Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Portrait for Shei & Lex

Here's another portrait done this month. This is of Sheila and Alex who just got married on the 26th of May. This portrait is a wedding gift for them by their friend Erlaine who's my sister in law.

If you you wish to have a digital portrait done as a gift, click here.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Insect Lab:
The Art of Mike Libby

The spider that I was trying to preserve got its abdomen shriveled while drying. I realized that a spider's exoskeleton is not as hard as some insects. Anyway, I think I have an idea of what to do with it.

I am reminded of awesome sculptures made of preserved bugs by American artist Mike Libby. The 36 year old artist from Maine makes "mechanical insects" by fitting gears and other components from old watches in dissected beetles, bees, butterflies and some arachnids. Yup he's got spiders too.

If you want to see more of his awesome works visit his gallery at InsectLabStudio.Com

Hmm I'm sure I have an old watch here somewhere...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I found a female huntsman spider trapped in a laundry basin in our backyard last Tuesday.  I thought these spiders move quickly and could jump on my hand but catching it was easy. It just walked inside the jar when I tried to like scoop it in.

I was hoping to keep it as a pet but unfortunately it died last night and I was feelin' guilty about it. I certainly didn't starve her to death. She ignored all the live food that I gave her each day (the little roach, the swarmer ant and the stink bug). But she might be sick or near moulting period and her jar container is not suited for it (and I keep holding the jar to get a good look at her). It's sad that I get to read about taking care of spiders too late. Poor thing. = ( 

Now I'm attempting to preserve her mortal remains. I don't think I'm doin' it right either. Oh well...

Friday, May 25, 2012

I really enjoyed watching this short CG animation film on Vimeo entitled "Ruin" by OddBall Animation. It's just a chase scene between an auto-pilot hover plane and a lean and mysterious motorcyle-riding young man, in post-apocalyptic time. It's nicely done. Watch it!

It made me miss my big bike. I imagine myself in scenes like this when I ride through the freeways.

Despite the hectic shirt printing job this month, I was able to squeeze into my schedule the making of these two digital portraits for my client Mendel. These are two important women in his life: his mom Marianita and his dearest friend Ging.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Shirts for Benevolent
Mountain Trekkers

I'm back! The end half of May sure is a busy one for me. Aside from printing BloggerShirts, I've printed more than 75 shirts for two mountaineer groups. Thanks to the free-spirited Bernie, a mountaineer and social worker who gave me this project. I met her through my locktician Avhel a.k.a. Pinoy Dreadman.

Both are "trek for a cause" event shirts. One is scheduled on May 26 to 27, another on May 31 to June 3, 2012. On those coming days, mountaineers will  bring donated books and other school supplies up the Sierra Mountain for the Dumagat kids.

The Dumagat are an ethnic group here in the Philippines. They typify the negrito physical traits: dark brown to black skin and curly hair. There are some cases of fair complexion and straight hair as result of mixture with lowland Pinoys. The Dumagat are semi-nomadic. They are found in the province of Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Nueva Viscaya, Carmarines Sur, Carmarines Norte, Rizal and Bulacan.

Because most of them live in the mountains, not all of the Dumagat are educated. Thanks to government efforts, private organizations and people like my new friend Bernie, the Dumagat people of this generation has a better chance in surviving this modern world.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Portrait Of My Mom

It's Mothers Day and I made this portrait for a remarkable woman in my life - my mom. Her name is Epifania. Some people call her "Panya", others "Fannie". Mother of three, grandmother of two. She cooks awesome  Filipino dishes.

This portrait is taken from this old photograph which was taken  in her early 20's. I hope she'll like what I've done. She had been requesting for it. 

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I'm having my dreadlocks retouched today by  master locktician Avhel Abadiez a.k.a. Pinoy Dreadman. Retouching long dreads like mine could take like 10 to 12 hours. Finally got my new hair integrated into the locks. No more frizz!

Monday, May 7, 2012

My Bohemian Fashion:
Sand Tones

May is the last month of the dry season here in the Philippines. It is also the warmest month. Luckily we have been blessed with some rain to give us a break from the oppressive heat.  

But when the warm temperature returns with all its glory, allow fashion to help you keep cool. Wear breathable fabrics. Not just light-weight but also light-colored ones. The lighter the better - white bounces off all the colors (frequencies) of light from the sun. If you don't like wearing white try cream, light beige or a light shade of gray.

So here are some of my summer fashion ensembles in sand hues for the bohemian man...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

My Take on Capitalism

I saw this anti-capitalism poster on the web by the International Workers of the World printed in 1911. I guess this is one way to look at capitalism. It made me search about the advantage and disadvantage and its difference from socialism, which also has its pros and cons.

Under capitalism, a rich man is allowed to become richer and the poor man is allowed to become rich (and even richer). Sounds like a good thing. Though they are given the same freedom, the man with the most resources has the advantage. 

The downside of capitalism is not with itself but with how it is implemented. The critics of capitalism focus on its tendency toward market monopoly, oligopoly, various forms of economic and cultural exploitation, the repression of workers and most especially social inequality.

As for me, I'm not anti-capitalism but  anti-greed. The disadvantage of capitalism is rooted from greed. The bohemian in me has no need for excess wealth or power. I never saw myself as a ruler, a fooler or a shooter. But being in a banquet seems nice. =P

Saturday, May 5, 2012

An Ex Deal with a Friend

I printed a few pieces of this reggae tank top jersey for my friend Avhel who is my dreadlock artist. He'll be selling them in his little underground salon in Mandaluyong City. I like the jersey that he's gotten. Quality is good and I'll probably buy one from him.

The reggae legend's image is by his request. I'm not really comfortable with designing prints using images of famous people. But I'm sure my friend didn't intend to make a fortune from this. It's about survival and artistic interests. Like me, he's a starving artist in a third world country.

I'm  glad though he asked me to do these shirts for him because in return he's gonna repair my dreads. It has been 8 months so new hair that is 4" long is frizzing out from my head. =P

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My friend Fitz shared a link that featured ink wash paintings by Taiwan based artist Rola Chang. I must say I love her style. This one's my favorite. That's Ryu from Streetfighter.

Ink wash painting is a very old form of art and to see it applied on contemporary subjects, like manga or anime characters, is such a delight. My favorites by Rola Chang are those depicting oriental warriors. She has a gallery on DeviantArt. She's known there as Jungshan. Check it out!