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.

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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’m still in New York. It’s starting to get cold! People are asking if I can teach them watercolor while I’m here… I’m not worthy! :<

I’m still in New York. It’s starting to get cold! People are asking if I can teach them watercolor while I’m here… I’m not worthy! :<

カラフル

カラフル

Flower as the sun, hair as clouds and blouse with sprouts. It&#8217;s been raining a lot here recently&#8230; Stay warm and happy!

Flower as the sun, hair as clouds and blouse with sprouts. It’s been raining a lot here recently… Stay warm and happy!

When I was a bit younger I saw Honey and Clover and fell in love with the setting. I felt that I wanted to be a background colorist. At the same time I didn&#8217;t know much about color, more so environments. It&#8217;s just one of the many things that I wanted to be (apart from being a musician, a shop owner or a professional hair cutter haha&#8230;). Here&#8217;s a small attempt to do environments. I find them really difficult to do. Light sources all over the place and I don&#8217;t know which colors to use! People who have a knack for environments are genius.
This place is based on a restaurant located a few streets away from our apartment in Fukuoka back in 2010. I decided to go out alone one day to take photos of buildings. The weird messy ones are my favorites. The drawing was made over a year ago but I never painted it until a few weeks ago. Sometimes it takes months for me to pucker up the courage and say to hell with it, let&#8217;s mess it up! 日本に戻りたい。

When I was a bit younger I saw Honey and Clover and fell in love with the setting. I felt that I wanted to be a background colorist. At the same time I didn’t know much about color, more so environments. It’s just one of the many things that I wanted to be (apart from being a musician, a shop owner or a professional hair cutter haha…). Here’s a small attempt to do environments. I find them really difficult to do. Light sources all over the place and I don’t know which colors to use! People who have a knack for environments are genius.

This place is based on a restaurant located a few streets away from our apartment in Fukuoka back in 2010. I decided to go out alone one day to take photos of buildings. The weird messy ones are my favorites. The drawing was made over a year ago but I never painted it until a few weeks ago. Sometimes it takes months for me to pucker up the courage and say to hell with it, let’s mess it up! 本に戻りたい。

Pond

Pond

Its current look is now different from this morning’s (the photo). 🌷 I love the cool weather here but it makes everything moist. ☁

Its current look is now different from this morning’s (the photo). 🌷 I love the cool weather here but it makes everything moist. ☁

I’m too lazy to hop in the shower… 😐

I’m too lazy to hop in the shower… 😐

Trying out what Ashley gave me from Japan. It’s wonderful!

Trying out what Ashley gave me from Japan. It’s wonderful!

Vortexes

Here are progress shots of an illustration I worked on in the past month. From something soft… then all of a sudden ridden with paint. Sometimes I don’t know when to stop!

I started this on the 2nd week of June although I never had the exclusive time to work on it. I travelled to Taiwan and then just last week I was swamped with paper and document work. For the duration of 1 month I was only able to produce 1 work. There are just days when I just don’t want to touch a brush anymore. Hopefully whatever I’m in right now would ease out and I can get back to painting like a regular person again. ;_;

Totally forgot that my flight to Taipei is already tomorrow. Aleyn and I will be there. I’m a little worried because I’m pausing a mound of work for a couple of days… Sort of not ready yet. :( Here’s a WIP of something I’m currently working on.

Totally forgot that my flight to Taipei is already tomorrow. Aleyn and I will be there. I’m a little worried because I’m pausing a mound of work for a couple of days… Sort of not ready yet. :( Here’s a WIP of something I’m currently working on.

Derwent Inktense Inkblocks Review

Reposting this on Tumblr from my defunct blog because people have been looking for it! :)

Sometime last year, Times Trading gave me a set of Derwent Inktense Ink Blocks for review and for my workshop sampling. Inktense blocks are made of solidified ink, not watercolor, which means it’s permanent and rich in pigment, great for multiple applications and wet-on-wet. It’s a very versatile medium which you can use on paper and cloth surfaces.

This is what it looks like inside the tin box. 12 heavily pigmented blocks ready for your consumption.

Here’s my work area. No need for so additional stuff. All you need are brushes (I’m using Pebeo here), a palette, your paper to draw on, a cup of water, tissue, and your Inktense Blocks set. Let’s go under the cut to read my comments about this wonderful art medium.

Derwent Inktense can be used in 3 different ways:

1) Like a crayon

This is the most common way to use water-soluble blocks. You can see that unlike watercolor pencils, Inktense blocks fully dilute with water, it doesn’t leave any scratch or crayon marks unless you intend them to.

2) Chinese painting style

Second is the Chinese painting style: using the blocks like ink blocks and stroking it on your palette with water. Inktense blocks dilute to an almost same consistency as watercolor.

3) Like a pan set

Third is by using the blocks as your actual paint pan set like what I’m doing above. Some people will say, “that’s wrong!” I say, do whatever method you can to produce good work. The nice thing about this method is that your brush holds less water so the pigments transferred to the brush are more intense.

My comments:

One of the things that I first noticed is that the bleeding is very good. You can see that it doesn’t crackle. It flawlessly merges with other wet areas. One of the main difference between ink and watercolor is that ink is heavily pigmented so you don’t need to use to a lot to get an intense color. One of my students previously bought a Derwent Inktense set before and she used the sticks as hair dye and the colors really show up even on almost-black hair. That’s how heavily pigmented it is!

Inktense pigments are rich. Most of the sticks in the set dilute easily, although I noticed that Yellow Ochre is a chore to melt. Perhaps the granules are more dense. If you notice from the photo below, there are blotches on the hair and they’re quite difficult to even out compared to other colors. But other than that, I have no qualms about this set. I love using it!

Another difference from watercolor is that inks are permanent. You can lift colors from a wet layer without lifting paint from the dry layer. For watercolor, lifting wet paint on a previously painted surface can also lift the lower layer. This is one of the reasons why ink is popular in illustration and comic book coloring. It’s easier to create solid colors; the opacity is thinner, making it is easier to approximate or control.

In a nutshell, inks are very fluid and they’re ideal for Chinese style painting and general illustration work. If you have rice paper you can use Derwent Inktense to mimic Chinese style paintings. You can create fine dry brush strokes as well as wonderful bleeds. Here’s a page from Chao Shao-An’s postcard book given to me by Irene.

Derwent Inktense Blocks can be bought in National Bookstore or the Times Trading shop in Binondo, Manila.

Here is my finished work:

(Separate Tumblr page for the finished image) Thanks for reading! :)