Falling in Love with Letters

February 9, 2016 Filed Under: Art, Book, Book Signing, Events, Postcards 0 Comments

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Wherein I declare my love for the 26 letters of the alphabet – if it isn’t obvious yet.

Also: I’m having demos, workshops, & live art sessions as my Valentine’s dates this weekend. Come join me? :) Click Read More to find out about these events and how you can be part of them.

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If you’ve been reading my blog since my Tumblr days, you would know that I spent quite an adventure trying to discover what particular art form I wanted to work on and further pursue. At the time (around 3 years ago), I ventured into photography, writing (well, in essence, I still do both ’cause of blogging), painting, and eventually found lettering to be that one thing I can proudly call my forte.

Fast forward to last year and all the amazing things that have transpired – and I think that in itself has given me enough reason to say that I love letters more than anything else. I chose to pursue lettering without a clue what opportunities were up on my sleeve. You can say it’s an ongoing love-hate relationship: how words can be so fragile yet enlightening at the same time. I love writing, I love drawing, and weaving these two together has deemed to be a big challenge for me – but every day, I am patiently learning to love letters even more.

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I was asked the other day about why I said 2015 was one of the best years (of my life) to date. And I said, “Because I realized I am an artist.” paired with a huge grin on my face as I said the word “artist”. Call me cheesy, but I don’t think I could have the guts to claim such word into my profile if it weren’t for lettering, or doing type as art, for that matter.

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I look back at my lettering journey and while it’s still a far cry from the experts of those who’ve worked years and years, I believe that it was pretty worthwhile. And I’m glad you guys (well, most of you!) have been part of it in one way or another. Thank you for that!

Aaaaand that’s also probably why I’ve been date-less for Valentine’s (hue hue in a relationship with letters…joke). This year, though, things are going to be different – looks like I’m spending my Valentine’s weekend with you! :)

SATURDAY: NBS Love Calligraphy

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As I mentioned on my previous post, hope you could drop by NBS Love Calligraphy happening this Saturday, February 13, at Glorietta 2 Activity Center. It’s going to be a day full of letter writing, poetry reading, art, and love, of course. Entrance is free and you can drop by anytime. I’ll be there almost the whole day so don’t hesitate to approach me and say hi (I don’t bite, promise).

First off, at 11AM, I’ll be doing a live mural piece using Faber Castell markers.

And on 1PM, catch me at the Summit Books booth for my book signing.

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I’ll be signing copies of both Letters from ABC (postcards) and The ABCs of Hand Lettering (book) from 1-2PM.

BTW, We’re on our 3rd reprinting for my book (AAAAAHHHHH) and I’m very overwhelmed. Thank you so much for the support!

Also: The first 50 participants who have their books / postcards signed will get free prints from me. *confetti*

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Afterwards, I’ll be proceeding with my lettering demo at 3PM using Faber Castell’s Pitt Pens. Have I mentioned how awesome these pens are? I think I have. Photo 24-01-2016, 4 01 42 PM

While you’re at it, don’t forget to catch June Digan’s launch of her weekly planner, A Year of Positivity, also published by Summit Books.

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She will be doing a demo from 3:30PM and signing will start at 4:30PM.

Her weekly planner, A Year of Positivity, is a reminder that new beginnings are always possible. :) May you be inspired by her beautiful paintings and daily reminders – stickers, tattoos and postcards are also included in the planner.

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SUNDAY: A HeArty Valentine

Finally, join me on Sunday (for all you North peeps!) for a lettering workshop with TriNoma malls.

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Participants get a chance to attend my workshop for free! More details about it on the mechanics poster below.
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I’ll be providing a free kit and DIY materials for our activity. I’ll also be doing a demo at 12NN.

Hope to see you at these events and together, let’s fall in love with letters, yes?

(That was so cheesy but I had to. Omg. Lol.)

<3, Abbey


Life, Lately: Meaningfulness

February 5, 2016 Filed Under: Abbey, Art, Daily Life, Events, Friends & Family, Personal 2 Comments

(First of all, I googled Meaningfulness and it is apparently an adverb! Lol. Hence the title.)

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I haven’t written anything personal in awhile, I believe. Sharing some updates on how my 2016’s been so far and a few announcements, as per usual. :)

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I don’t know about you, but 2016’s been an on-and-off thing for me. Most days, I’m literally ecstatic with all the good things happening. On other days, I drown myself in my internal battles. I have to change that, obviously.

Anyway! Some things:

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I’ve been very diligent with my ABC Film Project, in fairness. I have a friend who keeps track of my ~weekly submissions~ (I do one per week) and if I don’t submit on time, I have to treat her coffee (LOL). So, yup, gotta get drawing! On another note, I’ve been busy last January illustrating something for Rookie. I won’t jinx it yet; I’ll let you know once it’s real. Hehe. I’m such a huge fan of Tavi and Rookie, this was totally an unexpected thing tbh. Exciting times! :)

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Speaking of fangirling – I met Timothy Goodman during Graphika Manila. I have been looking up to him and his work ever since stumbling upon this interview on The Great Discontent (in case you didn’t know, TGD is my bible). Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend the second day (I got sick).

I look up to Timothy Goodman not because of his skills but because of his character – especially with how personal he approaches things. I’ve started reading a few snippets of 40 Days of Dating (out of curiosity lol) and it got me hooked because I saw real people behind those designer masks people wear. And I’m biased, I like Sharpies. He knows what he’s good at, and he utilizes his strengths well.

Also: you have to check out Memories of a Girl I Never Knew. Get ready for a lot of feelings!

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In other irrelevant news, let me just say that BLK531 yogurt is THE BEST THING EVER. I went shopping with my long-time best friends one Sunday and this was our pre-makeup hoarding fuel. Lolz. So much win.

(Yes, you – go to Megamall and try this pronto.)

This is a funny thing I do for work, but I do it for a good excuse – I like bookstores in general. Anyway, I do rounds as often as I can to check on my babies in different branches (babies: my book & postcards). And guess what I saw yesterday…

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Huu. So kilig to see the new Candy magazine on the shelves. I feel like I made it on the cover…well, my handwriting. That should do it. Haha. The Candy website also was revamped yesterday. Love the clean layout and new shade of pink!

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I also got my copy, yay! I loved that it had a pack of Revlon matte balm lipsticks *signs of maturity*. I haven’t shared this on the blog, but I’ve been recently getting addicted to makeup (watching videos, buying makeup, acting like a girl LOL)…which should be totally valid for a 23 year old *adult* like me. LOL. I’ve been drawn to brown-ish lipsticks recently and I was so stoked to try these lippies (they were awesome btw).

I want to laugh because my watercolor palette is all brown, red, and desaturated hues…just like my lip color preferences. Some things never change. LOL.

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I had more days off than usual over the past couple of weeks, which is totally fine by me. Rest is very important, I figured – I’ve been working non-stop for the past few quarters, so I should at least make attempts to slow down as often as I can.

I spent the other day in bed reading Lisa Congdon‘s Art Inc (thanks to my assistant Jean for the copy! Huhu!) and watching Gemma O’Brien’s talk on TYPO (because I missed her GM talk). You can watch it here. A few hours after, I ended up doodling on a full spread of my workbook, aka welcome back, inspiration!

On more eventful things, I was on TV the other night!

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I did a quick hand lettering segment at MARS, GMA News TV. Got to meet these quirky hosts Suzi and Camille, and our guests that night were Pancho and Gardo.

The past weeks were also spent working on a pitch with my favorite artists – one of which is Googly Gooeys, aka, a good excuse to visit their home every so often.

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Above’s a proper photo with Timothy Riley, Tippy and Pong’s human teddy bear. He is such a cutie. I’m saying things like “cute” and “adorable” and I don’t even like babies – maybe Rye is an exception. Heh. :)

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Yesterday was pretty eventful. Apart from braving the Makati traffic (at 2PM, WEW), I got to visit the Canva Manila office (where my mentor works). It doesn’t look like an office AT ALL. It’s probably one of the coolest offices here in Manila (their pantry is huge and IG-worthy, wew). I chanced upon meeting the CEO (from Australia), Mel Perkins, who was super nice and accommodating. She and the Communications Head Zac both saw my work and were impressed. I just hid in a cave. It was very humbling.

Anyhow, I had a lot of in-your-face moments yesterday after our mentoring session and did a (sort of) life reevaluation. Maybe some goals I set myself were just not needed anymore, and maybe I should just focus with what I already have – and build more from there. At the end of the day, I’m just grateful to be imparted knowledge on from someone I really look up to in terms of art / design. :)

Oh, right, speaking of art. Of course, I’m working on Valentines-themed things this week because it’s the love month. And while I’ve never been in a relationship since birth (hahahaha…next topic please), I’m doing this as a gesture of love to all of you (nux!).

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I’ll be giving out signed prints of this (quote from Love Actually) for the first 50 who will have their books/postcards signed on #NBSLoveCalligraphy this Feb 13! :)

(I’m also secretly hoping crush shows up. Nah. I’m such a hopeless romantic. Geez)

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Oh, before I forget, here’s my schedule:

11AM: Live mural art

1PM: Book signing with Summit Books

3PM: Lettering demo with Faber Castell

More details about the event here. The event is free, so I hope to see you there :) Let’s be friends! Please don’t be shy to approach me there (I don’t bite, I promise).


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In summary: I’m excited / scared / nervous for the rest of my years, tbh. I just want to, as much as possible, accept anything that comes my way and hopefully fight the little demons out of the picture. Here’s to creating more meaningful work and going back to the reason why I started doing this in the first place.

How’s life been so far on your end? :)

Abbey


Moleskine Magic (+ A Giveaway!)

January 31, 2016 Filed Under: Art, Giveaway, Sponsored Post, Travel Journal 528 Comments

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Hello! Today, I’ll be sharing a few insights on using watercolors thanks to some of my talented artist friends. Also, don’t forget to click Read More ’cause there’s a giveaway waiting for you at the end of this post.

You’re welcome. ;)

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Most of you know that aside from lettering, I do travel illustration on the side to keep my creativity going (on days I am not friends with letters, heh). And of course, I’ve always been open on sharing my materials of choice – only because I believe the best materials bring out your skills more.

I’ve already shared my thoughts on the Moleskine watercolor pad with this review –  but I’ll say this again, it’s still one of my favorite pads to use (not just for watercolor, even ink!). Maybe it’s magic? LOL. I’ve recently started using the medium sized one (A5) for my trip to Scandinavia last Christmas (photos above and below). Well, guess I’m not the only one – a few of my friends also have their Moleskines as part of their art arsenals. And of course, most artists do as well. :)Moleskine_4

Which reminds me, guess I have to finish that sketch so I can write about my trip asap. Hue hue.


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And since I’ve already shared my own watercolor journey (mostly on this blog), here are some insights from fellow watercolor artists Jamie, Kar & Vin – their respective art styles, the variety of work that they do with the medium, and why Moleskine pads are one of their go-to art tools for illustrating.

Jamie

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  • Art style: I could only describe my work as whimsical (that mostly focus on animals and nature) – somewhat a mix between realistic and imaginative illustrations where it has its own world. I incorporate geometric shapes and patterns to my work because I’m into the combination of organic and structural compositions making it seem raw yet simultaneously clean and visually appealing.
  • Best thing about watercolor: I love how watercolors move around freely. That being said, I work with the flow and let the pigments and water interact naturally with each other. I do dabble with a lot of water and add layers and layers of paint into my works in order to achieve a saturated look. Sometimes I mix it with different mediums such as gouache and colored pencils to create a more solid and vivid illustration.
  • Best thing about the Moleskine pad: Its versatility. It’s not just great with watercolors but also with pen, ink and pencil. Plus the fact that it’s partially made of cotton, which makes it great for pigment absorption and doesn’t buckle easily even when you work with tons of water and layers of paint.

Follow Jamie on Instagram / Blog 

Kar

 Kar Victoriano

  • Art style: I do watercolor portraits and fashion illustrations. Im doing a series called #OOTDRAW where I draw almost everyone.
  • Best thing about watercolor: You get this organic effect on your painting. I love how the paint blends with the water and hopes for best result when it dries. It’s like you’re in control, at the same time you’re not – it’s challenging and fun.
  • Best thing about the Moleskine pad: I love Moleskine’s texture, compared to other watercolor pads I’ve tried. The texture isn’t “scale-y”, and it doesnt deform much if i use too much water.

Follow Kar on Instagram / Blog

Vin

Vin Quilop

  • Art style: I usually do portraits/faces of people (celebrities, people I look up to, random strangers), I’ve always been fascinated by the human emotions and I make sure that each work I do embodies the emotion I’m trying to portray.
  • Best thing about watercolor: I love experimenting with watercolor! It was once my most hated medium in making pieces but I recently just fell in love with it. Technically, I like mixing wet-on-wet with my dry brush technique.
  • Best thing about the Moleskine pad: There are a LOT of things I love about Moleskine’s watercolor pad but here’s one: the paper doesn’t “lump”. That thing that happens when you put almost too much water on the paper and some of it separates into small lumps until the paper thins out.

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Giveaway Time!
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Thanks to Moleskine Philippines, I’m giving away (2) small Moleskine watercolor pads: (1) winner from the blog and (1) winner from Instagram. I’ll also throw in some watercolor paints and goodies in the mix for your complete starter package! :)

Please follow the instructions below to make your entries qualified.

Philippine residents only. Contest ends Feb. 8. Good luck!

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