I have been seeing the hashtag inktober for the longest time and this year I’m finally trying it! Mostly I’ve been using brush pens and my waterbrush:
A few hours ago my friends and I had a watercolor dutdutambay where we tested each other’s tools. I was able to test Yarka, winsor and newton professional, daniel smith, escoda and other brushes and mon marte brushes. :) I was also able to test awesome 300gsm watercolor sheets from @pensgaloreph:
Some snaps from my instagram (@aphazia) feed– I’m embracing my messy brush calligraphy style and making more urban sketches. For my recent urban sketches I’ve been using my trusty fudebiyori brush pens and adding tone by using my water brush. :)
I’ve realized that my number one love is still watercolor. I have been learning so much from doing daily paintings, from books, from attending workshops occasionally and from tips of helpful friends.
As a challenge to myself, I painted an imaginary lady using only two colors: alizarin crimson and yellow ochre and no pencil lines :)
I want to do more! :)
Also, today starts my #100happydays till the next year starts and I’m glad to report that I won as the 400th customer in subway today which meant I got a free meal! I was waiting in line, thinking how awesome it would be and whaddya know the universe granted me my wish! :)
Hope your day is filled with good vibes, wherever you are now.
I’ve been using fave poems for brush calligraphy practice. The one above is from Mary Oliver.
This one’s from Elizabeth Bishop. :)
I’ve been studying how to paint freehand portraits too, of imaginary ladies, thanks to tips from Jean (thanks, Jean!) during our artambay:
They said that you should paint what you love and I recently discovered that I really enjoy painting flowers. It’s challenging and exciting at the same time, and because I love looking at the subject matter, I end my painting on a happy note all the time. :) I was lucky enough to score a slot in Valerie Chua’s coveted floral workshop a few months ago and I really learned a lot. I’ve been experimenting with various techniques and materials as well. This painting below was done using cotman for the glass vase and akashiya sai brush pens for the rest. Love how the fine tip is great for details and how bright the colors are:
From Osaka, we went to Nara, where I went crazy because I dearly love deer. And Ninjas!
Sakura trees everywhere.
My fave mascot.
We stayed in this beautiful inn with deer origami and teeny tiny crane origami. They had the most beautiful yukata too, which I wore incorrectly accidentally heh:
First deer sighting, near the temple:
Inside the temple, you can donate a thousand yen (if I remember correctly) for temple restoration/and they’d give you a tile in exchange where you can paint your hopes/wishes, to be used in the temple. (I’m Rean, btw. My brother and I asked if we could split a tile and they agreed)
Sakura ice cream!
We went to the Ninja Museum, where they had ninja-themed trains:
My dad and brother joined the shuriken-throwing thang after the ninja show (which I thoroughly enjoyed) and I’m happy to report that I was able to hit some areas of the target (not a bulls-eye, but the target nevertheless hehe).
Cute kids in ninja costumes:
I wish we had ice cream vendo machines here too! I try to eat new ice cream/cold icy things when traveling abroad and I had the strawberry one, I think. I forgot to snap a photo because we were in a hurry, eep.
Holding hands with deer, checking out the sights:
Bye Nara! I really loved the Nara vibe, it reminded me of artsy Baguio.
I can’t get over how happy I was that we were able to visit one of my dream destinations last March: Japan! My excitement was beyond words–I was dreaming of this since I was a kid and I couldn’t believe we were finally going! There will be miracles when you believe!
I borrowed sd cards and filled around 10 gb with photos. In my excitement, most of those shots are blurry, though. I wanted to capture every moment but my hands wouldn’t cooperate, heh. I also wanted to fill my travel sketchbook with daily observations/food/people dorkwings but I couldn’t really decide if I wanted to draw or just stare at everything with happy tears streaming down my facee
(I did some drawings after, though, before I forget the happy memories. See my instagram for sneak peeks: @aphazia)
Here are some highlights of our Osaka trip. We went to Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and Tokyo.
Click each photo if you want to enlarge it. :)
Touchdown! First photo op, with vendo and Pikachu because why not:
Inspired by a skillshare project from the noun project, I made handdrawn icons describing a typical workday:
Instagram, tea, a bit of exercise, art before breakfast, check the time, I might be late, make more art if there’s more time, read a bit if there’s time, walk, buy coconut juice, walk, wait for the light to be green, underpass, walk, admire the flowers, stairs, powder my sweaty self, toast my bread for my second breakfast, work, listen to music, sneak artmaking during lunch break :)
I was able to join the 3rd pen meet Manila last Saturday at Project Pie, and it was one of the funnest events I’ve attended. I didn’t know what to expect, since it was my first but I loved the energy and super enjoyed the time I spent with everyone–mostly friends from instagram and the local arts/crafts scene :)
I’m planning on joining the next one! Thanks, Sienne of inkcatcher for organizing this fun event! :)
I went to BGC after for the art mart and bought the following:
(see my instagram: @aphazia for details on who made what) :)
I ticked off another item in my bucket list: Teach what I know in a workshop setting!
We commuted from Manila to Pampanga (some hijinks involving more than four hours of waiting in line for a bus ticket and for the actual bus to arrive ensued, but that’s another story) and arrived late because of it, oops-sorry! But we still got to make it and teach others what I know about fashion illustration.
One of my first “students” haha, Cora, a friend since college.
Group pic! Was happy I was still able to make it and share what I love with new and old friends. Thanks to Kat and Katha magazine for this photo!