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A harlequin for @Sketch_Dailies and is also a jazzercise Harley Quinn.I’m experimenting with this sketchy, blotty art style for a project. 

A harlequin for @Sketch_Dailies and is also a jazzercise Harley Quinn.

I’m experimenting with this sketchy, blotty art style for a project. 

Cold Cuts (2013)
Last year I got invited to Bloom Arts Festival. Which is a local arts fest dedicated to young contemporary artists. I was pretty ecstatic about it. It felt really validating as an artist to be noticed by the community. Kinda wish I did better tho.
Here’s the story. I set out to paint a triptych about how some of us can trivialise death and dehumanisation. But, I ended up only really finishing one piece because I ran out of time. This was also during the time I was preparing for my Hong Kong trip. Anyway, I hope I get invited to the next one again. Next time, I’ll do something big.Above is the only painting for my triptych that I actually finished. It was hung alone in Bloom, and it spoke about nothing because the piece was seen incomplete. Blegh.
I posted this late because I was feeling to bummed about the whole thing. I’m a bit over it now.
I need to get better at time management, I guess.

Cold Cuts (2013)

Last year I got invited to Bloom Arts Festival. Which is a local arts fest dedicated to young contemporary artists. I was pretty ecstatic about it. It felt really validating as an artist to be noticed by the community. Kinda wish I did better tho.

Here’s the story. I set out to paint a triptych about how some of us can trivialise death and dehumanisation. But, I ended up only really finishing one piece because I ran out of time. This was also during the time I was preparing for my Hong Kong trip. Anyway, I hope I get invited to the next one again. Next time, I’ll do something big.

Above is the only painting for my triptych that I actually finished. It was hung alone in Bloom, and it spoke about nothing because the piece was seen incomplete. Blegh.

I posted this late because I was feeling to bummed about the whole thing. I’m a bit over it now.

I need to get better at time management, I guess.

Experimenting With Watercolor Brushes

I made a tiny video thing. Mostly to test out screen-recording again. Anyway, I recently bought @kyletwebster's watercolor brushes and I’m in the middle of trying to learn how to use them. So it’s a bit rough and I make a few goofs here and there. Did this sketch in around 20 minutes.

I know how to paint with actual watercolours, but the digital version behaves a tad differently. This’ll take some practice, but I’m always excited and happy to learn so this should be fun.

Also, the line art was drawn using a brush from Kyle Webster’s Runny Inkers Set. I’ve been really enjoying his brushes, and they are quite impressive.

Here’s the thing I doodled below.

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.

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/

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.

HatBoy: Moist Money {2013}
 
Disclaimer: This did not really happen. I don’t buy ice cream.
 
I thought this up during the summer, but I got too busy to make it due to internship obligations and general laziness. Anyway, it’s monsoon season now here so it’s a bit late for this to be relevant here. But I’m told it’s still summer in the US? Is this right?
Well hopefully this is relatable somewhere haha!

HatBoy: Moist Money {2013}

 

Disclaimer: This did not really happen. I don’t buy ice cream.

 

I thought this up during the summer, but I got too busy to make it due to internship obligations and general laziness. Anyway, it’s monsoon season now here so it’s a bit late for this to be relevant here. But I’m told it’s still summer in the US? Is this right?

Well hopefully this is relatable somewhere haha!

Primeape #057
Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

Primeape #057

Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

Mankey #056
Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

Mankey #056

Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

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

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}

Psyduck #054
Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

It’s sad because it always has a headache. Psy-ay-ay-ayyy…

Psyduck #054

Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

It’s sad because it always has a headache. Psy-ay-ay-ayyy…

Persian #053
Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn PinpinDid Giovanni ever use his Persian for a battle? Or was it more of for sinister stroking in the shadows?

Persian #053

Part of The Tim Burton x PKMN Project By Vaughn Pinpin

Did Giovanni ever use his Persian for a battle? Or was it more of for sinister stroking in the shadows?

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