Monday, June 24, 2013

Pencil Paint on Facebook

Hi, everyone! I created a Facebook page for my art, so if you have the time, please do drop by and take a peek. I'll be posting updates there, including works-in-progress.

The official link to the page is:

Thanks again, and hope to see you there! ♥

Monday, April 29, 2013


Acuzar by Lavina Marie Verdolaga
Watercolor on paper

I thought I'd give painting houses a try, just to play around with different painting techniques. This is a relatively small painting, referenced off a photo I took of an old house at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (read the post here). It was quite perfect for practicing painting shadows and foliage. 

I had no idea what I was doing half the time, but I loved every minute of it. I think I'll do more houses in the future. :) 

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Capriciously Creative

I haven't been updating as often as I once promised I would, only because I've been thoroughly enjoying my new job. The work, the environment, and the people are just absolutely fantastic. I'm actually of value there -- and it's not every day that I can admit something as profound as that.

I have been, however, working on paintings, though sporadically, just to keep the creative juice (what little I have of it) flowing. If you would be so kind as to let me, I'd love to share these random spurts of creativity with you now.

Ink on paper
38.4 x 25.7 cm
(Credits for model: faestock)
One of my old tank tops was beginning to look rather frail, so I thought I'd give it makeover.
As it turns out, I'm not so good at this DIY business. :))

Decided one day to paint a portrait of one of my fairy figurines. I'll post it up soon!

I bought myself a customizable tumbler from Starbucks, and I spent a happy evening 
painting the floral design for it. ♥ (Yes, like those jars that sit on my desk :)) )

Hair, hair, and more hair! I love painting hair. This one's almost done! :D
That's about it so far. It's been so long since I've posted anything really substantial, so I hope to do that soon. I've yet to post another product review, and a couple of detailed progress reports of paintings.

Hope you're enjoying the heat as much as I am!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Tea is Love

Tea is Love by Lavina Verdolaga
I had a rare and random creative burst last night, and this experiment with Photoshop was the result. Because I had nothing to do, and because tea is awesome. Plus, I wanted to see if my tablet was still functional (the poor thing had been sitting in the dark for months), and it was, yay! What do you guys think? :)

Friday, February 01, 2013

Workshop In Retrospect

I had my doubts as to whether I could teach basic watercolor painting - major doubts; I was a nervous wreck during my preparations - but my watercolor workshop turned out even better than I had dared hope.

Clockwise from left: Lian, Alan, my Tita Gina, Patt, and Ray
Only five of the fifteen slots were filled, which actually made things a whole lot more fun and manageable. I was able to work with the participants coolly, if not comfortably; although I did feel like quite the noob the whole time, haha. They were all just so quiet, too quiet, in fact, that I thought I was virtually boring the creativity out of them. But I was incredibly happy to see them paint like seasoned wizards:

Patt working on her tones
Ray trying out the wet-on-wet technique
Their level of skill surprised me to no end, especially during the practical application of landscape and still life painting. But it's a wonderful - albeit unnerving - feeling, really, to see others apply the knowledge that you imparted to them.

I can see how teaching can be a fulfilling profession, but I really don't think I'm cut out for it. Still though, I'd love to conduct a workshop again, and I hope I can in the future. Thank you Times Trading Inc., for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

Group picture! (Sorry for the yellowish hue)
Have a wonderful February ahead, everyone! :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cancelled: February 23 Workshop

Hello everyone, I'm sorry, I have bad news :( The watercolor workshop that I was to conduct on February 23, 2013, is now cancelled, due to unforeseen events on the part of the organizing body. The one this Saturday, however, January 26, is still open. I apologize especially to those who were looking to sign up for the second workshop. I just hope I'll be able to conduct another later on to make up for it.

Figure Drawing

I may be quite the copier in terms of drawing, but I've never completely grasped the concept of human anatomy so much that I wouldn't need to copy at all (due to lack of any sort of formal education in such) - which is why I jumped at the opportunity to attend a formal figure drawing workshop here in Manila.

Poster for Figure Drawn

The workshop, simply entitled 'Figure Drawn' was held last week at the reputable Arts in the City, and was conducted by Jackie Lozano, a young and genial art teacher and freelance graphic designer.

Jackie showcasing the basic structure of the human figure
Our task was simple and straightforward: learn the key concepts behind figure drawing - lines, shapes, and proportion - and attempt to apply them firsthand onto paper, with the help, of course, of a pencil and a live model. For this particular workshop, however, we were asked to work with charcoal, a medium I've always found too, well, dirty for my liking, but with a few helpful tips from Jackie, I was able to work with it without complaint (on both mine and the charcoal's part). 

As there were only about eight participants, the entire session was quiet and relaxed, all tension alleviated in the presence of persons from different walks of life, each with varying degrees of experience in art. I myself was seated in between a bubbly accountant named Grace and a quirky geologist aptly named Juno, both of whom wished to take their creative hobbies to the next level.

Jackie assisting Grace
Facial proportions
Gesture drawing (photo reference)
The workshop kicked off with a few exercises in drawing lines and basic shapes, and the application of these in deconstructed human anatomy. I almost never use shapes in drawing, and when I do, it's usually only a circle for the head. :)) Hence, gesture drawing, that requires the rapid execution of lines or marks to map out basic shapes of the human figure, was relatively difficult for me to do. I had loads of fun trying to do it properly though, especially when it came to the live model sketching.

The model and Jackie's sample portrait
Juno sketching
The model herself, I found, was quite perfect for the session, as she was boasted curves that made gestural movements with the charcoal stick relatively challenging. We sketched her in four different poses, each held for about ten to fifteen minutes each. And here are my poor attempts:

(Click to enlarge, and see all my mistakes up close, haha!)
To aid us in proportions, Jackie suggested using the thumb-and-pencil technique that I only used to see in cartoons but never employed myself. It helped sometimes during the workshop, but I find that using my eye to see the proportions works better for me. Still though, I learned a good deal - how to respect the charcoal medium, for one thing, but more importantly, how to use shapes to execute perfect anatomical drawing. I think I'll try gesture drawing for my faeries from now on.

L-R: Grace, Jackie, me
Juno's work
Upon conclusion of the workshop, we were given certificates - the first I've ever received in the field of art(!) - and since I had an empty frame to spare, I propped it on display on my desk: 

Sitting pretty with my faeries *u*
Throughout the workshop, I couldn't help but take notes regarding the manner with which Jackie conducted the session. My own workshop is next week already, and I'm a nervous wreck D: I really hope I can effectively teach the participants how to paint with watercolors. I've been practicing the different modules just so I don't freak out on the day itself. Yikes. Do wish me luck!
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