Back to Basics: Pinup Girl

Hi. It’s been a busy month again lol. Currently have a bunch of stuff lined up, and on top of that are all the other things that my husband and I need to get done around the house and all that. And of course there’s the whole daily living, plus five cats thing. So yeah. It’s been pleasantly busy. =)))

Anyway, lately I’ve decided that I needed to get back to the basics. I mean, as much as I want to start producing masterpieces one after the other a la Artgerm, I’ve finally (it took me long enough, no?) come to terms with the fact that my fundamentals are lacking. Instead of trying to get fancy with Photoshop brushes as I normally do, I figured, let’s go back to that thing I used to do waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when I first started drawing, back in high school: SMUDGING PENCIL LEAD. =))))

In the meantime, I’m also trying to be much more careful with anatomy and proportions, which… I admit… I have been taking way too much liberty with over the years. This is mostly because I (wrongly) convinced myself that since I usually draw in anime/manga style, it meant that I can just so whatever the hell I wanted and call it “my style” AHAHAHAH yeah I’m a dumb kid. HERP.

So here’s a quick one to get started. I opted for this because a.) I love vintage pinup girls, b.) I adore victory rolls, c.) I enjoy shading hair. It seemed like a win-win at the time. =)))

PS: I used a reference image for the hair. I looked it up via Google Images, but I can’t seem to find it again now. Sorry. >__<;; Anyway, in the original, the model was holding a soda bottle up. … yeah I got too lazy to draw that bit lol

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Day of Hearts

Yes, I’m STILL playing around with the silver pen and black pad, and yes I still most definitely love making little patterns on stuff lol.

Here’s a little something for Valentine’s Day 2016.

Light and love, everyone. ❤

Silver and Black

Hi. I’m not dead lol.

Anyway, I’ve just been busy. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’m setting out to Get Things Done (TM) during this period, and so far, it has been coming along nicely. I just have to learn to divvy up my time more wisely nowadays, haha. 😀

Anyway, I was reorganizing my desk and digging through my STACKS of blank notebooks, journals, and sketchpads that I’ve been hoarding, and I unearthed this. A cheap, 30-peso (less than US$1) black pad that I forgot I had. Along with it, I also found ye olde cheapo silver gel pen, so I decided to take it out for a spin. I do love, love, love high-contrast lines, and I think this turned out kinda okay for a quick doodle. =)))

And no, I still don’t own a scanner. :p

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. ❤

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. ❤