Patterns #1 – Gemini

Gemini

Finally a new drawing on this blog! YAY!

Okay, just to get it out of the way first, I feel like I need to apologize for the watermark. After what happened, I decided to just follow the example of other artists like Nene Thomas when it comes to watermarks, because at the very least I can make it a little harder for plagiarists to use my stuff. 😀 Also no more linking to the hi-res versions, I’m afraid. You CAN, however, view a slightly embiggened version over at my DeviantArt page. 😀

ANYWAY, so here we are.

Over the past year, I’ve been fascinated with doodling, particularly the kind by the likes of Kerby Rosanes and Rob Cham. I love the details and the seemingly random explosions of STUFF in their works, and I’ve been trying to emulate that. I still have no idea how they do what they do (srsly guys, HOW?? D:), and right now, patterns is what I’ve got. I did, however, find that I enjoy drawing these things. You can just kind of zen out and relax while watching TV or waiting for people or whatever.

Another artist whose work I’ve also been trying to take after is Yuko Shimizu. I adore the heavy, dark inking, and combined with her coloring process, everything just looks fabulous and magical. Again, though, I’m still studying her work, and so far, I’m still pretty much off the mark ahahahahah hah…. T__T

So yeah, still got a lot of learning to do. =)))

For now, in case anyone’s interested, this is what it looks like before coloring:

Gemini Lineart

P.S.

While I’m promising to practice daily, no, I’m not doing the 365 (or rather, 366) day challenge this year. I decided that I want to be able to savor things this time around, and not put myself under unnecessary pressure to bang out hasty work on a daily basis. =))) I figured it should get easier as time goes on and who knows maybe I’ll be able to do and actually complete it next year, but like any marathon, I guess I still need to train for that. :p

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32 Years Around the Sun

A big thank you to everyone who helped me get to now. <3

Hi again, world! ❤

Hehe, yeah I’ve been gone for a while, haven’t I? Well, as I  mentioned in my previous (albeit impromptu) post, life kinda happened, and I decided to take a break from a lot of things for a while.

Also, I got married to a wonderful person who is willing to support me in everything I do, and through a long chain of events, 2015 became my “inhale year,” to borrow a term from the fantastic Amanda Palmer.

I admit that at first, I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. I was so used to being constantly busy, constantly sleepless, constantly burned out, that the idea of STOPPING and resting felt embarrassingly alien. It’s been long ingrained in my brain that anything less than being a busy worker bee with the constant danger of running yourself to the ground was unacceptable. It was being lazy, it was being unproductive, it was being a moocher, it was selfish, and most painfully, it was being a burden to everyone around you.

Thankfully, though, and with much help and support from my loving, ever-patient husband, as well as bunch of stalwart friends, it finally hit me on the head: “All these years, I wished I had enough time for myself, and I now have it at last!”

I realized how since I dropped out of university at 19 years old, I never stopped working. I never really had a break, and all I’ve ever really known was the routine of jobs and socially-acceptable productivity.

So yes, in 2015, I learned to stop being ashamed of trying to take care of myself and pursuing my own interests. I spent more time with our cats, I learned new recipes, I learned how to make desserts, I took joy in making sure the husband’s belly is always full with good food, I read more books, I played more video games, I watched more movies and listened to more music. I became more grateful for what we had. I ate healthier, I ate better. I slept more, and I said no more often.

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all peachy keen 100% of the time, and I would lapse into my neurotic, panicked self more often than I care to admit. The husband heroically bore the brunt of it all, each time I would throw a tantrum, and I could never thank him enough for that. During those periods when I DID actually “get it,” though, I learned so much.

Now in 2016, just a few days after celebrating my approximately 32 years around the sun, I enter a new year with a fresh perspective, and a new mindset. Probably for the first time since I was 19. It’s both terrible and wonderful, as fear and hope collide in my brain to turn into what I like to think is exhilaration. So thank you, everyone, and everything. I am where I am and who I am today because of you. And I think I really like where and who I am right now, and I am excited to roll up my sleeves again and see what we can come up with this time around.

It’s an exhale year now. Wish me luck.

Oh, and everyone?

Remember to breathe. ❤

I’m glad you like my work, but….

*peeks in* Hi. LOL so yeah, I know I haven’t posted in a REALLY long while. Life kinda happened, I got busy, hell I GOT MARRIED. =)))

Which is why I’m a little sad that I had to come out of hiding like this. You see, it’s been brought to my attention, like, JUST NOW, that people have been basically stealing some of my artwork. While I’m aware that when it’s posted on the internet, it kinda becomes free game, I guess the optimistic side of me was still hoping for a bit of… I dunno… respect (???) when it comes to borrowing someone else’s work, especially if you’re going to use it for things such as BRANDING.

I’m no famous artist, and I’m semi-pro at best. Which kinda makes it worse for me because… COME ON. I’m small fish. Don’t take what little I got.

So when I find out that not only did some people take something that I made, but also removed my watermark, didn’t credit me, and also terribly mutilated the original piece with horrible edits… I can’t help but feel pretty darned offended.

Case in point…

Sigh… Just… wut.

And what’s worse is that some people seem to consider asking for permission as more of an afterthought.

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If you’ve noticed, the commenter only asked for permission September 5, when they’ve already been using the image since August 31/September 1.

Look. I’m not selfish or greedy. I’m not asking for money, and if anything, us artists tend to be a very sharing bunch. But please, please, please, for the love of whatever gods you pray to, SOURCE AND CREDIT YOUR MATERIALS (I’m especially disappointed with the blog, because as supposedly reputable and highly-ranked bloggers, they should really know better). It’s really not much, nor is it difficult. The original image had A WATERMARK. A simple Google search would have saved everyone all this trouble. I’m also not hard to get hold of, as there’s the comments section, and I have a working contact page, and you really could have ASKED ME FIRST.

And please don’t remove the watermarks we put in there!

You can even see in one of the images that someone tried but wasn’t able to successfully remove the entire DeviantArt watermark.

That’s. Really. Rude.

Heck, had you asked nicely, MAYBE I would have even edited or colored it myself for free! Unfortunately, it’s stuff like this that make us artists much more protective/defensive with our work. And that’s sad.

Alas, from now on, I would probably have to resort to horrible, horrible watermark mutilation. Like this.

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Please don’t make us have to do this just to be able to protect our property. 😦

In the meantime, here’s some possibly relevant reading material:

Peace out, and I hope I never have to write a post like this ever again.

UPDATE:

Both offending parties have removed the images from their sites/pages, for which I am very thankful. However, a bit disappointed that the motorcycle club also removed my post on their wall regarding the issue, and never bothered to reply/comment/message me about the matter… which again, feels sort of rude. But that’s okay because I have screenshots of it here. Yay.

Random Doodle: Flowers and Butterflies

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More blog backlogs LOL.

It’s Sunday, so I guess it’s a day for one’s Sunday best. Fairies included? =))) Anyway, yeah, I was looking at photos of butterflies earlier, so this is what we get. I’ve also been told that spring has finally arrived in countries where it SHOULD be spring by now, so YAY!

Also trying out a new coloring/shading method. I think it worked? Maybe?

*squints* (o_-)

ONWARDS!

Pocket-Sized Jose Rizal

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YES, I’M ALIVE. And have a ton of blog backlog! LOL yeah, I had to focus on a bunch of projects recently, which meant that I ended up with a stack of daily unfinished/unposted doodles. But I think things are easing up a bit, or at least I’m getting the semblance of a schedule together, so hopefully I can get back on track. >_<;;

Anyway, here’s chibi Jose Rizal. LOL I seem to have taken it upon myself to make a whole bunch of hero chibis since I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit. So yeah. 😀

Random Doodle: Lounging around

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Just a really quick ink sketch this morning. Trying to practice a bit of posing and perspective LOL.

Also, drawing feet SUCK. X__x;;

Random Doodle: The Fairy of the Munchies

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Yay, more blog catch-up posts LOLOLOLOL.

Also, it’s around lunch time where I am right now, so I guess this sort of explains today’s doodle. Herp. =))

 

Chibi Supremo: Andres Bonifacio

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‘Atapang ‘atao!

LOL. Yeah, still working on some post backlogs. XDD

Anyway, Chibi Lapu-Lapu got me started on this whole thing (thank you, Tepai!), so I figured it prolly wouldn’t hurt to do a few more cute-fied national heroes. Heck if it can make a kid or two take interest in our national heroes, I think I’ll be pretty happy with that, haha!

So anyway, here’s our dear Supremo, Andres Bonifacio, showing everyone how much he hates that cedula. =)))

How the weather affects productivity

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So summer has pretty much started creeping up on us here in Manila, and the days have been getting really warm and humid. So when it started raining yesterday, and we were getting cool winds and nice temperatures… a change of plans occurred LOL.

Well, I’m making up for it now LOLOLOL TOTALLY WORTH IT. ❤