Sketching in the Bus

Sketching in the Bus

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Usually, I have a hard time sketching in moving vehicles. I like having control over my lines.

This weekend though, I think I got into my in-the-bus sketching groove. It did help that I finally found my soulmate ballpoint pen, a brown Leone. As much as I loved Andrea Joseph’s klass (featuring ballpoint pens) in Sketchbook Skool, my standard ballpoint pens were simply not cooperative. It was not…

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A Sliver of Gratitude

A Sliver of Gratitude

There are people who have touched my life in the most profound way, often through simple acts that are probably inconsequential to them. And I just don’t have any idea how I can find the words or the actions to express my gratitude for how they’ve changed my life. I try to thank them whenever possible. But sometimes the moment is so fleeting that I don’t realize how much I needed their words or…

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Sketchcrawlin’ Solo

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A couple of days ago, I just felt like recharging my mental batteries by sketchcrawling solo. It was a very short evening crawl and I didn’t get much on paper, partly because it was awkward sitting by myself and because I thought I looked like an easy target for muggers. See, in real life I have quite a reputation for being both a loner and painfully shy. But the truth is I would love nothing…

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A Refrigerator Raid

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So I got hungry.

It’s been ages since I’ve last cooked for myself. To me, eating my own cooking is probably the best luxury in the world, because I like to load up on vegetables and the average person around me does not. I’m not really vegetarian. I just find vegetables really, really delicious, while most meat (especially when you have it every single meal) is boring by itself.

This night, I got…

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Kakha Tuka Tuka Kakha

The people in the barangay (village) of San Vicente in Sumilao, Bukidnon have a very interesting way of defining poverty. It’s not through household income nor poverty statistics, but with a very quaint analogy.

The way they see it, you are either kakha-tuka or tuka-kakha. The former means that you scratch the ground as in a chicken (kakha) before you peck it (tuka). Basically, you have to work…

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Tin Addiction

Tin Addiction

Andrea Joseph, one of the fakulty teaching at Sketchbook Skool, has themed pencil cases. She asked us, the students, if we had any structured way of keeping supplies.

Me? Well, I’m not overly structured with my art supplies. Mostly because I don’t have a lot of it to begin with. But I do have a thing for tin containers. (I also have a thing for wooden containers, but they cost a bit more.) And…

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Sunday Treats

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Sometimes I work over the weekend. It’s partly out of habit and partly out of confusion. (I’m sure many nurses out there often ask: Why do people need weekends?) This week, however, I’ve been feeling a bit drained. Not only did I catch a very drippy cold but I’ve also had to think about choices I have to make very soon, some of which could drastically alter the course my life is taking at the…

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I’ve been meaning to post about my copy of Prashant Miranda‘s Journey Soujourn Journal which I got in the mail some time ago. But my schedule got a bit hectic and I couldn’t complete this entry until now!

Prash was one of the teachers in the first semester (“Beginnings”) of Sketchbook Skool. Even before the semester started, I was already taken by his art style which is at once simple and yet complex, loose and yet purposeful, whimsical and yet serious.

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This art book chronicles Prash’s journeys through India in 2013. Actually, it’s a collection of about 200 pages from the visual journals that he brought along in his travels. It’s a lovely way to see his beautiful, soulful art and “travel” along with him through beautiful India.

The book had a difficult trip through the mail. This one took about a month and a half – longer than usual, but not too long that I was alarmed. Customs must have had something to do with the delay, since the package looked like it had been opened, and the cover slightly worn at the edges. However, that was not a big deal.

When I wrote to Prash telling him I already received the book and asking if I could write about it and post a few pictures, he responded with:

By all means. Please do write a blog entry of the book considering it has had it’s own adventurous journey of its own. ‘ the journey of Journey Sojourn Journal’

And it is interesting, isn’t it? That the book was created during a journey, and then it proceeded to have another journey itself!

Here are some of my favorite pages:

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One of the things that stood out for me about the print quality was how well the textures were captured! There were times where I could pretty much swear that the images were original sketches. Even the grain of the brown paper and a printout of a dried cherry blossom looked quite real!

The sketches themselves were no disappointment. Reading it felt like I was travelling India through Prash’s eyes. How I wish I myself could travel like that, seeing everything with beauty, simplicity and peace! I’m happy I got this book while I could (it was a limited edition). I tend to overthink and overwork my sketches. Reading through this book reminds me to loosen up, to make sketching an effortless exercise.

Incidentally, I got the book right before I took a three-day trip. The first time I pored over it was in between a ten-hour bus ride! It seems that the Journey Sojourn Journal’s journeys aren’t over yet!

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If you want to find out more about Prash, visit his blog. Incidentally, he was also featured in a National Geographic documentary. If you love his work, you’ll absolutely love seeing him in action even more:

Madhya Pradesh – The heart of incredible India from luv kalla on Vimeo.

The Journey of the Journey Sojourn Journal I’ve been meaning to post about my copy of Prashant Miranda’s Journey Soujourn Journal which I got in the mail some time ago.