparation for overhauling my illustration portfolio, which badly needs to be updated. Here are some exploratory pencil roughs and sketches for a project I did last year for an online game targeted for very young children.   These first four pages is me throwing out ideas to come up with game characters very small kids can relate to. I start all of my work by sketching with a 2B mechanical pencil and scanning the page in. I write notes to myself and pick out bits and bobs which I think can be developed further and add color in Photoshop.   I liked…

  • 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)

  • Sketches and doodles,  Travel,  USA

    Illustration Friday: Lost

    San Francisco, May 2012. It was my first time to really be alone while traveling. I was in San Francisco the month before, but only for a couple of days and with friends. Now I was back for some unfinished business and I didn’t bother contacting my friends in the city since it was a short and quick weekday visit. Sometimes I draw myself as a cat. Meow. Now I don’t mind traveling alone and in some ways, I prefer being alone so I can do anything I want without having to consider the other person’s needs/wants (ha, I’m selfish). Fun! What’s NOT fun, though, is getting lost alone. But…

  • Sketches and doodles

    All work and no play makes Reg a dull girl.

    When I take a break from drawing (work), I end up doing more drawing (non-work). It’s like playing. They say it’s important to also spend time on personal work as these are the things that will get you paid projects in the future. Here are a couple of stuff not directly related to what I’m working on. I wish I can tell you what it is I’m working on, but I’m not big on announcing stuff until they’re completed (here’s a 6-minute TED talk that supports that idea) 😛 A page from my sketchbook I’m not a dog person so I wasn’t aware until recently that chocolate can be poisonous…

  • Sketches and doodles

    Illustration Friday: Messenger

    In an effort to get back to Illustration Friday, I am shamelessly re-posting an old drawing as it’s a fit for this week’s topic, Messenger. I drew this a year ago on Odosketch, a simple, online drawing app with limited, muted colors and no undo function.   Throwing in an unrelated, just-finished drawing also made on Odosketch. It’s a drunk cat! No particular reason for the drawing but I did just buy a couple of bottles of San Mig Light just waiting to be opened (which I will get to after I post this) 😀   The interesting thing about Odosketch is that you can replay your drawing stroke by…