Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Magical Tale to Tell

Moshi moshi guys! How are you all doing? Hope you guys are all fine. Sorry, I am sometimes inactive on internet because of my busy stuff. I really miss doing my blog entries. Anyway, it's time to share my story with all of you about my new commissioned piece. Remember my past commissioned painting for my client Dary in 2009? Dary was quite excited to commission me again. He planned to surprise his beautiful gorgeous wife Paige for her birthday with my painting. So sweet! He said to me:

" It would be cool to have you transform our daughter Kara's room into a magical forest-like atmosphere. For example in the background: her crib might have vines growing up and down the bars, and her drawing table might be made out of tree stumps for legs, and large flat slice of tree for the table top... instead of carpet, it could be moss, or short grass, her bookcase might have a waterfall that trickles down over the books slightly hiding the books, her diaper changing table could be some sort of ancient stone alter, etc.. I'm imagining her room being ALIVE, instead of dull lifeless furniture, everything is magical and has a life of its own... But, the magical furniture SORT of resembles the original furniture - it morphs into being alive, you know what I mean? "

He also requested about his wife Paige reading Kara a night time storybook in Kara's rocking chair, Kara's two most favorite stuffed animal plushies (two pink bunnies), cherry blossom tree, fireflies, bright moon in the distance, stars, their beloved cat Yoda riding on train (Kara really loves trains) with flamingo birds, ducks and alligator... and also a small manhole cover with a heart. Dary said that his daughter Kara has this weird obsession with dancing on manhole covers, hehe cute!

So Dary showed me some pictures of Kara's room. Then I kept walking alone in my garden while imagining the concept what Dary explained his requests. Then I made my rough drafts. Dary really loved both sketches! So he chose the 2nd sketch. Perfect!

Here is my painting progress. Click to view this large image. Before I started painting, I always used colored pencil for drawing.

Busy mode. Hahaha, I looked emo. *cues dramatic violin*


See more detailed close-ups.
A Magical Tale to Tell
14" x 20"
Acrylic & Colored Pencil on Paper
Click to view this large image

Paige got surprised when she saw my painting. Dary hung it without her knowing. Then she cried happily, awww. Paige and Kara absolutely loved it! Happy Happy Birthday, Paige! Glad my painting made you big happy! Thank you so much for everything, Dary! I enjoyed working with you!


Other miscellaneous things: I forgot to post this... I got featured on Mabuhay Magazine June 2011 Issue, yey! Thanks for interviewing me, Blanche!

Currently, I'm working on my three commissioned paintings for my client Anne from Hawaii. Oh, busy days.

When my commissioned pieces will be done, I really can't wait to paint my two paintings for the upcoming Dragon show @ Gallery Nucleus. Ciao!

15 comments:

Kass said...

Awesome work as always Ate Mall! :) I love how there's so much going on in your paintings but they don't look too crowded.

Lara Reyes Schwartz said...

You're awesome! Always that I see your work, then I feel motivated.
Thank you for your beatiful art.

Yebbeba

...Hane... said...

This B'Day's art made me speechless *O_O*

e'von said...

Oh mall! I simply love your drawings! Even your sketches looks great.. Cursing and swearing cause my works ain't that good yet! But I'll work hard to draw like you one day~ hee..

Anyway, good news! I just got my first print on your drawing today!! I'm in ♥!! ^^

http://www.evonleangelis.com/2011/06/my-first-print-by-mall.html

Ivan said...

It's all so beautiful including WIP...

BeluBelloBelle said...

trully a good stuff u've got there ... think am falling and jump into your story there :)

Trade Your Talent said...

wow, I just found your artwork and I'm amazed. what a great imagination you have!

jowa said...

SPEECHLESS. You're amazing, Miss Mall. I am so jealous of Paige's beautiful gift, wish someone could give me your masterpiece...

Jennifer said...

Hooray Ms MALL for finishing another inspiring masterpiece!

Rain said...

Mall, it never fails to amaze me how much fine detail you put into your paintings. So happy you posted again. It's great to be able to read a nice, long post from you.

Yj said...

i want to fill my walls with your works.... and maybe, just maybe, life will become beautiful....

Elia said...

It's a-m-a-z-i-n-g ! I bookmarked your dA and blog a few months ago and I never dropped a comment before, shame on me... You really are talented.
You makes me wanna paint right now (*_*)

Ces said...

Oh my God! I just found you by accident while surfing the web. I don't even remember how I got here but here you are. Your work is genius caliber. I am enthralled!!!e web. I shall return.

Samhain Moon said...

Wow, I really love your illustration style!!

How long does it take to finish one from the moment of dreaming it up to the last paint stroke? (In general. I'm sure it fluctuates!)

Shelley Whiting said...

You have some mad skills. I love all the details. It's like every time I look at it I see more. Your work is very whimsical and fun. Beautiful and magical work.