I know I must hurry…
soon my whole body
will be immersed
in this water
…of whirlpools and waves
but I don’t want to escape
there’s no need to hurry
Seven months after my post about “Training My Little Hands to Learn To Draw Again”, I’m finally confident enough to show the result of this painstaking and slow process.
Sometimes, it would take some little “accidents” to happen to our lives to propel us into action.
Me and my husband have been training for our major climb to Mt. Kinabalu, Southeast Asia’s highest peak located in Malaysia when I experienced a little but life-altering accident. During one of our uphill walk on a nature trail here in Singapore, I slipped and fell on my right foot. This miscalculated step resulted to a badly-sprained ankle that still hurts until today.
This situation left me with practically nothing to do with my time. Walking long distances is very tedious and there was a time when I needed to use a walking stick. My active lifestyle had been turned upside-down, resulting to a sedentary life.
On a positive note, this incident forced me to slow down and think about things that I don’t usually think about amidst the mad rush of my everyday existence. I have immersed myself in the famous blog site, zenhabits.net and tried to emulate some of the practical things that the author, Leo “preaches”. Meditation and mindfulness helped to ease my disappointment and gain focus. And thus, I started to draw again.
The first illustration was created “before” the accident. I used this as my entry to Smashing Magazine’s monthly wallpaper design. I wanted to create a “winter” theme for Crayosa, my muse for Crayonslife.
For those of you who are not familiar with my website, Crayosa is the girl you’ll find sailing in my homepage, aboard the stacks of floating crayons. http://www.crayonslife.com/
I’m happy and thankful to be featured in their Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: December 2011
Smashing Magazine’s Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: December 2011
The Girl With The Balloon Skirt
For this illustration, I have started the initial sketches sometime last December 2011. I’m looking through my rough sketches from previous years and I saw my old sketch of this girl, so I decided to create a full-coloured version of her. The cat was inspired from a wooden Balinese cat that I bought from Bintan, Indonesia.
Since my husband and I started our serious training for our Mt. Kinabalu ascent last January, all my personal art projects took a back seat. It was only after my so-called accident that I was able finish this artwork.
Immersed in Water
I captured a photo of this bougainvillea flower in our neighborhood using instagram. I got inspired and started to illustrate those 3 flowers. During the creation process, I decided to introduce the girl wearing a long skirt. Later on, I replaced her long gown with the flowing water that seamlessly blend with her dress.
There, these 3 girls have kept me occupied these past months.
My creative process is a long and tedious journey. Creating something out of nothing is always a struggle. I’m thankful to that stubborn voice inside my head that keeps on telling me to take that small step, even when my “lizard brain” tells me that to even try is futile. And for that, cheers to my little hands!
A client asked me to create watercolour illustrations depicting Asian elements to add interest to their website. Their office holds some interesting trinkets and ceremonial pieces.
Here is what I handpicked from their delightful collection:
Hahoe Dance Mask from Korea
Chinese Chest and Southeast Asian Burial Jar
Concepts of spirituality and celebration have been attached to these pieces. Drawing from these still life figures give me a sense of connection to the concepts encapsulated within these inanimate objects.
Maybe some objects do carry a piece of history engraved within its form.
Every Christmas tree has its own unique charm that reflects the characteristic of the people who took the time to lovingly and joyfully decorate these trees. I grew up in the Philippines where Christmas is a big thing and my childhood memories is happily peppered with colourful balls, stockings, Santa Claus, gifts, and of course, Christmas trees.
It’s the sheer enjoyment of decorating this symbolic tree that has inspired me to create this concept for Forecepts’ 2009 Christmas eCard. I have worked on the illustrations for all the elements; the trees, baubles, socks, candy cane and the gifts at the bottom of the box.
We originally planned on a “create your own Christmas Tree” concept, wherein users can customize the background, the tree and the elements that each would want to place on their eCards. A personalized greeting would also be possible and in the end, the user can send the card to their friends as jpeg files. They can also invite their friends to do the same. Unfortunately though,time constraints have not allowed us to push through with this idea.
Below are some screen shots of the design. In the end, we just opted to send out a simple flash eCard. Hopefully this year, we’ll be able to push through with the original concept and share the joy of decorating your own Christmas Tree.