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Moth to a Flame

Moth to a Flame
Watercolor on Hot press paper, 2020

It has been a long 2 days for this painting. I thought I could finish this painting all in one night, as I usually do for each #Junebugillustration but she was different. This lady had me paint her for two days and it was worth it.

The painting is called Moth to a Flame, a painting about passion and love. My subject is a beautiful indian bride with a candle on top of her head symbolizing love and passion. She is a very pure and innocent bride, while the moths atop her head dancing around the flame actually represents a more dangerous, obsessive kind of love. As you see, moths will go nearer and closer to the flame even when they are hurt, or dying just to get to it. This is an insight to a hidden passion within a bride’s heart.

Aside from that, I contrasted colors for this painting. I wanted to see the yellows and red pop. So I did a pure black background. The idea came from Reniel, an artist friend of mine. It worked. I am grateful. I wanted the focus to be on the girl, her brightness and the details on her jewels really pop with the black circle.

Things I learned with this painting

  • Never rush your art, give time for details and be more patient.
  • My biggest take away is : SLOW DOWN!
  • Conceptualizing and Planning colors and lighting was really helpful.
  • Push for details. Never Half ass anything. I regret not putting details on the Jewels and the sari. It could have made things better. Perhaps in a bigger version, I will.
  • Let watercolor do its job, learn how to layer effectively.

Below is a youtube video for the process.

I enjoyed painting this since this is my love letter to the INDIAN COMMUNITY who really appreciate my art and has shown support and love to my art lately. THANK YOU ALL!


Fountain Pen Inks and a Flying House

Title: House of the Master Tinker
Novel: Whimcircusical ( My Original Novel)
Materials: Tomoe River Paper, Fountain Pen, Copics White Copic Ink

The video is a clip of how I drew  “House of the Master Tinker” , which is the home of my favorite muse and the protagonist of my Fantasy novel, “Whimcircusical”. It is home to the whimsical and magical Chester Whimsy and Poppy Le Frou, Potions Mistress. The home is designed to be a magical lair for their concoctions, creations and the base for all their adventures.

I did this piece mostly to practice before I did a major gallery piece for the Fountain Pen Day Gallery  on November 5-6,2016 at SMX Aura. I really don’t do galleries/exhibits but I got invited and I was thrilled! I do love inked art and enjoy creating them so I am looking forward to it.

The Making of the Piece

This piece is done on Tomoe River Paper, same paper as the Hobonichi Paper. Smooth but darn so fragile. It’s easy to wrinkle and so i taped it down to my drawing board, even that didn’t help much.  I wonder if I can iron it out or heat straighten it?

The piece was inked with fountain pen inks  like J.Herbin , KWZ – Orange (iron Gall), Pilot Iroshizuku inks and Fountain pens which I found very fun to do. It’s the first time I am doing this kind of art so experimenting was part of the fun.  I was especially impressed with the KWZ ink that seems to work magic on my paper. The orange color turned gold and then a great dark shade which I would love to use in future paintings. I experimented on blending inks and with the grass and got good results. I really had fun in making new techniques which I can use in my next illustrations.

For those who want to know where I got my stuff, I got them from Everything Calligraphy and Pengrafik.

I’ll be scanning the piece soon and linking and posting it to this post after.


To all in the Know: This is proof that work is getting done to finish the story that has been in my head for a long time.

I realized that I didnt really post about my novel. I just haven’t had the time and will tell you more about it in a separate blog post. And yes, the house is inspired by Howl’s moving castle but I think I made it all my own.The story however, is completely original.

Inktober days 3-6 Prompts

Ok, so it was busy! But I have to update you on my  Inktober stuff. I have not missed a day and it really was fun.  Just click to see the full picture!


For obvious reasons , I collect ART MATERIALS. I am a hoarder and I cant seem to stop! I did this inktober on my art journal/ leuchtturm1917 had fun with using plain inks and just drawing in the raw.


A 10 minute sketch of ponyo and her ham ramen XD this was a crowd favorite. I inked with brushpens, colored with copics and yeah, made a rough mess. but this was fun!


I was literally sad this day as I had a a migraine. Drew this one at the doctors office on my Bullet Journal


 In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.
I thought that it was appropriate,  hobbits are creatures that can stay unseen to those they do not want to see them and they stay hidden in the Shire. Plus, Bagend was hidden under the tree.Done with brush pens and copics in 15 mins. I had a lot of fun!

Tonight I do DAY 7! So far so good! i have not missed a day!


Haku – Dragon Boy


Hi Guys! This weekend was a Studio Ghibli Weekend! I have  been a long time fan of the studio and absolutely love all the tales that they create. My absolute favorite is Howl’s Moving Castle  and Spirited Away comes into the top of my list as well. Since I was looking to draw something Ghibli, I decided to give the boy dragon, Haku a go.

I first planned the art in my Leuchtturm1917 Fauxbonichi and I used some new pans I got from Sennelier for the colors. Drawing the dragon was a challenge too and showing his “fur” was another, luckily I kind of pulled it off. The original art had the paper dolls that attacked haku, but i kidn of forgot to inclued it in the finished piece.

I wanted to keep Haku mystical and young. I wanted to show how pretty he was as well and drew him face forward with his dragon form wrapped around him. The background was anoother galaxy background, although next time I should really do something more about it.

I used a 300 GSM coldpress paper from Pack of Possibilities from Artisan MNL. Its a 5 x7 paper that takes to my abuse well.

Below the cut is the pictures of the Scan and the Photo I took of the final

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