day 10: candy

I almost didn’t make day 10 🙂 but I can’t sleep. I really really wanted to draw pretty colourful hard candies – but my favourite candy does not at all look that appealing…looks aren’t everything heh heh. Its content. My favourite candy of all time is a popular one in the Philippines and in Spain. Its a creamy flavoured sweet shortbread like treat with an interesting powdery texture. It is absolutely scrumptious! Made from flour, milk, eggs, sugar and nuts. When relatives returned from a trip to the Philippines, we would always receive a bag of these delicious goodies from the famous Manila bakery, Goldilocks 🙂



Day 02: 30 Day Drawing Challenge


Today’s prompt: Favourite Animal

My current favourite animal looks like a chubby red coon’ cat fox but its actually the first cousin of the great panda — Ailurus fulgen, the red panda! Its an omniverous nocturnal cutey patootey who loves to play in the snow and be a cuddly lazy lump during the day 😀 I love these kinds of community art challenges as it gives every one of us the chance to be a part of something together, plus it gives us local artists the possiblity to get to know each other in a fun, relaxed, non serious kind of way. Thanks to Munich Artists for organising this! See you tomorrow! ps. If you would like to know what artists are up to in Munich, please visit us and subscribe on the munichartists page.

Suspension of Time and Space

Ladies and Gentlemen, I will not be taking on any extra projects until the end of October…C.K. if you are reading this, this does not include our collaboration so don’t worry ok? Its freaking hot in Munich, I am happy for every moment of rain. I know Moof has another opinion, but me, personally, loves a gentle summer rain with extra large drops to cool me off. Lately I have been feeling very uninspired and a lot like this:

This week’s IF prompt is “Suspend”. I have to remind myself that there will be days when I absolutely do not want to do anything other than kick back and daydream and let the hours drag on ever so slowly…and that is absolutely O.K. Some of the best ideas can only be found in time and space. If this happens to you, give in — your muse is calling.…plus, its always good to give your body a rest. The prompt took me back to a piece that my dear friend John Farah composed when we were both studying music. He gave me a copy one of the first times I met him, and to this day, its still one of my favourite pieces that I like to revisit time and time again. It was called something like, Suspension into Time and Space… musically, its difficult to communicate this idea from a piano, but he accomplished it 🙂 Sadly, he doesn’t even acknowledge this piece as being worthy of mention…meh…artists.

Anyway, enough blabber, this drawing is a colour pencil study of light and dark from one light source – chiaroscuro. Carravagio, Rembrandt were both masters who were inspired by this affect. I had a photo reference, but the face is is one that has been popping up a lot lately. Adieu till’ next time.

Jump Otis

Serendipitously, this week’s IF prompt and my sketchbook theme for Arthouse Co-op’s 2012 Limited Edition project matched! So here are a few pages from my book will be shipped off tomorrow morning. As I was working on the project, a character and story started to develop which I want to explore with more depth. May I introduce…Otis, the little owl. Here he is knocked off his beak and finds himself plummeting towards the great Unknown. Poor little guy hasn’t even learned to fly yet!



On other news, I am very excited because I’ve got some very EXCITING collaborations awaiting me on my desk…A possible foot in the door to the fascinating world of children’s book illustration! I will post further info here once everything is official. Also, I am working on a self portrait for Arthouse Coop – mini mini portrait…don’t quite know how I will capture the essence that is Paintblotch on such a mini canvas…there is enough room on there for my ear. As soon as that is finished though, I will post and hopefully dear readers you will be able to understand me a little more.

Grounded or Origins

…Grounded at the foot of old man Esposito’s olive tree, was a little reed basket. The crying was coming from there!  When she came closer to the bundle, Mercy couldn’t believe her eyes—a baby, sweet as Mrs. Wu’s red bean cake, tucked-in under layers of plush pink blankets, crying her little lungs out! The foxes seemed to watch over her…

This is where it all begins for my fox maiden. This is how she was found. It was the first clue to her story. I’m still trying to put the pieces together. I spent the whole day inking the panels to my submission to the Sketchbook Project. As I am writing this blog, its drying. In about an hour, I will apply a layer clear gesso so that the paper will be stable enough for when I apply colour to it. I plan to use acrylic paint and may touch up here and there with coloured pencils. Lets hope I dont muck it up! Anyway, here is a quick look at at the inked stage:

Journey into good friday….

I am so glad its Easter holiday here in Germany. 4 days of absolute freedom to work on some pieces. I could really use some quality time with me, myself and art. I am up pretty late because I wanted to submit to this week’s theme “journey”. For this submission, I dusted off my tablet and used it to colour the original drawing. I hope you enjoy this one. I sure as heck did making it. Happy Easter everyone!

the original drawing
the coloured version

Food and Fairytales.

the princess and the pea

The only things which sprung to my mind when I think of the word “layers” were a dream of deliciousness called a Mille-feuille and a tale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Princess and the Pea.In order to avoid hours of masochistic torture, I decided to go with the latter idea. Here it is, my contribution to Illustration Friday’s topic Layers:

ONCE UPON A TIME there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess; but she would have to be a real princess. He travelled all over the world to find one, but nowhere could he get what he wanted. There were princesses enough, but it was difficult to find out whether they were real ones. There was always something about them that was not as it should be. So he came home again and was sad, for he would have liked very much to have a real princess.

One evening a terrible storm came on; there was thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly a knocking was heard at the city gate, and the old king went to open it.

It was a princess standing out there in front of the gate. But, good gracious! what a sight the rain and the wind had made her look. The water ran down from her hair and clothes; it ran down into the toes of her shoes and out again at the heels. And yet she said that she was a real princess.

“Well, we’ll soon find that out,” thought the old queen. But she said nothing, went into the bed-room, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of the mattresses.

On this the princess had to lie all night. In the morning she was asked how she had slept.

“Oh, very badly!” said she. “I have scarcely closed my eyes all night. Heaven only knows what was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard, so that I am black and blue all over my body. It’s horrible!”

Now they knew that she was a real princess because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down beds.

Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that.

So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that he had a real princess; and the pea was put in the museum, where it may still be seen, if no one has stolen it.

There, that is a true story.”

Illu Friday: Sweater

his scent and his sweater was the only thing left for her to cling to...

I can’t believe I’m earlier than usual this week for Illustration Friday! If you like to draw, sketch, paint you should check out illustration friday. Its a good way to get your drawing chops in form 🙂