//Art Li and Stuff: July 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Artwork Daily: [WIP] Vector Portrait

New work in progress. I started creating this 2 weeks ago but completion was postponed due to training at work.  Last Monday, I continued working on it. I know, my inconsistency with creating vector may be bothering you but I tell you it bothers me more.  How I wish I have all the time in the world. Which I believe I have, I just don't know how to manage it, yet. And also, there's the case of my laptop that crashed seven months ago, I still haven't bought a new one since my recent trip to Cebu and Bohol took up all my recent savings. But I'm planning to buy new one very soon. I miss having my own computer.

Anyways, the following are print screens of my recent work in progress. =)


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Looking forward to its completion. I hope not too late this time. XD

♫  " Every word you're saying is a lie... ♫ 
~ Fire and Ice - Within Temptation


Artwork Daily: Please don't stop the MUSIC


Please don't stop the MUSIC.
Does that player look familiar? Its the one pictured in one of the Polaroids in my blog header. =)
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Yes! Its been a while since I've created any of these. Hello Illustrator. Hello Vector art! =)
I am taking a little break from watercolor painting since I'm on day shift and I don't like painting at night and I haven't done any for over a month now and yada yada yada. Excuses. I know.  But then I also have craft projects like learning how to crochet so I'm going to be pretty busy for the next few days.

"You can do anything, but not everything"
~ I always try to keep this in the thick head of mine whenever I try to do all the things I want, all at the same time. What can I say? I like Multi-tasking. Although I read somewhere that there's no such thing.

♫  " I've been left all alone like a damn criminal
I've been praying for help 'cause I can't take it allI'm not done. Its not over..." ♫ 
~ Shot in the dark - Within Temptation


Monday, July 29, 2013

Blight Group Exhibit @ Cubao Expo


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Last Saturday night, my sweetness and I dropped by at the Blight Group Exhibit in Cubao Expo. We know one of the artists and he's a talented one. Here are some of his artworks displayed there.


The lady with the skull, The lady with the illuminating rib cage, The watch with wings
Color Pencil
All illustrations of Jason Alon


Sarile
Color Pencil


Ilaw | Lipad Oras
Color Pencil

What do you guys think? Aren't these pieces amazing? And to think that they were created with colored pencil. But wait, there's more. The following are some of the pieces made by the other artists included in the group exhibit.


Selfie - ish zero three
24" x 36"
Ink + Posca Marker on Wood
Triskaedeka


Imbecilic Panic
Watercolor on Paper
20 x 30 inches
Jimmuel Magat

 There's more on the second floor of the venue but we were not able to view any of it because the rest of the program was held there and a band was playing. Considering the number of people who attended, we figured we won't fit there anymore.

Seeing these pieces made me appreciate traditional art more.  Kudos to all the organizers and artists who participated in this event.  Congratulations to you all =)

If you'd like to see these artworks up close and personal, please do visit the exhibit.  Its open for the next three weeks.

[Note: Please excuse my poor photography skills. Most of the photos were taken in a weird angle]

♫  " And I still wonder.. why heaven has died.. the skies are all falling.. I'm breathing but why?
in silence I hold on to you and I..." ♫ 
~ Fire and Ice - Within Temptation



Saturday, July 27, 2013

Crafting: The "almost" perfect rectangle


Almost perfect. I still forget to create 2 chain stitch before creating another row. >.<
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Finally! A rectangle =) Not so perfect but I'm pretty contented at how it looks right now.  I was trying to create a phone case here when I ran out of yarn. (-_-)


A closer look.  I really like the color of this yarn. =)
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Started working with the Blue yarn.
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So now, I'm starting on the blue one. A phone case too for my sweetness =) Its amazing what you can do with simple crochet stitches. So far, I've learned the chain stitch and single crochet stitch, I'll be learning how to crochet the double crochet stitch next.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Crafting: Learning how to crochet

I recently had an urge to try crochet.  I don't know, maybe there's something wrong with me. Haha
Anyways, I remember when I was in grade school or high school there was a class that taught the basic chain stitch so much to my surprise, when I tried to create a chain stitch, I had no idea what to do.  Nothing in the process is familiar. >.< I forgot how to crochet a simple chain stitch! Waaaaahh :( 

After a few minutes of thinking, trying, thinking again, trying again, I gave up.  Thinking about it so hard felt like I was about to split my brain in two. So I sought refuge, the Internet =). But even then, with photos and specific instructions on how to crochet a chain stitch, no dice. I still didn't get it. Then my sister look over at what I was browsing on the Internet and seeing the crochet hook in my hand, I'm guessing she already knew what the fuss was about.  Then she took the hook from my hands and started teaching me how to crochet a chain stitch :) What do you know, my sister remembers how to do it!  Thanks to her I was able to create this. =) Not with a crochet thread unfortunately.  The thread I first used is DMC. Then I got some yarn and tried the single crochet stitch. It was hard at first but once you got the hang of it, it becomes a little easier row by row. Now, let's see how far I can go with crochet. =)


My first chain stitch using DMC
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What I came up with using the single crochet stitch. I was aiming for a square. I have no idea how it became a triangle, I mean I followed every step T.T I definitely missed something.
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My first single crochet attempts.
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There are a lot of tutorials on YouTube for those (like me) who can't follow a step by step instructions in words.  I also found some sites that offer free tutorial on crochet and they are as follows:


I noticed that the SM department stores even National Bookstore don't sell high quality yarns. The one I used in my single crochet stitch kept on tangling with my hook. Anyone know where I can buy some?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Gone to Cebu when I left my heart in Bohol


Cebu City, Cebu
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On the 3rd day of our trip, we bid farewell to Bohol and headed to the pier to catch a ferry going to Cebu.  We were supposed to go island hopping for the 3rd day but we we're short in budget.  Arriving at Cebu we checked in at Sampaguita Hotel Suites at Cebu City and B and I just checked out some of the "same" old establishments nearby.  The hotel we stayed in is close to the Robinsons Malls, One Mango Avenue, and an Islands Pasalubong outlet where I bought an "I <3 Cebu" bag tag.  We had dinner at Zubuchon and we got to try their less fatty lechon.  I was so excited to eat that I forgot to take photos T.T  We ended our first day at Cebu with a back massage from Nuat Thai.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hinagdanan Cave

Our last stop of the tour for the day is the Hinagdanan "laddered" Cave.  When I saw how small the entrance is, I was a little discouraged to enter. But when I saw how beautiful this limestone cave is, I'm glad I did.  The cave is made of limestone and has a deep lagoon and many stalagmites and stalactites.  It was a little slippery walking in the cave but I'm glad that as clumsy as I am I didn't slipped.  Most of the photos on this post were not really taken by me.  I was only able to take a few and our tour guide took over. Haha  But I must say, his shots look great. =)


Hinagdanan Cave Panglao Island, Bohol
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Beachin' at the Beach - Panglao Island Beach

So, after a fun tour at Bohol Bee Farm, its swimming time! =)  We got to enjoy the super white sand and stunning view of the beach of Panglao at Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa :)


Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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There were no people at the beach when we went there so we had the beach all to ourselves. :)
Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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Still can't believe how white the sand here is.  Whiter than the sand in Laiya, Batangas.
Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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It was low tide so we didn't get to swim on the sea but we get to walk to this island which is about a few meters away. I saw a crab but wasn't able to take a photo of it. Gee they move so fast.
Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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Relaxing at the pool.
Credits to Emerson Jimenez for this photo XD
Panglao Island Nature Resort & Spa Panglao Island, Bohol
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We also had our lunch here and the food was great. A little pricey though.  We only got to stay here for 3 hours then we went on to finish the rest of the tour for the day.  I like the facilities of this resort and the people are nice. =) Good food too. Would definitely recommend a visit here if you're visiting Bohol.

More photos on my flickr.



Monday, July 15, 2013

Bohol Bee Farm


Its more fun in the Philippines :)
Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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In continuing my series of posts about my tour in Bohol last month, our second day started with a visit to Dauis Church then to Bohol Bee Farm in Panglao Island.  Bohol Bee Farm is a resort but they also offer a tour of their farm (they grow their own vegetables and greens that they use in their restaurant).  The tour was very educational, starting off with the ingredients of their famous flower salad. Yes, you read right. They serve salad that has flowers on it and these flowers are Gumamela, Bougainvillea, Marigold, and Cosmos. I think. Hehe =) Well, those were the flowers that our kind tour guide mentioned that they grow organically on their own farm.  We didn't get to try the salad though. They also have greens such as oregano, basil, rosemary, mint, and the list goes on.

They also have crafts and livelihood area where they create handicrafts such as bags, slippers, etc. that are being sold in their shop. Most of their walls are created with coconut shells which is ingenious if you ask me.  The shells are not noticeable at first but when you take a closer look you'll be able to see it.  They also have a shop where they sell their produce (Jams, Spreads, Cassava Cone, Ice Cream, Bread, etc. )  My friend B and I tried their ice cream flavors Pandan and Malunggay.  I'm not a huge fan of malunggay but the ice cream tasted great. :)  I also bought 6 pieces of their bread which I enjoyed eating when we went back to the resort where we're staying. ^_^



Some of the herbs they grow in their farm
Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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 Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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Where they grow their lettuce. Panglao Island's soil is mostly limestone rocks
that's why they grow their lettuce in little pots like these.
Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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 Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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They culture vermi too. Worms. -_-
Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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Crafts and LIvelihood
Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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The coconut shell wall.
Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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Here come the bees >.<
Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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I dared not touch them. I mean, who would after the tour guide holding their hive got stung?! Ouch! >.<
Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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The stunning view at their restaurant. I would like to dine here someday :)
Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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The Malunggay and Pandan Ice Cream. :) Nom Nom. Credits to my good friend B for this photo. XD
Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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 Our group. Minus one (the photographer) together with our tour guide SIr Ruel. :)
Credits to Emerson Jimenez for this photo XD
Bohol Bee Farm Panglao Island, Bohol
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The view of the beach is just stunning. The island on the right side is actually Siquijor, our tour guide mentioned.  I hope I'd be able to dine at this place the next time I visit Bohol. yiii =)