• News

    A look back on 2013 and a giveaway!

    And just like that, 2013 has come to an end. In 2012, I remember looking forward to 2013 and all the good things this year will bring. And I’m grateful for all that has happened this year! 2013 was when I really, REALLY saw my illustration style emerge ever so clearly, starting with the April illustration for my monthly calendars: I worked on some of my most favorite projects so far: I didn’t blog about these but I had some work licensed for greeting cards (mostly) via my agent: I finally felt ready to send out promotional postcards and emails to clients I wanted to work with… …and have had…

  • 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…

  • Illustration

    It’s Caturday!

    It’s Caturday! Whee!   Forgive the lack of posts– I’ve got lots of new work to show but no permission to share them yet 😛 This will have to do in the meantime! This is my shortest blog entry ever.

  • Arts & Crafts

    Review: Stampin’ Up! Undefined Stamp Carving Kit

    Look what I got to play with recently! It’s been a while since I carved any stamps because I’ve been busy with illustration work. I’ve been itching to dig my tools into erasers and rubber and this came at a perfect time! [pinit]   It’s a Stampin’ Up! Undefined Stamp Carving Kit which comes with everything you need to start carving your own custom rubber stamps. Fun! I’m not a fan of pre-made creativity and apart from the time I was ten and bought some kiddie stamps from a neighbour’s garage sale, I’m not the type who would buy ready-made stamps. Some old stamps I got from a garage sale…

  • Odds and Ends

    Going to the dentist and an Inquirer feature on my Instagram feed

    Note: This post was going to be a Sunday Snippets entry which should explain the randomness at the start. I didn’t get to post it then because my hosting provider was down at the time. * * * I went to the dentist last Saturday. Sad face. I hate, hate, HAAAAATE going to the dentist, even if it’s just for a routine cleaning. Going to the dentist is one of my biggest non-mortal fears, and while my current dentist is nice, I cannot fathom why there are people who choose to become dentists. It’s a horrible profession! …said the girl with a lot of cavities in her teeth. I had…

  • Illustration

    That awkward moment where I talk about boys I’m too old for

      One of my freelance projects I worked on while in the US are these paper dolls of a British boyband that’s really making waves these days: One Direction. However, since I’m old (no, not THAT old), don’t watch TV, and live under a rock (a.k.a. working from home), I have to admit I have NEVER heard of them until I got the assignment from Summit Media (publishers of magazines such as Candy, Real Living, local versions of Esquire, Cosmo, etc) as they were releasing a collector’s edition fan magazine about the band. Prior to starting the project, I asked my 18-year old American cousin if she has heard of…

  • News

    I have an agent!

    When I resigned from my design job last October 2011 to get back into freelance illustration, my goal was to get an artist representative. Being from the Philippines, it’s hard to get connections and client projects beyond Asia and my own country. As an illustrator, I would also rather work on the art than negotiate contracts, chase payments, create paperwork for licensing rights, and all that boring, nosebleed-inducing stuff. That’s where the art rep comes in. Regular visitors to this site (all two of them) might have noticed a red “represented by” image on my blog sidebar I put up several weeks ago. I’m happy to announce I am now…