Posts by: Rica Espiritu

I don’t normally do fanart. Perhaps I should do more of it as a way of practising techniques since most tv shows and movies do dramatic lighting. To help train myself in doing ‘different’ styles of portraiture in watercolor. I’ve always wanted to do Danaerys. I already drew images in my mind of her and her dragons. But...

Ok. Who watched Game of Thrones last Sunday? Hodor! Just a hint of detail in the entire painting – because everything happened in a blur of tears and emotions. Yes, I tried something different with my technique this time. Finished this under an hour. I guess the next one will be a burning Khaleesi. 🙂

My father told me that you can never have office mates as friends. I learned the truth to that statement when I started working. Yes, they will always be office mates – but friends? Real life friends? Not when you work together in the same company. Not until you learn never to burn bridges unless you don’t plan on...

They say practise makes perfect. I’m not sure about the ‘perfect’ part because I know I can do better. What I do know is that my style is changing and yes, indeed, it is improving. All these were published in ManilaSpeak.

Children are not meant to die ahead of their parents. That’s not the order of things. It tore my heart when I found out that and old friend’s daughter died last year. I painted this as a tribute. This is the first time I’ve drawn dark brown eyes this big. I think I will need more practise.  

I love drawing and painting people. They’re funny, interesting – really full of life. Even in death, their image and memories still breathe of life and bring a smile or two to the ones they leave behind. Somebody asked me to do a painting of her husband. His cancer came back and this time she’s trying to organize a...

I still need to have this framed and sent over. This was done on an A3 using really cheerful colors. 🙂 Tito Tony is my mother’s cousin. His mother was my grandmother’s sister. We lived right across each other in Paco, Manila. I’d hang out with them during summer. One thing I learned though, humor runs in our family....

I must say, it was love at first bite. Reggie brought home some smoked ribs and turtle-pecan pie. I think it was one of those truly memorable lunches when all we could talk about was the food. Then Reggie made me taste some real, smoked bacon and I was smitten. It took months before I finally met the man himself...

Badass. That’s what Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is projecting now. Not just in TV adverts but in the cases that she’s handling right now. Everyone thought she’d be President Noynoy Aquino’s lapdog – until she started to handle high profile plunder cases involving politicians. Only time can tell if that image is enough...

These are interesting times. Election brings out the best and the worst in politicians. They always offer their best foot forward and at the mean time, risk making a fool of themselves during the campaign period by singing and dancing to the cheering [paid] crowd. I guess in hope that the crowd will remember them more...

What? Wait – where did the 69th painting go? I’ll post that within the week. Well, I should be finishing it within the week. It was a beautiful Saturday when I started this painting. The sun was out and I was already done with sketching it on paper.  All I needed was the time to paint and that’s exactly what I did when I...

Kailash is a friend of mine from the fountain pen group. This is actually a commissioned piece. I do enjoy painting. It calms me. I love it when everything comes together. I love the challenges that goes with each portrait and building up colors to make each image come alive. Somehow photos have a way of making the...

Lorraine’s my classmate in high school. She requested that I paint a portrait of her family and I was actually delighted with the challenge. What made this challenging was that this is my second largest painting [the first one was 3ft by 4ft]. I learned a few things again while doing this. The best paper to do this...

Taking an hour break from painting by doing another painting. In remembrance of Dada De la Cruzg. You will always be a part of our lives. Thank you for all the laughter and memories.

This is the last of a series. I also enjoyed doing this the most because I found it more expressive. This was the original photo. It was a small thumbnail that I had to blow up in photoshop and edit a bit to bring out the shadows and highlights. Yes, it’s old.   Given the challenge that it was blurry and the colors...