SketchBlog

I’ve always dreamed I’d get a needle-thin and reliable [doesn’t skip] fountain pen. I finally had it when I purchased the Platinum 3776 UEF. One brand, 3 tips: UEF, F and the music nib. I think am done buying pens ….for the year. I had the chance to use the pen when I did a sketch tribute for the late former Senator...

This is the first time I’ve done something like this. According Tony Perez, it is a form of crosshatching. I love it because, it is more fluid and expressive. I feel like I am not constrained by lines and technically, it does feel like doodling. Details of the swirls. A portrait of the master penman himself – one...

Perhaps this will be the last time I will draw the senator. Perhaps. She has inspired me throughout the years with these works. I’m not even sure if this is all of it. Who can forget her acerbic soundbytes? Everything in politics is politically motivated, didn’t you know? I thought you would have to be insane to go...

He actually didn’t like the caricature I did. It was a post I did on ManilaSpeak and it was based on one of the pics I saw on google. My classmate knew him and sent him the image. He asked for my contact and before I knew it, I received a request for a “re-draw”. It took several weeks before I finally had the time to do...

It was our last day in Baguio when a friend told me to meet up at The Manor. Camp John Hay celebrated its 25th year anniversary last Sept 10 and one of the limited-release items they had on their menu was the burger. This was the burger they served back when CJH was still managed by the Americans. So while waiting...

I was able to meet Thad Cabangon – Business Mirror’s publisher, during Camp John Hay’s 25th Anniversary. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do a sketch or a caricature. I decided to do a mild caricature while I was hanging around The Manor’s garden. This is what it looked like when it was done.

He will always be Willie Wonka to me.

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 photo look interesting as a portrait. Not all photographs are meant to be portraits. Some pictures are more beautiful in pictures. Her photo on the right...

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 have already started. I realized that in order to be good at something, I had to learn to discipline myself. What better way than to start doodling everyday?...

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...

“The powers of a (Philippine) President are overwhelming. He commands an army and a national police. He controls the biggest chunk of government resources (budget and manpower). ” Given this, it makes you wonder why our President choses to clip the Supreme Court’s powers. Is it greed or is he just getting even? This is...

I think this will be the last time I will ever do a full body painting of a dog on a 9″ x 12″ paper. How to do the fur and the level of detail drove me nuts. I didn’t realize how difficult it was to paint a Shar Pei. Ha! I know, there are hundreds of dogs. I wonder how many I will get to do till I master...

Did a painting of my friend’s mom. Doing commission pieces is stressful. There’s the pressure of making it perfect and at the same time, the client has to want it. Since this is watercolor, it means starting over…and over … until I get it right. I had that problem with this piece. I felt that the image didn’t...

Somebody said painting children is difficult. Aside from getting them to pose (and I’d rather have kids doing stuff than smiling at the camera), it’s the facial features that make it difficult. Why are children difficult? Because they have no wrinkles or cheekbones to define facial features. Even in daylight, the...

When I was new at blogster back in 2009, I had no idea how to blog or how it was like to be in a blogging community. Sure I had a job to fulfill, one of them was learning how to blog. Charlie (Abifyt) happened to be one of the few who visited and commented on my blog (Anacoana, ceilede, Strider333, Ekyprogressive and...