Week 3: Tattooed Pin-Up

While I’ve always had an obsession on how women dressed made themselves up in the 40’s and 50’s, I’ve been on a particular pin-up girl/rockabilly  kick these past couple of days thanks to the pilot episode of Bomb Girls.

Much love to Pallon for helping me with the rose. I srsly fail at drawing flowers.

I realised today that my anatomy is shit. I really need to practice drawing bodies again instead of just busts. Bad habits need to be unlearned. But hooray for week two!

Project 52: Weeks 1 & 2

After the James Jean signing (more on that on a later post), Julie, Pallon and I hung out at a coffee shop to sketch. We’ve all made resolutions to be more proactive and productive this year with our – and I really hate to use this word because it makes me feel like a pretentious douchebag –  art.

While I can’t commit to a 365 project like Pallon, because I know I won’t be able to stick to it, I’ve decided to start a project 52 instead. 1 sketch every week for the rest of the year.

To make up for missing the first weekend of the 2012, I’m uploading two today, and they are sketches of who else? My Let’s-be-productive buddies, Julie and Pallon haha!

Julie. You can check out her sketches of us that day on her blog: http://bit.ly/yHovTj & http://bit.ly/xZw37W
Pallon. Her sketches from that day are here: http://wp.me/p26DmS-18

They both have their eyes closed because we were all kind of sketching each other, not because I got lazy hahaha! (No, no. I’m not defensive at all.)

I’m not the best person at finishing what I start, so I really that I stick to this to the end. Let’s go, 2012!


Inspired by Pallon‘s new tattoo (read: green with envy LAWL), I decided it was high time I got my second tat. I started sketching a design, but turns out my drawing muscles are horribly out of practice.

So here are a couple of practice runs. I’ve decided to resume keeping a sketchpad with me at all times until drawing becomes second nature again.

Rebel Rebel

I couldn’t decide if this was a boy or a girl haha!


As unromantic as it sounds, I copied her wings off of a blue bottle fly.

The Unwilling Flame

I haven’t drawn in quite a while. I don’t even doodle on the margins of my notebooks anymore because I got called out during a meeting (shame, shame), but I’m too thrilled by the fact that I have something new to care! Hahaha!

Also, I’m totally stoked that I did the line art completely with just a pen. I almost never get anything done without pencilling it in first.

Ballpoint pen on chipboard. Coloured and stock textures added in Photoshop.

Facial thingies are Amidala’s, yes. I’m glad I can still draw faces. I was afraid I’d forgotten that as well.


Let’s add this to the long list of drawings I’ve ruined by colouring them. If you must know, I screwed this up when I was painting the peacock feathers.

This is supposed to be Argus, a giant who had a hundred eyes all over his body, who Hera set to watch over Io. Zeus had Hermes slay him, and to commemorate her faithful servant, Hera had all of his eyes preserved on the peacock’s tail.

I’ll be doing this over soon. I mean, I want to do this over soon. Maybe once I get over the frustration of ruining another painting again.

Spaghetti Eastern

This from June 2009. I realised I haven’t posted this here yet.

An attempt, however feeble, at a different style of anatomy, since I’m kind of stuck somewhere between anime style and a not-so-anime-slightly-superheroish style.

Line art is just ink pens on plain office paper. Coloured and textures added in Photoshop after. Credits for the textures used go to Resurgere.

Painting on cork

For a change, I thought I’d try painting on cork for my Aunt/Godmother’s Christmas present. (Since Christmas is over, I can post this online now haha) I had this idea of using two separate panels that make up one image. It was supposed to be this woman with the sea as her hair and little fishies and whales and shit all tangled in it. You know, stuff that dreams, awards and world-wide acclaim are made of.

Instead, I came up with this:

To Sleep, Perchance To Dream” – acrylic on cork
To Sleep, Perchance To Dream” – acrylic on cork

While I don’t think it’s hideous, I am not completely satisfied with it. I totally underestimated how difficult it is to sketch on cork. Harder still, to erase. Even harder still, to see the pencil lines while painting. I ruined my other corkboard with all my erasures. Friends have suggested that I should’ve just painted directly, forgoing pencilling, but I’m afraid am completely reliant on erasers.

Lessons learned:

  • Don’t work with cork.
  • If I must work with cork, it better be a big-ass board of cork.
  • Don’t try to rush a painting the day before Christmas eve.


  • Watercolour, acrylic and coloured pencil on paper.

So I finally got around to finishing her. Failed attempt at going 100% traditional. I think Photoshop has forever spoiled me because no matter what I did, I couldn’t get the effects I wanted using watercolour anymore and had to resort to blocking out the background in bronze acrylic paint to cover up the mistakes.

I had originally overlaid textures to it to jazz it up, but it was starting to look messy to me, so I went back to the pre-Photoshop scan. Oh well. Lesson learned. Next time, smaller paper and no painting when tired.

See the work-in-progress here: https://gabcanfly.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/wip-daphne/

Then maybe I won’t be afraid…

Maybe I Won't Be Afraid, 2009

Things are a little hectic here in Manila. Typhoon Ketsana submerged more than half the metro in flood water and we’ve got two more typhoons coming our way, one of which is scheduled to hit us this weekend.

The rain frightens me now. If I had gills and a tail, then maybe I won’t be afraid.

  • Line art is pencil on sketchbook paper. Textures added in Photoshop.
  • Watercolour textures used were made by Resurgere, a non-commercial stock resource on deviantArt.

I’m experimenting on a new watermark. I’m rediscovering Baybayin and thought it would be nice to incorporate it in.