If you’ve been wondering where we’ve been… the three of us went on a mini holiday break last December. I extended finishing some projects a few weeks after. Elaine and I attended Graphika Manila last week… and finally, we’re back… with stories to tell. *wink wink*
I’ve been doing some envelope addressing projects for friends’ weddings recently and I thought I might share one of the “shortcuts” I used to get them done on time.Read More »
While scrolling through my social media feed, a promotional aid caught my attention. There will be a presentation on branding and marketing art and culture to be held at Lopez Museum and Library! And the museum has invited the following panelists:
Looking at the list, how can I deprive myself from learning new things from these game changers?! Count me in! (No questions asked.) After waiting impatiently, October 3 finally arrived! I was even early for the event, probably due to my bursting anticipation.
And now, here are a couple things that I have learned from the different speakers.
Even if weeks have already passed, I am still on a “Graphika Manila high”! So, here is another Graphika Manila post featuring another inspiring and influential artist. #SorryNotSorry
After his talk, Timothy Goodman has single-handedly caused black ink Sharpie to be flying out of the bookstore’s shelves. It seems like an exaggeration but when I arrived at the permanent marker aisle of the store, there were only a handful of Sharpies left and more people carrying Graphika Manila bags are heading our way. And of course, his books are out of stock both at the event and the nearby bookstores. (If anyone knows where I can find the Sharpie Art Workshop book, please comment below. And if you are oozing with generosity and would want to give this as a gift just because the world can be a better place then, I will be eternally grateful. 😀)
Who is this man you ask? Aside from being the author of the book I want so bad, Timothy Goodman is just a New-York based designer, illustrator and art director. Some of his clients are Airbnb, Google, Ford, J. Crew, Target, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He co-wrote 40 Days of Dating, which is also now a book. (Did I mention that Warner Brothers optioned to have film rights for 40 Days of Dating?).
On the second day of its eleventh year, Graphika Manila continued to inspire thousands of Filipinos to live a creative life starting with Patrick Cabral followed by fellow creatives including Blind represented by Matthew Encina, Gemma O’Brien, Pixar Animation represented by Benjamin Su, TokiDoki by Simone Legno, and Harvey Tolibao.
To be good at any craft, there must always be an effort to improve and become better. We don’t have amazing superpowers like the X-Men, the Avengers, or the Powerpuff Girls, so we must include practice of craft in our routine. Read tutorials, check out inspiring works by other artists, go to museums, attend workshops: there are so many learning options available out there but the best way to do it is to pick up that pen, brush, or whatever tool you use and apply what you learned.Read More »
Can you see the hard-to-ignore distress signal coming from our frank lovable titas?
No? Let me give you a clue.
“Aba, parang tumataba ka!”
No one can escape our favorite tita who is the ultimate fat signal, illuminating everyone in the immediate vicinity of how you have grown horizontally. How can we escape this when it is the month that our calendars are filled with nothing but parties. It is also the time of the year when people give in to fattening but oh so delicious food. And, it is the month when we choose to spend our time with our loved ones instead of suffering under our personal trainers.
It is a good thing that our fat pants is here to save us from embarrassment and from indigestion. It is just waiting for us to unearth them from its hypothetical one year slumber.
So what are you waiting for? Get your reliable fat pants and thank them for accepting your expanding waist lines.
Materials Used for the Hand lettering:
Finetec Inca Gold
To continue our celebration of the Akdang Pinoy (Filipino Literature) month, we went all the way back to the pre-colonial period.
Baybayin is the pre-Hispanic syllabic writing system used in the Philippines wherein each symbol is a syllable. The term baybayin comes from the root word baybay, which means spell. The pre-Hispanic Filipinos wrote baybayin by carving on different materials such as bamboo, tree barks, leaves and fruit rinds with the use of daggers or small pieces of iron.
Based on the early Spanish reports, pre-Hispanic literature are commonly handed down from older to younger generation without written records. The baybayin is mainly used for writing letters and poetry and, for writing incantations on the entrances of their homes to ward off evil spirits.
They have neither books nor histories nor do they write anything of length but onlyletters and reminders to one another… [And lovers] carry written charms with them.
(n.) The state of not being angry with someone but not being affectionate either
August in the Philippines is declared as Akdang Pinoy (Filipino Literature)Month. To show our appreciation, we’ve created artworks for the two words kilig and tampo. Uniquely Filipino, these words define feelings so particular they are rather difficult to express in another language, like English. This just shows how colorful and vibrant the Filipinos are. What is your favorite Filipino word?
If you’re a Pinoy 90s kid (like us hihi), it’s impossible for you not to recognize one of the most iconic Filipino rock bands ever – Eraserheads. Consisted of Ely Buendia, Marcus Adoro, Buddy Zabala and Raimund Marasigan, they have become one of the most successful and influential bands in the history of OPM (Original Pinoy Music). Apart from Huwag Kang Matakot, they were also famous for for the songs Ang Huling El Bimbo, With a Smile, Alapaap, and Ligaya. Up to this date, their songs remain to be a favorite for many. True to being classics, although they were written more than a decade ago, still they have been the soundtrack of many life experiences and hugot moments. Indeed, long live OPM!
Give them crayons, a piece of paper and the liberty to draw whatever, or wherever they want.
They’d go crazy scribbling lines in a multitude of directions and in a splash of colors far more extensive than the rainbow. You’ll see them doodling all over the paper, floor and walls. And, they wouldn’t feel sorry that they did.
We were all children once, unafraid and relentless in our ways. We colored outside the lines, before we grew up and we were taught to stay inside them. We used to travel to worlds our imaginations built, before we understood the world we live in, and decided this was enough for us. We’ve become so confined and fearful of how we should fit in, that we’ve lost touch of how we naturally stood out.
I hope we find it again in ourselves to be unapologetic for who we are, to be courageous enough to express ourselves creatively, and to live our lives uniquely.