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Yes, her name is Boo. Her portrait was a challenge because as simple as it looks, it came from the photo on the right. My challenge was how to make a memorable...

A former boss taught me this recipe. My son loved it as much as I did, so now it’s one of those dishes that we cook at home when we want to feel good about...

All of these cartoons and caricatures were featured in ManilaSpeak. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is the senator responsible for the relentless “persecution”...

If I knew doodling could be this enjoyable, I should’ve done this when I was in high school. That is, organized doodling! It was an idea that a lot of artists...

She is his sunshine. When she walks into the room, his eyes light up and this is mirrored in her eyes when they fall upon him across the room. After years of planning, Alfred, Jean, Billie and I finally got to have that lunch date. As we told our stories, Jean would steal casual glances on Alfred. Her look reflected...

Good old friends are like old shirts – you keep coming back because of the comfort they bring into your life. It doesn’t matter how bad you look or how rotten you feel, old friends don’t care. They’ve seen you through you worst. Alfred and I go waaaaaay back – like high school. He knew me when I was just skin and bones...

During our retreats in high school,we were made to answer questions. According to my parents, it is but normal to have questions since we were at a point when we should be deciding what our roles in life would be. Mainly.. what to take in college. Whatever we did take in college was supposed to ‘set us up’ for the...

This was the first time I ever joined a live-model painting session. It was a learning experience for me. I’ve always wanted to join one, I never had the money nor time. Agos Kulay organizes this every 2 weeks at the Ayala Museum. It is a fantastic way to stretch your skills and imagination. I learned that: Whatever...

Perhaps we’d be talking about the latest showbiz gossip. Sometimes politicians are their own reality show – specially when they commit mistakes and don’t own up to it. Here are two illustrations I’ve done on the latest issues in the news today. The Mayor of Makati, who happens to be the Vice President’s son,...

I love my Pilot Parallel Pen – it can be quite expressive with its lines. As you can see here – the lines range from .5mm to 6mm. In fact it looked like I used a brush in doing these 2-minute sketches. This was done at the Navotas Fishing Port. It was one of those small fishing boats. These two were the Urban...

Children grow up so fast. I know – when they’re whiny and all, you can’t wait for them to grow up so you can talk sense into them. But when you step back and watch them, engrossed in their own world of wonder, you gasp and wish you could tell time to slow down. You want to hold them and listen to their laughter...

I’ve never met her in person. Often times we’d leave comments on a common friend’s post until our posts would regularly appear on each other’s feeds. What I do know is that she’s a photographer and a very good one at that. She was wondering what to give her mom for her birthday, when one of my paintings appeared on her...

Yes, he’s Blogster.com’s resident World Lit. Professor teaching at Chico State University (CSU). In an effort to teach his students more about world culture he also introduces them to blogging with a reasonably mixed community coming from different parts of the globe. It opens his students’ minds to lives, opinions and...

Yes, painting is a practise in patience. I don’t know how a painting will turn out until the very last touch-up. Which is why the results often surprise me. I bought 100 sheets of 390 gsm paper for practise. Watercolor paper is expensive so I scouted around for alternatives. This is Acquarello paper from Prestige Paper...

This is a second painting of Bastian taken from one photo. The challenge this painting gave was that half of the face was dark and in shadows. Yes, I still need practise but I think this is better than the first one [below]. This was the first one painted last December. One of the things I learned was to keep on...

Yes, this is a fan art.   A watercolor portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch – a very late Christmas gift for an old friend. This has always been a problem for me – that is painting a face wherein half would be in shadows. I realized that even if ‘half’ of the face is in shadows – one should still show the features. Yes, I...

Rappler was able to take a beautiful picture of Pope Francis during that rainy Sunday before his last mass at Luneta. I wanted to see if I could capture the happiness of the photo. It was an image I wanted to remember.   I also tried something different with this painting. Instead of premixing colors on the palette,...

How do you paint a white cat? Until I actually get to learn how to do it (aside from merely painting the fur 50 shades of gray 😀 ), I will try to find creative ways of depicting them in pet portraits. For this I decided to just concentrate on the features and the dark area of the photo. This is the original...

Yes! Finally I’ve created 50 portraits. I hope to finish all 100 portraits by February so I can move on to other subjects – like urban and landscape painting or water.