• Illustration,  News

    Surtex 2014 and new work

    It’s Surtex season for a lot of artists, illustrators, and surface designers all over! Surtex (SURface and TEXtile) is an annual trade show held in New York every May, and this year it happens this Sunday, May 18. It’s a B2B (business to business) trade show attracting wholesellers, manufacturers, and buyers to buy and license original art to put on products– journals, gift wrap, greeting cards, home decor, party plates, tabletop accessories, and other gift ware. My agents at Bright Art Licensing will be bringing my work to the show: (This Surtex flyer was posted on one of my favorite design blogs, Print and Pattern)

  • Illustration

    Ahoy there!

    So much for trying to post regularly. It’s hard to find things to share when you have nothing to show since your projects are still unreleased / under NDA (non-disclosure agreement). This one I can show you though. I’m working on a nautical-themed collection. I already made one last year: May 2013   I’m not really happy with it, though. The color palette is all over the place. So I decided to start from scratch and make a new version with a more thought-out, more cohesive, and less primary color palette. March 2014 [pinit]   See what a more structured color palette can do? It instantly changes and dictates the…

  • Illustration

    London calling

    One of my goals this year is to update more regularly on this blog. I wish I could be more like some of my favorite illustrators who can get away with just posting pictures of what they’re working on and pass it off as a blog entry with hardly any text. But I’m a bit of a blabbermouth online and it’s always nice to have things in context, hence my lengthy blog entries (with weeks going by in between updates). Quality over quantity, I say. But here’s my attempt at (hopefully) regular show and tell of new/recent/ongoing work. I’ll still have my occasional lengthy entries every now and then, but…

  • 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

    Make Art That Sells, Week 5: Party Paper

    Almost a month has passed since my last blog post about Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells e-course. Sorry about that! Getting back on track now. Week 5, the final week, was all about Party Paper— that means paper plates, napkins, gift bags, gift wrap, and all other paper things related to parties and celebrations. I was looking forward to this market as I think my work translates to this industry very well. I was expecting a brief that involved birthday balloons, cake, confetti, and all other colorful party fare. I did not expect at all the brief that was thrown our way: to design a party plate and napkin…

  • 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

    Play

    I’ve been busy with several client projects, none of which I can show yet since they’re either under NDA or still in production, but I can show you some personal work 🙂 This started out as an entry to Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search contest where the winner gets two years of representation from Lilla Rogers Studio. I’m ineligible to enter as I already have agency representation but I liked the contest brief and thought I would work on it anyway, for fun and to possibly add to my portfolio. I’m not at liberty to share the exact details of the contest brief but I am allowed to say that…

  • 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…