Made some “thank you” cards for token bags that my classmates and I are giving to families during an outreach trip to the province this week! In case you’re wondering about process, I basically just drew the lettering and foliage with brush & ink, scanned the drawing and adjusted the colors on Photoshop, then printed the finished design onto recycled paper, which my dad (I’m very clumsy with a box cutter) then cut into little cards.
"Thank you for opening your doors and allowing us to stay with you."
9:42 pm • 15 July 2012 • 10 notes • View comments
My Info Pack from Ringling College HAS ARRIVED!
Probably isn’t much of a big deal considering they send hundreds of these out every year, but you can’t imagine how stoked I was when I found this on my desk when I got back home from school yesterday. I knew beforehand about how renowned Ringling is for their awesome student materials, and HOT DAMN did I do right by not expecting to be disappointed by some sad little crumpled A5 pamphlet:
If anything, I’m the polar opposite of disappointed. This info pack is the freaking Iron Man of art-school-catalog-Avengers.
(Whoever came up with the idea to put a virtual tour via thumb drive in this package is a genius and should win an award)
6:50 pm • 11 July 2012 • 8 notes • View comments
Lo and behold! Here’s the cover I made for a monthly zine my friends from school and I put together. If you happen to be at Komikon Indieket on July 14, come on by our booth and say hi!
11:54 pm • 29 June 2012 • 12 notes • View comments
I thought it’d be easier to avoid drawing during class without a sketchbook in my bag but doing that only made me end up vandalizing the covers of my lecture notebooks. On the bright side, my things are about 80% less boring to look at!
Fake poster for a fake band, random faces
8:54 pm • 19 June 2012 • 22 notes • View comments
Anonymous said: Hey Gabby! Where do you buy your embroidery threads?
Hi! I buy them from the Notions section at SM Department Store.
Edit: SM Southmall, specifically.
5:21 pm • 8 June 2012 • View comments
I know it’s been a billion years since I’ve posted anything up on this blawgge besides obscure portraits of fictional characters, so here are updates on the past month starting with (YOU GUESSED IT) AH-NOTHER obscure portrait of a fictional character!!!
Ripley from Alien with a miserable excuse for a flamethrower. My dad kept telling me off for going around and being all stoked about Prometheus without watching Alien first, so we did, and now, two things have happened to me:
- I can watch the Prometheus trailer and ACTUALLY GET IT, and
- I can’t open a boiled egg without half-expecting a facehugger to jump out and kill me
I have an unhealthy habit of drawing relatively nice things on scraps of paper, later dubbing them pieces of crap, and eventually throwing them away. That Ripley drawing would’ve ended up in a landfill somewhere if I didn’t find this thing in one of my cabinets! It’s like lots of scraps of paper, only bigger, and bound together, and it is called a sketchbook! This was apparently a Christmas gift from my cousin that I forgot all about, and now that I’ve decided to use it, I will no longer be able to throw my drawings away unless hauling sketchbooks at the undead would be considered a zombie-slaying technique in the future.
In case a teacher asks my class what we’ve all learned over the summer, I, on the first day of school, for once in my life, will finally be prepared and not have to say “Oh nuthin, really” in front of everyone again! My sewing skills have resurfaced as I have taken embroidery up as a hobby. It’s nothing die-hard, just something I keep myself occupied with in times of boredom (like trips to the mall), despite the weird looks I get from people whenever I stitch at scenester-infested places such as Starbucks. I mean, they’re obviously just jealous of my über legit embroidery hoop. They be hatin’ and I be all like “UH HUH, THAT SHIT IS DA REAL DEAL”
In other, rather “serious” news, I got to meet with the admissions rep from the Savannah College of Art and Design when she came down to Manila from Hong Kong two weeks ago! SCAD is one of my dream schools, so this interview was a huge deal and I was super nervous about it, but the rep turned out to be incredibly nice! She shook my hand and said she liked my portfolio and told me about how to apply and how awesome the school is and if all that wasn’t enough to make me more eager to apply than I already was, she gave me goodies!
- A booklet about the best of their Illustration department
- "Information at a Glance" that actually contradicts itself and takes at least 50 glances to read but is awesome nonetheless
- Another little book with page-long descriptions of each major
- A brochure for potential freshmen that contains pictures of their campus AND folds out into a huge poster!
NEATO? UH, SHHHYEAH I THINK SO.
I not only gave her a million “Aww, thank you”s but I also left my portfolio and my first resumé! I hand-painted the headers, scanned them, laid them out and printed them on nicer-ish paper. Here’s the top of the front:
My third name really is Seuss, believe it or not. Like the famous doctor! Here’s the less exposing back part:
The month of May also brought on an all-time high for my graphic novel purchases at a whopping THREE books in a span of four weeks. CONGRATS, SELF, FOR YOUR WONDROUS ACHIEVEMENT!?!?!
I imagine making separate, detailed posts ala this one for each of these books would be exhausting so here are mini-reviews:
- I felt like a noob for calling myself a Craig Thompson fan having only read Habibi, so I bought Blankets and it proved to be my favorite graphic novel next to Dave Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp and Mr. Punch by Gaiman & McKean.
- Found Waltz with Bashir at a discount bookstore in pristine condition! Read it in less than an hour and had tears welling up in my eyes by the end. I haven’t seen the original film version, though. Noob-status therefore reinstated.
- I didn’t really find myself loving David Boring but I’m hoping this is one of those books that takes a while to grow on you ‘cause I did not just spend 900 pesos for cartooned NSFW-ness. Though I’d have to say, Daniel Clowes’ style is really something.
On a less art-and-design-related-note, I am happy to inform you that I have met The One.
And by The One I mean the satchel backpack I’ve been looking for forever! I’ve bookmarked links to around 10 different bags from online stores and nearly gave up hope of ever finding one here when I found it! It was the last one hanging on a lonely rack at Forever 21 and when I saw it, my head exploded and I was driven into a state of catatonic, never-ending “Omigosh. Omigosh. Omigosh.”
When I wear it I feel like Indiana Jones if Raiders of the Lost Ark was set in Catholic private school.
Senior year starts/summer ends in a week and I guess I’m pretty sorted out for class! I’ve done a good job of prepping my school supplies up, “good job” as in yet again surviving the jungle that is National Bookstore during back-to-school-season. It hasn’t sunk in that high school is going to be over in less than a year’s time, and in as much as I want this year to go by as quickly as possible, I hope I make the most out of what’s left of life before college.
12:30 pm • 6 June 2012 • 6 notes • View comments