Watercolor: Again with Food

I needed a break from digital art and went back to the basics; traditional. I love acrylics and oil painting, but canvasses are not accessible as much as papers, hence watercolor is the closest friend.

the kind of clutter i needed while I declutter my mind

these are my old drawings from a FoodPorn series I did, but I tweaked them using my new handy watercolor box. These were unfinished until now.


Is there any abracadabra i can do to make this real?

Watercolor painting is personal therapy. Solace and zen. Meditation. πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ˜Œ And hunger πŸ”πŸ¨πŸ©. (digital art somehow disrupts my eyes and numbs my fingers with long hours). Will practice more to improve my skills, to be honest, i ain’t satisfied yet in terms of achieving realism. but i like them all. πŸ™‚

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.- Hellen Keller

❀ mia


Digital + Personal: Creative Block (Honest Rant)

Oh my … what is happening to me? I’ve not been posting is equal to i haven’t been drawing 😦 “seriously” like serious = multiple layered digital drawing. I’m just not any more fond of joining challenges at least at this point. I’m honestly saying I’m just lazy??? but it ain’t burnt out for sure. Also, insecurity amongst experienced illustrators? darn it, how could I compare my 3month stint in digital art to time-seasoned artists??… it’s unfair! I’m being unfair with myself. I have to quit this shit and kick my butt off and learn, relearn and unlearn! I’m taking break from social media and just focus on education and practice. [writing really solves the problem! this is my therapy].

but still did simple doodles just to get by and still “practice, practice” — the advice and inspiration I should get from pro artists i follow, and not insecurity :(, so stop it, Mia. πŸ™‚

I’m not a KPOP fan but I jumped in the hype!


There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period. – Brene Brown

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Digital Art: Happy Heart’s Day


Just another Valentine greeting in yo feed. Exclusive to couples: from a happy single (ehem **cough), wishing you all the best and enjoy the cringe-filled – – i mean– cupid-filled day. πŸ˜šπŸ’πŸŒΉπŸŽˆΒ — (but heart’s day is every day) : )

Radiate boundless love towards the entire world – above, below, and across – unhindered, without ill will, without enmity. – Buddha


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Digital Art: Food + Color Study


I love food and i love drawing food.Β  Prior to digital art, my “amateur-ish” practice with watercolor was all about my favorite food as subjects.Β In digital art, this will be 1st time to do a serious painting of food though i did ice-cream before.Β  Raw and real, I did an initial drawing, and i want to thank Elaine’s BlogΒ for her time in giving a critique. Critiques are important to realize blind spots.

I did color changes and I actually came across with this article on Colors that Influence Food SalesΒ to guide me on what colors to choose for the purpose of making my drawing not just decent but also “appetizing”.

Can’t say this one’s perfect, still have to improve, but I’m satisfied. The donut looks melting “caramel-y” to me haha. I will bake make some more. (if only drawings can come to life!)

Our Character is what we do when no one is looking. – H. Jackson Browne

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Digital Art: Business Logo/ Illustration?


Critiques are welcomed. I need help if someone can. I and my sister came up a business idea we’d like to test. since Valentine’s Day is approaching, we’d like to offer “ready-to-gift/eat” service/product, hence goodies in a box. My sister is a baker and I, as a foodie illustrator dipΒ bring something to the table [literally/figuratively] with our logo/illustration. I won’t say this is a logo per se coz it’s cartoony and does not have solid shapes, colors and lines a logo should hold… but for now, this illustration is stuck to the gift boxes.

What do you think? Critiques are welcomed.

❀ mia

Digital Art: Face Feature Study #4


I am keeping it real and raw. ALL drawings had been based on imaginations. but with faces study, i need a reference… i need exposures and practice so one day I won’t need it anymore. Oh boy, i thought it would be less anxious but with references, I feel sick not rendering the exact replica or at least 80% of it. —- but i thought about my “why” here; it should be to study faces and not to copy ref’s faces. — i should keep going! πŸ™‚

Change your opinions, keep your principles; Change your leaves, keep intact your roots. – Victor Hugo

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Digital Art: Wizard


This would be my 2nd participation in a Draw This in Your Style Challenge on Instagram. If you have an acct, you can follow me and I’ll follow back. πŸ™‚

Maturity is the balance between courage and consideration. – Dr. Steven Covey

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Digital Art: Facial Feature Study #3


this has got to be my favorite piece so far. she looks real to me. πŸ™‚ I think I am improving.. so expect that I will make more of these studies and less on my previous styles.

πŸ”₯Swipe for the process video

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Day 3 in face feature study. Gosh, had a rough start so the video begins when i repeated the process from the base color. πŸ™„ Not the neatest workflow you'd see but I'll get the hang of it with constant practice and exploring. πŸ˜€πŸ’―πŸŒΌ . . I don't support cigarette smoking 🚫🚬, for creative purposes only. Ref: @malcolmtliepke Street wise. Oil on canvas. . . . . #digitalartwork #illustration #artistsoninstagram #art #digital #digitalillustration #love #medibang #digitalartist #facepainting #human #face #faceexpression #artph #processpainting #dailyart #dailypractice #creative #design #davaoartist #artdavao #paintdaily #everydayart #woman #drawingwoman #malcolmliepke #studying #artstudy #nosmoking #facefeatures

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Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. – Hellen Keller πŸ”₯

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Digital Art: Facial Feature Study #2


I enjoyed this study. My weakness is the nose part, to be honest. While others find eyes and lips complex, mine has always been the nose bridge the entire of it. but sooner I’ll get the hang of it with practice. perhaps the lips I can improve more and the cheekbones? Will see, but I really enjoyed the journey. Thank God. — Swipe for the video:

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.–Β  Dr. Hellen Keller

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Digital Art: My First Face Painting


I want to improve and be, what I think is, “the best” in my craft. This is my 2019 mantra. I’ve been in many streams before being a “multi-passionate” (education, sales, marketing, media) but going back to my first love: the arts is the best decision I’d made. Our love affair didn’t end. In between my stints in many fields, I used my creativity to excel and survive. Just that now, it’s full-time, hence I can practice and do more.

Swipe for the process video:

Diligence is the mother of good luck. – Benjamin Franklin

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