[Personal]: Art took a backseat…

it’s been months… since I posted a drawing here … and it’s tantamount to say that it’s been months since I drew a picture. There’s a lot of wow and not-so moments that’s happened. . and unfortunately “my art has to take the seat where I can hardly see and think of it”…

that is not to say … I forgot about it .. but it is inconsistent.. and I miss doing it everyday.

  1. I need to have a day job.

    When i was venturing into freelance … and mostly eyeing for creative posts, I admit I wasn’t making that much with project-based, so I have to seek for sustainable income. Now, I am working as an IELTS Essay Writing Teacher Online. In this job, I teach “non-English students” in Asia to write in proper and formal English in preparation for their exams. To be honest, it takes so much of my time for me to doodle.. or even think of a new project. On rest days , I am just sleeping.

  2. I still do “creative stuff” …

    Hustling, real quick. I took a part time job as “Social Media Consultant” …. erh, someone who does make a sure a company’s online presence is updated. In this job, I took photos of beautiful things and copy-write, so I am happy to tap into new interests. tnalak-ig

  3. I went digital

    I rarely draw on canvas, papers or .. scratchpapers these days because of “CAD” or computer aided design which I’m as well interested to do. I took a class on this, saw YouTube videos and other artists’ blogs for inspiration. I even planned to launch my T-Shirt / clothing business with my designs.

    As noticed, it touched on food. If you have known my “doodles” .. they’re all my favorite snacks.. and I think I’m a foodie first then an art-lover. Truthfully, this endeavor somehow did not push through due to after-market-testing results. Yet I am still hoping and seeking a “need” to fill in with my interest. Currently, I and a friend of mine are collaborating on an advocacy she wants to raise and my talent is needed, so let’s see on that one soon.

  4. We are building a startup company

    I will be part of a company WC Education Consultancy. It’s a startup to help aspiring students in emerging / underdeveloped countries to study in the United States. We have not launched this venture yet .. but we’re on our “baby steps”. My current tasks are to , of course, do what I can do best .. the marketing and design.  here’s one of the posters I made in preparation for the physical office and online launch. Hopes are high, God bless us.wc poster 2

There are a lot of things going on in my life … no wonder… art did take a backseat. but did it, really? From the way I saw this list , almost all of it still go under the “creative side”.

Perhaps, I just missed my scratchpapers . .. I missed my pencils, being messy, drawing with kids everyday … which I think for me is the kind of “art” I wish my life to be. thinking that it’s not for now … yes, it will be on the backseat ..

…but I wish to sit beside it soon.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do, if you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. – Steve Jobs

❤ \m/ia

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Let’s Make a Cartoon Character!

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Slap slap slap me, I’m so clueless. I really wanted to join the bandwagon of making a cartoon character. But like I said, I’m a na’da!

Enter my nephew (artist partner) YUAN, oh boy, sometimes it’s great to truly rely on kids’ imaginations! Let’s make that often! So please people,let’s CLAP CLAP CLAP for Yuan!!!

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This was Yuan’s output from the previous post.  I’m so in love with the dinosaur (which I thought was a dragon so the kid was kinda mad haha)

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I asked Yuan to do the character again, this time on a bigger (and more clean) paper. With a promise that I will use his drawing for an animation project! He was amazed that I can make the drawing move so he did my request.

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Yuan working. I also asked him to name the character. HMMM what could it be? he kept rejecting my suggestions. Why dislike naming it the same as his? Yuan the dragon dinosaur. What’s wrong with that? haha

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And I jumped in to help him color.

Output:

Presenting, Fely and Pete the Phyrosaur. (etymology: Dinosaurs that throw fire!!!) haaayaaaah!!! Fely the mother, Pete the son. cute names Yuan. 🙂

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Oh yeah, before I forget, the animation part!!  Well I’m planning to learn that one, but for now… Yuan, here it is *drumrolls:

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CLAP CLAP CLAP Miaaaaa!!! 😛

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on! – Albert Einstein

❤ mia

Freedom Sheet for Kids

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Mama Mia, I should have thought about this earlier. Had I done so, I could have saved sheets of bond papers — which after all the doodle, scribbles and colors, soon turn to paper airplanes! (*total facepalm moment, their works must be displayed like legit, right?) Well, kids are kids and they play.

So I made a what I called ‘Freedom Sheet‘ for them. On these 90 x 60 cm white sheets, they can do anything they want; color, scribble, doodle, write etc. This is great, I’m assured the kiddos continue to practice drawing, PLUS, they maybe, (just maybe), can’t turn this into airplanes! Wee!

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All sorts of kid-friendly art tools are on the table.

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This is the first day for the freedom sheet. I told my nephews Andrei and Yuan to make their own ‘cartoon character’. And these are the results:

Yuan

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Mighty T-Rex and the castle

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Flying Petri and Little Foot under the tree.

Andrei

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A Korean Pop Superstar!

Super cute! I love the characters they did. It’s something I cannot do, really. With cartoon character concepts, I absolutely do rely on my nephews’ beautiful imagination.

Surely, the freedom sheet is big for kids and there are more spaces to fill. I’m excited for the final output! And I will still post here, in case the sheet becomes a giant paper airplane! 🙂

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou

❤ mia

 

Illustration: I Love Japanese Manga

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It’s been awhile. No words to say but ‘I’m happy‘. Writing and drawing are two of my many passions. My soul and every fiber of me are joyful whenever I’m working on projects that synthesize my talents. Projects such as this: Japanese manga/comics. I adore making comic strips ever since (thanks bazooka gums) and illustrations to stories. Until now, amidst the trolls and rolls of adulthood, illustrating never fails to perk me up.  It’s different now ‘coz it’s computer aided. Analog and digital Illustration: I’m both.

Here are the initial story boards :

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Did you get even a slight grasp of the story? If so, I can call it a teaser ha-ha. There are more boards to create, edit and finalize to bring this story into a ‘THE END’. For now, let me just say, I’m so thrilled with my initial outputs. It looks like manga! EEEEE!

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. – Elder Uchtdorf

❤ mia

Project: DIY Lego Batman Desk Organizer

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Just recycled!! Woo-hoo! As a DIY fan, I’m super happy to accomplish one. And when it’s a recycling project, I’m way much happier . It means one less junk on earth! In today’s project, I recycled ‘plastic water bottles’. Lots of empty bottles, not just in our house but in our community and everywhere! While I can’t collect everything everywhere (yet…I’m trying to figure out how and my excuse to my parents), lemme start in our own backyard.

Back to being a DIY fan, I have tons of tools occupying most of my desk (‘coz they’re all over the space). I have few buckets and they’re very useful. But they look plain and dull. Enter this idea, why not make a new organizer to house my bigger tools (paint brushes, cutter, etc) and  at the same time, a cute fixture on my desk? Currently, I’m adoring Lego Batman Movie. I haven’t seen it but these creatures are cute, of course, it’s the main lead I’m rooting for.

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How?

Initial Step:  Decide the height of the organizer. This one is at 5″, almost half the size of the bottle. Since we have Lego Batman as character, mark where his ears are with a black felt tip marker as shown in the photo.

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The following steps are easy as shown in the photo below. Mark, Cut-out and then paint.

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With white latex / acrylic paint, cover the whole body until opaque. Repeat coating when necessary or as desired.

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Once white coat is dry, sketch the character’s feature with a light pencil. Then, start coating with matte black acrylic paint. Let it dry.

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Once the first coat is dry, run few strokes of black paint to make it flatter and more black. When everything is set and dry, start completing batman’s features.

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On drawing Lego Batman:

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Finished product

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Recycling is so fun, right?! This has been the advocacy of this blog. Recycling: From junk to useful and beautiful stuff. This, for me, is the magic of art! I have lots of water bottles and everything recyclables in-stock which means more projects brewing. And there are lots of great ideas on books, people, internet and mine is no different… but being so personal! And that makes this and future projects original. hayaa! 🙂

But wait…

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Recycling: From junk to useful and beautiful stuff. This, for me, is the magic of art!

❤ mia

Project with Kids: Pop-Up City

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Unbelievable but true! My with the kids almost-daily art sessions now becomes a collaboration. Woohoo! I L.O.V.E it. Working with kids, exchanging ideas, immortalizing it … such a wonderful experience, isn’t it? makeacity3

One of the artists I follow MeriCherry, created a beautiful Make Your Own City project. I absolutely adored the activity: simple and kid-friendly process. For sure the nephews will like the project. I told Yuan about the idea — but he has something else in mind. He wants it to be (and he can’t even describe it accurately, so in my translation:) 3D-ish. So I get the idea, kid. Lezdodiz!

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We used (and we love recycling):

  • Old file folder
  • Card board (scrap cartons)
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Glue

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On a cardboard, Yuan drew what he sees in a city like tall buildings, houses, cars, trees, even an airplane! Then I cut them out.

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Thank goodness with the creative ideas of kids. Without ’em, I would have never thought of cute projects as this. They inspire me so much. Their smiles mean a lot to me. We’ll definitely create more. Collaborate. Too legit to quit. hayaaa!

May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears. – Nelson Mandela

* This project is entirely from reused materials, which is the primary advocacy of this blog. We create with this in mind.

❤ mia