Wednesday, December 30, 2009

28 highlights of my 2009

Since the NUMBER 28 is so significant to me today, i came up with the same number of list that highlighted my 2009. Some random stuff. (argghh! wrong spelling on friendship). :|

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tomorrow my 28th birthday. i found this very old watercolor painting i did (probably 3-4 years ago). i'm still trying to figure out the relation of this piece to my birthday or even today. i haven't published this. i'll figure it out tomorrow.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Manuel Jesley

He is the man of our lives. Me, mama and my sister. Manuel Jesley brings laughter and sunshine in our home.
A playful experiment on the happy life of my little nephew.

Happy Holidays!

I've been away for a while... but i was just doodling around and getting a lot of job done.
Here are a few pages from my moleskin. :)
mewee kweesmas everyone! :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009


ANATHEMA is pop surrealism in its purest element.

Dangerous. Disturbing. Visually palatable.

This is artistic radicalism.
Mikiboy Pama
Nonon Yee

invites you to the

Art Exhibit

Opens Friday, 11 December 2009, 9 PM
Handuraw Gorordo

Featuring an art performance by Russ Ligtas and poetry reading by Ayzee Alvarez.

Cocktails will follow.

Gen Mijares | 0923 6259715

Poster by Apiong Bagares

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Bite December cover

December issue features Hi-C of Dice and K9 with all my green green Christmas elements against her. Once again, i hate green but I'm not really biased.

The Hi-C interview.
Try not to tear this page of the magazine. Its NOT a printing problem, it's just a new thing in one of the BITE pages. Clever idea.

ANATHEMA - an art exhibit i am looking forward this week. Will feature this in my blog in a few.

Aha! the VMF review.

She looks like a proud designer. Thank you.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hello Pamilacan island!

The weekend was looooong and peaceful. Just thought i'd play around with some of the pics from my Pamilacan getaway. Thanks for the photos Ger! :)

on our way to watch the dolphins play in the morning.

i dont really wanna get wasted, i just wanna have fun. :D

Digital Dance

I have been waiting for this. An article which came out weeks ago in CDN (Cebu Daily News) written by a friend of mine, Jay Young. I'm hoping to get a copy of the newspaper but this will do. Thanks again Jay and Meg!
Digital Dance
By Jay Young

My first peek into the artwork of Lucille Umali, was when I was being called to play for a song that was inspired by one of her pieces, titled “Dancing with a Ghost”. The song was performed Last October, at the Outpost, during her first one-woman exhibit titled SORE. The exhibit was so packed with people, that I told myself I would check it out another time. The next day I went early, and had the artworks all to myself. Since then, I have been curious to know the inspiration behind the artist.

She deals with digital art; most of her artwork is inspired by the female figure, sexual themes, and beauty. She has amazing use of texture, color and shape. Just like her favorite artist James Jean, you could definitely see his influence. And in her own way she brings a different kick to her work. The word that comes to mind would be sexy. I learned that her works are telling a story and a three-part journey. “This is my personal story on finding romance, giving in to earthly pleasures, losing romance and finding my way to self-worth again” she says. One of my personal favorites has to be the triptych centerpiece “Sex Will Keep Us Together”. While both sexual in content and title, I love how it had a sense of mystery and interaction with one another, and it really just pulled me in.

Aside from “Dancing with the Ghost” which was her piece written as a song by Jude Gitamondoc, her other works have close ties with music, including her work “Space” which she said was inspired by Insoy NiƱal’s “Kawanangan” and “Kismet” which was inspired by Ian Zafra’s song of the same title, which is also the artwork used on the album’s CD cover.

With ispirations from music, and personal trials of love, lust, and loss, Lucille clearly brings out a wonderful display of honesty and beauty in her works. As she succeeds in bringing to life what she saw through her eyes she also challenges everyone, “especially women in this field to be bold, to dare to express your innermost feelings.”

To view more of her artwork visit, where she has the prints, journals and T-shirts of her artwork for sale. Support our Local Artist.

The album, Kismet The Singles will finally be released this Friday, November 20 @ Handuraw Pizza in Gorordo. Bands playing are ZAFRA, CATTSKI, BETHANY & UNDERCOVER GRASSHOPPERS. Tickets are sold at P75 and it entitles you to a discount on the CD. Kismet merchandise and other Lucille Umali works will be available as well.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

James in the flesh

This has been a week late but the the ecstatic feeling is still there. It hasn't worn off yet. If you talk to me about the experience of meeting him, just prepare yourself with my annoying giddiness and stupid smile i always wear when i talk about it.

James Jean came to Manila last November 20-23. I caught him at Fullybooked, The Fort last Nov. 21.
James signing my Process Recess 2 book right at my favorite artwork - Succubus.

For those who DO NOT know who he is (from whatever planet you ever came from), he is just simply my god. James Jean is an award-winning illustrator and just simply an awesome talented dude.

Hey James! As a token of my fanatic appreciation, i give you my two salable journals! Those two are worth P600 only. I hope you use them, dude! hehehe

I was asking James the name of the flower he kept on drawing in almost all of his artworks. I tried to point it at the artwork behind him. He said that it was just his imagination, no particular flower. BUT, it looked like a chameleon, i dont know that flower. :|
My hair touched his shoulder...aaww and his arm.. just so near me. *blush*

James is a major influence to my artworks. Meeting him in person last week is like a dream come true (yes, yes i'm a fanatic)! I've been following him for more than 3yrs now and i never thought i would actually see him in the flesh much less talk to him. hehehe Too bad i didn't make it to his talk about his design process. But i'm all good, i couldn't ask for anything more!

Special thanks to my sister - Gai for documenting the most memorable day of my life and for waiting in line with me for about three hours. She's the best!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kismet Album Launch

If you still haven't heard the song, be there tomorrow at Handuraw restobar. Fall in love again.

Listen to CATTSKI's music here. Zafra's muric here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tsinelas Poster Process

I thought this was a very interesting and challenging project. When i was asked to design a poster for Tsinelas' guitar workshop, i thought i wouldn't go for the cliche - illustration of a guitar or some rock star looking cool with a guitar. But i couldn't think of anything. Atleast not right away.

Then i thought of playing with typography!
Here is the raw file i did in adobe illustrator. The 3 changes i made for the design.

This is the first design that got initially approved. But later was added with other details.

Notice the tip of the guitar. Some texts were added - & certificates. For a minute there i thought its gonna be a pain in the ass. I needed to move around the letters.

One major detail was missed! The dates! Notice the part in the venue, i needed to move and resize the letetrs so i can insert the dates. Now i thought its gonna be another pain in the ass. But it all turned out great. :)
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Visual: A Digital Design Conference

The biggest digital design conference in the South that aims entirely in promoting the colorful, progressive and dynamic medium of digital design.

Visual is a brainchild of a good friend who has nothing but a heart for the local graphic community. A historical event for the South. An event that has never been done before and this will surely be a great impact for the students and the professionals alike.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cebu Guitar Fest '09


This poster is a collaboration work of me and photographer Apiong Bagares. I did those swirly, firy elements around the guitarists while the photos, logo design and layout were Apiong's.

Something to look forward to this month! RAWK ON!

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