• 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…

  • Illustration,  News

    Pusspins stickers on InstaSize

    I was approached earlier this year by the guys at Munkee Apps to design a sticker pack for InstaSize, an app that lets you fit your photos on Instagram without cropping (among other things). I’ve never heard of InstaSize up until that point, but apparently it’s a very popular app across the iOS and Android platforms and I do notice my Instagram friends using it. InstaSize not only lets you fit photos; it can collage, add labels, filters, and backgrounds to your images as well. I was using 4 or 5 other apps to do these things prior to learning about InstaSize, so it was a relief to ditch the…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Arts & Crafts

    How to carve eraser stamps

    When I first started carving eraser stamps early this year (2012), I knew only ONE other person locally (Lorra of Stars For Dreams), who was also doing the same thing. In the last few months though, crafting, and stamp carving especially, has been the trendy thing to do among twenty- and thirty-somethings in Manila (along with calligraphy and washi tape!). The DIY/handmade/crafting movement has been going strong for the last few years internationally, thanks to Etsy, and Manila has started to catch on. Crafting is not just for kids and little old lolas anymore! Some of my rubber and eraser stamps. I’ve sporadically been posting my eraser stamps on Instagram…

  • Arts & Crafts

    DIY Washi-taped Keyboard

      Just recently, I was without Internet for two weeks. For a country where a lot of BPO companies conduct business, we sure do have sucky, local customer service *coughPLDTcough*. For most, two weeks without Internet is like a death sentence, but for me it was like rehab. I had Internet on my phone (however slow *coughGLOBEcough*) so it wasn’t that bad. Also, being (partially) disconnected from the online world gave me a chance to start on things I had previously been putting off. Like washi-taping my keyboard.   I got the idea from Minifanfan who seems to have started the trend. I’ve been meaning to washi my keyboard ever…