Tag: watercolor

The Likhaya #DTIYS Contest

I do not normally do the Draw-this-in-your-style things that are rampant in Art Twitter and Instagram. I have done a few, but not many. But I chanced upon this that was recommended to me by a friend who is also an artist from Doodle ni Maria. She showed me her entry and I was excited to do this one. This is a redraw of an original collaboration by Shane Salcedo and Sofia Andres for The Lakambini.


The art competition encourages every Filipina Artist to practice her craft and be creative. I do love the fact that I get to empower Filipinas with my art and draw interesting figures.

I admit the whole piece was a bit of a challenge, especially the hands for the lady with the bilao. I also did not like the headwrap, but I had fun with this. I learned about my figure style and learned that these paintings need more room! I need to use bigger paper for these. I did this in my baohong sketchbook.

Even if I do not win the contest, I do love this piece. More power to the Filipina Artists!

I got in an Online Gallery Show !

I cannot believe it. I MADE IT. I was going about my day and I got a PING on my Phone. I thought it was just some of my friends, but it was Museo El Deposito telling me that I am featured on their Facebook page. I am one of the 13 picked for the #TUBIGATSININGSATAHANAN Online Gallery Show and I was 2nd to be feature. I was so shocked that I almost cried.

Watermarked for Protection.

I almost even forgot about that application. I was thinking that I was not good enough and was really feeling low about my art lately. I was really feeling the pressure of this art life. But it all went away with one PING. I feel a little confidence creeping back in. I can do this! I can make people feel something with my work. I am not a NOBODY. I can be somebody and I can work harder to make it happen.

To see the full size work, you can click HERE to go to the Project page of Sunrise fields

BONUS: Ms. Karen Sioson liked my art too!

Here comes the June Bugs

I finished the JUNE MONTHLY CHALLENGE #Junebugillustrations and I am so proud of myself.

I did quite a lot of studying for this challenge. First, I studied bugs/insects with their different forms and wings and details. This pushed me to really look down to the smallest details and to study how to paint transparent/transluscent material. I also had to break down their forms in order to get them looking decent on paper. I probably had the most difficult time with the beetles and the scorpion (I still think they’re not done right). This also leads me to think that I still need further studies on texture and detail work.

Second, I studied people. I studied skintones, I studied facial planes and construction. I even studied hair. ( Though, I still feel I need more on that) I studied qualities of each Ethnicity that I encountered and the clothes that they wear. I studied details on jewelry and embroidery as well as pattern design. I still need a lot of help when it comes to that, but I can see myself improving.

Third, I studied composition. I did not make floating heads. I had to make each piece a story. A small painting that has life. I am proud that I committed to it. They all look pretty good. Most of them tell a story and I am so glad.

I collected them all and made a small video to show everyone the pieces. You can check out the pieces here

Custom All in One Watercolor Palette

I could barely contain my excitement when this baby came home yesterday. This is my Custom Daniel Smith Watercolor Palette with the CMYK and Zorn Palette. It is custom made by my friend, Architect Allan Jay Quesada and I was really happy to get it!

This palette is designed to be an all- in- one palette that I can take out to plein air or for studio use. The palette features two base palettes : The CMYK for bright colors and the ZORN Palette for more muted/ earthy tones. It also features some shadow colors and convenience colors._

Some Swatches for this palette. Top is the CMYK Gradient Test Bottom is zorn

Here are the colors of the Palette . All Daniel Smith Watercolors.

  1. Titanium White
  2. Lemon Yellow
  3. Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue
  4. Yellow Ochre
  5. Organic Vermillion
  6. Quinacridone Pink
  7. Pthalo Blue
  8. Cobalt Teal
  9. Olive Green
  10. Perylene Green
  11. Shadow Violet
  12. Lamp Black

The CMYK: Pthalo Blue, Quinadricone Pink, Lemon Yellow and Lamp Black
the Zorn Palette: Yellow Ochre, Titanium White, Lamp Black and Organic Vermillion

The rationale behind it is that if I can have both CMYK and Zorn, I could create any color I want without having to reach for other colors. I also want to learn how to mix my own colors more and push my learning of watercolors further.

If you want to see the Palette in action and to see how the colors work, here is a video of this baby in action! I named it, Cheshire … by the way, as I am in the habit of naming my things!

I am still exploring this palette and will update definitely with some color studies and exploration videos on how I use this. But definitely it is an exciting time!<3 I love new materials!

I actually completed this bright painting with this palette and I could not be happier ! ❤ Looking forward to many paintings with my child!