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L’Enfant de Janice {2013}
This piece is my contribution for Haute Auteur 2013 which is the annual silent film competition by the UP Cineastes. Along with an exhibition of the entries, there will also be an art exhibit of which I am a part of along with some excellent art buddies like Jamie Cabatit, Bernard Gatus, and Rob Cham.

If you’re not too geographically challenged, please do drop by. The exhibition will be open for viewing on February 27 - March 1 at the Old Film Lobby, Plaridel Hall, UP DIliman CMC, and on March 4 – March 8 at the Greenbelt 3 Lobby, Makati City.Also, this is available as a print in case you want one? Yes? Click here to make your walls less boring.
Also the following is gonna be a fairly long and possibly rambly rationale of this piece…

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In Philippine mythology there is a creature called the Tiyanak, which is basically a demon baby. If a baby dies before a Catholic baptism, supposedly, it is denied entrance to Heaven and comes back as, quite literally, a monster of a child.Now, in Philippine pop culture the Tiyanak has been called “Anak Ni Janice" which translated into English means, "The Child of Janice" which is in reference to a horror movie about a tiyanak, entitled “Anak Ni Janice," in which had a mother facing facts that her child was a demon baby. I barely remember the movie as I hadn’t seen it in such a long time.So anyway, Haute Auteur’s theme this year is about modern societal horrors. I figured I wanted to reference something from Philippine cinema as well as Philippine mythological horrors, which is the majority of Philippine mythology anyway.So this piece is about the issue of gender and sexuality. If you notice, there’s a neutrois symbol on the baby’s forehead because at this stage of a human’s life supposedly none, not even the baby itself, knows what its gender or sexuality is and we should be fine with that and shouldn’t really deciding for it what it should be. Let the human decide for itself what it wants to be at it’s own time.But in the Philippines, the conservative idea of gender binarism is prevalent and is gospel truth to most. I think humans are far more complicated than that though, but a major part of society may disagree. So, this painting is of a baby that was “vandalized” with dehumanizing, bright-orange scribbles to be perceived as a demon baby for being seen as something that doesn’t fit traditional labels and tagged with “L’Enfant de Janice” which translates to “The Child of Janice” or “Anak ni Janice.” I wrote it in French to get into the Haute Auteur spirit.
So anyway, something that shouldn’t be seen by as an appalling idea, is perceived as a “horror.” This might be an overly biased piece and I don’t expect anyone to agree with me though. But, I’m hoping this piece sparks more public discussions in the Philippines about gender and sexuality at the very least.
On a side note though, I’ve a hunch that the Tiyanak might be an invention of the church. Because in the Philippines, during Spanish colonial times, the Spanish friars often demonized a lot of non-Christian activities. Kind of like how Catholics took over December 25 to become Christmas. Anyway, probably to frighten Filipinos into getting their babies baptized, they invented the Tiyanak? Maybe? Or probably not?Anyway, see you at the exhibition. Maybe? Haha!

L’Enfant de Janice {2013}

This piece is my contribution for Haute Auteur 2013 which is the annual silent film competition by the UP Cineastes. Along with an exhibition of the entries, there will also be an art exhibit of which I am a part of along with some excellent art buddies like Jamie Cabatit, Bernard Gatus, and Rob Cham.


If you’re not too geographically challenged, please do drop by.

The exhibition will be open for viewing on February 27 - March 1 at the Old Film Lobby, Plaridel Hall, UP DIliman CMC, and on March 4 – March 8 at the Greenbelt 3 Lobby, Makati City.

Also, this is available as a print in case you want one? Yes? Click here to make your walls less boring.


Also the following is gonna be a fairly long and possibly rambly rationale of this piece…

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Medusoid Mycelium (2013)
So I made this as an entry for the Graphika Manila book this year. I’m not expecting anything at the moment. I don’t know if it will be included in the book or not. But eitherway, I’m fairly proud of this piece even though I’m second guessing a few things about this piece.
Anyway, I realize, nearly every year since I made the cover of the GM Book, I’ve been using Graphika Manila as an excuse and motivation to make a decent piece of art. But I always try and do something I haven’t done before. So every entry I send in, from hence forth and before, have been wrought with experimentation. So it’s a great learning experience. In or out, at least I think I took another step forward in my artistic journey.
Anyway, this piece is about being consumed by thoughts or ideas or emotions. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. Like right now, my insecurities pile on and can cripple me emotionally and somewhat physically. A bit of depression can encourage lethargy and apathy. Anyway, I’m fine. That’s partially why I made this. Therapeutic art making I guess. It heals in a sense.
PS: Plus 5 awesome points to those who know the medusoid mycelium reference. Hint: It’s from my favorite book series as a kid. :)
This piece is also available as a print by the way over at my Society 6. 

And if you have the time and haven’t scored yet, please score my entry for that Bravest Warriors design contest. Thanks guys.
Also, I’ll try and get Burton X PKMN project back on track next week Friday hopefully after my exams. I’ve been itching to get back on it, but life happens. Still, sorry for not updating. I do read all the mail, and I will try to reply to all of you. Please be patient. :|

Medusoid Mycelium (2013)

So I made this as an entry for the Graphika Manila book this year. I’m not expecting anything at the moment. I don’t know if it will be included in the book or not. But eitherway, I’m fairly proud of this piece even though I’m second guessing a few things about this piece.

Anyway, I realize, nearly every year since I made the cover of the GM Book, I’ve been using Graphika Manila as an excuse and motivation to make a decent piece of art. But I always try and do something I haven’t done before. So every entry I send in, from hence forth and before, have been wrought with experimentation. So it’s a great learning experience. In or out, at least I think I took another step forward in my artistic journey.

Anyway, this piece is about being consumed by thoughts or ideas or emotions. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. Like right now, my insecurities pile on and can cripple me emotionally and somewhat physically. A bit of depression can encourage lethargy and apathy. Anyway, I’m fine. That’s partially why I made this. Therapeutic art making I guess. It heals in a sense.

PS: Plus 5 awesome points to those who know the medusoid mycelium reference. Hint: It’s from my favorite book series as a kid. :)

This piece is also available as a print by the way over at my Society 6.

And if you have the time and haven’t scored yet, please score my entry for that Bravest Warriors design contest. Thanks guys.

Also, I’ll try and get Burton X PKMN project back on track next week Friday hopefully after my exams. I’ve been itching to get back on it, but life happens. Still, sorry for not updating. I do read all the mail, and I will try to reply to all of you. Please be patient. :|

Gossip
This is a semi-refined version of one of the sketches I’ve been doodling in Photoshop today. I’m making studies for a painting that must be perfect. And it has to be done by next week. Time is running out and my ideas are still pretty much scrambled at the moment. Hopefully, I figure out what I want to see before the end of this month.

Gossip

This is a semi-refined version of one of the sketches I’ve been doodling in Photoshop today. I’m making studies for a painting that must be perfect. And it has to be done by next week. Time is running out and my ideas are still pretty much scrambled at the moment. Hopefully, I figure out what I want to see before the end of this month.

What’s this? Why, it’s a progress shot of what I’m currently working on. Would you look at that.
Just a little update on my current project which I have to finish by tomorrow. Boo-Hoo. So many tentacles! Wish me luck!
Even though I don’t believe in luck, it is still nice to hear people say it.
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Edit: Tattoo on the arm, Yay or Nay?

What’s this? Why, it’s a progress shot of what I’m currently working on. Would you look at that.

Just a little update on my current project which I have to finish by tomorrow. Boo-Hoo. So many tentacles! Wish me luck!

Even though I don’t believe in luck, it is still nice to hear people say it.

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Edit: Tattoo on the arm, Yay or Nay?

Hopscotch - 2011
I just submitted this to Graphika Manila 2011. Hopefully they like it and put it in the book.
Fingers crossed!  t(o___o t)

Hopscotch - 2011

I just submitted this to Graphika Manila 2011. Hopefully they like it and put it in the book.

Fingers crossed!  t(o___o t)

WIP-itty WIP-itty WIP WIP WIP
Here’s a shot of some of the progress I’ve done to my current project.
Slowly making progress guys. Slow and not really steady. Still gots three more days to work on it though.

WIP-itty WIP-itty WIP WIP WIP

Here’s a shot of some of the progress I’ve done to my current project.

Slowly making progress guys. Slow and not really steady. Still gots three more days to work on it though.

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