Gab (vs digital art), Currently XIII

I don’t think I’ve ever been this productive. But It’s easy to be able to squeeze in practice time when you don’t have to set up a bazillion things to be able to paint, in my limited workspace.

I’ve wanted to try this thing where I don’t outline. I mean, I like my lines, but they’ve become a bit of a crutch, tbh. I still haven’t quite figured out a way to make a piece look finished without them.

practice

Photoshop watercolour brushes are trippy because they kinda look like watercolour BUT BEHAVE NOTHING LIKE IT.

If this looks like three different paintings in one, that’s probably because it sorta is. I used a soft pencil brush for the lines, dry brushes for the flats, then watercolour brushes for shading, and now my trad-wired brain doesn’t know how to parse this information haha!

 

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Bon’s Macaque Skull

Bon’s gotten his board from the shaper, which means I can finally post the deck art/logo he commissioned me for it! They just needed a soft copy, but I still rendered it on paper, with various markers and pens because I’m pants at digital drawing.

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Bon was very specific with what he wanted – A macaque skull with a flower crown in a ring of traditional Filipino/Polynesian-inspired patterns, and symbols for the sun, wind, sea, and moon in black and grey. While I hate monkeys, I had a lot of fun drawing the skull, particularly the snout and teeth. So I guess monkeys aren’t all that bad, provided they’re dead and are devoid of fur, muscles, and innards hahaha! Can’t wait to see the board in person! 🙂

 

WIP it good

My labyrinthitis-induced vertigo finally subsided enough for me to get back to painting. Just in time too, exhibit ingress is just around the corner and I may or may not be in a constant state of panic.

I’m tired, and stressed, and all my insecurities are out to play, but I also never feel as good about myself as when I’m painting. The working noises in my brain hush the other noises that usually never shut up.

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I thought I was finished with this piece, but something still feels off so I’ll probably be working on it some more tomorrow after work.  One more (mostly) done, and one last piece to go!

In the Quiet Sea [静かの海で]

In the Quiet Sea  [静かの海で], 2.6' x 4', 2012, Acrylic & varnish on wood
In the Quiet Sea [静かの海で], 2.6′ x 4′, 2012, Acrylic on wood
Horrible edit of a horribly-lit photo. Really need to take a proper photo of it. 😦

I was re-watching a lot of  L’Arc~en~Ciel concerts and music videos from the 90’s while working on this painting, so it seemed fitting to name it after one of my favourite L’Arc songs from that era.

I was originally going to entitle it, “The Fisherman’s Wife” as a nod to Hokusai’s “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife“, but since this was for a pet-themed exhibit, it seemed in bad taste. HAHAHAHA.

Anyway, this painting will be part of Pet Project, a fundraiser for CARA (Compassion and Responsibilty for Animals) Welfare Philippines. The event will be held at Whitespace (Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati) on November 17, 2012.

More information about the paintings for sale and the event itself on the Pet Project website or the Facebook Event Page.

Prints at AVA.ph!

Some of my work is now available as art prints on AVA.ph!

Click on image to go to the shop!

I’d love it if you could check it out. I’d love it even more if you bought a print! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Greek Mythology x Circus Series

I was in such a state of panic during the last few hours before the ingress that I didn’t really have the time to think about the titles. I ended up naming them after the beings they based on; namely, Circe, Argus, Daphne and Arachne. Now that  I’ve been able to relax more, I’ve been able to give them proper titles. I’ve finally been able to flesh out my previous Circus and Greek mythology themes into one, cohesive series! Click on the thumbnails to full-view. 🙂

And as icing on the cake, our exhibit was featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer  two weeks ago!

Photo courtesy of Pallon.

You can read the whole article (sans most of the photos) here!