A sketchbook page. Not-yet-painted and then painted.

Resurfacing ii

Resurfacing ii

Some wip for Light Grey Art Lab's Animystics show.

I think the funnest part is the creation of our spirit animal. We’re tasked to provide a backstory and a history of our animal. I chose a wolf although I did a little twist and added a fictitious folklore backstory to it. I’ll talk about it when the proper time comes. For the meantime, wips behold!

It’s springtime! Been getting Snapchats from friends in NY that the weather there is great and they’re not wearing tons of layers anymore. Ahhh so jealous! My only experience of spring was in Japan 4 years ago. It’s a magical season. I’m in a tropical country where it’s summer 365 days a year. When we were growing up, our textbooks say “we have 2 seasons: wet and dry” Lol! Is this overcompensation or ‘fo realz?

It’s officially summer here. Classes are ending (our summer vacation is from late March to early June) which means, workshops start soon! I’m excited and nervous and I guess a little lonely cause I’m holding classes in a vacant location (the studio I used before had people residing in it. This one is completely deserted). /Hinting for friends to visit

Here’s something I worked on a few days ago. This piece is more of a learning process for me. Each section is trial and error and I had to redraw and repaint on some parts a couple of times while I was progressing—so many awkward parts and they still look awkward. Haha… I painted on a semi hot press paper so some things that I normally do on cold press can’t be done properly here but that’s okay. A little challenge is good! Not sure if it’s done or if I already overdid some parts to its disadvantage but I want to move on to the next.

Hello everyone! If you could recall from one of my previous posts, Crested Tees and I partnered up and they’re finally releasing the designs one by one! I’m paired together with the brilliant Carlos Lerma. A part of the sales will be donated to Covenant House Toronto, Canada’s largest homeless youth agency. I’m so honored to be part of this.

There’s an ongoing promotion at Crested Tees. 1 person can win this shirt, just by commenting here. You can like their FB Page to keep yourself updated on design releases.

This shirt is also available for just $10 for a limited time. Visit the shop.

We watched as you poured water to the brim… And we were all right about it.

I was going through my files and I noticed that I never got to upload this properly (just an instagram shot and a poster). This is an old painting. It was supposed to be included in an exhibit in 2012 but after the initial layers, the piece felt lousy and weak. So I abandoned it. I was sorting through my uncompleted works in 2013 and I saw this one and continued on where I left off. Sometimes, I think it takes a while before you can properly approach a piece. I personally feel that my current skill can’t execute what I have in mind and it takes a year to do it properly.

I don’t really know what this painting is about. Maybe it’s about children and how much they take in without saying anything.

The Brief Divide

The Brief Divide

I was thinking of putting better use to my tumblr so I changed the layout yesterday to get me in a posting appetite. I’ve been writing disheveled feelings in my sketchbook like “how long does it take to forget?" and I respond with, you can never forget; you can’t ever forget. I realized that there are just some things that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

I was working on this and my sister hijacked my playlist and made me listen to G-Dragon all throughout. Basically this hip deer is fueled by Korean hiphop.

I was working on this and my sister hijacked my playlist and made me listen to G-Dragon all throughout. Basically this hip deer is fueled by Korean hiphop.

28 Feb 2014 / 387 notes / wip watercolor deer art 

Process! It’s almost done. Just need to tweak. :) For Crested Tees! I had fun doing these.

Good morning!

#wip for Crested Tees. More to come!

#wip for Crested Tees. More to come!

18 Feb 2014 / 248 notes / wip art 

Hi everyone! Here’s my contribution to Lenovo x Camille Co Chronicles. I actually completed the work a few weeks ago in New York but I kept changing the design. I could be really indecisive sometimes. Modifying works digitally is really convenient—the possibilities are endless! All the more that I used a touchscreen desktop computer to work on this.

We asked how the overall image should look like so I followed some of our readers’ advice. Most of what was asked was to produce something dark, mysterious, involving flowers and animals to give that enchanted vibe. Here’s my take on it.

The elements like the flowers and outlines were worked on traditionally by hand. Then I scanned them and layered them onto Camille’s photo (shot by Joseph Pascual) on Photoshop. For the most part, I used my fingers to drag the images into place. In case you’re wondering, I used a Lenovo IdeaCentre A520 desktop (it looks like this, a very sexy piece of hardware). I love how working on it feels fast, organic and it gives you more control over your work. I hope you guys like the result!

Wolf x girl.

Wolf x girl.