I’m starting a new project this year – one of the many ideas that are in my phone’s Notes app. I’ve been wanting to do this last year, but I thought of starting it this month because, well, New Year. Haha.
Every month I’ll be dispatching wallpapers of watercolor drawings using this year’s colors per Pantone – Serenity and Rose Quartz. These won’t be my usual portraits of pop culture icons, but perhaps something that’s more conceptual. Probably inspired by a song or a movie or a memory.
This month’s wallpaper was inspired by a favorite Jens Lekman song which I remembered at the time I was about to draw it. It’s sad I had to miss his Manila gig as I was somewhere in Laguna for a shoot on that day. Here’s the song:
The song’s pretty straightforward as it has only one line: If I could cry, it would feel like this. I love the contrast of the sad lyric and the happy melody. Also, it reminds me of days when you’d like to let it all out, but you can’t because you should act like you don’t give a fuck or the situation requires a higher level of maturity. And so you swallow your pride and mask your frustration with a hahaha-I’m-so-happy vibe.
Anyway, here we go. Just click on the links below to download. If you have suggestions on the size, comment below, and I’ll try to update it. Spread the word and enjoy!
I’ve welcomed 2016 with a bang, and by bang I mean an explosion of deadlines from my day job (I deal with words and ideas to make people buy stuff lol). As such, I wasn’t able to really formally close the year in this space.
I don’t really believe in starting the new year with a clean slate. I welcome it by keeping with me the moments and experiences that have made the past year colorful. And so I would like to express a heartfelt THANK YOU to my family, colleagues, friends both old and new, and to everyone who pushed me, guided me, and supported me with last year’s dreams, endeavors, and adventures. You know who you are. Thank you for making the past year colorful.
And so here’s my wish: that we all paint 2016 with 2015’s most inspiring and most beautiful hues, and may we discover new ones to make this year even brighter. After all, we create our days, and we create our years. Our lives are our opus.
Red has never been a favorite color. In fact, I don’t own anything in that color (except a shirt for work), but the only time I can take it is if I wear it in small doses, as in the lips.
And since it’s the season’s default color, I thought I’d do quick watercolor drawings of my favorite lip colors/combos and rename them with those that are season-appropriate.
Here we go (from bottom left)
Christmas Carmageddon. A color that reminds one of the terrible traffic caused by the mad rush to go to the next Christmas party venue or to the mall to shop for gifts or to pig out. Very dangerous. This is one of the reasons one should reconsider spending the holidays here in Metro Manila. Really.
Stop Right Now Thank You Very Much. Whether it’s the pseudo-diet or the continuous influx of deadlines, this is my plea. I need a break. Hear me. Also a lyric from a favorite Spice Girl song.
Smile Like You Mean It. Also a favorite from The Killers. A color reminiscent of dried blood which warns those who ask you awkward questions during gatherings that you devour people for breakfast, but in the spirit of Christmas, you’ll give them a pass.
Awkward questions and remarks include: “How’s *insert name of former flame*?” “When are you getting married?” “Don’t you want to have children now?”
Merry, Merry Merlot. Because the only Christmas spirit I have is the kind that comes in bottles and shared among family and friends.
There you have it. ‘Tis the season to swipe on that color although frankly, I use these colors all year round.
This is no beauty blog, but in case you’re wondering what MAC products are those: lip liners are Mahogany and Burgundy while lipsticks are Viva Glam 1, Dangerous, and Studded Kiss. Watercolors used are a mix of Shin Han PWC and Shin Han Professional Watercolor on VifArt postcards.
Now let me resume slaving in the kitchen, feeding my food belly, playing with old LEGO blocks while drinking wine, and taking selfies with my dogs.
Life has been incredibly busy the last few weeks as I have been juggling deadlines for my day job and for my other pursuits, i.e. painting watercolor portraits and turning them into merchandise (plus commissions on the side yay).
It’s Monday once again so I’m rushing to post this to say :
(1) THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who dropped by, said hello, and bought my stuff at the BGC Art Mart last week. If your visit led you here, HELLO!
The Agatha and Zero Wooden Canvas prints was sold to this lovely Wes Anderson fan. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN! ❤
Also, both the James Reid and Jon Snow bags were sold out. Woohoo! Yay! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Original watercolor paintings and Wooden Canvas prints as well as postcards are still available though.
This brings me to…
(2) … MY FRIENDLY REMINDER NO. 1. If you missed out on the Art Mart, don’t fret because you can still order my stuff and have them shipped! I just recently sent two tote bags to Singapore (which I sorely miss and want to visit for the 6th (?) time).
Just send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve also slashed the prices off my previous merch which you can see here. I’ve decided to not reproduce my designs anymore so here’s your chance to get them while supplies last. Hehe. 😛
Oh and in case you want merch in another form…
(3) Here’s FRIENDLY REMINDER NO.2: Society6 is on Day8 of its super awesome Nine Days of Nifty Gifties promo wherein SHIPPING IS FREE plus plus plus there are different promos everyday! Check out my Society6 page.
As of press time, they’re slashing $5 off on stocking stuffers such as mugs, phone cases, tote bags, etc. I already bought stuff, and I’m just waiting for them to be shipped here. Woohoo!
That’s all for now. The year is about to end, and I’m in review mode as well as prep mode, but do expect more posts once the holiday mode comes (which means we don’t have to go to the office until the new year).
Hey! Hey! Get your The Grand Budapest Hotel fix at discounted prices!
The Agatha and Zero bag can be shipped anywhere in the world FOR FREE because it’s FREE SHIPPING DAY + 10% off at Society6. Just key in HOLIDAZE to avail of this awesome deal. I always use mine so this one’s dirty. Hehe.
Another awesome deal: the Agatha and Zero artwork can be printed on wood via Wooden Canvas at 15% off. Just key in HOHOHO before check-out.
The book is my personal copy, but it’s available locally at Fully Booked.
Christmas is coming so treat yo’ self or a loved one or a friend or your pet. Haha!
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“Without you, today’s emotions will be the scurf of yesteryears.”
Today marks the 14th year since the release of one of my forever favorites, Amelie. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know why I placed the drawing beside the lamp. If you haven’t, why? Hahaha!
As a friend pointed out, I too also feel compelled to order creme brulee whenever it’s on the menu, and I have to crack it with a spoon ala Amelie.
An old local TVC for a brand of cough syrup (Robitussin? Not sure. Ack.) referenced the scene where little Amelie was eating raspberries, and when I saw it I almost gave the TV a high five. Haha. If you know the writer/agency of that TVC, please extend my very late kudos.
Wish I could find my original DVD box set so I can watch this again. Le sigh.
This #inktober entry also doubles as my love letter to Foals, a band I’ve been in love with since 2007.
Dear Yannis, Jack, Jimmy, Walter, and Edwin,
Your new record, What Went Down, killed me (as with all your previous releases). My waking hours have been spent listening to it, and my heart breaks when you sing, “Give me the red light turning green. Give me the way it could’ve been.” And it’s a good kind of pain.
I swear, by the old gods and the new, that I will never miss your tour again. So please kindly include my humble continent when you promote your new record. And I will be there by the barricade, singing my (broken) heart out and jumping around and swaying my arms in worship. I will give it my all.
And what better way to celebrate it than to make an artwork, right?
I did one last year, which I posted on my Tumblr account. (Side note: If you guys are on Tumblr, I still post frequently; mostly WIPs of what I post here.)
If I’m not mistaken, I used ink because of Inktober. And I was at the office at that time on a break.
This year, however, I thought I’d do it in watercolor.
I used Ultramarine Deep, Opera, and Indigo from Shin Han’s PWC Extra Fine Artists Watercolor, exclusively brought here in the Philippines by the lovely folks of Art Whale. Do check them out and go gaga over the colors. I also used an Arches cold pressed watercolor block and favorite synthetic brushes from Van Gogh and Winsor and Newton.
For the benefit of those who haven’t watched Mean Girls yet, one of the movie’s best quotes (and there are A LOT) is “On Wednesdays, we were pink.”
Here’s to the Aaron Samuels of our lives! And may we all live a happy ever after like Lindsay Lohan’s Cady Heron. 🙂
Last August, I received an email that gave me kilig (is there an English translation for this?): I was asked by Jo and Kathrina of Wooden Canvas to be one of their featured artists.
I met them briefly at the BGC Art Mart last April. They print artworks and photos on wood, and I vowed that someday I’ll have some of my stuff printed.
The kilig also comes from the fact that I’m a fan of the other 2 featured artists: Wiji Lacsamana and AJ Dimarucot. I’ve been a fan of AJ since 2007, I think, and I’m so happy he was one of the guys behind the new branding of the UP Fighting Maroons – the sports team of my alma mater.
Anyway, I said YES, OF COURSE!And so you may now get my artworks printed on wood. Yay! These make great gifts, you know, because Christmas is coming. Hehe.
Check out my line-up by clicking the logo below. 🙂
And speaking of seasons that are about to come, I thought of creating a new artwork specifically for Wooden Canvas. I like drawing stuff and people that I’m drawn to and one recent obsession is Game of Thrones.
I’ll be honest: I didn’t get it at first. I refused to join the bandwagon. I just didn’t care.
I remember meeting my friends a few years back, and I found myself in the middle of a passionate discussion on who dies next. Being clueless and uninterested, I was left with no choice but to check on my social media accounts while chugging beer for what felt like forever. Hahaha.
This year, however, I noticed 2 of my siblings staying up later than usual to do GoT marathons. And just like my obsessed friends, they too were pretty passionate in discussing the details. This must be something, I thought.
And so one weekend, I pressed play and watched Ned Stark, King of the North, sentence someone to death. True enough, after watching the first few episodes, I was convincing everyone to come join me and get obsessed watch it. My mother finished the entire series in less than 2 weeks. Other officemates who I have convinced are also done. As for me, I have yet to start Season 5, but as soon as my schedule permits me to, I will. And once I’m done with it, I’ll start reading the books. The books have been giving me side glances from my bookshelf. Hahaha.
Also, I have requested my father who plays the guitar professionally to play the show’s theme on classical guitar. Yay!
So anyway, I decided to draw the most popular of the characters: Jon Snow.
I made one artwork, and I was okay until I had to paint the hair. It was so fugly I had to junk it and start from scratch. Haha. One of the things creative folks must learn and must be adept in doing is killing their babies. In this case, I sentenced this portrait to death and drove a sword straight to its head. LOL
I don’t know, but it felt right creating the next one. Here’s a little confession: I actually like my portraits undone, in that the other parts still need to be painted on and you can see the pencil marks.
I think I was able to execute his stare better, yes?
My original plan for the hair was to create fluid wavy strokes. It didn’t work out so I had to laboriously paint the hair, this time with many layers to create the signature Jon Snow disheveled winter-is-coming-and-I-don’t-have-time-for-a-haircut look.
Thoughts while doing the hair:
1. This is an arm workout.
2. I have naturally wavy hair which I leave disheveled on purpose so I guess drawing my own hair will be a workout too.
3. Despite being a workout and despite not being my favorite thing to draw, painting hair was a little meditative.
I used a hot pressed Arches watercolor block and a basic Rembrandt watercolor palette for this artwork.
I also took photos of the process using my phone. All photos were taken using my phone actually as I can’t be bothered to whip out my camera when I’m in the moment haha.
Here’s a time-lapse of sorts:
If you notice, the lighting changes. That’s because I painted this for several days in between my day job and sleeping. Hahaha. I stayed up late at night and then woke up when the whole world was still asleep. I also lost sleep watching the series, so it’s all good. LOL.
There you have it, Jon Snow, Hair to the Throne. Hahahaha. FYI: the pun is definitely intended. 😉