Stuck-in-the-rain Sketching

Sketching coffee cups whilst stuck in the October Rain:

Coffee Cups at Bo's

The last quarter of the year is a time where the days are short and rain is aplenty.

Yesterday, I went to the mall to buy watercolor paper and jeans. I wasn’t too hopeful about getting either. For some reason, National Bookstore now refuses to stock archival cotton watercolor paper. (I snagged the last stocks of a 640gsm cold-press paper that smelled rather stale a couple of months ago.) And it…

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Colors of the Community

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Community work is the best work! These are a few pages I did after joining a community International Day of Peace celebration. I was only there a couple of days, but getting to see what our work really means is something that always revitalizes me no matter how short the encounter. Plus our community-based staff are such a pleasure to be around!

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My Art Tools

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I’m a staunch believer that the tools don’t make the artist, and that any true artist can make ANYTHING that is available to them work. My favorite examples of this are Andrea Joseph, who makes the most amazing works of art with the humble ballpoint pen, and Waway Saway and the other artists of the Talaandig Tribewho make gorgeous paintings with soil. I believe that if I were not as fortunate as…

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A Bit of Time to Create

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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

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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

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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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