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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 – https://www.instagram.com/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
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Clearing And Packing For The Move

I cannot recall the number of times we have moved places even when we were still in the Philippines. I thought I could count them in my hand but the truth is, I lost count already. What I don’t forget is the stress it brings me whenever we move.

I am getting to the point where I just want to establish permanent grounds now. I am seriously tired having to pack, clear stuff, move, then do it all over again. The process is driving me nuts!

I am in that stage again. Although this time, I am learning to detach myself from things we have accrued over the years of living here in the UAE. I am not even counting on the number of boxes we have sent back home, and the other ones we have kept in my mum and dad’s place, and oh, the ones too we have left in our in-laws. All in all, we have things here and there and I am getting tired of that. I just want to have a permanent place, one I can call home until my last breath.

Anyway, enough with the ranting and forgive me because I am just very tired. My back is aching terribly that I have to rest every hour. I have been clearing and packing in the living area since last night, slept for few hours and I am at it again. I wanted to throw 80% of our stuff, things I couldn’t remember we owned. I know I can sell them, and I have posted them online too. I am just not getting any calls or offers. I think, if nothing happens in my packing and clearing, those stuff will definitely go to the dumpsters.

I have yet to clear our bedroom. It is still in order, thank goodness. Again, I scouted our room and have seen so many things I haven’t touched for the last 12 months. Can I throw them too? Those are mostly my arts and crafts. I am just tired of it all. I mean, I know I have that compulsive disorder of buying anything artsy and crafty. Right now, my priorities have shifted. I prefer doing mostly digital stuff now, except for my watercolor and brush and hand lettering. I still have plenty of the craft supplies I bought in the US for my cards. I think my ship has sailed and may not go back to that art unless required. Any offers in buying all my craft stash? I have one luggage (small cabin stroller) filled with paper and fabric flowers, and lots, and lots of ribbons. Up for grabs, including the stroller hahaha.

Well, I will start clearing stuff in our room tomorrow after the guys from Takemyjunkuae.com comes to dismantle and dispose my 2 linen closets and 1 big and old TV stand. After that, I can use the space to arrange the boxes in order so they are not in the way.

I hope this move will be the 2nd to the last; 2nd in a sense that after this, we will be going home, where ever home will be. If it has to be back in the Philippines, then so be it.

The only consolation I have, in spite of the circumstances, is that, we are moving to a bigger flat which my husband and I have been praying for. And if luck would have it, we also got the flat that we joke about each time we pass by the building. We always see that particular flat with a nice and spacious balcony. I keep telling my hubby that how I wished we could move there one day. And guess what, the company offered the building for the staff. It used to be a residential building assigned for the flight and cabin crew. Now, it is for core grade staff and my husband was allocated one, the ONE.

I hope, my next post will be an update of the new place. I am excited and can’t wait to decorate the place. I just want to deal with the mess at hand for the interim.

Until then, tuh-tah for now.

 

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October 27, 2017
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It is Autumn!

Can I just rejoice right now because it is officially autumn? I love this season next to winter because I enjoy the cold season more than hot, sweaty days. I keep telling my husband that if I retire, I will be transplanting my cute bum in a cold country. And I am not kidding on that. I really love cold weather. And his wise comeback is a suggestion for me to visit Canada during the dead of winter. Then that serve as my litmus test whether I can or cannot live in a harsh winter condition. Let’s see.

For now, let me just enjoy the fact that some countries in this world is enjoying the cool breeze of Autumn. They get to dust their boots and take them out for a walk because it’s boots season too! My season!

This is my watercolor art. Please do not use without my permission. Thank you. ©Ria C

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September 23, 2017
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My First Visit At Hobby Lobby

For my family and close friends who know me too well, I live, and breathe (and even eat for breakfast!) anything arts and crafts, and the many supplies that go with them. They all know that when I am in the US, one of the first stores I go to is Michaels Arts, and of course, the outlet shops. That is the case, as soon as we arrived in Riverside, California during our recent US summer getaway.

As soon as we freshened up at my Aunt’s place, we headed to Michaels and bought the stuff I have to buy for myself and the dear princess daughter. However, I was not aware that there was a Hobby Lobby that would soon open while still in Riverside for the vacation. My aunt mentioned it few days after and I am glad we did visit the opening day of Hobby Lobby because if not, I would have missed a lot! I mean, the vacation is not complete without my precious arts supplies! No!!!

So, 30 August, we went to Old Navy in Moreno Valley only to realize that Hobby Lobby was just a stone’s throw away. And it was their opening day and SALE! They have extra 40-50% off in almost ALL of their merchandize, except for the arts supplies. I took the opportunity to buy some supplies for my Happy Planner, some Christmas ornaments (yes, they have gazillions already on display), and bought 1 owl statue or candle wax burner. I knew the owl just had to come home with me. The Christmas ornaments were bought out of impulse and the discount offer, and the planner supplies were to satisfy my addiction for anything/everything planner.

(I will not leave the store without this owl.)

 

(I seriously went cray-cray over these nutcracker display! I kept going around like a bee, choosing which one I like best, rather which ONES I love best. 🙂 Well, I didn’t buy because our bags were brimming and we were already excess in kilos. A nutcracker will be mine someday!)

 

I enjoyed my almost an hour going around Hobby Lobby. I swear, I could live there and not even mind not eating for a month just to get all the stuff I need for my arts and crafts. My visual satisfaction was super off the charts! I seriously got lots of ideas on what motif to do for our Christmas tree. I am quite excited.

 

(My hubby, aka The Financier, was already getting tired with my beelining around the ornaments and planner stickers. Good thing there were seats near the entrance!)

 

 

I was just starting to get very shy to my Aunt and hubby, most especially my hubby who is also my finance manager. He was very tired driving for how many hours from Las Vegas all the way to Moreno Valley in Cali. We headed straight to the area to grab some last minute shopping, and have lunch at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse.

The Hobby Lobby experience is really surreal for me. I thought I only get high in Michaels but wow, I wish I had visited Hobby Lobby in other states too before. I am certainly happy that my Aunt introduced me to the place. It will be one of the must-go-to place whenever I am on vacation in the US.

 

Do you enjoy Hobby Lobby like I do? Echo your experience in the comments below.

 

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September 15, 2017
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My September Free Promo

For those who still does not know, I am an independent distributor of Nu Skin products. I enjoy being one because it adds extra to my savings.

My favorite product and a very hot seller one is the AP24 Fluoride Whitening Toothpaste. For my clients in the UAE, I am offering a FREE BAMBOO toothbrush (which usually costs $9!). I can only offer the free product in the UAE for now and hopefully, I will eventually offer the same promo to my other clients worldwide.

So, start ordering and get your Bamboo toothbrush with your AP24 toothpaste now! Just message me at mommaglama at yahoo dot com to order. Shipping cost has been reduced to AED 15 for all of UAE so take advantage of that great saving!

To know more about the AP24 Fluoride Whitening Toothpaste and why it is so special and a hotseller, check my review here: http://www.riablahgs.com/2017/04/review-nuskin-ap24-whitening-toothpaste.html

 

 

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September 9, 2017
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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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