Sunday, May 20, 2018

Tropical Escapism

This is my first art exhibit for 2018. A group exhibit in Cebu City Philippines hosted by 856 Gallery which was participated by both local and international artists. This year's theme was entitled 'Tropical Escapism'. From the organizers words themselves:
"Examining the stereotypical western gaze towards the tropics as a place that people escape to. The concept of the "tiki bar," where stepping into the "tiki bar" transports you away from your present spatial reality. Conversely, there is the notion of escaping from the tropics to find economic "paradise" in the West. Inspired by the tropicalia movement in Brazil during the 60's and 70's we seek similar goals of producing ideas, theories, and aesthetics that allow us to claim our interpretations of tropical."

As an overseas Filipino worker, my tropical escape has a different perspective. Here is my take on the theme:

Magic Carpet Ride 
(artwork title)

If I have a magic lamp which could grant me any wish I want, you'd expect me to wish for unimaginable wealth and riches, all the money in the world and never have to worry about tomorrow or work for a single cent... just like most people would probably go for. But fantasies are fantasies unless you want to live in them and make a reality of your own. Lured by the promise of a golden future, shimmering castles, and a genie in a bottle I jumped into a magic carpet ride to the land of the desert. It was my ticket to achieving every Filipinos dream: an escape to poverty. But as mysterious as a genie in a bottle may sound my future held just as much. Golden veils cover not just the women's faces, the walls and the floors of this mysterious land but it  does the same to the window of opportunity that I took a chance upon. I had a glimpse of that future, I lived  it somehow but sometimes, the wind takes us somewhere else, where reality awaits and an unexpected future lies beneath. I am still gliding in this magic carpet ride in my very own tropical escape. 

Process photos

From ballpoint pen to digital pen.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

My Online STORE!

ANNOUNCING MY ONLINE STORE!!! It's kind of late to announce it here coz I've already posted about it on my other social media platforms. Hehe Nevertheless, I wanted to blog it (maybe in length, or not) for there may be other people who can read this here and not on the other platforms.

Anyhooo, it's been a long time dream to have my own shop online and even to have a physical one. It's still a working progress though and there are still so much to do and to change, some things are a bit temporary in terms of design in the website but some of the products are already posted. Most of what I have posted are the latest ones I did that I also sold during the Bahrain comic con. There are more products I need to upload and planning to branch into. So much work to do, who would've thought! :D

Here are some of the mugs that are already up on the store.



As of the moment, this is what my store looks like. Like I said, there are tons of work to be done while juggling some mommy duties. So, I'm just taking things one at a time but I'm sure glad I finally took the first step. :)

I sure do hope you visit my store! --->


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Bahrain Comicon

Last month I participated in an event here Bahrain, selling my artworks and some merchandise. The Bahrain Comic Con was its first time in the country and it was well received by the public by the number of its visitors and from my point of view. It has been a while since I joined an event like this, four years ago I was in Dubai Comic Con, it sure does help to have a bit of an experience with such events. I made sure I was a little more prepared with my merchandise and the logistics. Fortunately the organizers did a very good job organizing the whole event, it was smooth and us the vendors were well taken taken of making everything just a whole lot of fun experience!

And of course, the kids had to join the whole fun too! :)

Here are some of the artworks I sold at the event.
Daenerys  | Some cast of Season 8 (poster)

Jon Snow  | Night King

Liv of iZombie | 13 Reasons Why

Claire and Jamie of Outlander

Stranger Things
(my most selling fan art works!!)

Grendizer (Bahraini) :D

If you are interested to buy some of these artworks just head on over to my shop! Although it's still a working progress and I'm still have to upload more artworks, you can already find a few in the shop.


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