Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Long Meh Post Before Christmas

    Hello,  my dear readers. Are you still there? LOL  You probably didn't notice that this blog has been inactive for more than a month. Understandable. After all it's already 15 days before Christmas. Not that I am excited about it, but I'm sure you are all busy with the worldly concerns of the coming holidays.

    Well I'm just glad I'm able to squeeze-in the writing of this post even its just a "meh" post - you know, nothing really special. Nothing about traveling to a new place, or a new t-shirt design or any artwork to wow anyone.

    This is just about work. The kind that makes me feel like an artist but not bohemian, if you know what I mean. But having this kind of work is also a good thing, right? It brings in the money for Christmas shopping. But of course I would've been even more glad if the work done was for the goals of my own brand Buhay Bohemio.

   Since the release of the my last 3 t-shirt designs in May this year, I took a  break from creating new ones. I thought that I should give way for producing printed stocks. But not a single shirt was made for that purpose. Instead I worked on monogrammed items for Customized Chic, which is  doing pretty well this year especially this last quarter. In fact most of my working hours are spent handling fonts, putting letters together to make monograms and names. It's pretty easy work but quite tedious.

     Within a year, Madam Yssa of Customized Chic has expanded her line with a wide variety of products. We started with just engraved and printed plexiglass trays. Now the hard lines include small boxes, place mat sets, desk liners, file boxes, tissue boxes, ice buckets, lap desks and table-top stands. There are also wood products with embedded bamboo designs. Soft lines include embroidered shawls, hats, tote bags and throw pillows. Oh also metal monograms as pendant or decorative clips for shawls, bags, and ladies' shoes. Ah there are paper products too - monogrammed gift wrappers and stationery. Plus stamps!

      While serving the monogram orders, by the way,  I found time to work on another graphic project. This was commisioned by my young brother a week ago. I designed a couple of logos and roll-up banners for him, and some icons for a software that his company is developing.

      You know, I'm happy for my brother. He's an electronic communications engineer and is very much into modified cars. After he graduated and passed the board exams he worked for our family's sub-distributor company for years (much longer than I did). When the family biz closed down in 2013 he started working for Adaptronic, an Australian brand of ECU (engine control unit) for cars.  Yeah I bet he's loving his new job hehe.

    So what about BuhayBohemio Shirts? Well, the shirts above are all that I've printed last November. But they were not sold as BuhayBohemio Shirts but as PinoyDreadman Apparel (that's my dreadlock artist's brand). No new orders yet for December. How could there be?  I'm not marketing them! Hehe.

     Well maybe I'm avoiding orders? I just don't have the confidence to market my shirts without printed stocks in hand. Though I used to do that - I advertise online then print what was ordered. But things are different now. Before people order 6 to 12 shirts. Now 50 to 100.  Last August I had a taste of what it's like to print shirts on the daytime and work on graphics in the evening until midnight as a daily routine. It sure wasn't  pretty - not the output but my face. It started to get zits out of stress.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Art Watching at the ManilArt 2015 Show

         I almost missed this year's show! Hadn't my artist auntie posted pics of her visit to the art fair on Facebook, I wouldn't know that it was already going on. So the next day, Sunday, October 11th, which is the last day of the show, I took my motorcycle to SM Aura in Taguig City and spent the entire afternoon just art watching.

       So this is the 4th ManilArt show that I visited and I'm glad to see new pieces by familiar artists, as much as I am glad to discover new Filipino artist who have gotten my attention by their awesome work.

      I have posted 73 photos from the show on my blog annex and below are are some of my favorites...

     "MM/DD/YY" by Edwin Martinez.  I don't know what it is about skull and skeleton art that fascinates me... You know this is not the only piece there where a smaller framed artwork is attached over a larger frameless work. Must be some kind of  trend.

    "Muse" one of a series by Billijin Carle. Ethnic patterns on each lock of a dreadheaded lady - just brilliant. White gave it an ethereal feel.

     One of a series of black & white graffiti style works, using pen and ink and acrylic on canvas, by Monnar Baldemor. His colored works are awesome too!

          I seem to prefer paintings with sedate hues over those with a fiesta of vivid colors. This one is by Azor Pazcoguin, entitled "Bully the Kid 1".

           Reybert Ramos' painting of dog-men have always amused me.

      If there are high-rise condominiums, this would be a high-rise shanty. Sculpture by Honesto Guiruela entitled, "Sagot sa Dayo"

      I just looove the carved bull and ram skulls! The work of Tebs Gomez.

     One booth really put a smile on my face when I saw the re-interpretation of famous works like of Vermeer, Da Vinci, Warhol, and a lot more. All the characters were made really plump by artist Roel Obemio. We can say that he "Obemiofied" them. ^_^        

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

About A New Laptop, A Second-Hand Table,
Souvenir Shirts, A Hotel On The Rise,
And A Futue Trip To El Nido

   So I finally bought a new laptop. Many thanks to Madam Yssa of Customized Chic who generously pitched-in for the purchase. It's an Acer, by the way,  just like the old one that is now falling short on memory and is dependent on external hardware after over 6 years.

    I actually bought the laptop in July and it's only now that I get to work on transferring files and installing the needed softwares. Well that's because I've been busy  printing shirts on the daytime and doing graphics in the evening. Also I didn't have a table that is large enough to put the two laptops side-by-side (together with the external monitor and keyboard of the old one).

    It  took a while before I could get a table. I looked at every furniture store in my vicinity. The desks out there are small and pricey. There's no way this bohemian will spend Php 4,000 for a typical 1.20 x 0.60 meter desk.

   Well I'm quite happy with this training table that I got. It's 1.80 meters long, has fold-able legs and has a shelf underneath. Now I even have space for the hand-me-down scanner/printer that Madam Yssa gave me last Christmas. Oh, special thanks to my brother Mark for helping me bring this table home. ^_^

    So how much for the table? It's worth 15 pieces of printed shirts hehe. Yeah it's an x-deal. The shirts are worth Php 3000. If I buy a similar table that's brand new I would have spent more than Php 5,000.

   The table is actually from an office in Las PiƱas where I used to work. This in fact is the very table that carried the  model carving machine that I operated in that jewelry company. My former employer, who I address as  Boss Vic even today, is letting go of  the old company  and is moving to El Nido, Palawan.

   Yup. He's moving in to his very own hotel!  Presenting the Sea Cocoon. It's a mid-scale hotel located along Calle Real in Barangay Masagana. I don't know where that is LOL but I looked it up on Google Maps. It's in the center of  town and just a few blocks away from the beach.

    Pretty cool, huh? They also have a pool! Yup, WiFi too hehe. It would really be awesome to stay in a pristine and stylish hotel during your vacation in paradise. Imagine experiencing all the good stuff outdoors in the daytime and continue to experience the good stuff indoors after sunset. Now that's maximized enjoyment! You can get a room for two for just Php 3,100 during off-peak months like this month and the next.

    I believe the Sea Cocoon is ready to take reservations. Do visit and like their Facebook page!

   So anyway, Boss Vic is gonna have a space to sell souvenirs, like shirts, and that's  where I come in hehe. He ordered a total of 30 pieces of  two identical designs that I created under his direction.

   You will see that the shirts have names of different places - one has tourist destinations around the Philippines, the other of places all over the world. You know what's cool? He has been to all of that - all 33 of those places and they are just among his favorites.

    Aside from the future designs we will be producing to promote El Nido and other places in Palawan, Boss Vic also plans to sell some of my BuhayBohemio Shirts there. ^_^ He saw the potential of retailing printed shirts in the area and he wants me to see it myself. So he invited me to visit El Nido and talk business. I don't have to worry about lodging, he said. Wee!!!  ^_^

     Well I'll lookout for airline promos. In the meantime, I hope I can get my new laptop ready so I can still do graphics for Customized Chic even if I'm away even for a week! ;-P

Monday, August 17, 2015

102 Irie Prints

    That's 40 pieces of men's shirts, 40 tank tops, 20 ladies' shirts and 2 windbreaker jackets, to be precise. All of these are for my dreadlock artist, Avhel, who runs a shop at Pavilion Mall near Greenfield District in Mandaluyong City. He used to order 20 to 30 pieces and it has been a while since he last ordered. So now he's  back with a vengeance and  it really got me occupied for over a month. I printed 5 days a week in the the daytime then worked on graphics for Customized Chic at night.

      Because of that I had to put aside some shirt orders by other friends and reluctantly ignored some online inquiries. Really sorry guys! :-( If only I had printed stocks then processing your orders would be a breeze. But to print stocks certainly won't be a breeze (especially in this humid weather). I kinda realize that while working on these items - it's gonna be the same scenario. To think this is just 8 to 12 pieces each of every 11 selected designs (7 of which has 3 print colors). Not only was it tedious but it's quite straining on the back and feet.

      Well you can very much see in the pictures that my press certainly isn't for mass production. I'm not really working my way to become a manufacturer, you know. I want BuhayBohemio to someday become a small-time but popular brand hehe. Yeah I like it small-time because if it's big-time then it wouldn't be bohemian. ^_^

    And so while my  body was in robot mode I was pondering on a better way to produce printed stocks. I'd either outsource  or hire an assistant. Or maybe hire someone to do most of the work while I assist and supervise. Of course each of the options has its pros and cons, and naturally, the easiest option is usually the most expensive...  Well I really don't have to come to a decision right away, even if the -ber months are closing in. *sigh*

    Anyway I'm just glad I'm done with this project. Tiring as it was, yet it was something to be irie about. After all, work is a blessing from Jah. ^_^

     So I'm gonna rest for a couple of days maybe, then start printing the first 30 pieces of customized souvenir shirts that will give me a chance to see El Nido, Palawan someday. I'll tell you about it soon. ^_^