Finishing #inktober 2016

I did it! I am happy to report that I was able to finish all 31 days of #inktober this year. 🙂

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Left side was done October one, right side was done October 31. Some realizations after doing this challenge:

– I like drawing androgynous ladies, and ladies with wavy hair.
– I don’t really enjoy drawing full bodies but I love figuring out where shadows go for faces
– Working with just one pen, a brush pen and a waterbrush has made me consider darkest tones and highlights.
– One month creative challenges work best for me. After that I sort of lose my interest and it’s not as fun anymore.
– Inktober is best done with something you want to get better at, for me it’s drawing fashion figures originally but I realized I wanted to paint faces more.
– Doing this and knowing that a lot of people all over the globe are doing it too made it more enjoyable.
– Just start. Sometimes you are too tired to make one but just soldier on and when you’re actually doing it you’ll realize you just had to put pen to paper.
– There’s nothing wrong with starting over.

#inktober 2016 realizations

It’s day 23 of #inktober already! I haven’t missed a day which I consider a feat in itself, and am still having fun in this challenge. I started with the vision of illustrating fashion poses in magazines but halfway through the 31-day mark it got a bit tiresome. I noticed that I enjoyed drawing larger portraits though, and had fun shading the faces. I’ve decided to focus on that nowadays:

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More than 3 years ago I studied fashion illustration at FIP because I wanted to learn about how to draw fashion figures and illustrate females. There weren’t a lot of workshops back then (unlike today which I’m really happy about) so that was a great experience for me and I got to meet a lot of new friends as well. As years went by I realized how much I enjoyed portrait painting and I want to focus on this instead. Will attend 2 more portrait workshops in a few weeks so I’m really excited for that.

The drawing on the upper left side was done on my 1st day and the drawing on the lower right was done the other day. 🙂

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What I’ve been up to: July 2016

Hi friends! July has been a pretty productive month, so far! I’m learning watercolor via a book by Yuko Nagayama. The first lesson is painting apples which I thought was easy. 2 hours later, and I almost gave up  haha:

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Have you watched Ghostbusters? Please do and have your kids watch it too. It passed the Bechdel test and is pretty empowering and just plain fun:

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Obviously I love Kate Mckinnon so I had to have that funko pop. 🙂 I’ve been making more comics too!

Here are my memories of NY via washi collages:

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I also tried painting flowers using gouache for the first time! I enjoyed the process:

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Painting in my travel journal a lot, and painting flowers more. I wanted to try that beautiful loose airy Yao Cheng style but I guess I’m just more a messy, cluttery type of flower painter. Lol. I am accepting this, Universe! 🙂 For more of my adventures, see you on instagram! @mabuhaydiy 🙂

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Bullet journal obsession

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I’m spending a lot of time recently trying to organize my life and so far, I really enjoy compartmentalizing my art from my lists from my daily tasks using various journals/planners. I use my Starbucks planner for daily gratitudes, and my three traveler’s notebooks have separate functions: one is my bullet journal, one is for my drawings and stuff I’ve eaten, and the last one is my travel sketchbook. I love how they’re light and compact. Now I know why these notebooks have so many fans! I still want a regular camel one for a cover–I still don’t have a cover haha.
My bullet journal basically has pages of lists. I realized that I enjoyed writing lists, but hated that I couldn’t find everything, so the index part is what I use the most. I get tons of inspiration from searching “#bulletjournal” from instagram but to be honest I know I can never draw straight lines even when using a ruler. Drawing lines is just not for me haha. I do enjoy the prospect of doing brush calligraphy for headers using my brush pens, and I tried bringing all my colored pens to work to try and finish a page during breaktime but it didn’t work. I got so overwhelmed with the choices I couldn’t even start the page lol.
I stuck to pink and green for this one, since I had a lot of pink and green frixion pens. I also use an erasable fountain pen that I bought from the SM Stationery section. I used stencils that I got from an ukay-ukay eons ago.
So far my favorites are those collection pages, and my wishlist page, which contains stuff I really want and how much I need to save to buy it. Got the idea from one of the awesome bujo-ers online but my memory fails me–I can’t seem to remember from whom, so sorry!
I also track nice sensory moments daily because it’s want I want to remember most. 🙂

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There are so many fabulous ideas online and countless videos and blog posts on how to set up your bullet journal, which is a system invented by Ryder Carroll, which you can learn more about in this video:
Do you keep a bullet journal too? What’s your fave thing about it? 🙂

Museum “me” time: Ayala museum

I’ve been to Ayala museum more than five times already and to be honest I just scan the areas I’ve visited very quickly. Until yesterday. I spent more than 3 hours there, just documenting my faves in my planner. I stood in front of these pieces and got a bit lost in the details, but I still carried on because I wanted something to remember it by. I am now considering getting a membership next year, and having a Saturday museum “me” time where I just draw every piece that I like. 🙂

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Calligraphy on tote bags

I felt so happy when my friend Geli invited me to join her for an afternoon of painting tote bags for Avon. It was an exciting opportunity for me, since I’d be writing on bags as per requests of the clients. It would also be an on-the-spot affair, so double the excitement! And jitters too, to be honest. But the people from Avon were so warm and friendly and after some time we found ourselves cracking jokes with them while working:

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This was my first customer and I hope she liked it! Apologies for the blurry photo, I think I got too excited when I took this shot haha.

We also met two very talented ladies who will also do calligraphy on the tote bags alongside us. They were only in highschool but I’m already certain they’d go places soon. 🙂 

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Thank you again, Geli and Avon for this fantastic opportunity. Hope the ladies liked their customized tote bags. 🙂

100 day project 2016

Last year, I joined Elle Luna and The Great Discontent’s  #100dayproject to challenge myself. It coincided with my trip to Japan and I finished up to around day 21 only. Hopefully this year is different!

I’m doing #100daysofhandsketches and I’ll use different materials (pens, markers, crayons, etc.) everyday. 🙂

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Will you be joining too? 🙂

What I’ve been up to: April 2016

How’s your year so far? Summer is really here in Manila and I find myself enjoying hanging out inside an air conditioned mall when I have free time, finishing spreads in my art journal. It helps if you have icy cold milk tea with you while you work haha.

My planner is filled with things I’m grateful for. A sneak peek:

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I love making art before I rush off to work each morning. Here’s a washi fashioj collage I made the other day:

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P.s. These gilded hand-painted stickers will be on sale in a bazaar very soon! Stay tuned for the details 🙂

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