Rainy Days

There are only two seasons in a tropical country like the Philippines, the dry season and the wet season. I’m loving the cold weather lately. It’s a lot harder to wake up on days like these. The rainy season would be over soon, so I better enjoy it!

Dip pen holders, Pen nibs, India ink

Dip pen holders, Pen nibs, India ink

By the way, I visited the art store last weekend and purchased dip pens and a bottle of India ink. I’m enjoying using them so far for my ink works. It’s quite difficult though to use them at first. Having these new tools makes me think of learning Calligraphy. I’ll find time for that. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve done for the week.

Rainy Season 1 - illustration

“Rainy Season 1” - ink, watercolor, watercolor paper

Rainy Season 2

“Rainy Season 2” - ink, watercolor, watercolor paper

Summer Season 1

“Summer Season 1” - ink, watercolor, watercolor paper

Summer Season 2

“Summer Season 2” - ink, watercolor, marker pens, watercolor paper

Amazing Pencil Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti

Pencil Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti-2

I came across this article from Kronikle featuring the sculptures of artist Dalton Ghetti. I use pencils a lot, for drawing of course, but artist Dalton Ghetti would usually use these to make sculptures. His pencil sculptures are really mind-blowing works of art, carefully crafted, which took him years to master. I especially love the sculptures with hanging pieces.

Pencil Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti-1

Pencil Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti-3

Pencil Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti-4

Pencil Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti-5

You can check out more of his works on the following sites:

Keep It Fresh

Weekend’s here again. Time flies too fast, which means we should really make use of our time wisely. Anyway, I think it’s time to revamp the site a little bit. Check out the new header and the new background (This is actually just a monochrome version of my twitter background.). Here’s a little artwork too to close the week. Cheers!

Fresh Grass - illustration

“Fresh Grass” - 4.5” x 6” watercolor paper; marker pens; watercolor

Going Back to Traditional Art

Since people got a taste of technology, it has evolved into something extraordinary that the first humans on earth did not even imagine would happen. With the development of computers and loads of software, some artists have engaged themselves into doing art the digital way. Since I have been one of them for a couple of years already, I decided to start re-uniting with traditional art. Although I do sketch a lot, I would love to do something more than that.

I never enjoyed drawing using marker pens. My right hand is not too stable to create lines perfectly, the way I want them to look on my paper. Just this month, I gave it a try again and I think I have finally obtained some fondness for the medium I was never comfortable using. Well, it all boils down to the saying that practice makes perfect. Although my right hand is still not too stable for perfect lines, I have managed to draw something I’m satisfied with.

I found these really fantastic marker pens from Letraset called Tria markers. It has three tips, a fine point, chisel, and a brush tip. I specially love using the brush tip. It glides along the surface really smoothly and it provides high quality results. I also purchased Faber-Castell pens to play with.

Marker Pens

Black marker pens, Letraset gray-hued Tria markers

Faber-Castell Colour Pens

Faber-Castell Colour Pens

Here are some of the artworks I made. I used ordinary black markers for the lines, the Tria markers for the gray hues, the colorful Faber-Castell pens, watercolor for some of the backgrounds, and watercolor paper.

Prang Watercolor

Prang Watercolor

Mermaid - illustration

Friends - illustration

I Wish - illustration

Angry Caterpillar - illustration

Thus, my marker pen fiasco ends. I am definitely doing more artworks of this kind.

The Monsters are Coming

There is something fascinating about monster characters. Their uniqueness and out-of-this-world characteristics must be the factors making them interesting, for me at least.

There’s this blog called Monsters in Real Places(MIRP). They allow artists from all over the world to submit art for the MIRP community. For the submissions, they require the use of any photograph, and as the artist, you should create and add a monster into the photo. I got interested in the blog, so I made something to share with the community. Unfortunately, the blog has been idle for months already, so I’ll just share and post my work here.

Chasey with Blue Monster - photograph/vector/illustration

Chasey on my desk

Chasey on my desk. He's actually my cousin's dog.

You can visit the MIRP blog if you want to see the other submissions. Happy weekend!

**Update: It has been uploaded last September 8 in the MIRP blog. Check it out here.