Going Back To My Arts

I’ve been sidetracked for a while because of my new small biz (Nu Skin distributor) and I have given it most of my time the past months. Right now, I am just going back to my arts to practice and produce more illustrations and digital designs I can eventually offer to sell someday.

I am still not very good with Photoshop and Illustrator. However, I have sen major improvements in my skills because I can directly illustrate on AI (Adobe Illustrator) without using any of my penciled sketches as guide. Though my digital drawings are very amateurish and simple. One thing I can say about my work is that – they are definitely hand drawn.

I am building my stocks right now so I can offer some freebies every Friday for you to download and print or do whatever you wish. I guess, the only thing I would request from you is that, don’t claim the illustrations as your own. I think that is fairly simple and right thing to do.

Most of the stuff I will put in my Friday Freebies page are my own graphics that you can use to make stickers, name tags, bookmarks, labels, etc. I hope you will like them.

So, watch out for my Friday Freebies! It will come soon… Not very soon, but SOON!

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August 11, 2017
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Doing Things That Makes Me Happy

I have always believed that mantra. That is why I try my best to do things that makes me happy even if other people don’t understand why. I don’t have to make them understand but all I want is for people to have an open mind why others do the things that they do, especially when running after a dream.

(Photo not mine/credit to the owner)

 

I haven’t always have it easy. I have to work hard for something. I don’t get stuff easy in life. It is always a struggle. Sometimes, I honestly want to give up. However, I think about the reason why I have begun in the first place – it’s because, I had a dream, and I am still dreaming up to now.

Part of doing the things that makes me happy is also sacrificing some time spent for nonsense stuff like going to the malls, socializing, etc. I don’t want to shortchange my happiness by stealing few moments out of them. That is why, my weekends are always booked to the brim with activities that calms my nerves, quiets my mind, and soothes my soul.

Right now, I have been busy with many things like my arts, my blogging, and my entrepreneurial goal. I have some frustrations too but the impetus to succeed, and to enjoy life now keeps me going. I just want to chase my dreams while I can because tomorrow may be too late. If I can do it now, why not? So, I’ll be doing things that makes me happy. And if I flood my blogs, and my social media channels with stuff that feeds my soul, so be it. 🙂

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July 24, 2017
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Happy Fri-Yay Brush Lettering Demo

I have been meaning to video myself doing a simple brush lettering to encourage everyone out there who wants to get their hands on lettering, whether for professional means or just to get those creative juice cranking.

I love whimsical stuff. I usually just letter away without putting much emphasis on the “rules” and the anatomy of a typography and the letters. If I do that, I will never be able to do something as free as I want. Although, it pays to know the basics of lettering and typography, and it is also best to know their anatomy so you will understand the different types and styles in letters.

I always draft my lettering. I am not as good as the others out there who can just letter away even without a draft or sketch of what they will hand letter. It is something I want to learn too but for now, I enjoy sketching on a light coloured pencil so I can erase later on. Sometimes, I just leave the marks there when they are not very visible.

So, here is a brief demo of my brush lettering. I decided to write “Happy Fri-Yay” for Happy Friday. I have been sick for a while and the weekend is all I have been longing for, and of course, some therapeutic time with my crafts. I already sped up the video but it took me around 2 minutes to finish the lettering.

What you need:

  • A smooth paper or pad (to protect your brush pens, to prevent “ink” bleeding, and for a smoother flow of the pen’s movement) I recommend Rhodia brand for your paper or pads. It has very smooth surface.
  • Tombow Dual Brush pens or any brush pen (I prefer this brand and the Kuretake Fude pens)
  • A flat surface where you can set your pad and write on (I sometimes use my laptop as a leverage. I know, that’s bad but I am comfortable with the added height it provides, but don’t follow me on this one hahaha)

Enjoy!


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June 10, 2017
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My First Attempt To Digitalize My Brush Lettering Art

I must have read tons and tons of resources for how to digitalize your art or hand lettering. I even subscribed to a lot of YouTube channels for the tutorials. The information out there is overwhelming and they seem to look very easy until you try it hands on.

Well, it took me several hours to complete the process few weeks ago. It is a rough digital attempt but I am happy of the outcome. I know there are still plenty of rooms for improvement but they say, you wouldn’t really know something and wouldn’t get accustomed until you do it. More practice and more watching of tutorials to get the tips and tricks and apply them all later on.

This is the brush lettering on my pad.

 

After digitalizing it using Adobe Illustrator

 

 

I just added the flourishes for effect.

 

I got the quote from the internet. I love it a lot because I know a lot of “gits” around who could use some manners. This is for them, a constant reminder to be respectful.

Well, I am still happy with how the outcome looked like. I even felt I didn’t follow the process correctly. The process is still a bit complex but with more practice, I am pretty sure I will be able to make more of these in the future that I can offer for free download or even sell on my future creative studio. Wish me luck!

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June 2, 2017
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Small and Powerful Guitar Amplifier

I didn’t know there are smaller versions of guitar amplifiers in the market until I saw the roland micro cube. I have seen big amplifiers before but this one tops the list of portable, moderately priced amplifier that is perfect for small gigs or practice sessions at home.

It is a small cube, just as the name suggests. It can be carried anywhere you want to as it has a handle. Even young kids who are into music can carry, and have this amp with them when they want to.

I like that it is small too. Another great feature of this amp is that the MICRO CUBE GX works on batteries (LR6 (AA) type x 6) or an AC adapter.

Features:

Power: 3W
Ultra-compact portable DSP guitar amp with 5-inch speaker
Runs on battery or AC power (adapter supplied) and includes carry strap
i-CUBE LINK jack provides simple audio interfacing with Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (interface cable included)
8 COSM guitar amp models including JC-120 and a special mic preamp model
8 DSP effects: chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo and separate Delay/Reverb
Built-in chromatic tuner
Recording/Headphones output and stereo Auxiliary input for CD players, etc.

The sound quality of this small amp is just like the regular Cube Series. A small amp that packs the punch!

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May 27, 2017
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A Curvy Girl’s Guide To Finding The Right Lingerie

I do not attribute myself as curvy but I am a bit flabby on the wrong places. So, it is a bit disheartening for me to wear my favorite lingeries when I used to be slim and trim.

My body went through a lot of changes over the years. It is not very easy to find the right lingerie to sleep in if you do not know how and what complement’s your body shape.

Below is an infographic on a curvy girl’s guide to find the right lingerie. Even plus sized ladies can find this very informative when buying their lingeries.

 

lingerie for your body type

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May 20, 2017
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Taking the Opportunity

They said, “Opportunity knocks only once.” In my case, it had knocked many times before but I kept mum about opening the door. I am either scared or I just don’t have faith as big as a mountain. Either way, I have let many opportunities pass only to regret later in my life.

There are opportunities that I have gladly accepted but I stirred my boat wrongly. I didn’t give much thought about them and was half-heartedly committing only because they became more of an obligation than something I could enjoy with.

I even prayed for opportunities to come my way. I answered some but then again, I was not putting my effort. I was rushing. I was impatient. I wanted to see results right away.

This time, the opportunity came when I least expected it. My friend actually approached me to review the products she is offering because I am a blogger and I do product reviews as well. So I said yes. Then I asked questions about the products, she gave me information about them and next thing I know it, I am a part of her team. Yes. It was a lengthy conversation about beauty and skin care products that got me hooked and I am glad that I did.

The thing is, I am a very skeptical person. I am very analytical, and I must understand every detail of something before I can put my personal stamp on it. In this case, I have heard of the brand before. I was still young when I heard of it. And because then, the brand seemed so elusive and exclusive, I didn’t give much thought about it. Until I became a part of the same brand I tried avoiding. Again, I am glad I signed up. I am still learning the ropes because I am just 3 weeks old in the company but I know one day, I can become a leader here. I would love that!

You see, opportunities like this one comes rarely in your lifetime. You either let it pass or you grab it by the horns. I have let this pass before and it came back to me unexpectedly. I did pray for God’s guidance and providence to lead me to a good opportunity where I can see myself, my family, my friends, and my new found teammates grow. And if there’s one thing I have learned about this whole process is to take the opportunities that come your ways as blessings. Not everyone has been given that honor to respond to a calling, no matter what that is.

It’s too early to say what will happen. I am just being very hopeful and positive. I feel I deserve this break after what I have been through. I am also praying that I will continue to enjoy this new endeavor for a long, long time.

Thanks to Nu Skin for giving me something to hope for. I pray that all my dreams will come true with your help.

The road to success is still long, and far. But I know someday, I will surely get there.

 

 

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May 6, 2017
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