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We are more than halfway through the year. How’s everyone doing? I hope you are safe in your part of the world. ♥

Sometimes I feel a little guilty of not blogging as much as I used to before. But then I’d always remind myself that its okay. It is always okay to keep my own pace and not mind anyone’s opinion on the matter. There will be days that I’m in the mood to paint and there will be days that I’m not. Being creative doesn’t have to be everyday. Taking care of my mental health is always the number one priority. Below are some of the things I do whenever I’m not painting:

  • Binge read mangas. I recently caught up to Chihayafuru and 3-Gatsu no Lion. I also discovered more manga to read: Shinmai Shimai no Futari, Mieruko-chan, Sukinako Ga Megano Wo Wasureta, Song of the Night Walkers, Will you marry me again if you are reborn? and lots more.
  • Watch the Doggy Daycare Farm Trip videos (I watch this everyday that FB gave me an automatic notification whenever there’s a new video lololol)
  • After work (which is around 3 to 4pm), we eat our early dinner. Then I would always say that I will “nap” after, which always turn to “sleep” instead. Sleeping is okay too!
  • Watch Youtube videos of artists. I love watching their painting processes, studio tours, packing vids. They are my ~goals~ in the future.

I woke up early today! I’ve already sketched/painted, and will probably continue painting again later after this blog. I’ve trimmed down the future blog posts. I hope I can write about them soon.

Tweedlebook Cafe

One of the surprising things that we experienced after Stickercon was getting contacts and commissions. Some guests liked our work that they invited us to their events, ask for commissions, or consign to their stores. One was Tweedlebook Cafe.

Tweedlebook cafe is located in the inner streets of Tomas Morato area. Its a small, cozy, book cafe that offers coffee and delectable food.

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My flower sticker packs. ♥

I once had my own alone time art tambay there.

After a year, Tweedlebook announced that they are closing the store and will do a rebrand in the future. Thank you for having us artists sell in your place and good luck to your future endeavors!

Make Space Today – other visits

On my first post, I wrote about my first visit at Make Space Today. In this post, I’ll write about my other visits. Particularly about my best friend’s birthday celebrations.

My finished works during one visit.

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I don’t remember the chronological order of these photos. But I remember that on one visit I was with Shine (I helped her with her product shoots), another with Hannah(she did origami all day), another with Monique (I brought my color pencils), and the end of July was with Ivy and Hannah for their birthday celebrations.

Started and finished this piece in MST!

 

This was a re-paint of one of my older paintings.

 

Hannah’s collection of origami.

 

I really love my tilapia pouch lol.

 

My prismacolor pencils. ♥

On Ivy and Hannah’s birthday celebration, we first had a video call with Ruth (who’s currently working in Japan) touring the space together. A while after that, we went to Malingap Central since an eco-friendly event was happening. We went around the stalls and then had our lunch. 

Ivy’s corner was full of green design and eco-friendly books.

 

Hannah brought her laptop and tablet so she could draw digitally.

 

I did these paintings.

 

Playing with the emboss machine. This was the first time that I took interest in MST’s tools lol.

 

The gurlz. ♥

Make Space Today

Last year, I learned from friends that they applied to a creative course at Make Space Today – a new space inside the Malingap Food Central at Malingap Street. It’s an incubating space for people who want to join/apply to Common Room but may need guidance and training first. I didn’t join – but I did visit the place numerous times last July. For non-members, it was basically a co-working creative space for 550php a day. It had wifi, aircon, and free-flowing coffee (among other things). It was basically a daycare center for me while waiting for Inggo to finish his work.

Store front.

As mentioned, I went here a few times and I’ve already memorized the spaces. This post would be the about my first visit + photos of the space. Picture heavy post ahead!

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Behind the registration counter is this view of the tool nook.

Wall art of their artists.

Shine’s shelf!

Pantry area.

My usual spot.

My usual space is near the entrance and pantry area for quick drink refills. To be honest, it had a great selection of art materials and supplies – everything you need to try out every art medium was there. I didn’t try any HAHAHA. I was just happy in my own table, painting using my own materials and drinking coffee. 

Crafting / embroidery / journaling / art materials corner.

Reference books and more pics of the tool nook.

Pin making.

Sewing kit!

Weaving.

My usual view. ♥

Just trying out new colors.

Monique learning weaving.

On my first visit, Monique was also there for her pulse check. She also had to create photos for her products / artworks. Good thing that MST also has props for flatlay photo shoots. 

Outdoor area with Wilcon tiles, plants, and stools. The meeting room is for MST’s workshops.

This corner has more stools and an under construction room.

Monique taking photos of her works HAHA.

Since I was already there, might as well take flatlay photos of my works HAHAHA.

More flatlay. ♥

Some would argue that the fee is expensive. I don’t mind, though? I could have spent the same amount or more in other places. People would also judge me and my friends whenever we do art tambays in said places. In MST, somehow it made me feel safe. I usually arrive there around 10am and leave by 7pm. I created a lot of artworks. I was focused. But it seems none of my friends agree on the price hahaha. 

Himi Miya Gouache

A few days after PaperCon, I bought the recently popular on Social Media gouache that looks reasonably priced for the amount you get – Himi Miya Gouache.

I got the pink cover! Bought this from Craft Central.

It’s reasonably priced! You’d get 24 colors in 30ml refillable jelly cases.

Below are some of my first artworks using this. I was still in my watercolor mode when I was making these. Its kinda hard to transition from one medium to another. I hope I could practice using this again!

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Configura CET Rendering contest

Configura, the company that created CET Designer (the one that we use for our work) annually holds an international rendering contest. I participated last year and submitted two renderings – one for the office category and another for the kitchen category.

My works were accepted as finalists!

A night scene since I thought everyone would be submitting day scenes. My imaginary office worker works overtime.

I kept trying so many methods in making that counter glow. It failed haha.

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Sadly, I didn’t win. But I find it comforting that I got in the finalist round on my first try. I’m also happy to know that most of the winners were from our office. So, yay!

Will I participate this year? Not sure yet!

Will there still be a contest this year? Yes! I heard registration will open on May 4,

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.

Komiket 2019

A week after Papercon is the bi-annual Komiket held at the same venue Eton Centris Elements. Instead of only the Prosperity hall, this event booked the whole venue.

Komiket ticket. Art by Betsy Cola

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Preview of my haul.

Blood of the Shinobi by the OG himself, Pol Medina Jr.

Kwentong Tibo Vol. 1 & 2 by Landlee Mae.

Thank you for doodling me!

Finally got a copy of Trese book 7!

Was surprised that Hunghang Flashbacks has released Book 2! And also got a copy of the finally completed Sagala comic.

Flower sticker by Chichilittle. Manila Bloom and the Teacup sticker from the husband and wife team Kuro.Saku. Anti Depressants stickers by NicholeCruz. The Leafy cat sticker from TheOffbeatCat. Other cat stickers from MeowProject.

Girl print from Priichan. Sky stickers from PaperPirateShip. Mga Aralin sa Pagsulat and Penguin pin from Velbe.

Girl prints from Astro Jimbo art! I forgot the artist for the lotus huhu. Wala Na’kong Pera from AndyArtventure. Tamaki sticker by KannahKisaragi. Vintage stickers by Akim.63. Sunflower stickers by DollyKayeArt.

Star Wars pabili by an officemate.

Hannah and I went to Tweedle Book after to ingress some of our stickers. 😀

I bought this in Tweedle because why not HAHAHA.

Current Postcards

For Papercon, one of the products that I thought would sell would be my postcards. Since, well, they’re paper. So I made a bigger postcard selection for this. I’m forever thankful that I’m beside our office library so I could take product shots.

My postcards and other products are now available in our online store. Please have a look!

The “dark background” series.

English Rose, Quince, Sakura.

Peonies!

Lotus!

Magnolias.

Sunflower Lanterns and an old Hydrangea painting.

Papercon Haul

Papercon was a blast! I got to meet more floral artists that day. Below is my humble haul from the event:

Hydrangea sticker from Chichi (@chichilittle) | Sombra sticker from Pixel Hero PH (@pixelheroph) | Roses and Sunflowers from Kara Leonida (@renka002)

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Skyscapes sticker by Shine (@tingeofshine) Kitty postcard from our booth neighbor (@meow_project)

Postcards and a bookmark from THE Cynthia Arre! ♥

Art prints from Arlene Sy. ♥

Postcards from Alyanna Nebreja (@alfajone) ♥

And that’s it! Yayy. ♥