Five years ago, I started a personal project called The Road to Productivity. Born out of my intent to get creative and productive, I spent my Independence Day weekend (on my first year in college) brainstorming, writing and drawing non-stop for four straight days. It was fun – and productive. The aftermath? I plunged into the unknown circumstances of running a small business, maintaining a blog, and working my way as I went along – back when I was seventeen.
Five years later, as the Universe played around and (sort of) maneuvered me to the right direction, I found my passion for creativity – most especially on hand lettering – and translated it into what it is now. Never, ever, ever did I think I would be capable of handling a creative enterprise, let alone build myself from the ground up. I used to be that girl who constantly wrote endless bucket lists and wondered if those boxes would ever be ticked off. I also remembered telling myself that someday I will “prove everyone wrong”, and well, moreover, prove myself wrong.
(The Road to ABC is a personal project as I eventually take on bigger and complex roads into becoming a full-fledged artist and entrepreneur. I decided to keep this (huge) project under this hashtag because it’s one of the things that kickstarted my journey, post-TEDx.)
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2015 has been surprising (and overwhelming) in many, many ways. I may have also been the most courageous version of myself to date: I impulsively quit my day job to pursue art, gave a TEDx talk on creativity and making things happen (aka life goals achieved), spent countless nights working non-stop, taught lettering workshops almost every weekend (and as long as I could, I would), traveled continuously over the couple months (because inspiration is calling), recruited people to be part of my (growing) team, got the opportunity to represent and work for big brands (announcing soon!), currently co-organizing a type conference in Manila, and most of all – devoted myself to a project that constantly made me question my creative capabilities as an artist.
So – quick backstory. A day before my birthday last January, I met up with the Summit team, Macy and Koko. And, well – the idea of writing a lettering book came about. (That also may have been the best way to spend my last day of being twenty one.)
If you’re wondering how I took the news, I don’t know. I may have cried a bit. HAHA. And of course, I panicked. I freaked out. The pressure was no joke. But to combat everything else and instead of drowning myself in that deep pit of my self-doubts, I kept myself busy during the time period that I created this book. I tried to be as diligent as possible with deadlines, locked out unnecessary priorities, and managed to really immerse myself into this project more than anything else.
It was like Thesis 2.0 – but the good kind. I spent most of my working days isolated in the four corners of my HQ (aka, my attic), surrounded with lots of music and getting lost with my messy workspace. I’d go out at times and get myself together despite being robotic on some days. If anything, I have pushed myself extra hard for this project – and I may have exceeded my own expectations. That alone gave me the guarantee that I am proud of what I had produced. This is considering I am my own worst critic – but then, a little self-gratification here and there won’t hurt, I suppose. *pats self on back*
And with that – yes, I created a book! *INSERT CONFETTI AND LOTS OF TEARS*
The ABCs of Hand Lettering is a comprehensive guidebook for beginners in hand lettering. Inside you’ll find a repository of styles you can explore with drawing letters. Learn the basics – from the rundown of art materials, font styles, and the process of turning letters into visual art. Get to see the work of some of your favorite local letterers, calligraphers and type artists. And lastly, check out tips on finding your own style and making your mark as a creative individual in the book.
You will also see a showcase of my recent work + alphabet styles I’ve created specifically for this project. It was probably the most fun and challenging thing I’ve had to do so far. But then again, it has been a great way to start #theroadtoabc. Thanks to Summit Books for this opportunity and most especially to my awesome team – my editor Macy, art director Jaykee and publisher Koko for making this possible. A lot of tears and hard work were involved in the creation of this book, as well as my team who have been most helpful in this endeavor. (I AM INTERNALLY CRYING LIKE A BABY OK)
I am having a book launch and workshop this Saturday at National Book Store Glorietta 1. There will be a workshop + demo by me (for the first 50 participants) and a specific timeslot for book signing.
Please line up early to get a chance to attend the workshop. Bring your own materials as well. I’ll also be raffling off Made by ABC bundles and Type Lab MNL tickets so don’t miss your chance!
I hope you could come and celebrate this milestone with me! :) I owe this to every single one of you who have supported and showed appreciation to my work over the years. This is my way of giving back to the lettering community as this is the first ever type book in the Philippines. <3
The book will be available in major bookstores nationwide at PHP 295, and I hope you get a copy! Enjoy – and Always Be Creating :)