October Events

October 1, 2015 Filed Under: Events, Workshop 1 Comment

Hello, October!

I will be having a series of events / talks this month, aside from juggling major projects in between. Anyway, more info on the photo below. :)


OCTOBER 3 | Katipunan Art FestivalKAF

I will be part of Katipunan Art Festival this Saturday, October 3. It’s going to be a whole day of activities within the Katipunan area and I’m so excited to be part of this. I’m also so proud of Mansy for spearheading this event – I’ve seen how hard she’s been working on it for the past few months and I’m really looking forward to see her visions come to life.


I will be doing a live demo on watercolor lettering at Ninyo Fusion Cuisine during the festival. Simultaneously, my good friends Tippy of Googly Gooeys and June Digan will be doing abstract watercolor & watercolor, respectively. Hope you can catch us while you’re at the event!

Below is the list of art demos.


You can check out more of the event details and information on Facebook.

OCTOBER 10 | Adobo Class A Campus Touradobo univ FINAL MAIN POSTER

I’ll be giving a talk at Adobo Magazine‘s Class A Campus Tour organized byThe AdCreate Society this October 10.

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 I’ll be talking about my personal 4Ps and a bit about my journey as a young creative. Hope to see you!

This event is open to non La Sallians.

For inquiries, you may contact
Shin Torres – 0917 563 3334
Lianne Sediaren – 0917 823 5110

For tickets, you may contact
Ivan Tan – 0917 810 9477
Tina Silvestre – 0917 808 0219

OCTOBER 17 | Student Media Congress


I’ll be part of DLSU’s Student Media Congress this October 17 and I’ll be an instructor for a non-competing workshop (for lettering). You can check out more details here and visit their website for more information.

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Lastly, I’ll be spending the last Sunday of October teaching watercolor. You can view more of the class details on my workshops page here and sign up at the online form here.

Special thanks to Hey Kessy for being our venue partner and Craftdoodle for providing aqua brushes for the students! :)

I will be part of two brand launches and will participate in another talk for a school apart from these. Anyway, hope you have a great month ahead and hope to see you!

Life Lately: Independence

September 30, 2015 Filed Under: Abbey, Daily Life, Events, Personal, Work in Progress, Workshop 2 Comments


Hello! Took me quite a while to go back to writing because *new work* has come in this month, and I haven’t been on pause for the longest time.

Anyway, it’s a Wednesday, and I’m glad I’m working from home until the sun sets (or until I finish…which is usually past midnight, lol).

Quick update! Life this month’s been topsy turvy but fun. :) For one, I’m slowly learning how to be more independent in terms of work (missing my team!) and being more aware of my (productive) working hours (to get more work done). I’ve also been learning to trust myself more when it comes to making art (I’ve been painting more than twice a week recently, which is an improvement, yay!). Here’s a recap of life lately this September.


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Wrapped up 5 book signings from June to September for my book, The ABCs of Hand Lettering. It was definitely a crazy ride, but I’ve enjoyed every opportunity to meet all my readers and sign their books, as well as doing demos for special events. Thank you, Summit Books, for all the opportunities – participating in the Philippine Literary Festival & Manila International Book Fair were just dreams I’ve never expected to turn into a reality.

Thank you as well to each and every one of you who purchased my book (it’s still available in the market, of course!). Super duper appreciate it – you all make my hard work pay off.

Other things: my book is on its second month at National Book Store’s bestseller list! :) Also, you can now avail a Kindle edition on Amazon (worldwide) here. Yay! I’ll post a separate page on my book soon so it’ll be easier to access for everyone. Don’t forget to add #ABCsofHandLettering to your posts on Instagram so I can track them!

Portfolio Shoot


Hired my very talented photographer Ber for a portfolio shoot last week. ICYMI, I’m working on my website (like, legit website – portfolio website, yup) with an awesome team of creatives (more soon!) and I’m planning to launch it before the year ends.


Work uniform – striped shirts (or skirts), skirts, and (very) limited color schemed clothing. I totally agree with Mark Zuckerberg’s take on wearing almost repetitive clothing – makes work more efficient (well, that’s in my case – I used to spend 30 minutes thinking of an outfit, now it’s reduced to 5. Yay!).

I’ve also been using my Joan & Klaire bag every day. Here’s my design collab with them, which is still available on their website (order here). :)


In other news, I was contacted by an international design blog (!!!) as they are keen on featuring my humble little space (I won’t jinx it so I’ll share more about it when the feature comes out). We spent the afternoon shooting every nook and cranny of the HQ. And yes, I had to do my cleaning, sadly. Hahaha.


I’ve spent some days off reading up on 99u’s Maximize Your Potential. Hope I can finish it asap! It’s been very helpful in keeping an open mindset when it comes to learning new things and taking on more complex projects (ah, adult struggles).

Cultural Curiosities


I signed up for a watercolor class organized by Urban Sketchers Philippines this month. I realized that while I could be better off teaching workshops on most weekends, I still have to learn a few skills (non-lettering) to keep me up and running as a creative.

Because I was extra excited, I went early (around noon) and Sandi, one of the museum curators, gladly toured me around the National Museum (our class was in one of the halls). And, okay, random – found out the real symbolisms of the Spoliarium and was very awed because Luna is a genius. Also, visited the rooms which housed Lorenzo Guerrero’s works (Juan Luna’s teacher) as well as Felix Hidalgo’s and Fernando Amorsolo’s. Amorsolo is my favorite national artist — his work just speaks to me a lot ever since I learned about his aesthetic during one of our classes in college.

Anyway, long story short, I fangirled and took a peek at some of the urban sketchers’ sketchbooks (HUHU SO NICE). Plus, check out my output for session 1 here. Washes are very destressing – and different from what I normally do. But then again, change is always good. :)

Workshop Weekends


Snippets from last weekend’s Moment Collecting workshop at Heima Brixton’s Design Cafe with Mikka. Such a fun afternoon! Kudos to all our students who were very skilled and talented (loved everyone’s stories and illustrations!).


Speaking of workshops, you can check out new schedules for October to December here. Apart from that, I have a list of events / talks this coming October, which I’ll write about on the next post. (I can feel the craziness coming in slowly tbh)

Hope to see you in some of my classes! I’ve also added another moment collecting workshop as part of the class offerings. :)

New Experimentations


I can find myself slowly changing my preferences with hand lettering – and leaning toward a specific style that I’ve always wanted to achieve since day one. Moreover, I did notice how my taste has been more refined (color choices, font styles, etc) and I’d like to think it’s a good thing – I’m getting more focused on building up my personal style, which I’m very happy about.

Tried to apply new styles for my recent work (which, you’ll see more of soon for an upcoming big project) and injecting more vintage colors into my palette. I’m also *trying* to do a bit of brighter colored work to test out my new colors. And…a little bit of pastel here and there. Desaturated pastel, if that counts. Hahaha.


Oh, and happy mail this month consisted of aqua brushes from Craftdoodle. Yay! They’ll be sponsoring aqua brushes for 2 workshops this coming quarter (lucky students!). I’ve tried it out and so far, loving how it works well with my travel illustrations.


Also, currently obsessing over Kumori‘s Toyohashi pudding (and cheesecake bites, which I’ve already finished). I’m a sucker for pudding and cheese, so I kind of inhaled most of them at work (This is why I’ll never be in good shape LOL).


Oh, and lastly, MOVIES! Okay, I rarely watch films because I’m very picky – and I realized that my preference lies in Coming of Age movies. Greeeat. I can find myself in every character I encounter in each film (well, some parts of them). Thanks to Maine for this list of movies (also Riell for e-mailing me a list)! You guys are life savers.

I watched 4 films this month (+ Heneral Luna), which is not bad for someone who doesn’t block out time for watching movies (me). I like listening to music more. Anyway.

Me & Earl and the Dying Girl is EVERYTHING. You HAVE to download it to know what I mean (soundtrack is amazing as well). I am a huge fan of this film, hands down. It’s Kind of a Funny Story was also very on point, and reminded me of The Art of Getting By (plus points because the boy draws; I have a thing for those hehe). I also finally watched Wes Anderson‘s films! And I am now a huge, huge, huuuuge fan. I’m going to try to integrate his color schemes into my palette (well, it’s sort of similar). I also borrowed my publisher’s Wes Anderson book for inspiration (I bookmarked half of the book, what’s up with that) I’m excited! I watched Moonrise Kingdom (Jessica Hische + Wes Anderson = best ever!) and Royal Tenenbaums (I really like this). I’m looking forward to watch Darjeeling Limited & Grand Budapest Hotel once I finish my first deadline for a big project. Reward? LOL.

How was your September? Hope it went well! Also, three months left until 2015 ends, agh. How crazy is that? o_o

On Documenting Travels and Collecting Moments

It takes a good amount of passion for exploring the world to appreciate its beauty. And while I’m not the most dedicated traveler out there, I do find happiness venturing into uncharted territory every now and then. Moreover, my fascination for documenting my travels has given my trips more meaning and fulfillment not only as an artist, but also as a travel-loving individual.Europe

I started drawing in transit two years ago, after getting too bored listing down facts and interesting trivia about the places I’ve visited while going on trips. Over the years, I found myself constantly lugging around a sketchbook every time I travel. Aside from that, I’ve found it to be a great de-stresser from the daily grind of hand lettering. As interesting as it may seem, my work as a hand letterer entails precision, fine attention to detail, and above all, a steady hand. In contrast to that, travel illustration entails none of the above – except, having a looser hand and a better eye at seeing things and translating them into art.

I’ve found travel illustration to be a therapeutic thing, and in the process, I’ve found the perfect person to share my appreciation for “moment collecting” (a term I coined up after realizing how many journals I’ve kept – complete with collages of photos, memorabilias, and artworks at that) with – Mikka Wee, whose love for travel and writing (and food) definitely puts her in the best place to teach with me. MoleskineOTR MoleskineSneakPeek

Prior to workshop teaching, Mikka & I have been collaborating on projects and events. Last year, we released our first postcard set called Traveling Type (below). We’ve also organized a mini travel bazaar called Suitcase Souvenirs (which is making a comeback this December, more news soon!).

This year, we’ve started to collaborate into teaching a Moment Collecting Workshop, combining our love for travel illustration & writing into one class. Below are snippets from our first workshop in partnership with Moleskine.

Workshop photos by Katsy Garcia

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It was an insightful afternoon last July with our students as they learned how to organize their travels through drawing and writing. Moreover, it was great to see them feel less intimidated with drawing (at first, they seemed scared, lol). I always tell my students that drawing architectural sites or people when it comes to urban sketching doesn’t have to be exactly similar to what rules entail – it’s really what you see and how you interpret it that will truly make it your own aesthetic and body of work. MoleskineOTR


After much demand for this class, guess what – we’re having a part two this Sunday. Hope you can join us!

Full details of the workshop on the poster below.


We’re having our workshop in partnership with Design Cafe this September 27. It’s going to be an afternoon of creativity and travel. Hope to see you! :)