For many of us weekends are for rest. But some need to go to work.
What are they thinking? What are they listening? Where are they going? What is their occupation? How are they feeling? One thing I know–I must not judge them by their appearance or invent stories about their lives because I don’t know who they are.
Everything that we do demands time and in order to start something we need to make time for it– whether it is to practice something new or to hone something familiar. Sketches in Transit is a personal project of doing sketches while commuting or traveling and the journey in between. It is a way to make time for art and get those rigid fingers to do some loose sketches again. Most of all it is a time to observe, appreciate, reflect and rest. Moments … Read More
I prefer the act of doing quick sketches. Just a waterproof pen and a sketchbook is enough to draw the lines and follow the contours of the object. Head up and down as I see and notice the curves and the object gather. Lines often crooked and wobbly and personal. I paint my sketches mostly at home with a reference photo just so I can remember the colors (but I don’t follow them mostly!) Often I will shade the sketch on the … Read More
I admit that I am not often the first to initiate conversations and meet ups. The introvert in me prefers to work alone or be with someone whom I know for a long time. But I know that as an artist, I should get out and connect personally with other creatives. But all that has changed when Momi Airees messaged me. We “met” through Instagram and she was also the one whom I commissioned last year to print our wedding invitations using her unique handmade papers. … Read More
People at Food Master, pen and color pencil A friend of mine told me how one of my previous sketches is a bit out of proportion. Before answering, I paused and thought of the many reasons why artists or anyone cannot seem to begin something because they want to reach that state where they can tell themselves, “This is perfect! I am ready.” But in reality is we can never be ready unless we start at some point and learn from … Read More
The word sketchbook excites me. It gives me the space to do sketches of things around me, experiment with art materials and discover new approaches to make art. Mostly I use either the Daycraft or Derwent sketchbooks (but they’re not watercolor friendly) and therefore that led me to bind my own sketchbook using watercolor paper. Last month, an artist from Singapore shared that Monologue, a brand under the Grandluxe Company in Singapore that specializes in premium diary, gift and stationery has released a new line of sketchbooks called Monologue … Read More
I have been sketching on location for some time now and have written a number of posts about it. But I’ve never tried joining our local group here called the Urban Sketchers Philippines (USK PH) until last Saturday. The theme for March was Museum and the place where we sketched was at Ayala Museum. I think the last time I visited this place was during our high school field trip when we were all wearing our P.E. uniforms. ;) That was … Read More