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Quick Beetlejuice sketch for @Sketch_Dailies.
Love this movie. Didn’t want to do the original design tho.
Thought I’d try and experiment with Kyle Webster’s watercolor brushes. I’m still getting used to it but the results are interesting. Of course, there’s no substitute for the real thing, but the brushes are pretty neat.

Quick Beetlejuice sketch for @Sketch_Dailies.

Love this movie. Didn’t want to do the original design tho.

Thought I’d try and experiment with Kyle Webster’s watercolor brushes. I’m still getting used to it but the results are interesting. Of course, there’s no substitute for the real thing, but the brushes are pretty neat.

Three Blind Mice for @Sketch_Dailies

Three Blind Mice for @Sketch_Dailies

Turquoise
My birthstone is Turquoise. I know because I looked it up. Also, I’ve been really into Steven Universe lately. So this is a guy inspired by an excellent series. I usually go for the mage class when I play MMO’s. So I made Turquoise, a staff guy. Magic!
Anyway, ya’ll should watch Steven Universe.

Turquoise

My birthstone is Turquoise. I know because I looked it up. Also, I’ve been really into Steven Universe lately. So this is a guy inspired by an excellent series. I usually go for the mage class when I play MMO’s. So I made Turquoise, a staff guy. Magic!


Anyway, ya’ll should watch Steven Universe.

Carpe Diem! {2014}
Follow your heart!Available as a print over at my Society6! Click Here!
This was a random idea I got while I was at work. It began with a dumb Twitter Doodle, and I ended up wanting to have it on a shirt. So here we are…
The tank top version looks cool, but I could never pull off a tank.

Carpe Diem! {2014}

Follow your heart!

Available as a print over at my Society6! Click Here!

This was a random idea I got while I was at work. It began with a dumb Twitter Doodle, and I ended up wanting to have it on a shirt. So here we are…

The tank top version looks cool, but I could never pull off a tank.

pebblesinmypockets: Do you have a deviant art page?

I do not. And probably will never make one.

Coincidentally, my work has been spotted in DevArt, but I didn’t put it there. It’s a bit of a bummer.

wannabeeagamer: What do you think of the Twitch Plays Pokemon thing?

Up. Left. Right. Up. Up. Left. Left. Right. Right. Right. Down. Down. Left. Left. Left. Up. Up. Right. Left. Down. Up. Up.

twitchyteleporter: How long does it usually take to Burtonise a pokemon? Is it getting easier?

About an hour, I think? The most challenging and time-consuming bit is studying Tim Burton’s work so I can better speak his visual vocabulary. But the rendering happens really quickly.

It does get a bit easier the more I get familiar with the “style.”

graylok: Hello! Just wanted to say that I loved your Philippine goddess illustrations. I'm an American married to a Filipina (actually, staying in the Philippines until June). I've learned a little about Filipino mythological creatures, like Aswang, Duwende, Manananggal, but I hadn't heard about Tala, Haliya, Magwayen. Have you done any other Philippine mythological creature illustrations?

Hello! I hope it hasn’t been too hot for you here. Haha! Anyway, I have done quite a bit of Philippine mythology inspired art before, but I’ve never really fully explored it.

Most of the pantheon of Philippine gods and goddesses are from ancient religions and aren’t as widely spread as the stuff about the Aswang and whatnot. It’s kind of odd that when we talk about Philippines folklore, we tend to focus on the beasties and less about the deities. The focus is on mostly the scary bits and less about the epics.

Although, there are quite a bit of books about Philippine mythology, but they’re usually quite difficult to find. I had to dig deep within the bowels of my college library just to find dusty copies about old Philippine religions and usually the books are inadequate especially in terms of descriptive content about deities. Which is probably another reason why it’s not spreading, because of the lack of imagery available.

To my knowledge, there are no detailed descriptions written down, or passed down in any other way, about the deities. Yet we do have surviving venerations, but it’s tough to say if they were depicting deities. I need to read more about this actually.

Machoke #067
Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

Machoke #067

Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

Cognition, Creation, Conviction {2013}

Contemplations of the self.

So before my Hong Kong trip, I had to win an art contest. These are what I produced for the exhibit. And thanks to this triptych, I was able to re-experience Hong Kong Disneyland, familiarize with the uncomfortable feelings that came with cultural and social anxieties, as well as attain a bit of personal enrichment.

Cognition is about how we perceive. I was greatly inspired by how Philippine indigenous tribes created icons and pictograms to portray ideas. These were never realistic renderings, they were simple shapes but they could tell so much about how the people saw and understood and valued their surroundings. This is often present in indigenous Philippine textile designs which often held a vocabulary of visual representations.

Creation drew a lot from contemplations about how a people may communicate. Our use of language or even the act of birthing and articulating an idea, reveals us. It’s curious how natural some words roll of our tongues, like neologisms and colloquialisms, and it tells so much about what we are as individuals and as collectives.

Conviction is about beliefs. The ideas we attach to ourselves constructs the persona that we are perceived. I used the image of the Lingling-O as an attempt to convey that idea.  Lingling-O’s are symbols, often crafted into wearable pendants in some tribes in the Philippines. Depending on the tribe, their meanings may vary, but these meanings are always attached or appended to the bearer of the Lingling-O.

And that was my rationale for all three paintings in nutshells. Thank you and goodnight.

Tala, Haliya, Magwayen {2013}

So last year, I went to Hong Kong. Because I won an art contest thing. I haven’t been out of the country in a while so it was a welcome change of pace and scenery. I actually had meant to make a long post about it late last year. But after I got back, I was greeted with a series of unfortunate events. And eventually I just never got around to it.

Part of the conditions though for my Hong Kong trip was to create more art for an exhibit there. The point of the exhibit was to tell stories of mystique and being Filipino. So I came up with the above paintings all based on three goddesses in the Philippine mythological pantheon. They’re all a bit rough, but I was in a bit of a rush. I see so many faults in all of them that it’s driving me nuts. But I was happy with them at the time, now I’m not so sure.

It could be better. But whatever.

At least I got to Hong Kong and I think I was able to communicate my stories well enough. Well enough that I sold the canvas prints to a lovely couple. So these paintings are now probably hanging in their apartment in Hong Kong.

Aside from the sweet validation, it was also kind of a relief that I sold out actually. I brought my tablet along for repairs but without really any money to pay for it, but it all worked out.  Plus, I got a bit of extra shopping money. I bought art materials mostly.

But the whole time before the night of the exhibit had ended, I was worried I wasn’t going to sell and that I would have to lug those massive canvases back to the Philippines along with a still-broken Intuos. It would’ve been so devastating.

Anyway, it was a great trip. It was pretty soul-enriching. Met a lot of really cool people and made a few new friends. And I learned a lot through the process of making these though, despite not being entirely happy with them. I always make it a point to experiment and try something new with every serious painting. I think that’s important, but sometimes I end up with glorious failures. But then again, my most unforgiving critic is myself.

Machop #066
Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

Machop #066

Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

charizard: i don't know you but i love you because pokemon drawings

Oh Charizard, I didn’t know could you use Charm. It was super effective.

Alakazam #063
Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn PinpinThe Pokédex says that Alakazam created its spoons out of its psychic powers. So it can become a competitive soup eater. Obviously.

Alakazam #063

Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

The Pokédex says that Alakazam created its spoons out of its psychic powers. So it can become a competitive soup eater. Obviously.

Kadabra #064
Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn PinpinNow then… Where were we?

Kadabra #064

Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

Now then… Where were we?

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