For art class at school! The point was to create a “stationary decorative object” and incorporate a logo you made in the previous term into your design. Nearly sliced myself from all the X-Acto knifing but through it all I have trained myself enough to become a pro samurai should zombies attack me (and if said zombies were half a foot tall)
I didn’t know I’d end up putting this logo on a lamp when I made it so I had to make do with what I had. It was either this or “SugaMama Pastry Shop” — ‘nuff said.
Considering I’ve never made anything legit-legit like this lamp before, I guess you could say I was pretty happy with how it turned out! Definitely gonna try making another when I’m not too busy.
Angie did the research, I did the pimpin’, and we ended up with a schweet project for our Physical Science class! My marks for this subject aren’t very high, so when I found out we’d be designing a brochure as an assignment, I jumped at it - hopefully I did a good enough job of making the words Butylated Hydroxytoluene less exhausting to look at.
Pre-made-clip-art free and type-heavy: those little doodle squares were drawn by me and all the fonts I used came from extended periods of bombarding Lost Type Co-op. Click the second one for hi-res and enjoy!
I helped shoot and edit this trailer** for High on Lows, a short stage production my section is presenting this Monday! In front of tons of people! Can you say exciting!? It’s only a term project for English class but each section’s going head to head in the hopes of winning Best Story/Trailer/Poster/Theme Song (give ours a listen!)/what-have-you and the competition’s been pretty intense. Needless to say, I can’t give the entire story away so I’ll leave it to you to try to figure out what happens.
I made our poster too!
* That is an unfortunate thumbnail (dang it, Youtube) * Song: Intro by Alt-J (∆)
Anonymous said: Hi! :) Just wanna know, how long did take for your sva catalogue to arrive? And what other art schools in the US are you planning to apply/have you applied for? Thanks! :)
Hi! It took a little over 3 months to get delivered from New York to Manila. As of now, the schools I’m applying for (fo’ sho) are SCAD, Ringling, California College of the Arts, and Academy of Art University.
Anonymous said: Hey Gaby, have you submitted uni applications? Which uni do you most likely to go to? I'm guessing ADMU under BFA-ID? You'll do fine wherever you go anyway..just curious. -big fan of yours
So far, I’ve applied to Ateneo (yes, for Information Design!), UP Diliman for Visual Communication, and Benilde for Multimedia Arts. It’ll come down to which school’s entrance exam I pass, but if by any chance I get into all three universities, Ateneo would be my top choice! I’m also applying for a couple art schools in the US ‘cause I’m really jonesin’ for an Illustration degree, but we’ll have to wait and see! Wish me luck!
Anonymous said: where do you update yourself with your music? :)
All sorts of places! Sometimes I’ll be listening to the radio, or watching TV, or at some hip cafe and a really nice song will start playing - I always have my phone ready so I can get the lyrics down and Google the song later. Or when a good album gets referenced in a book or film I like, I make it a point to try to listen to it!
Being a bit of a music snob, I’ve got tons of Top 10/25/100/what-have-you lists of best songs/albums bookmarked; I’m always on the lookout for great new releases so I like to visit music sites and blogs (Spin, Pitchfork, Insound, HotSpotMusic, Unrequired Listening, and FreeIndie to name a few) for samples and reviews. And when I’m too lazy to hunt for good music, I listen to mixtapes on 8tracks.
My dad has really good taste in music and I won’t say I’ve never nicked tracks from his iTunes library haha!
Anonymous said: Gaby, you are seriously talented! I'm a senior in high school looking to study Illustration, and I am blown away by how mature and gorgeous your illustrations are. They really remind me of Jillian Tamaki's work- good stuff! Haha this isn't an "ask", more just fan mail. Please keep up the awesomeness
Oh my gosh, this is by far the best compliment I have ever received! Jillian Tamaki is my absolute favorite and I never thought my feeble little doodles could remind anybody of her stuff! Thank you so much for saying all that!
Also, as a fellow high school senior looking to study Illustration, I’m gonna have to ask you to reveal yourself!
Yet another Girl Scout poster for next Friday’s gig! This is the product of at least an hour-and-a-half’s worth of hardcore tinkering with Curves and Contrast after I decided that the original color scheme I came up with wasn’t punchy enough. If you like the color green, though, I think the first version is worth a look:
It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s next Friday so by all means FREAKING GO!
Anonymous asked: hi! where’d you get ur bamboo pen and touch? been wanting one for such a long time now but have no idea on where to get it! hahahah :-) and i LOVE your drawings btw! x
Hello! Try looking around at Park Square in Makati, or if you live in the South I believe you can find one in the gadget stores in the 3rd floor of the Activity Center in Alabang Town.
Anonymous asked: How did you start to learn painting and webdesigning (because of your blogs theme)? Do you believe it’s in the blood? :)
Alright bullets HERE WE GO
Dad’s an artist, owned a lot of art books and painted a lot at home
Pre-preschool-Blue’s-Clues-watching-self started paying attention
Doodled on my own ‘til my parents finally realized that I was indeed my father’s daughter
They decided to leave me be to develop skills on my own
In doing so they let me enter a horrible Twilight phase which led to hours watching Youtube tutorials a la “How to edit photo of self to make skin look paler” and tweaking HTML/CSS codes for my Belward-themed Multiply account
By the love of God I forsook my love for shady vampires
During high school I had to start thinking of career options, then I realized I could illustrate for a living!
Began drawing on a sketchbook religiously and bookmarking illustrators I wanted to emulate
Revelation: “HOLY CRAP THESE PEOPLE DRAW ON PHOTOSHOP.”
So I started drawing on Photoshop
Here I am now!
So in essence, yes! I definitely think it’s in the blood in the sense that I’ve had that natural inclination towards matters of the right brain since I was practically a baby. However, I wouldn’t be able to do what I can do now as an artist if not for all the time I spent practicing and researching on my own volition :)
Anonymous asked: did you pay for your sva catalog? because i ordered mine and they didn’t ask for any credit card info, and it’s hard to believe that theyre giving away it for free, shipping all the way from nyc. please enlighten me…
Oh as far as I know, it’s totally free! I didn’t spend a single dime on it, though that did come with a con, as with all college catalogues from the US: ridiculously long shipping time!
Anonymous asked: I’m really fantasized and curious about your tools in drawing and coloring. May I know where did you buy those stuff? :>
Sure! A lot of the things I use were either bought from National Bookstore or Fully Booked or given to me.
Anonymous asked: Shoooockss! I love youuu and also your works!
So excited to finally announce that I got my first real job last month as the official Graphic Artist for GIRL SCOUT, the new production tag team of two of the raddest girls alive: actress/writer Saab Magalona and Mei Bastes, event organizer/mastermind behind Meiday and Dope MNL! I’ve been a follower of Saab’s blog for a long time and I heard a lot about Mei’s legendary gig series, so obviously I was more than eager to meet up with them and start designing their visuals!
Girl Scout is an event and concert series aimed at showcasing the diversity and wealth of talent within the OPM (Original Pilipino Music) scene by staging gigs that mix and match combinations of established, popular bands, personal favorites, and new discoveries. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I haven’t really gotten around to delving into all the great music local bands come up with, but that being said, I’ve got all the more reason to go to these gigs and see what the local music scene is all about, starting with gig number one, BOOT CAMP!