Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Changing Lanes

It's my great honor to be featured by a passionate group of young and talented creatives in LIEU Magazine's current issue! Read about it at http://www.lieumagazine.com/2014/06/issue-no-11-changing-lanes.html. Also featured are my fellow Davaoeño artists and my current favorite, Alleycat Tea House. Photography by Aidx Paredes.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Chigorin Counterattack

I've been drawing a lot of chess-inspired artworks lately. Here's the first of them and one of my favorite openings when playing black.

Chigorin Counterattack
9 x 12"
Pen and Ink, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ang Harana

Earlier this month, I got invited to take part in a show at Gallery Nucleus that opened last night. Entitled "Terra", it is a showcase of artworks inspired by nature. Below is my contribution:

"Ang Harana" (The Serenade)
8 x 10 inches
pen and ink, 2014

I've been wanting to take in their shows and I'm so happy that I finally got the chance. I was able to show this alongside artists whom I'm look up to for inspiration. You can check out all the artworks at Gallery Nucleus.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mayari Dunny

I first learned about vinyl toys around 5 years ago. It was also then that I first participated in a comic convention and got to see them up close. I instantly fell in love with the Kidrobot Munny but battled myself from buying one. It was only a year after that I finally gave in when a friend of mine was willing to get one for me while I was stuck in the venue for the same event.

I've been customizing toys for three years now and it is still difficult for me because I don't have direct access to any stores that sell them. But thanks to my ever supportive friend Bella Sinclair, she buys them on my behalf and carries boxes after boxes of toys to the post office with her strong noodle arms.:D Really, I can't imagine my toy life without her.

The last box of toys that she sent was very different though. It was so surreal when I opened it as it contained the artist's proofs of Mayari Dunny. It is the special edition toy that I designed for Kidrobot. Yes, the same company that created the Munny. They asked me if I would like to work with them about a year after I created a chess set made of Dunnys. It was a dream come true given how much I enjoyed customizing their toys! 

There are two color variants of my design and will be available tomorrow, March 27th at 11am EST. Mayari Black is available at select retailers while Mayari Red is available exclusively at Kidrobot retail stores and www.kidrobot.com. Each Mayari Dunny retails for $14.99.

And they also have a product preview posted in their website HERE. Honestly, I still can't believe that they are now selling my design. I think I will still try to get Mayari red just to satisfy my toy obsession. I hope you do too!:)