Travel Color Palette — Warm and Vintage

Travel Color Palette - Warm

Travelled up north on October last year and stayed at San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte for a couple of days. While taking a (very early) morning walk, I snapped a few pictures of the plaza’s brick-red hues and vintage structures. Instant time-travel! I wanted to do a quick (konti lang kasi time ko) color exercise just for the fun of it. I gathered a few photos and created a color palette for each. I enjoyed doing this exercise. So warm and fuzzy they remind me of make-up :p Pwede na din ako magpintura ng Boysen. Haha! Perhaps I should do more of this until I save enough for an entire collection so I can...

My 20-Person Wedding on New Year’s Eve

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DATE: I got married on the 31st of December 2016 to the guy who deserves the most beautifully positive superlatives in the world, Ray. The eve of new year is our anniversary as a dating couple (and it has been 5 years since), so I deliberately chose the same date for our wedding. Reasons? 1.) I have a volatile schedule as a freelancer. Thinking ahead, what indefensible crime would I commit if I miss future wedding anniversaries? The Yule is the surest season for me to be unoccupied from work. 2.) It´s brain-friendly.  😛 How many special occasions do we celebrate altogether? Apart from Christmases and New Years, there are birthdays, anniversaries, and what...

A Decade Unfolded

TASK: Interview a Java Programmer

Photo taken in 2007. From the left is Lhen Canaria, Jheremy Pimentel, me, Mhean Doromal, the subject of our interview, the supposedly-subject, and Majoy Lubigan. Alexis Jimenez acted as the coordinator and took the photo. This happened in compliance to our project in ITEC212L (Java 1), where we had to interview a Java Programmer. I remember how we had a horrible time finding one — not that there aren’t too many, but because every college student knows what hell it is to juggle all seven subjects all at once for finals. Even professors for minor subjects were too demanding we could pray to the University’s patron saint to let us rest easy. Alexis,...

STUDY: Female Features, Styles, and Medium

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All women are beautiful in their own ways. That is a fact. Drawing females is the closest thing I could relate to. Perhaps it is because I am a woman, or because I am an artist who likes anything beautiful, or simply both. Stereotypically, women are categorized as soft and smooth — whether they mean it figuratively or not is beyond me. But then again, when I think about it, my wrist easily maneuvers through any medium when I draw women.  At times I mindlessly scribble on paper, and as with any artist, I etch circles and lines first. In the end, I find my work filled with features with that of a woman’s....

Kids In The Treehouse Series

A Secret No Girls Club and The Backyard Bug Hunters

Kids in the Tree House, written by Rachel Elizabeth Cole, is a series of illustrated early chapter books for young readers ages 6 to 8. The boys Logan and Caleb will surely entertain you with their amusing antics and innocent endeavours. While drawing the scenes, I am reminded of my favorite TV shows as a kid — Little Rascals, Arthur, Rugrats, and Hey, Arnold. It is a short read, enjoyable, hilarious, and fun. Ready for silly mischievous adventures? Kids in The Treehouse series is available at Amazon. You can purchase them separately as well. Book 1: The Secret No-Girls Club Book 2: The Backyard Bug Hunters The author Rachel Elizabeth Cole lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. You can like her...

A Filipina Bagged Silver in Rio Olympics 2016

Filipina Hidilyn Diaz won silver in Olympics 2016 held in Rio

After 20 long years, the Philippines finally got the chance to bring home again a medal from the Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Thanks to our new champ Hidilyn Diaz — a 25-year old weightlifter from Zamboanga City, Philippines. Diaz won the silver medal of the women’s 53kg weightlifting category on August 7, Sunday. She also successfully clinched a lift of 88kg in her second attempt in snatch event (placed 6th) and 111kg and 112kg in the first and second attempts in the clean and jerk event (placed 2nd). This was also the first non-boxing medal for the nation since 1936. Diaz became as the first Filipina olympian to earn the medal...

The Magic Paintbrush

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The Magic Paintbrush is a story written by Christine Villa. The original version of The Magic Paintbrush (online and without illustrations) won the People’s Choice Award in 2011 – #1 in the Top 7 Knowonder! stories as voted by readers. Knowonder! is a children’s publication aimed at driving literacy. The author, “Miss Chrissi” contacted me via Upwork (formerly oDesk) to illustrate her story. She sent me a copy of the manuscript, and after reading, I nonchalantly and effortlessly fell in love with the entirety of it — the characters, the plot, the lessons it taught. In the story, “Alexa’s greatest desire is to paint all the beauty around her, but she just cannot...