StickerCon preparations

StickerConMNL 2019 is done, but I still haven’t blogged about the preparations. And there were a LOT of preparations.

What my desk looked like the past few months.

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We got the good news that we were accepted for Stickercon 2019 last late October. So we had enough time to create new artworks for the con. I was thinking of venturing out of my floral comfort zone, and my attempts with food illustration seemed like a good idea. 

Almond croissant.

Salmon bagel.

Totoro cream puffs.

Strawberry taho.

I did a bunch of food illustrations from December to February. But not all of them made the cut. I was thinking of food illustrations that aren’t similar to my January Maker sister Monique’s style and theme. Something uniquely mine. That’s when I thought of dessert stickers. The way I paint is very loose and chaotic compared to Monique’s insanely detailed and perfect food illustrations.

I went with that direction and am very happy with the results.

Dessert stickers (and a salmon bagel).

The complete set. ♥

Thanks to my officemates, I finished cutting my stickers a week before StickerCon. It was a good thing though, since Monique needed help cutting her stickers. Hannah and I helped her after work.

Her best selling chichirya set. ♥

Her biscuit set. ♥

2 new sticker sheets. The Handaan and Kakanin. ♥

But I was known as a flower artist, so I created new flower stickers for the con. Thankfully, I had a bunch of new works last year that I could use. I chose some personal favorites and some popular works. This time, they are circular and with a fancy laminate.

The circle sticker set. ♥

They look so pretty when laid out like this.

Limited post card prints. ♥

Next up would be the Stickercon art tambay after the pre-con meeting, and the Stickercon event itself. I promise to blog about it soon. ♥

Recent SW Art Tambays

Catching up on blog posts. In our office, we attempt to have weekly art tambays every Tuesday. Unfortunately, only two pushed through (and two where my team were the only attendees lol).

January art tambay participants: Louie, Anjo, Me, Me-al.

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I was in the middle of preparing for StickerCon during this time. The matcha parfait was the one I had in mind for watercolor practice. I did the large peony while waiting for the parfait to dry. It’s still not done, though.

February art tambay.

The second art tambay was in February. This time we invited more people and finally, somebody remembered to bring their own art materials HAHA.

Paint by Numbers by a lot of people, Bird artwork collaboration by 3 people, my sakura flower, Louie’s digital artwork, a girl painting by Von (Get well soon!)

We didn’t organize a March art tambay due to my stickercon preps. I hope we could organize an April one with more members!

Art Tambays

I’m in the middle of preparing my products for Stickercon 2019, so I don’t have much time to blog recently. But I know I have a bunch of stuff to blog about still. One of those is my art tambays with my closest friends.

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At our usual Banawe place with Hannah and Aira. I painted an apple blossom that day.

I also bought a bunch of post cards from Aira. So proud of this girl! ♥

Took these photos at my office LOL.

Waiting for Christmas eve at Inggo’s relative’s place. I had an impromptu art tambay with his cousin.

CBTL Art tambay with Clair, Hannah and Aira. The peony artwork is the most photogenic artwork that I made. It was used in different promotions lol.

Art vs Artist 2018

A summary of my 2018 art year.

Art vs Artist is trending again on Instagram. I did this last year too.

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I have no idea why they’re posting a 2018 art year summary at this time of 2019. But anyway! 

These artworks stood out for me. I went ahead and did darker backgrounds for some of my florals. Inktober was short, but very fulfilling. The concepts I made were darker I think, but still had my style shown through the flowy ink and flowers hahaha.

And also a major transformation to me LOL. Back to my straight bangs but with the shortesttt haircut ever. I said goodbye to my butt-length hair after 2-3 years. I also need prescription glasses now, so we bought one from Owndays HAHAHA. ♥

Custom Ceramic Plates

One of my Christmas gifts to myself last year are these gorgeous custom ceramic plates by neshoi. She’s an artist friend who creates ceramic stuff like earrings and plates. I asked her if she could create custom shaped ceramic plates for me, and she took the challenge. I gave her my sketches and she created them from scratch/clay. I love them so much! ♥ 

Obviously my designs are flowers: a peony and an orchid. The peony’s purpose is for IG feed goals (that I haven’t used YET), while the orchid is for everyday use. ♥ I heard that a ceramic or porcelain palette is the best mixing surface for watercolor. And yes, I agree! The colors are vibrant, paints stay wet, mixing is a breeze, and apparently clean up is easy as well. 

December Art Tambay

So sorry for the lack of posts here on the blog. It’s just that… I kind of lost motivation to blog weekly as I did before. I don’t have a lot of events that I could blog here anyway. But I will still blog so I could document those happy events that I had with friends and family. Something that I could look back to. 

Another one of my backlogs is an art tambay with my cousin during her Christmas break. It’s been a while since we got together at their place due to her being busy with her thesis.

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It was also a long time since I last painted that day due to being busy with work and the holidays. I was glad that I got to paint again. I started creating new pieces for my participation at StickerCon MNL 2019. Yes, we got in again. ♥

The warmup painting is my blueberry cobbler artwork. This is the perfect warmup since it was all loose strokes.
Thinking of new subjects to paint for Stickercon was a no brainer. I wanted to continue creating food illustrations.
I also brought this for the art tambay so I could finish it. Just needed a few touch ups.
And then back to my loose crazy phase. I wanted to paint a friend’s photo during her hike at Yosemite. Just did light pencil sketches and went crazy dumping color after color.
Not bad for a first time, I think?

Looking at my current artwork… I think a change of subjects is a good thing? So I won’t be labeled as the girl who only paints flowers lol. I hope to do more food illustrations and landscapes this year. Let’s look forward to that! ♥

Las Casas Quezon City

A day after Christmas, Inggo and I went to Las Casas Quezon City. The reason is that I saw an appetizing food photo from a friend on Instagram and asked him the resto’s name. He highly recommended this resto to us and pushed me to get a reservation asap lol. And I did! On this blog, I will write about the interior. Check out Inggo’s food review here.

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This place was previously a mansion that was sold to the Las Casas group. They are famous for the resort Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan where they take old houses around the Philippines and rebuild them on their grounds. Any damage found on the houses, they do their best to repair or preserve it.

Dining area.
Art nouveau inspired foyer.
Sitting room that’s not open to the public when we visited.
Another part of the sitting room.
The focal point of the sitting is a beautiful Amorsolo portrait. Must be the previous owner?
Ceiling design with wood carvings.
Wood details near the stairs.
Mosaic detail on the wall panels all over the ground floor.
Stairs.
Second floor houses the function rooms. More art nouveau inspiration with Alphonse Mucha paintings / concealed doors.
Gustav Klimt replicas of his works “Mother and Child” and “The Kiss”.
A peek at the back of the building.
Fishermen art installation near the pool.
They’re building additional houses for future use. Apparently they’re planning on making Las Casas QC a boutique hotel.
Future plaza?

I find it a bit weird that the interiors of the main building is in French style, yet the rest of the buildings are in Philippine style. But nevertheless, we had an amazing yet expensive lunch here. I look forward to their boutique hotel offerings in the future.

Draw Native Trees

Another thing that I wanted to write about from last year is the #DrawNativeTrees contest held by the Forest Foundation Philippines in order to raise awareness of our beautiful local trees. They posted a list of the trees that anyone can traditionally draw or paint. You can post as many paintings as you want as long as you follow their rules of using the hashtag and tagging @forestfoundationph and their representative artist Cynthia Arre (the amazing wife of graphic novel artist Arnold Arre).

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I have never painted a tree seriously. All I ever did during my “Interior Plantscaping and Flower Arrangement” subject back in college were careless and loose strokes. But what motivated me was the prize. I really, really wanted the Bamboo tumbler HAHAHA.

Honestly, I never knew that we had so many endemic flowering trees in the Philippines. I even thought that the champaca was endemic here. The common among the list was Narra (our National Tree) and the Ylang-ylang.

So I researched more about the said list and got surprising results. I painted a bunch to submit to the contest:

And do you know the amazing part? I was one of the winners! Woohoo! I got the pretty bamboo tumbler and 2 copies of the Forest Blooms planner. ♥

Komikon 2018

Since I blogged about Komiket last year, I thought that not blogging about the Philippines’ biggest comics convention is unfair haha. Similar with Komiket, these photos were the ones that I used in my Instagram stories:

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I’m not sure if I’ve posted it before here on my blog. But another fact about me is that I LOVE collecting local comic books. I don’t know why. There’s something unique about our local comic scene. Maybe its the humor? So whenever I have some spare cash or if I really, really, like the art. I will support them by buying their books or by pre-ordering. 

Finally bought all of Toto Madayag‘s books! He had a good deal due to the release for Book 3.
Apparently, you’re eligible to the raffle if you support a pre-order from one of the participating artists in Komikon. I won something HAHA.
Opismeyts pre-order! I love the humor of this artist.
A mini zine by Chocnut-san | New book from Hunghang Flashbacks | Tabi Po Book 3 FINALLY.

SW Art Tambays

It’s a new year, but I still have a bunch of things I need to blog about. I think January for this blog is for backlogs from last year HAHA. One of the those events is an attempt to have more art tambays after office hours. 

I was supposed to do my artwork for the Cancervants event. Unfortunately, the papers that I brought that day did not pass the size requirements of the event. Oh well! There’s always a next time.

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Since I had extra paper, I gave some to my officemates. They finally tried watercolor! ♥ They said it was a fun and hard medium since they’re used to CTRL+Z or Undo. But it was a nice experience.

I hope to do more art tambays this year! Let’s hope. ♥