A Bit of Time to Create


Gave myself a bit of time to create (and have a small snack) at Bo’s Cafe. :)

When I sketched this, I was struggling with making Artist Trading Cards for a Sketchbook Skoolexchange. Not only did my schedule suddenly become super hectic (although I admit I ought to have foreseen that…), but I also kept redoing and redoing my cards, not being satisfied with the results! I really feel bad that my…

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Wood and Mother-of-pearl Baul

A Wood and Mother-of-pearl Baul/Chest


At the office, there is a baul (chest) made of wood and mother-of-pearl by the Maranao tribe in Lanao that I am completely in love with. I’ve tried drawing it many times before, but could never do it justice. But thanks to Liz Steel‘s Sketchbook Skool klass, I finally found a way to sketch it to my heart’s content.

I’m just simply blown away by the craftsmanship of this baul. (It also has a…

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Sketching in the Bus

Sketching in the Bus


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


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


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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