Saturday, October 29, 2011

Iron Angel by Jason Chan

I sooo freaking love this digital art by Jason Chan. I Found it on Psd.TutsPlus.Com, a Photoshop tutorial website. It is one of the 54 Mind-Blowing Digital Paintings featured there. Click the image for a larger and complete view.

To see more of Jason Chan's art click here. Enjoy! ^_^

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dreaming of a Halloween Party

Halloween is fast approaching -- so what? Filipinos do not celebrate the spooky holiday as the Americans do. In the U.S., Halloween is the second biggest holiday in terms of retail sales. Here in the Philippines you may find Halloween decoration in commercial establishments but you'll rarely see them in homes, especially in the typical middle class neighborhood. Halloween in the Philippines is more about commemorating departed loved ones.

And that's really frustrating. I love Halloween! I'm a fan of spookiness - the supernatural, ghost stories, witches, vampires, etc. When I was a kid I've always wanted to go trick-or-treating but that never happened. Even as a grown up I've never attended a Halloween party. Well in the streets of Malate in Manila, decked with clubs and bars, costume parties happen on the Saturday closest to October 31st. But street parties are not my thing.

If I have my own place (and enough money) I'll invite my friends over for a real Halloween party. I will adorn my home with creepy but classy decor just like the ones at MarthaStewart.Com. There are a lot of really nice ideas there. Click on the clipping to learn how to make your own decoration. ^_^

I will require my guest to wear a costume - they will have to be an evil being and not some character from a movie or an anime series. There will be scary story-telling, divination, and magic tricks, and spooky background music will be played. This is how a Halloween party should be!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Glamma Momma Shirts
on the Runway

Remember the Glamma Momma shirts that my sister Erlaine created? She made an online store for it at Multiply. Yesterday Multiply held a shopping party at Whitespace in Makati City, where merchant account owners can showcase their products. There was a fashion show and this Mommylicious shirt by Glamma Momma (that I designed and printed myself hehe) was among the items selected to be shown on the runway. ^_^

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Discovering WPAP

I was searching for modern portraiture art and I saw this really nice one of a favorite character and actor. It is made by Toni Agustian and the style is called WPAP (Wedha's Pop Art Portrait). If you wanna see more WPAPs by different artist, check out PopBoxWPAP.

WPAP was founded by Wedha Abdul Rasyid, an artist in his 50's. He's the illustrator of Hai Magazine in his homeland Indonesia. Below is his self portrait.

I saw a video tutorial and will try it on one of my pictures sometime. ^_^ I'm glad I have CorelDraw here in my laptop. It can also be done in Adobe Illustrator.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Disney's Lion King, The Musical

This multi-awarded musical debuted in 2007 but it was just recently that I get to watch video clips on Youtube. Hadn't a friend asked me to help make masks for him and his colleagues to use in their organization's musical competition, I wouldn't have an idea how spectacular the Disney's Lion King musical is. I think it's the most colorful and vivid musical in history with the costumes, dances and puppetry.



In Asia, The Lion King musical has already been staged in Taiwan and Japan. In Singapore it debuted in March 2011 and will close on October 30, 2011. If you wanna watch it there go get your tickets here.

I wonder when it will be staged here in the Philippines?

Making Our Version of
Lion King Masks

My friend Patrick asked for my help in painting these masks that his team will be using in an excerpt performance of Disney's Lion King musical. Patrick's a medical representative. He and his colleagues will join doctors in a musical competition that serves as entertainment in a convention (by a national organization of medical oncologists). Others teams will do Grease, Hairspray and Moulin Rouge.

Anyways, I must say that there's an artist in Patrick. He made these lion masks himself with wire mesh and paper mache. The manes are made of various indigenous materials. I painted all the face details. We had three dear people (Cholo, Chogie and Avee) help us out in painting and assembling.

In the picture (above), from left that's Chogie holding the Scar mask, Patrick wearing the grown Simba mask, on the table is the young Simba mask, Cholo wears the Mufasa mask, and I'm wearing the Nala mask.

Actually the doctors will get to wear the lion masks. Patrick and some of his colleagues will be a pack of hyenas. We made 9 paper mache hyena masks from a mold. I taught him how to make a mold-model out of epoxy.

We actually had fun making these mask here in our garage. We thought of starting a costume-making business. This isn't really the first time my friends made stuff like these.

We completed all 14 masks just today. The musical event happens tomorrow. Good luck, Patrick!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Watched Jet Li's The Sorcerer and The White Snake today. Originally, the movie is entitled "It's Love and Madame White Snake". I guess I expected too much from this movie. I thought that if Jet Li was in the movie it had to be really good. And as a big fan of the actor I was exited to see the movie after waiting two years since the showing of The Forbidden Kingdom where he had this awesome fight scene with Jackie Chan.

Anyways, despite the simple, CGI saturated fight scenes in The Sorcerer, it was good to see Jet Li in the big screen again doing old China kung-fu.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Wendy Lee Lynds' Collage Blog

How do you like my new blog header? I grabbed those images from the web (except the picture of myself) and made a digital collage through Photoshop.

It was inspired by the collage art in Wendy Lee Lynds' blog, Off the Cuff Collage. She makes real cool assemblages. What I like most are those with nostalgic elements. Some reminded me of the printed murals in the Starbucks shops here.

Lynds has other blogs, like Silver Spike Studio, where she shares her cool creations and interesting works by other artists. Off the Cuff is where she shares her collage journal. Yup, she glues the paper finds onto the pages of her notebook.

I hope I could find the time to make a real big collage - not digital. I have lot's of old magazines and interesting paper here!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thank goodness for shelves! All my screen printing stuff are accumulating and my work table was all cluttered up so I decided to get shelves. I'm glad my folks agreed to pay for it hehe. I got this from Itemp Holdings. It's a 5 layer shelf, with no-bolt powder coated metal frames, fiber board tops, that is 0.45 meters deep and 1.20 meters wide. Costs P5,500 and delivery is free. Those that you find in malls cost more. Like P9,000!

Though it is much cheaper to get a carpenter to build you a wooden shelf (that is likely to be fixed), I think it's more practical to get a durable, modular, and easy to dismantle shelf.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Blogosphere Shirt
by BloggerShirts

Here's our new BloggerShirt design for the month of October. I've printed the first five orders today. ^_^

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October Hovers Over

Another month has passed. It has been half a year months since I set out to become my own boss and to make a living out of my talents. Well, so far I have BloggerShirts, a brand of t-shirts that I produce and sell with my friend Fitz. We're coming up with another design this month, by the way.

I created an online store a couple of weeks ago at multiply.com and it's still under construction. I don't have anything to sell yet. My own line of t-shirts, that I have been meaning to create, will be sold there. Maybe I'll make fashion accessories and sell them too. I'll also offer digital painting services there - framed digital art and fine painting-like portraits that will be delivered to a client's doorstep.

Digital imagery, particularly portraits, is what I hoped to be my primary business because I know it's what I do best. But I had to put it aside because of the lack of space. I do need a decent studio for this particular business. I rather have the studio here at home than rent a per-hour studio or go to a client's place and photograph him there. I'm not being finicky or maarte. It's just that having your own studio has advantages. Like it keeps the service cost low - I want my art to be affordable and yet have good quality.

I really didn't anticipate this delay. Silly of me. I reallized that my plans depended on my parent's actions. I thought that by this time they have already moved into their new house in Cavite and I have set up all my creative spaces here in this old house. I confess that the delay really upset me so much that I failed to appreciate the help that my parents are giving me, despite that they seem unsupportive to my artistic endeavors.

Well, I saw the mistakes I made about planning. There's a plan B to think about and some attitudes to change...