Paintings

I guess tragedies are a perfect motivator. My father-in-law died last Monday. We were looking for a pic of him to be placed beside his ashes. I realized that we never really took a high resolution pic of him. Rather, I was never able to take a good pic of him while he lived [something I plan to change from...

A blogger messaged me, asking me to do a portrait. A portrait of a boy, who died last August. Her son’s best friend. He was 17-years-old and was swimming in the river with his friends. He slipped under the water and never resurfaced. My friend showed me a couple of tribute videos and one happened to be the 911 call....

Yes he inspires me. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. I’ve been wanting to paint him for quite some time. I’ve collected pics of him. Then I found a pic of him waving to the crowd. He had that smile. The smile that mirrored the love that he felt – I knew I had to do it. So I took my pencil and...

I was fortunate to have eaten at her place early this year. Her house is on a hill and from her backyard, this is what you could see: In fact the view is so beautiful that she decided to put an old bench. This way her friends and guests could enjoy a cup of hot coffee [or tea] while viewing the hills of Baguio – that...

I wanted to give somebody a birthday gift. It’s the least thing I could do. So I did a portrait of her daughter.

“Choc-lit!” When I asked what was her skin color, that’s what she said. I need to practise on skin tones. Yes, skin tones. I don’t think I succeeded in creating a “choc-lit” skin tone. She was so dark that you can’t see her at night, unless she smiled. She is lovely [and my boss’ gf too]. I might try to paint her...

My mother is 1/4 Spanish. It shows. Although she didn’t inherit the gray eyes and height, she got the wide hips, which she passed on to me. 🙂 My mother’s petite for her height and weight – she stands 4 ft 11 inches [although she will adamantly say that she’s 5 feet and I’m 5’3″] and weighs 120lbs. Yes constantly complains...

My friend posted this pic of her and her dad on facebook. She missed her dad terribly. One look at the pic and you could see why. There’s a loving bond between a daughter and her father and it the photo reflected it in their eyes. I hoped to capture that moment. Yes, this is a practice portrait.

I wanted to try doing another portrait of Charlie, this time with his wife. This was actually the portrait I painted after my 2-week hiatus [from painting animation background]. It felt like I’m re-learning the craft. 🙂

I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time. I wish he was still around to see this because I know he loved paintings. Yes Mr. V, I know you’re still watching over your family and their friends. Am still glad I had the chance to get to know you in this lifetime. This is one of a series. I feel I need to do an...

These are Sabrina’s doggies. One is really photogenic and the other one’s weird. He’s weird because I’ve never seen a red dog with yellow, glowing eyes before. Yes, they’re yellow and according to the owner, they glow like a cat’s.

This is a watercolor portrait of my brother. It’s not one of the best I’ve made but it shows me how much I’ve improved in the past 3 months. Yes, three months ago I started this 100 Portraits projects. I decided to try and paint my brother again after three months. This is what I painted three months ago. That was...

Amado and I were talking about watercolor techniques. There’s one that was so light that it leaves the barest hint of color. I was lucky to find a photo to try it out. If I painted watercolor this way, a single box of 5ml tubes would last me a year. Yes, a normal tube of artist grade watercolor is just 5ml. Imagine my...

It’s been 20 years since I last did anything for animation. AVPs, OBBs and training presentations do not count. I’m talking about animation that tells stories. The kind that starts as a nagging dream in one’s mind. This idea was born from somebody else’s dream. I’m just helping him make it happen. Before, animation...

This is another ‘test’ between Amado and I. The challenge was how to paint the dress and her hair.   This is my version: This is Amado’s version. I love how he did the dress, the hair and the shadows. With this one, I had problems doing the hair. I guess it is something I have to learn. I will check out youtube for...