Monday, April 14, 2014

Memento Mori

Moshi moshi! How are you all doing? Hope all is well. Wow, I was so quiet and inactive here in my blogspot past few months ago. Because I am so busy in taking care of my health, taking rest, exercising, recovering, visiting my doctors for my check-up, doing little errands and of course, drawing / painting. My belly scar is nearly healed. My immunity is still weak so I keep taking medicines and eating healthy foods. At least I am happily okay nowadays, yey!

Anyway, I would like to thank Marie who invited me to participate in the group show, " Memento Mori " in Curiosites. So exciting and thrilling! In fact, I rarely draw skulls, hihi!




Glad I was able to create my two artworks during my long recovery. Enjoy viewing!
Loved to Death
8" x 9.5" inches, unframed
Graphite on Paper
USD $400



Blood Never Lies
5.75" x 7.25" inches, ready to hang
Mixed Media Sculpture
USD $550


If you're interested in buying these, please contact curiosites_galerie@yahoo.fr
There's an awesome lineup of artists, check out their artworks! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello guys! I'm finally back! I'm still recovering and trying to gain more weight this time. No worries, I feel quite okay and hope my belly will be completely healed soon. Thank you very much for your support, encouragement, love and prayers thru my troubles, challenges, pain and trials. I love you guys! Oh thanks God, thanks God for giving me strength and patience for long. Now, I'm so happy to eat real foods again. Of course, take it easy first. 


Anyway, here's my final announcement about my shop update. Be sure to check your time zone converter correctly. I recommend you to use your super duper internet connection so you can grab one of my pieces before soldout. NO RESERVATIONS, sorry. If you have questions, just email / message me. Before buying, kindly read my shop polices. GOOD LUCK GUYS!







Tuesday, December 3, 2013

UPDATED ABOUT MALL

Mall is finally home after she was staying at the hospital for more than one month. She got three abdominal surgeries (severe small intestines adhesions or intestinal obstruction and complications from previous surgeries) was very rare and mysterious, so doctors still don't know the reason. God gave Mall a big trial in her life that she passed with great strength, courage and patience. Currently, she is still recovering for two or three months or until February/March 2014 year... Well, let's see and wait until Mall will be completely better.

For fans and art collectors, please be patient, when she will be much better, she'll continue working on commissions, artworks for future exhibits and she will be ready to switch "Coming" to "Add Cart" her BigCartel shop for selling her original Innocent Girls III... So she will keep you guys about shop update next year. Thank you for your understanding. GO MALL GO! 


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Shop updated is postponed.

I'm Mall's sister, Erica. Her shop update will be postponed due to an emergency. She undergone an operation due to a severe abdominal pain. It was found out that she has 2 myoma (7.5cm & 1cm) whis is now removed. The pain was caused by a ruptured corpus luteum that became a blessing in disguise since it was the pain that made her get an ultrasound. She will update her shop as soon as she gets better.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Innocent Girls III

Hello, how are you all doing? I would like to thank fans and art collectors who bought my personal project Innocent Girls I and II pieces past few years ago, they were easily sold out. Thank you for supporting my art.
Innocent Girls from year 2010

Innocent Girls from year 2011


I have good news, Innocent Girls III pieces are back! As a matter of fact, I planned to create 50 pieces... but I did 30 pieces because I have to do other important things and heavy art commissions this year. Anyway, I'm quite pleased that my drawing skills got improved! Funnily, my Innocent Girls drawings looked more mature. I drew my girls' different emotions based on my past bad experiences and stories from real people and movies. It measures 7" x 7" inches.


Here are more heavy images!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cat Summoner & White Fox

Sorry, I was quite inactive here in my blogspot because I was way too busy with many art projects and running errands. At least, glad I have free time to write this blog entry again now. Last 2010 year, my client, cat + toy lover Edward from Singapore contacted me that he was interested to commission me so I added him to my future list. 

Currently, he intended to make his 2 years' wait worth it! Edward requested me to create one sculptural piece and one custom toy. He saw my previous work " Rabbit Mask " and loved it so he wanted me to make a commissioned sculptural piece. He cancelled my big cat sketches so he preferred a handsome white fox and a lot of kitties. Click to view my wip photos below...


WARNING: many heavy photos!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Fennec

Finally, glad I did my 4th toy again. My talented sweet lovely client Denise Baldwin a.k.a. ODDimagination sent me 6" inches Munny toy. She said, 
" As far as what to do with the Munny, I truly meant what I said and you may create WHAT EVER your heart desires. If that is Babu and Abu that is great! If it is something else, that will be great too! If you want to experiment - go for it! Even if you need to cut holes in that munny or cut open his head (ha ha!). My truest joy will be in having a creation that is totally from you!
Awww, I was happily pleased that she respects my own imagination.

Before I started customizing Munny toy, I tried to search Denise's wonderful artworks on her Etsy shop and found her work, " Baby Fennec Fox ". This gave me a good idea and thought of myself, " I adore Fennec fox, I must create him for Denise! " I got inspired by Yakuza, which those beautiful detailed tattoos amazed me. Please see my wip photos in my previous blog entry. Honestly, I was so slow to customize Fennec toy. Because I was also busy in doing running errands, attending my friends' two wedding events and other busybee stuff.


After more weeks, it's done! " Fennec " is not my title so once he will be arrived, my client Denise will have a new name for him soon. Red ribbon from the local craft store and cruelty-free angora furs from Etsy shop are perfect for customizing Munny toy. I love it!


I think he's really good at posing / modeling. 
Love him so much, he's really quiet, positive, humble and brave.

I was also videotaping while working on Fennec toy! I filmed it with my trusty Panasonic Lumix GF1 camera, Voigtlander Cosina Nokton 50mm f/1.1, Lumix 20mm pancake, SLR Magic 26mm toy lens and my dad's old tall tripod. Unfortunately, I still haven't received Pico Flex Dolly from online store for more than 2months. Super disappointing... that's why I used my dad's old tripod asap. 


TAKE NOTE: my video might make you dizzy 'coz mostly I did " pan right " camera technique movement. There are few errors in two programs, iMovie and Garageband about audio / clips so my video is slow, wobbly and not smooth, it makes me disappointed. 

When I have time, I need to re-edit a new movie project for smoothening my Fennec video and learn how to use Adobe Premiere / Final Cut Pro. Anyway, SHOW TIME! Get popcorn and enjoy watching! DON'T FORGET TO USE HD (720p).

UPDATED: My friend Jean-Sébastien Monzani helped me to re-edit my wobbly video, which it looks clearer, smoother and much better! I have replaced my video with this revised one. Merci!



He already shipped yesterday. He can't wait to become a new family member of her owner Denise soon. Next time, I'll make one for myself so I won't be sad, hihi. Miss you so much, Fennec.


For my next commissioned Trikky toy, I don't think I'll videotape it because of my current busy art projects... maybe better next time. I'll post my Trikky toy and sculptural piece (fox + tiny kittens) for my client Edward once they will be done. See you guys next time!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

QUESTIONS about customizing toy


Hello guys! How are you all doing? Hope all is well. I received many repeating same questions from my lovely fans. Here are my answers: 

 1. Where did you buy a Magic Sculpt clay? 
- I ordered MS clay from Ebay online shop but they delivered my orders to my relatives' location in States. Then my relatives went back to Philippines so they brought MS clays to me. Unfortunately, I think they don't have MS clay here in Philippines. They have Apoxie Sculpt, you can purchase it on The Sculpeyman Trading multiply store. Here's a link: http://thesculpeyman.multiply.com/ Remember, MS / Apoxie is a self-hardening clay, it doesn't need to bake. 


 2. Which one is better: MS or Apoxie? 
- MS and Apoxie are almost same. I used Apoxie for my first toy (Owl) in the beginning, it was really nice. For my personal opinion, I prefer MS because I love to smoothen the MS clay with water only. I don't like the way that Apoxie clay needs to smoothen with rubbing alcohol. MS is more sandable than Apoxie. Try to use Milliput. I heard that Milliput is just like MS. I never tried Sculpey, Fimo, Premo, polymer clay, wax clay and paper clay... maybe in time, I'll try these different clays. 


 3. Why don't you try Sculpey?
- Errr, I haven't tried Sculpey yet... Maybe in time. I must admit that I'm sometimes impatient, I don't want to wait for baking Sculpey in an oven... or boiling Sculpey clay in a pot longer. :) 


 4. How do you smooth the MS clay? 
- Sometimes I use water MS for smoothening. Or for avoiding rough surfaces or dimple-like in the toy surface, I use a sandpaper to scuff it. For thick rough unperfect clay, use 80 - 100 grit sandpaper. After this, change the grit then hit it with some 150.... then 220 or 250....and the last satin/silky feel, use 400/1000. You keep rubbing it with different grit sandpapers from roughness to smoothness. 


 5. What are your tools for customizing toy? 
- sculpting / carving tools, hairdryer, MS clay, aluminum foil, recycled things (for instance, wood, metal, paper, old pencils/sticks, etc.), sandpapers, Dremel rotary tool, Xacto knife, acrylics, colored pencils, gesso, wool or felt or fabric, glass, varnish spray (matte or gloss), more. 


 6. Can you share your techniques, tricks, tips and ideas about DIY custom toy? 
- Wish I could have free to answer these. But there are a list of complete FAQ stuff on Kidrobot forum, which I learned a lot. Here's a link, hope this helps you. http://forums.kidrobot.com/viewtopic.php?t=56606 Also, there are a *lot* of DIY custom toy tutorials on blogs, you can google them. Thanks to Internet, hehe! :)


 7. Did you already videotape your 4th custom toy? 
- Yes of course! You all will wait for my new toy video soon... I think my video might be short like 5 or 6 minutes. I'm currently filming while working on toy. See y'all soon! It's bedtime for me, goodnight!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Kingdom Carousel

ARRGGGGHHH! Flickr really annoys me. I don't understand why some Flickr images don't appear on my art blog entries. So annoying, what happened to Flickr??! Well don't worry guys, I'll fix them soon. 

Anyway, I received a late invitation from Gallery Nucleus for the wonderful group show, " The Animal Kingdom ". Remember about my black background? When I created my previous ACEO cards, I started using a new medium, Golden Black Gesso. I really loved it so much!

So I chose my medium, acrylic and black gesso on strathmore paper. It was quite easy to paint it fast before the deadline, hehe. Many people asked me if I could use masking fluid. Nope, I must admit that I never use masking fluid, really.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hello, 2013

After I posted my old blog entries about the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012... 
I did my quick simple drawing on my hand again. 

Hello, 2013.
Hey you, highfive!

Oh, did you notice an old scar of my left index finger?
It was my cutting accident - my art cutter, haha.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Graphic Canon Volume 2

I'm super happy to contribute my Alice pieces to the graphic novel book, Graphic Canon Volume 2: from  "Kubla Khan" to the the Brontë Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray, edited by American editor and publisher Russ Kick.


" The Graphic Canon, Volume 2 gives us a visual cornucopia based on the wealth of literature from the 1800s. Several artists—including Maxon Crumb and Gris Grimly—present their versions of Edgar Allan Poe’s visions. The great American novel Huckleberry Finn is adapted uncensored for the first time, as Twain wrote it. The bad boys of Romanticism—Shelley, Keats, and Byron—are visualized here, and so are the Brontë sisters. We see both of Coleridge’s most famous poems: “Kubla Khan” and “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (the latter by British comics legend Hunt Emerson). Philosophy and science are ably represented by ink versions of Nietzsche’sThus Spake Zarathustra and Darwin’s On the Origin of Species... " Click to read more on Graphic Canon wordpress.


Anyway, I received two books and wow, they are really thick! Great quality, 512 pages! I would like to share these pics with all of you.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My Bitter Tears


While waiting for my clients' responses about commissions, I was doing my small drawing. I needed to do warm-up drawing exercises (nope, it's not like stick figures... for instance, smudge, shades, contour lines, scribbles, circles, etc.) Because I didn't draw / paint for more than three weeks. Before doodling, I tried to imagine my girl character when I listened to my all-the-time favorite song, "My Bitter Tears" by Smote. I recommend this splendid music Smote for all of you. Enjoy listening! (Thanks for sharing, Camy!)


Anyway, I used Staedtler mechanical pencil and kneaded eraser. I love doing spontaneous pencil techniques that makes me feel more motivated. See more detailed photos below.