ENGS002 #007 : Chocolate

OMG this is soooo late! Hahaha. I really had to wait until the last day of the month to post my latest homework for English. *Facepalm*.


We were given two options (again) to choose from, and I chose Jesse and Joy's MV of the song "Chocolate", which I happened to memorize due to a challenge posed by a friend. :D (Woah. Getting off track again there. Must. Get. Back.)

From what I understood from the tempo, melody, and the music video, it was talking about a couple's love which was as sweet as chocolate, and though I did a short comic for this theme (it sucks though) I changed my mind after a few days.

For you guys, I'll post the shameful, shameful, SHAMEFUL excuse for a comic:
I'm so, so, so sorry for being bitter! XD I had no idea what I was doing until I zoomed out and realized how... hateful the comic was turning out to be. One more thing: don't mind the *shitty* (ehermm) drawing. Ugh.

Instead of being bitter about love and not receiving chocolate during Valentine's Day (flowers, yes), I did another artwork, which apparently has nothing to do (much) about the video.

(The stuff on her hand looks like poop. XD)

You may be wondering, "Why the randomness? Why not just ACTUALLY talk about the video, as instructed?"

I guess it's because when I first heard the song, every random thought got squished into one big sandwich, which made my mind less functional. If I relate this to the overall theme of "Chocolate", love, my mind would definitely go under the same process of getting jumbled up.

You see, love is so simple that thinking about it is too complex. You get worked up by the simplest things, like a guy going an extra mile out of his way just to get you home safely, or a girl laughing her hardest when with you and fidgeting whenever you look her way.

The point is, love doesn't require over-thinking things, because I believe it just happens. Take Alexander Fleming's accidental discovery of penicillin, or Richard James's discovery of the Slinky during WWII. They didn't plan on doing this - it just came to be. However, when they did find these things, the feeling was thrilling. It must've felt like they were one of the smartest people on earth, and the attention must've been sweet.

I could say the same for love. If you don't plan to meet the perfect partner and just focus on developing yourself for him or her, chances are you might truly enjoy experiencing love for the first time. Yes, love is an experience, not an emotion. It happens inside, and physical manifestations aren't the ultimate proof for it. (I might sound "well-versed" in this area, but no. Go look for an expert or something, someone who gives you scientific crap and makes you believe that often, it's all psychological.)

In the end, I realized a few things from the video, most of which are too personal to post on a blog. (Click "video" to view the MV.)

Until next time.

ENGS002 #006 : The Sea Down-Under

Shipwrecks and the notion that mermaids have caused some of them have always been fascinating to me. As a mystery-lover, I do what I can to know how these notions were formed and how they have become more or less influential in these modern times where almost everything can be explained.

For this entry/challenge/homework, we were given two photos/artworks to choose to write about, and I chose an artwork by David Wyatt:

Before I decided on my topic, I asked myself, "What do you see?" Well, there's the obvious: jellyfish floating around, a few people by the entrance of the shipwreck, the rays of light from above and of course, the wreckage itself.

Another striking detail about this artwork is the fact that if this is really an underwater wreck, those people by the entrance should be having a hard time keeping their feet on the ground. Though an argument about its being in a cave of some sort may also be valid for a few reasons, the floating jellyfish contradict it.

But no one's really interested in what they see. Most people long to know what is going on behind the scenes. As for this image, I wanted to cook up a story about the goings-on inside the shipwreck - if there are bodies, gold, hints of its past grandeur, and most importantly, if there are creatures who have made it their fortress. However, the story I have in mind isn't short, and it would probably take me a week just to edit the first two chapters.

So, I just made a drawing to explain my thoughts on what lurks inside the ship.

Yes. Mermaids are so cliché. But what can you do about it? It was the first creature that popped into my head when I saw the the shipwreck, and the presence of those people by the entrance inspired her pose and placement. I've always thought of mermaids as confident and beautiful creatures of the sea, but this time, I wanted to contradict it somehow. How awesome would it be to know that mermaids (or "mer-people" to be less gender-biased) were actually afraid of humans?

Now that I mention fear, is it true that what we fear the most is what we actually long to learn more about? Take the mermaids for example. If it is true that they are feared by sailors, would our interest in them lessen if it was vice-versa? Would we want to know about mermaids if they were afraid of us? How about sharks? Would we really be interested in placing them on the cover of magazines (like The National Geographic) if we weren't concerned enough about what they could do to us?

Going back to the artwork, I can think of a few more things to point out, but doing so would lead me into a longer post - and that is plainly going against my plans for this challenge. :)

Until next time, dear readers.


These past few days, I've been experiencing everything. Yes, everything. I didn't know if I should cry or laugh, pity myself or get angry. I felt like every emotion a person could feel was placed upon me like a burden. Love isn't an emotion, so no jokes there.

I got sick, both physical and emotional, and had to stay at home for my afternoon class period (which turned out to be a double bummer).

But enough of that.

I am now doing okay, if it pleases you to know, and am regaining zest for life. Aside from prayer and medicine, I managed to get myself together through drawing this:

Messy, but it speaks for the chaos my mind was going through. Not that I've ever done really clean art with this style, though I've attempted a few times.

I felt hot (not the hot hot) during my sickness, and I guess I needed to release it through her fiery hair. Even her eyes seems sickly now that I see it with a clear enough mind.

And yes, many anatomical errors here. Many areas for criticism - take your pick.

Well, I hope this post isn't depressing for those who're caring enough to read it. :) GTG. Lots more projects to finish.

Am I really ready for this?

Thump. Thump. Thump.

Let's cut to the chase. Um, so yeah.

I decided to give 10 free commissions to the first 10 DA members to comment on my journal entry here. Yes, I'll be doing it for FREE. Reasons?

1. I want to improve my art style.
2. I want to work under pressure (school and the commission deadlines).
3. I want to know what art people want.
4. I want to have fun! ;)

I'm not fishing for compliments, rather, I want people to critic my work and tell me where I should improve more. Hence the FREE commission.

If you guys want to take a slot, just comment on my journal entry via the link at the upper part of this post. :) You're going to have to be a Deviantart member to do that. Other details are already on the journal.

Help me out here people?


ENGS002 : Pinkfish Letterhead

Yeah, I know I uploaded one a few days ago, but I forgot a few details.
Here is the new letterhead! :D

See the old (first version) here.

Ciao! :DD

Spirited Away!

After a week of trying to get over Haku's awesomeness/dreaminess/everything-positive-ness, I finally found the courage to finish the movie.

Wah. I was sort of disappointed at the end that Haku had to be... oh okay. No spoilers.

I was so inspired this evening that I just HAD to draw the two main characters, Haku and Chihiro.

And yes, I tried to imitate the movie's style with the colors and lines. :D

Done in SAI, under 4 hours. (Maybe even 3.)

For those who haven't watched "Spirited Away" yet, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. :D

ENGS002 #005 : Nooooooo!

It's brown (both dark and light).

It's an insect.

It has wings.
(Some can fly, but others can't.
The flying ones are the scariest.)

It's not "good-looking" but get more screaming girls than Coco Martin on Walang Hanggan.

It's not a heartthrob, but both men and women chase after them frantically.

It doesn't have super powers, but it can be everywhere at the same time.

It looks like Pili nuts - especially when seen in the morning after a deep sleep.

It doesn't squeak or bark but it can be stronger than an alarm clock.

It cause catastrophic events such as preventing someone in particular to go to the toilet and get relief.


Answer: Yes, it's a roach.

As a tribute to my "best" (ehemm) friend, Mr. Roach, here are some fascinating facts to further spark your interest (again, ehemm) on this "marvelous" insect. (Someone pass me a bucket! *pukes*)

1. Cockroaches can eat just about anything, and can survive without food for long periods of time.
2. Cockroaches like to be touched. (SERIOUSLY?! That is like, the WEIRDEST fact EVER.)
3. Cockroaches can live for weeks without their heads.
4. Cockroaches can be conditioned, just like Pavlov's dogs. (REALLY?!)

(source: http://insects.about.com/od/roachesandmantids/a/10-Facts-About-Cockroaches.htm)

I don't know about you guys, but no matter how awesome cockroaches are, I wouldn't want to see them all over the place, especially in toilets, bedrooms, and kitchens. I still believe them to be dirty no matter how other sites/books explain it (no offence, Mr. Roach) and I don't think my view about them will change. Most people aren't afraid of it, but they are disgusted, and anything disgusting is best avoided.

So thank you, roach experts, but no thank you!

Other thoughts : If roaches can be trained or conditioned... perhaps I'll befriend one of them and appoint him as general. Then again, I;d have to get over my fear of them first! Ugh, eww!

Err... awkward!

I DID NOT expect this week to be sooooo full of tasks to be done!
First there was the photography project, then the exams, then the storyboard for Intro to Film and now, we have to shoot a documentary regarding "A day in a life".

"So many things to do, so little time." ~ Ever After


Well, for English class, we were assigned to make a letterhead. :D
Here's the one I made, based on "PinkFish" Illustrations. (Yay!)

(Click for full view!)

Have you guys ever tried to design a letterhead? Something not too fancy but can catch the eye of anyone who looks - and otherwise. With my design, I think I went a little too over-the-top with the dashed lines. :( But I'll keep it. I like borders.

Graphics/Images drawn in Paint Tool SAI
"Assembled" in Photoshop CS5

It's July!

Do you know what this means? It means there's only a month to go before dad's vacation here!!! :D *I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it...* But what better way to wait than to engage in a month-long art challenge?

Pump it, pump it, PUMP IT! :D


Here's for the July 1 - "CONTAINED"

Random thoughts "contained" in my head. :D Sadly, I was thinking of... um... disturbing things. :/
And yeah, I drew this in a rush, but heck, what difference does it make? I still suck. LOL.