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! â™¥ 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. â™¥

2019

It’s the time of the year again.

A quiet year.

Compared to my art-filled 2017, the year 2018 was a quiet one.

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The “seeds” that I’ve planted early last year have started to bloom and bear fruit. Surprisingly, Red Bubble was the most generous for the year. Society 6 not so much, and Inprnt with nothing at all.

I made a portfolio page on my blog. I will update this soon!

Around April, I started my job at Studio West. I was under training for 6 months. And finally last October, I passed the pre-ops training and got regularized. ♥ Everyday at work is so fulfilling and fun. I enjoy what I do and in a field that I specialize in.

January Makers PH‘s only had two events this year. StickerCon MNL was an unforgettable event. I was already sold out at lunch time! We managed to get a slot for StickerCon 2019 too, so wish us luck this year. ♥ We also participated in Planner Soiree around the late half of the year.

Asides from the usual flowers, I started painting other subjects as well. I plan on studying other subjects too this year, which will be landscapes or cityscapes. We also got to experience 工筆  style painting, which is a bit similar to watercolor!

The only thing that’s constant, I still had art tambays with my friends. ♥

And finally, at midnight of the New Year, Inggo proposed to me in his unique but usual way. We’re now engaged! â™¥

Here’s to more happiness this year!

Planner Soiree

First off, I’m back again HAHA. WordPress has updated into a weird editor and this is my first blog entry with it. Let’s hope I won’t get angry with this change. 

A few months ago, the January Makers PH team was invited to become one of the sellers for the Planner Soiree 2.0 .

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This was only our 2nd bazaar for the year! We were sooo busy with our lives that our bazaar team took a backseat for a while. We were invited to this event due to our participation last Sticker Con.

Our Fancy Sellers ID! ♥
Our table!
Hannah’s new girl stickers. The one wearing the jumpsuit looks a lot like Monique!
Tried to sell my bag haha.
We have a special guest for this table! Clair asked me to sell her calligraphy stickers at our table. 
Clair’s quote stickers. A best seller!
My sticker packs.
Hannah’s puppy stickers.
The team.

Overall, it was a fun event! But I think I’d rather join as a participant next year HAHA. They had amazing prizes for those who registered! So happy that I got to bond over my girl friends through bazaars again. I missed my original “tribe”. Until next time!

Studio West Art Tambay

I think its safe to say now on my blog: I’m currently working for Studio West Philippines. It’s a design company that provides space planning and office furniture specification services for US-based clients. It’s a great company to work for and I’m glad that I passed the training period. Anyway! I got to know my office mates more and found out that some of them usually have art sessions after work. So I introduced them to art tambays lol.

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What’s unique about this art tambay is that I was the only one doing watercolor! Louie (@louwewdraws) was drawing using his iPAD+Procreate app, while Anjocel (@artjocel) was drawing with pens and markers.

Done!

 

Komiket October 2018

Last month, I attended Komiket at Eton Centris with Hannah and her friend. It’s been a while since I’ve been an attendee instead of a seller. I was curious about the artist scene and wanted to check it out. It didn’t disappoint! There’s a ton of artists selling their original and fanart works in stickers, art prints, and comics. I also saw my friends selling there so I HAD to support them. ♥ So here is my Komiket 2018 haul taken from my IG Stories.

Ticket. ♥

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@chichilittle ! I bought a bunch of stickers from her. The Stay Weird one is actually a ref magnet hahaha.

Stickers from my friends: food stickers by @priichan, Donut Give Up and Coffee sticker by @c4m1sama ‘s art group, and @paola_koala ‘s stickers.

2B fanart by my friend Kat @kiyasuriin.

A custom drawing for Mental Health Awareness by my friend denden @illustratedbydenden.

Miriam and UP sibs stickers by my favorite artist – Mod A !

@sojubee. When I bought these cute Overwatch stickers from her I said “All supports except Zen please”. HAHA. Plus D.Va and Brigitte for Inggo, Sombra for me!

@prinsomnia_ ‘s beaufitul artworks!

@astrojimbo.art . I was his first follower on Instagram HAHA.

Hannah and I loved these stickers, especially the “Luh” one! We kept saying luh during our komiket adventure HAHAHA. I actually found the artist for these, it’s @landleemae!

I love @cmrnza ‘s background artworks!

@andyartventure. Been eyeing these stickers ever since I entered Komiket. I came back for them during my round 2 visit.

It was an inspiring and happy trip. Although my wallet that day was near empty, I’m happy that I got to support my friends, new artists, and the overall artist scene in the Philippines. I noticed that people are more supportive of the artist scene right now, I hope it stays that way! ♥

Art Tambay with Hannah

It’s time to bring back my blog! The past few weeks/months were busy due to bazaar preps and real life responsibilities. Now that’s finally done (for now), I can squeeze some time for blogging.

So a few months ago, Hannah and I had an art  tambay at her house. It was a very productive day, even though it rained like crazy during my stay. Since this was a few months ago, I decided to add some additional photos haha:

My art tambay sunflower. ♥ I started this during one art tambay and finished it in another one!

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Two similar Van Gogh sketchbooks given to me by two different people. Thank you Ma’am Jen and Aira for these!

The completed sunflower art tambay piece. ♥ Finished this at Hannah’s.

Inggo asked me to draw our chibi selves for our Food blog. You can find the colored version here.

A dendrobium orchid on one of the test papers that I received from my artist friends. ♥ I think this is the Strathmore visual journal.

Round two is a Cattleya orchid on a Mossery watercolor notebook sample. ♥

The photo reference for both orchids are mama’s orchids in our garden.

This one is a unique art tambay. I did this with Mari, Inggo’s 7 year old cousin who LOVES everything artsy. We were waiting for him to arrive from his Japan trip.

What happened? Have I lost the drive to continue blogging? But I have lots more to write! Ughh. See you hopefully next time.

Birthday Art Tambay

A few months ago, we celebrated Ivy and Hannah’s birthday. We had dinner at one of my recommended restaurants near our area. Before that though, we had an art tambay first with Aira. (and a special guest!)

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I was the first to arrive at our usual meetup place. After ordering my drink, I noticed that another group was holding a watercolor session as well! It looked like one was teaching the basics to the other girl.

It turns out that Aira knew the one teaching LOL and after their watercolor lesson, Aira invited her to our table. Her name’s Paola (@paola_koala), a teacher from a school nearby.

Around this time, I was doing the #ComeFloralwithUs prompt.

After our art tambay session, Hannah and I met up with Ivy at Fishermall before going to Zaan, a sort of hidden Japanese restaurant at Mother Ignacia. I don’t have photos of the restaurant or the food, but Inggo did a review of our visit a few months back. We chose this place solely for the reason to joke about “Zaan tayo kakain?” or “Kung zaan zaan na tayo pumunta today!”. HAHA.

Dessert at Artsy cafe.

While walking back to Pantranco, the rain poured hard so we had to take shelter somewhere. We were nearby Mandarin Sky and Artsy Cafe at Panay Ave., so we decided to have dessert and coffee at Artsy Cafe before going home. These two restaurants are linked together via the Function room. Ivy was happy with the interiors of both restaurants, haha.

My coffee.

Cutie cat. But how do you pour with this thing?!

Ivy went home after this. For Hannah and I though, we were supposed to just buy milktea from Macao and go home. But we lost track of time and chitchatted the whole night HAHA. Overall, it was a fun day with my best friends. We even took a photo with Ruth (by using a cellphone). ♥

Let’s Eat Kanin

Another long overdue post! A few months ago, the owners of Huggle Hub Food and Drinks contacted me again to consult with an interior renovation of their restaurant. They did a re-branding of their restaurant and I happily obliged.

The final design.

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The existing space looked like a dental clinic due to the pure white interiors. It was supposed to have varnished wood accents, but the contractor just painted those over SIGH. Since my proposed interior design was only less than 50% accurate, this was the chance to remedy the interior design of the restaurant. However, they had a limited budget for the renovation. I proposed a bunch of options for them to choose from.

Different wood accents and a reuse of the grass tiles.

Adding grass tiles on the ceiling and wood accents for the wall.

One of the ceiling design concepts.

Proposing a new concept doesn’t need to be expensive. A re-paint or additional accents would do the trick to make the interior design pop. This time also, I asked a reliable contractor (from Manila) to do the renovation for this project.

During the occasional Zambales visits, I also got a chance to take promotional food photos for them. ♥ This is also my role in our food blog.

Taco fries. ♥

Shawarma rice. One of their best sellers.

For their Unlimited chicken wings promo.

So, how does their restaurant look like now? BETTER! ♥

My camera phone couldn’t do justice to the way it looks now huhu. It looks SO GOOD.

Repainted the pendant lights. The L.E.K. lights were bought by the client.

Let’s Eat Kanin – Iba, Zambales.