• 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 and 170,000 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 a Strawberry, published by Quarry…

  • Books,  Odds and Ends

    10 books I’ve read that have stayed with me

    Note: I’ve had this post (originally from a Facebook meme) saved in my blog drafts since 2015, and I’ve decided to publish it on my blog just now, four years later. Sayang kasi 😛 I love books. Before the Internet exploded and competed for my attention, I always had my nose in a book. My mother actually had me “banned” from my grade school library (she instructed the librarians not to let me borrow any books) because I would check out and bring books home to read instead of studying, and my grades in school suffered because of it. Indulge me as I share my list of 10 books that…

  • Odds and Ends

    Creative rut

    I’m in a creative rut, and have been for the past several months. It’s the reason why I’ve missed uploading two of my monthly wallpapers this year and frankly, I don’t foresee myself posting the rest of the wallpapers for 2015. I’ll have to rethink my wallpaper strategy, sorry. I’ve been uploading wallpapers monthly for two years now and I think I’ll stop. I might start up the wallpapers again in 2016. Maybe, maybe not. I haven’t been doing personal art for several months now. I’m going through creative brain drain. I’m just… stuck, I guess. For a long time now, client work has been dominating and perhaps I forgot…

  • Odds and Ends

    In creative exile

    For personal reasons, I’ve been on leave from all my work for a month. Without client work to fill up my days, I’ve been using the time to organize my closet and studio, to read books, and to do things I never had the time for, like my personal art. I’ve been so busy on work projects and hitting deadlines (sometimes working on three at a time) that I’ve neglected simply playing around and doing art for art’s sake, like I used to do. So in the month I’ve been off work, I’ve done the following:

  • Odds and Ends

    Book find: Richard Scarry’s Best Mother Goose Ever

    Recently, I was at a mall I don’t usually frequent and having gotten lost trying to find a restaurant I was supposed to be at for a Christmas get-together, I chanced upon a secondhand bookstore. I went in to browse mindlessly, not looking for anything in particular. I was at the children’s section and I was made aware of a thought and a feeling; like a gut instinct kicking in: that I was going to find something special. I didn’t know what, but a few minutes I later, I spotted a 1970 edition of a Richard Scarry book. Bingo!

  • Odds and Ends

    A review: Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells

    This post is for those who have read my previous blog entries about Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells e-course and are wondering if it’s worth it. From my posts, it probably sounds as if we were just given five assignments and that’s it– bam!— you now know how to draw. But this is NOT (entirely) an illustration course, and it’s not as simple as it looks and sounds. Contrary to the course title, it is not just about the physical act of making and drawing. The course goes into a lot of detail about WHAT makes commercial art sellable, what manufacturers look for in buying artwork to put on…

  • Illustration,  Odds and Ends,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippets: New work sneak peeks + 2013 holiday gift tags in action

    I’ve been busy– busy behind the scenes and working on new stuff and collections for 2014. Let me show you a few sneak peeks 🙂 * * * Check out some of my 2013 holiday gift tags in action! This is how I did my Christmas wrapping this year: I used brown paper, red and blue printed ribbon, and my 2013 gift tags printed on matte photo paper. I used PhotoLast Professional Matte Photo Paper which I randomly came across a few years ago in Office Warehouse: I cannot rave enough about this paper. It’s priced reasonably (P250~? Maybe less) and the quality is amayyyyyzing. I print on it using…

  • 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…

  • Odds and Ends

    A Society6 review: what do their products look like in real life?

    Some time ago, I ordered some of the stuff I sell on Society6 to check out the quality of the merchandise. If that sounds weird to you, it’s only because I don’t actually have any of my products on hand– I just upload the designs and Society6 produces and ships them on demand from their US production facilities (I get a portion of every sale). Just clarifying this as some people think I produce and ship the merchandise myself. iPhone case, $35 USD I first ordered my Kitty Pattern phone case for my iPhone 4S late last year (2012), I think. I took advantage of a free shipping promo going…