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I doodled this at work today. I just bought Kyle Webster’s Tilterrific Pencil Brush so I thought I’d take it for a spin. It’s pretty fantastic but I can only use it at the office since my Intuos is there. Unfortunately, my brother’s Bamboo can’t seem to do tilt.

I doodled this at work today. I just bought Kyle Webster’s Tilterrific Pencil Brush so I thought I’d take it for a spin. It’s pretty fantastic but I can only use it at the office since my Intuos is there. Unfortunately, my brother’s Bamboo can’t seem to do tilt.

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.

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.

I’m Dreaming of a Dark Christmas {2012}

Due to persistent public demand, this is now available as a print or a tee over at Society6. Click Here! But I might keep it up there for only a limited time. Maybe. I’ll give it till the end of October. Happy Halloween anyway!

I’m Dreaming of a Dark Christmas {2012}

Due to persistent public demand, this is now available as a print or a tee over at Society6. Click Here!

 But I might keep it up there for only a limited time. Maybe. I’ll give it till the end of October. Happy Halloween anyway!

Eureka! {2013)Burtonized Peebles messing with science.Available as a print or tee at Society6. Click Here!

Eureka! {2013)

Burtonized Peebles messing with science.

Available as a print or tee at Society6. Click Here!

The Orphanage {2012 - 2013}

"The Elsabeth Grinn Home for the Peculiar and the Unwanted, a place as strange and as sinister as its children."

Above are some of the 100 cards I made for The Orphanage, a card set for Neonmob. Respectively from right to left is Collin Lilikoi, Esme Bavelier, Loraine Eeley, and Fredrik Jorwik. Each child has a story and a personality and I hope I communicated that well enough through each character design. I really enjoyed making this set. It’s one of the coolest projects I’ve ever been commissioned to do.

Anyway so I really like ghost stories or eerie tales in general. It’s actually one of the creative factors that helped me develop this set. 

And I thought I’d do a bit of a collaboration with you guys! So here’s what we’ll do, you go and collect some cards of The Orphanage set. And the challenge is, for you come up with a short story involving some of the children you’ve collected.

Link me to your story, and the best stories will be illustrated by me. Collaborate with me please! Should be fun! This is also my attempt to induce the spirit of the pumpkin king into your bones. It’s October! Halloween draws nigh.

And actually, Renee Ya, a blogger, already wrote something involving my characters. It’s pretty cool. She told the story of a dream she recently had and some of my characters made a cameo. Haha! Read it here.

Also, I’ve written about the background of the Orphanage here if you want to read it.

All hail the pumpkin king!

neonmob:

Meet Abigail Pounce, the first teaser from Vaughn Pinpin’s 100-piece Orphanage, scheduled for release on Oct 1. His grim, cartoony style invokes nightmares from Tim Burton (for obvious reasons) with elements of Prophet artist Simon Roy’s line work mixed in. We can’t wait for this set to drop, which will kick off the very first (and very scary!) #NeonMonsters month!

Abigail, whose parents were an unconventional sort of couple. Her father was a veterinarian who felt too much love for one of his patients. On the day of her birth, she found herself as a homeless, orphaned pariah. Her mother died upon birth, and her father died out of grief.
Abigail is now one of the “special” children living at Elsabeth Grinn’s Home for the Peculiar and the Unwanted. It is a haven for “unusually gifted” children. But there is a darkness that looms over the orphanage. There is a mystery in the shadows of its halls. And this “haven” might be far less than ideal.
You can start meeting the children soon over at Neonmob. I made 100 characters for this project and I enjoyed making every single one. It’s one of the coolest projects I’ve ever been commissioned for. And I like how it challenged me at character designing. Hope you guys will like it! Only a few more days till its release! Woot!
Come collect with me on @neonmob and get a limited edition piece when you sign up!  https://www.neonmob.com/r/ZQ86F/

neonmob:

Meet Abigail Pounce, the first teaser from Vaughn Pinpin’s 100-piece Orphanage, scheduled for release on Oct 1. His grim, cartoony style invokes nightmares from Tim Burton (for obvious reasons) with elements of Prophet artist Simon Roy’s line work mixed in. We can’t wait for this set to drop, which will kick off the very first (and very scary!) #NeonMonsters month!

Abigail, whose parents were an unconventional sort of couple. Her father was a veterinarian who felt too much love for one of his patients. On the day of her birth, she found herself as a homeless, orphaned pariah. Her mother died upon birth, and her father died out of grief.

Abigail is now one of the “special” children living at Elsabeth Grinn’s Home for the Peculiar and the Unwanted. It is a haven for “unusually gifted” children. But there is a darkness that looms over the orphanage. There is a mystery in the shadows of its halls. And this “haven” might be far less than ideal.

You can start meeting the children soon over at Neonmob. I made 100 characters for this project and I enjoyed making every single one. It’s one of the coolest projects I’ve ever been commissioned for. And I like how it challenged me at character designing. Hope you guys will like it! Only a few more days till its release! Woot!

Come collect with me on @neonmob and get a limited edition piece when you sign up!  https://www.neonmob.com/r/ZQ86F/

Cupid’s Arrows

I entered this into Threadless’ Minimalism Challenge. I was making simple designs anyway, so I thought I’d try for it. Why not? Anyway, I hope it was pretty clear that the design is about how not all romances work out.

Win or lose, I’m just happy that I got to stretch my design muscles a bit. 

Anyway, if you would, please give it a score. A 5 would be nice. A 5, plus a comment would be better. Haha!

SCORE HERE!

Also, SCORE THIS TOO!

Sketch WIP {07-12-2013}
Doodled this thing in the College of Fine Arts Library yesterday while waiting for my next class. I’ll be spending a lot of time in the various libraries in uni this semester. Gonna be reading up on a ton for thesis and mooching off of the wifi. It’s pretty crap wifi, but whatever.My thesis will concern visual semantics and how they affect information retention. So far I’m in the research stage. So if any of you know of any decent reads that you can recommend concerning these topics, I’d love to hear them please. :)I’ve been reading up on old-ish books on visual cognition and learning and memory processes currently. Books that I had to go to the creepy part of the Social Sciences section of the library to get. It was so dark and musty and spooky. I felt like I was in an episode of Are You Afraid Of The Dark waiting to happen. Anyway, good luck to me. And good day to you. :)

Sketch WIP {07-12-2013}


Doodled this thing in the College of Fine Arts Library yesterday while waiting for my next class. I’ll be spending a lot of time in the various libraries in uni this semester. Gonna be reading up on a ton for thesis and mooching off of the wifi. It’s pretty crap wifi, but whatever.

My thesis will concern visual semantics and how they affect information retention. So far I’m in the research stage. So if any of you know of any decent reads that you can recommend concerning these topics, I’d love to hear them please. :)

I’ve been reading up on old-ish books on visual cognition and learning and memory processes currently. Books that I had to go to the creepy part of the Social Sciences section of the library to get. It was so dark and musty and spooky. I felt like I was in an episode of Are You Afraid Of The Dark waiting to happen. 

Anyway, good luck to me. And good day to you. :)

Bulbasaur / Ivysaur / Venusaur

Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

When I started this project, I never expected to get so much positive reactions. And I’m so very thankful that so many of you guys like it. But when I started this project, I wasn’t expecting people to want prints of it. So the first few Pokemon were all drawn in small 72 dpi files, which isn’t enough of a resolution for a decent print.

So, I have to re-draw everyone up to Butterfree and make them print-ready. So far, I’ve re-drawn up to Venusaur. This is also giving me a chance to gussy up my initial concepts. Anyway, these three are now available as prints over at my Society6 Shop.

I hope you buy a print or two, as it’ll help so much to relieve some of my financial troubles. Haha! But if you do want to make your walls less boring, buy a print please. Thanks again for the love, everyone. :D

Click through here: Bulbasaur  /  Ivysaur  / Venusaur

And FYI, this project is still on going. I know I’ve been slow with updating it, but I have been real busy with work and my final year at uni. Now, as soon as I’ve dealt with most of my obligations, I’ll put this project back into hyperdrive. But for now, it’s going on a bit of a hiatus. I hope you all understand.

WAR
Hello, this print is now available at my Society6.
Help me get my Internet back by buying some of my prints please. Make your walls less boring! Also, shirts as well! Hooray!

WAR

Hello, this print is now available at my Society6.

Help me get my Internet back by buying some of my prints please. Make your walls less boring! Also, shirts as well! Hooray!

Golduck #055
Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

Golduck #055

Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

Skewer {2013}
This is for @celdee
Cel, thanks so much for the Baseman postcard! Sorry that it took so long for me to thank you, but I thought I had to express my gratitude far grander than a simple tweet. So I made an art thing for you as a thank you. Thanks for being awesome! :D

I drew a bit of inspiration from a print Cel gave me of goldfishes that she drew. Pretty cool stuff. 
Y’all should follow Celdee for awesome art. She’s also got a solo exhibit coming up this August that you guys should go to if you can. :)

Skewer {2013}

This is for @celdee

Cel, thanks so much for the Baseman postcard! Sorry that it took so long for me to thank you, but I thought I had to express my gratitude far grander than a simple tweet. So I made an art thing for you as a thank you. Thanks for being awesome! :D

I drew a bit of inspiration from a print Cel gave me of goldfishes that she drew. Pretty cool stuff. 

Y’all should follow Celdee for awesome art. She’s also got a solo exhibit coming up this August that you guys should go to if you can. :)

Decode {2013}
This is my piece for ReDiscovery. It’s an art show inspired by Daft Punk over at Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco. It’s a bit of a celebration for Random Access Memories. Opening reception is on May 18th, which I think is today. If you live near by, do drop by.
I’m pretty excited about the show actually. Some really amazing artists are going to be a part of it like Phil Noto, Andre De Freitas, and John Larriva. Great stuff! Should be an amazing show.
This is the first time I’m going to be a part of a show with a really amazing collection of artists, so I’m really stoked. 
BTW, this piece was inspired by Get Lucky. Aw yiss…
{Also, you should click the image to get a better view. Tumblr has a problem with art with wide dimensions}

Decode {2013}

This is my piece for ReDiscovery. It’s an art show inspired by Daft Punk over at Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco. It’s a bit of a celebration for Random Access Memories. Opening reception is on May 18th, which I think is today. If you live near by, do drop by.

I’m pretty excited about the show actually. Some really amazing artists are going to be a part of it like Phil Noto, Andre De Freitas, and John Larriva. Great stuff! Should be an amazing show.

This is the first time I’m going to be a part of a show with a really amazing collection of artists, so I’m really stoked. 

BTW, this piece was inspired by Get Lucky. Aw yiss…

{Also, you should click the image to get a better view. Tumblr has a problem with art with wide dimensions}

THEME BY PARTI