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.

Love Local

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There is this really weird myth in the Philippines that things that are imported goods (particularly brands that are popular in Western countries) are always high quality and classy. That’s how people end up paying about a hundred pesos on plastic jewelry that was probably made from molds in a machine, with numerous copies being produced and sold worldwide. And then arguably more beautiful,…

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My Orchestra Dilemma

Sometimes I feels like I’m playing piano in an orchestra. But there is no conductor. I’m playing my piece as I know it, but also by ear, listening to all the other musicians and their instruments making sure I’m in time with them.

However, some of the other musicians are not playing by ear. They’re playing to their own beat. And it’s hard to know how to blend in my part so it sounds good with…

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ART JOURNAL 6/7/2014: KUSINA + GULAY

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Before we get to the art, let me ramble a little bit:

I haven’t posted in over a month! But that’s only because May has been such a crazy, crazy month. In a good way.

The beginning of May marked a super exciting vacation to Dapitan City with high school friends. At the end of the first week, was the Balay MindanawAnniversary (which resulted in quite a few sleepless nights). And then there was a…

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Art Journal 4/16/2014: Tekenen is een Wereldtaal

Art Journal 4/16/2014: Tekenen is een Wereldtaal

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I just realized I hadn’t posted this yet! It’s watercolor and color pencil on non-watercolor paper so the washes don’t look so clean. :P

So among the statements that got me thinking during klass in Sketchbook Skool (among many others!) is this Dutch phrase, which is also the title of Koosje‘s granddad’s art book: Tekenen is een Wereldtaal or Drawing is a World Language.

I guess, being a bit of…

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