Manifest

I always see this type of posts on social media nowadays. Is it something like a goal list? Well, I’ll think of it that way instead. For 2021, I hope to make progress of these goals:

  • Sketch more flowers to get the form correct.
  • Practice more with different art materials.
  • Create more patterns and designs for POD sites.
  • Expand to more POD sites.

Will add more soon.

2021

It feels so weird to say this, but yes, it’s that time of the year again.

A quieter, steady year creating art at my own pace.

I’m happy to say that my wish came true this year. With the pandemic, everything came to a halt, and I had more time to create more art.

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The first two months of the year was chaotic with two conventions simultaneously asking for requirements prior to their events. It would have been easier I think if I went solo, but it cheaper and more fun with an artist group.

March, oh my. The first week of March, our office was already planning on having 100% of the office work from home until this pandemic ends. The day after, we had to move out since the cases already doubled within a day. I initially worked at fiance’s family’s office for their restaurant since we had no space at home. But then rumors of a home quarantine were being spread, and I had to move again. We HAD to make space at home for my work pc. We did, and it was chaotic.

The rest of the months for the blog were filled with posts of events that happened in 2019. Nothing art related at all. I hope I could write more this 2021.

If I would look at my Instagram account though, I know I’ve been busy.

March to May: I painted my cravings away since there weren’t a lot of restaurants open due to the quarantine. Discovered that a cheap notebook a friend gave me can actually take the beating of watercolors, so I painted practice works there. Created and submitted patterns for a local chocolate’s wrapper contest. Started practicing portraits.

May to June: Did the 50 juice heads challenge where you need to draw portraits in 10 days. The 10 days part didn’t happen HAHA. I also started to paint with my himi miya gouache.

July: But then I went back to watercolor for the world watercolor month event. I became obsessed with poppies at one point and painted other flowers as well. Did experiments with lotus flowers, gold, ink, and then went to the gold paint route painting orchids.

August: Went on a break due to the move, but I had a ton of backlog so it looked like I was still busy lol.

September: More personal works, more experiments.

October: There was an attempt with gouachetober, but then got busy with work!

November: My backlog of works were almost out. I also bought the Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment set at this time and was slowly building the palette. This is now housed in a large metal tin palette in full pans. I also bought other art materials as well, especially the seamiart brush. I felt like a beginner once more, trying to get acquainted with my new items. This was also the time where I submitted my paintings for exhibition for PhilBas and Cancervants!

December: Participated in 2 online exhibits. Still getting used to my new watercolor palette but loving the journey so far.

What do I wish for 2021? I hope this quiet, steady year will continue on this year. I hope to create more personal works, more experiments with art materials.

Art vs Artist 2020

Me and my flowers.

Me and my experiments.

The prompt is trending again on Instagram. So let’s do this again! ♥

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The first photo shows the works that I am proud of. The orchid pattern that I created for a contest (which made me try out patterns for POD sites), a white anemone flower that I really loved the rendering of, a bunch of bright poppies for world watercolor month, a lotus experiment with gold poster paint, a fully fledged gold poster painting of an orchid (that I donated to our office for their donation drive!), a set of poppies painted on stubborn paper by a stubborn artist, my katmon painting for an exhibit, and finally, a red rose that will forever be a challenge.

The second photo shows the works that I experimented with. I used most of my art materials this year. On days that I don’t paint flowers, I usually do portraits or food instead. But someday I hope to do animals and landscapes too! I experimented with: himi miya gouache, started sketching again with pencils, played with ink and gold paint, food illustrations with my usual palette, and finally used my markers again and color pencils. ♥

Also got a new watercolor palette! I bought the Mijello Mission Gold Pure Pigment set and its a dreammmm to work with! The paints are vibrant and I sometimes have a hard time adjusting to it lol. But its really great! Just need more practice. ♥

Overall, I’m happy with my works this year. I created art at my own quiet and steady pace that I wished for last year. I experimented with art materials! I tried out all of my ideas. ♥

I wish for it to continue to next year.

2019 Artworks

When was the last time that I did a compilation post?! Two years ago! This feels so weird. It felt like I’ve been neglecting my blog after I got a job (I’m so sorry bb). I wanted to continue from the previous compilation blog, but I felt like I’ve blogged about most of my artworks here. The remaining ones didn’t have a lot to write about. So we’ll start with 2019. As always, photo heavy post ahead!

My first artwork on the Canson watercolor pad that I received last Christmas. ♥

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A tropical feel artwork that I did days after Stickercon.

Gardenia on old watercolor paper.

The full piece. I think I also used Prang for the background?

Magnolia artwork. I found this color theory book in our office library and thought it would look good as a prop.

Some scibbles on my Moleskine watercolor pad.

Second page from my Moleskine pad.

Left: Practice peony. This took a long time detailing the petals. | Right: A random flower bouquet I referenced from Pinterest.

Sometimes I would have the patience to layer the petals. Most of the time, I don’t. This was a Berkeley paper.

Art tambay at Hannah’s house. I was thinking of new art for sticker sheets.

Left: Anemone bouquet practice. Daler Rowney paper and Mijello paints. | Right: Old canson watercolor pad and my usual watercolor palette. This was also made at Hannah’s, where I had an LSS on a detergent commercial song.

The way I painted this is so loose. I like it a bit.

I brought my Prismacolor pencils with me to work on day and left it on my pedestal so I could create art on idle time. On the left is my portrait practice, on the right is my team mate’s.

Then our team thought “We should buy a team sketchpad”. So we did, and I’ve been using mine during downtime. | Right: There was a time that I didn’t want to paint flowers, so I painted a portrait instead? Whyyyy.

Snapdragon painting that I did at Tweedlebook Cafe.

I sometimes got lazy to scan and edit my works. So I just took pictures under natural light. On the right is Nori trying to get in my way by posing near my works lol.

Tulip practice. Ruth gave me reference photos that she took from a tulip festival in Japan. The first attempt was on the left, and I hated the paper. So I redid it on my bigger canson watercolor pad. (I kept and re-used the paper on the left for my gouache works).

Some paintings that I find “ugly”. I think I don’t paint perfect or pretty flowers all the time. There will always be bad art. And that’s okay. Just paint the bad art away and you’ll create something good again. ♥

In our Office Secret Santa, I wished for a one time big time gift – 1k worth of watercolor paper. And my secret santa delivered! Thank you to Nadine! I especially loved the gift wrapper lol. It’s already September and I still have a lot of stock left!

Left: my awesome gift | Right: my first artwork

Since our office hour on our team ends at 3pm, we had a LOT of time to wait for the start of our Christmas party. I painted during the down time.

Another peony practice. One of my officemates loved this painting so much, so I gave it to her. It is now proudly displayed in their home. ♥

My last works would be from my art tambay with my cousin. Didn’t really felt that focused, I think.

Finished, but not perfect.

Feeling a bit lost, but still the same loose strokes.

And that’s it for my 2019 artworks! Hopefully I’ll post my 2020 compilations this year too. 

1 Week Vacation

My 1 week vacation started yesterday! ♥ Its just been 2 days, but I think I’ve done a lot already:

  • Set up the accounting sheet for our website.
  • Uploaded new works to my POD sites.
  • Updated the tags and descriptions in my existing POD sites.
  • Watched a LOT of Youtube studio vlogs (lol).
  • Started to create new art. ♥

Edit: My 1 week vacation ended, and I might as well post here my other achievements:

  • Built a shelf and a desk!
  • Bought an aircon.
  • Received my new seamiart glitter watercolor + brush and I got to experiment with them. 🙂
  • Bought an order of gold foil to try out as well!

A productive day

What’s a productive day for you? For me its when I accomplish the creative things on my list. The more I finish in a day, the more accomplished I feel. But even if I don’t get everything completed, it’s okay! There are no deadlines in my set-up.

  • Create something. (A sketch, drawing, or painting)
  • Scan artworks.
  • Post-process scanned artworks.
  • Share to Instagram my new works.
  • Upload post-processed works to the following POD sites:
    • Society 6
    • Red Bubble
    • Inprnt
  • Transfer phone photos to my laptop.
  • Sort photos and look for things I can blog about.
  • Photoshop selected photos for a blog post.
  • Create a blog post.

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Pre-pandemic, there is also an additional list specifically for conventions.

  • Look for and apply to interesting conventions.
  • Create new works for sticker and postcard designs.
  • Print new works.
  • Package new works. (Cutting stickers, adding to plastic packaging, etc.)
  • Promoting in social media.

But in our current situation, I only do one thing on the first list in one day. Sometimes I take a break if I don’t feel like doing anything. But whenever I accumulate a lot of artworks ready to scan, I try to scan and post-process everything in a day.

My 1 week vacation starts tomorrow. I hope I could be a bit productive with an equal amount of rest. ♥

Moving

Two weeks ago, during our birthday celebration art tambay with my close friends, a part of our ceiling in the room collapsed. I was very lucky that it didn’t directly fall on me and it fell sideways. The wooden grid beam that supports the ceiling were eaten by termites, and with a cat visiting our ceiling every other day, we felt that it won’t be so soon that the rest of the ceiling will fall as well. So we decided to move.

We looked for places for rent nearby, found one, paid the reservation fee, and started moving in our stuff last Friday. We bought the important furniture and home stuff during the weekend. It was a buzzer beater event, since this week its MECQ once again in Metro Manila.

Everything was so fast.

Grateful that any questions can be searched online now. We could also shop thru Shopee or Lazada for other remaining things. Food can still be delivered thru Grab.

We’re sort of settling in our new place. Its so peaceful here. Once everything is okay, I’ll blog some more.

But for now, keep safe everyone.

It’s already May

I haven’t blogged about pending events at all. But I think its okay? The whole world is currently facing a pandemic. I noticed that there are people who preach about improving or learning new skills during this quarantine. That being productive now (since most have a lot of time due to ECQ) is the best way to utilize the time. 

I think that’s toxic. ♥

I believe its okay to rest and do nothing. That forcing oneself to be productive is not healthy at all. Everyone has different ways to cope during this pandemic, and those preachers should shut the fuck up.

As for myself – thankfully I still have work. There are days where I dedicate my time sketching and painting. Whenever I’m in that mood, I produce a lot of work in one sitting. Then I scan, edit, and post them every other day in social media lol. But there are weeks that I don’t do anything productive at all! There was a week that I binged read a bunch of pending manga, there were also weeks that I used my 3DS again. I finally finished Bravely Default and Rune Factory 4 after all these years. I wanted to buy a Switch now, but then I noticed that they don’t have my favorite color yet. 

When will I blog again? I don’t know. Hopefully soon.

Small steps

When you thought January’s finally over with all the craziness of 2020, the Covid19 finally reached our country.

There’s more personal posts recently here. Here’s my summary of January to Feb:

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March is okay, I guess? We’ll get through this. Our office computers were shipped to our respective homes and they announced a mandatory 100% work from home for us days before the quarantine. Which is a good thing, right?

I just..don’t have the drive to blog. I know I have tons of pending posts. I know I still have responsibilities… just, let me rest some more. 

Small, easy steps for now. Since I bought my own scanner days before Stickercon, I now have a reason to scan new works and upload them to my POD websites. At least they’re doing well.

After all the craziness

After 2 months of preparation, our events in Komiket Megamall and StickerconMNL 2020 are done! Its finally time to rest, I hope? So sorry for not updating as often as I should. I can still see my pending blog post list on the first page. I will do them this March, hopefully! ♥