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My Drawing Style

I have been reading a lot of books on how to draw for the past quarter of 2017. I have also been watching tutorials on how to draw simple characters.

I have been very busy finding my drawing style. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack. In my head, I know exactly what I want but really don’t know how to execute them.

I have tried doing kawaii drawings which my daughter is an expert of but I cannot seem to hold interest in knowing the fundamentals. I just can’t be bothered about the right anatomical measurements of my drawings. I guess, I am the kind of person who doesn’t want to conform to any rules when it comes to creativity. Shouldn’t creativity be free-flowing?

I am perky so I enjoy fun drawings with wobbly, wavy appendages (imagine Adventure Time!), and very whimsical stuff. So, after several tries of learning the basic of drawing shapes, following proportions (I still have to apply a little principle about that), and knowing a bit of perspective, I have finally found my drawing style – WHIMSICAL! It is very fitting because my Instagram handler is now @Iamwhimsyarts. Fits like a glove!

Here are some of my artworks over the years until I found the ONE.

I started off with drawing “chibi-like” characters that depict my personality. I am not too happy with the outcome. I keep comparing my work with other seasoned drawers like my daughter and of course, I keep telling myself that my work wasn’t really good enough. I didn’t settle with the style above so I figured, time to find another forte in drawing/sketching my character. And the more serious sketch below came last year.

I love breaking rules so I drew mine with long necks like giraffes. Hahaha!

Again, I wasn’t too happy with that serious sketch. I am still such a noob on this game. So, I moved on the find my real style until I drew this cute, chubby chibi like me.

I was happy for sometime until I wasn’t happy. I kept thinking of what makes me happy in sketching my own character? Do I like rigid lines? Do I follow proper proportions? Do I just let my creativity flow like a river? And so, these drawings below came to being this 2018. I kept thinking about how I enjoyed the drawings of The Adventure Time cartoon. The way they are not really very proportioned in their body measurements, the way their appendages seems to be long, lanky, and even wavy, the way their faces were drawn… They were like magnets to me.

I found my style, finally! I want it loose, carefree, and colorful because I love colors.  I may get harsh criticism along the way but I’ll take them constructively as I still develop myself as a budding illustrator who doesn’t have any formal training, who just happens to love arts.

To check out my artworks, please follow me at my IG @iamwhimsyarts –

I hope and pray that one day, I will be able to see my whimsical drawings in books, magazines, other products, and probably, even in motion picture (no harm in daydreaming!!!). For now, let me enjoy my late blooming passion in watercolor, typography, drawing/sketching arts.


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January 27, 2018

My Christmas Wishlist for 2016

I always have a secret wishlist every Christmas, year after year. I never really tell anyone about them until now. I felt, I had to let them out and send them to the universe! Maybe Santa Claus or a generous sponsor will anonymously present me with any of the items I need (or maybe all! hahahaha!).


(Artwork by ©Ria Cervantes/


  • iPad Pro
  • Apple pen
  • iMac
  • Calligraphy pen set
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens


I need all of them actually for my “biz plan.” I have been diligently practising on my craft, learning online, reading books, and practising some more. I need to hone my skills in hand lettering, sketching, doodling, and watercolour art.

I want to be able to put up an e-commerce business by 2018-2019, before I retire from the corporate world. I want to be my own boss. I want to open up jobs for others and I want to work from home. And as early as now, I am paving my way to get there. It’s not easy but every victory is shrouded with thorns, right?


And this will be my home office! 🙂 (Photo credit:

So yes, I need them. They are not “want” but “need.” Good luck to me!

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October 14, 2016

My Love For Arts And Crafts

I always tell myself that I am in the wrong profession. I should have been an arts teacher or an illustrator or graphic designer or anything that will involve colours, arts, crafts and anything in between. I have dabbled in arts and crafts for as long as I can remember. But it is only now that I am really taking it seriously. I am not sure what brought about it but I just noticed that when Millie and my mom passed away, I have this void I have to fill. And it’s with arts and craft where I can feel full and at peace.

I have been doing a lot of artsy things in my part time lately. I have been brushing up on watercolour techniques, practising on my hand lettering, reading books on graphic design, and teaching myself Photoshop and Illustrator. There’s a lot in my plate right now but mind you, these things make me happy.

I keep telling my hubby that I am happier at home than at work. I feel my peace when I look at my watercolours, colourful pens, beautiful patterned papers and books. Just being at home gives me that calm feeling that I don’t feel at work.


(I have started reading books pertaining to what I want to do after I retire from the corporate world. And that will be in the near future, maximum 2020. If I extend, then that means, I needed more funds but once I decide I have had it, then it will be around 2020, before I turn 50. I have lots of learning to do. So, this July, I will embark on my Advance Graphic Design course online. It’s going to be almost 3 months of online study so, I hope I really learn a lot and pick up lots of techniques while I figure out what to do.)



(This is my brush lettering using Kuretake Wink of Stella brush pen. I love how smooth it writes with small speck of fairy glitters. 🙂 I am also learning how to do modern calligraphy though I am not 100% into it. I just want to be able to do hand lettering well so when I create my own creative studio, I won’t rely on other talents’ skills to be able to create my own fonts, graphics, illustrations, designs, etc.)


Well, it’s just few years to go and hopefully, all my dreams will come true by 2020. I don’t intend to stay long in the corporate scene. My mind and heart tells me to pursue my passion. So, my business endeavours will most likely be related to what I love to do best – arts!

Some of my watercolour drawings:


This is a tribute to my mom. It’s how I saw her in my dreams lately. I still have a lot of techniques to learn in drawing and watercolour art. I don’t know how to draw using perspective, lights, shadowing, profiles. All I know is I can draw what I see in a “flat” manner. I would be happy to learn how to add dimension to my drawings and colourings.

Photo not mine

Photo not mine

Is there a passion that you love to do? What is it? Are you already earning from your passion? Please share and I will be happy to learn from your journey to achieve your goals.

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June 10, 2016

My Handmade Photo Booth Props

We planned for a grand debut for our daughter but ended up having a simple, yet fun and truly close-knit celebration of her 18th birthday last February. My hubby and I decided, upon the wish of our celebrant, to follow what she wanted but include small things to make the celebration extra special and memorable. And what better way to capture those happy faces and memories was to install a photo booth in the corner. And we know how Filipinos love posing for selfies or in front of the camera.

We found a decent priced photo booth operator. I cannot share the details here because I didn’t book them. Anyway, I love crafts and I enjoy making my own stuff so I added my own props using what leftovers I have from my card making days.

I took templates from the internet and mind you, the web is teeming with freebies. You can download or print if you want. I have a paper cutting machine so I had a nice, precise cut on the shapes that I love.

What you need:

Cutting files if you are using electronic paper cutting machine
Long barbecue skewer or stick as handle
Coloured and even pattered cardstock
Printer if you want to print and cut
Scissors if you are going to cut by hand
Glue (I used  Scotch Tape Multi Purpose Adhesive Spray)
Some spare ribbons or fabric for added embellishments
Some flat-back gems for blings
Some buttons for added embellishments

Samples of my DIY photo booth props



Here are my models (nephews and nieces who happily tried my photo booth props) and the props I have made. I will be putting the links of the resources so you can download them for free. Please give credit to the designers when you download their templates.




Free downloadable templates:

From Kensie Kate

From Something Turquoise 


And if want to buy the cutting files if you have a paper cutting machine like Silhouette or Cricut,  you can buy from Designs on Cloud 9


Of course, there are more sites that offer free printable and downloadable files for your photo booth props. Some are also giving our free cutting files for your type of paper cutting machine. So, feel free to use their resources.


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April 22, 2016

Some Clay Art

My daughter and I have always been fond of polymer clay. We’ve been making clay art for sometime. I started buying my princess Sculpey clay when she was 7. It was then that she created her first clay art sets and I joined her during her creative “playtime.”

My daughter shifted to drawing and animation and since then, I’ve kept the Sculpey clays in our art box. It was until recent that I opened the art box once again and decided to get my hands on the polymer clay we enjoyed to play with when my daughter was younger.

Here are some posts in my other blog of our featured clay arts:

Christmas Collection 1

Christmas Collection Part 2

Christmas Collection Part 2B

Bath Time Collection 

Clay Art My Collections

Clay Art


I have been very busy over the weekend. I’m a bit rusty because it’s been years since I last moulded a clay. I have been watching tutorials lately and find it interesting to start all over again.

So, this weekend, I dived into the clay art magic once again. Here are stuff I have made this weekend.


The gnome houses are not more than 3 inches tall. They’re so cute! I will make more.


These are small gnome houses. I like whimsical stuff so it’s not a surprise that I would make some. I found inspiration from the many polymer clay arts featured in Pinterest. The pictures I saw were very cute and making some for myself is such a wonderful achievement. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m a bit rusty. I need to pick up some tips on how to make swirls, combine colours, and add textures. For now, I’m sticking with the simplest form of making polymer clay art.


This “hot chocolate” paper clip topper was actually the first one I have made 2 weeks ago. I was just testing the very old supplies that I have. So far, it’s still “kneadable” but it takes a while to activate the clay again. Patience, patience, patience and then I have my hot chocolate paper clip topper.


I love Totoro. It’s my favourite characters in all of Studio Ghibli’s creations. I made this small pendant. It is so difficult to do because I have stubby fingers. I kept squishing Totoro’s head. I didn’t bake this one because I didn’t make enough clay art to bake with it. It would just waste gas in the over. 🙂


I have made other stuff and I will feature them next time. I promise to make more, especially the miniature food. I want to make chibi dolls too of famous cartoon characters. I guess that would be later as I learn the art of making them.

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October 31, 2015