Updates, Work in Progress/Processes

Since I am kind of on vacation, I think this is also the best time to do all of the things that I haven’t finished yet. I have a very long list in my head, but I am going to do the important stuff first. All the things that I won’t be able to do when I get back to work.

Work in Progress

Work in Progress/Processes

This is like a “side project” to a side project.


I got lots of excess paint so I decided to paint on an old piece of wood that I once used as base for a sculpture.

I’m working on two art pieces for an art show, but I don’t want to show any photos of those until it’s finished. 😝

This is my brother’s cat, MaoMao. He watches me while I work.


I’m still very active with me and my friend’s outreach project: Bangkang Papel. Please check it out here:

and we also have a wordpress site:

I’m going to sell some art prints there.

We’re inviting artists who are interested in donating their artworks for the cause. All the proceeds will go to buying school supplies and providing an art workshop for the children who were victims of the past super typhoon Haiyan. It feels good to help people, you know? 🙂

Testing. . . so I won’t make mistakes. . .

Work in Progress/Processes

. . . hopefully I won’t.


Remember when I said that oil paint and soft pastels look great together?

Well it could, but I forgot that when I tried it before, the oil paint was a bit damp, so the soft pastels stick nicely. And. .  . I used a thin layer of plywood then. *facepalm* So of course the effect was different. Here the oil paint background was dry. . .  So I tried maybe dabbing a little linseed oil on a part of the paper so that it would be kind of sticky (when let dry a little) and then I shaded a little soft pastel. It didn’t work. . . not the way that I wanted. So, scratch that.

I tried oil pastel. It works nicely. So I’ll go with oil pastel.

I’ll try to copy the style that I’m working on with these illustrations: Day 20, Day 25, Day 26, Day 27. I haven’t tried them in a traditional media.

I started to sketch roughly.


yep, looks nothing like her. =))

I decided I’ll use oil pastels and charcoal pencils. I hope it works. . . and I hope my friend likes it.


Work in Progress/Processes

I’ve painted the background for the portrait of my friend that I am making.


I made two. The smaller one is for testing, so that nothing could go wrong.


Only. . . I used oil paint on a thick paper. Yes, oil paint – thinly applied. For some reason, I feel like this will work. I’ve tried oil paint on paper before, well, on cardboard – the one used for packing boxes, corrugated cardboard. The thing can hold the oil paint good, maybe as long as it’s only thinly applied, like I always do. So I figured, I’ll do it here, on thick watercolor paper.

I’m going to use soft pastels for my friend’s portrait. I’ve used soft pastels and oil paint together before and it worked perfectly (I’m going to post it here as soon as I finished digitally fixing some scratches – it got scratched when we moved), but I used a thin layer of plywood -that I just picked up- as canvas.

So, because I used oil paint, and it takes really long to dry, I just let it dry the whole day. I think I can touch it again tomorrow.

Oh, yesterday I didn’t get to blog (despite my promise to myself that I will, each and every day) because I wasn’t feeling exactly well. Also I was working on something for a project a friend and I am currently preparing.


Studies, Work in Progress/Processes

I was never really good at perspective. I remember, back in college, I was one of the students with the lowest grades, we had to make some extra work..
I said yesterday that I am gonna study my friend’s face more, and so I did. . .


Her face was a bit angled upward, and the chin and mouth were closest to the camera (it’s a selfie), so, I find it a but tricky. I found myself restudying perspective and foreshortening –two aspects of drawing that I was always bad at. I wanted it to look exactly like her. I get so anxious again.
Well, I’m still not done yet because I am busy doing other things. I’m also working on some other things, but I’ll reveal that when it’s done. 😀

Studying. . .

Studies, Work in Progress/Processes

. . . my friend’s face.

I had promised to make her a portrait years ago. She had given me the photo reference years ago. I was bad at keeping promises because I tend to be easily distracted. But now her birthday is coming and so I really gotta do this because I’m gonna give it to her as a present.


just practicing.

And so earlier today I’m examining her face and making out the proportions. Right now it looks nothing like her. But it will. After that I just rested my hands because these days my hands tend to feel numb. Probably because I force myself to draw every single day for the sake of practice. . . or because I always forget to take my daily vitamins and I don’t eat enough nutritious food for my nerves. I need to take care of myself -most importantly my eyes and hands – better. Any tip would be great. I gotta Google some health stuff that I need. 😛