Do Nothing Day

Do Nothing Day

People say that the College of Architecture is the college that never sleeps. Whether it be at UST or UP Diliman or wherever… I think that holds true. Architecture students are always swamped with work. During plates season, we know no time, destroy our body clocks and forget to eat regularly. For those particular reasons, deadlines also serve as markers of freedom. Right after dropping off our deliverables at school, it seems as though the whole universe gets a little and brighter, instantly making it a lot easier for us to breathe. Suddenly, we can do whatever we want to do – and more often than not, we end up doing… nothing. However, I’ve come to realize that nothing means different things to different people. For some, it means lying in bed all day, watching movies or a TV series. For others, it means sleeping in. What people do during their free time really says a lot about them. I find that kind of interesting. Anyway. Last night, I realized that for the first time in forever, I had a free weekend. No plans, no murals, no events marked on my calendar. Of course, there’s still quite a lot to catch up on, in terms of school and Details Ink projects but, I decided to see how things would pan out. So, hooray to my first Do Nothing Day in a billion years. Although, that for me means a whole day of thinking and dreaming and planning. I call that my life mode… or an FML session. (Fix My Life Session hihi) That means an entire day of coffee and notebooks and pens and,...
A Balancing Act

A Balancing Act

First of all, I want to share one of my most recent projects. It was an “adventure box” birthday gift for a nice lady’s boyfriend. She shared with me many aspects of his adventurous lifestyle and had me translate these stories into the illustrations on the box above. There were wind surfing, scuba diving and hiking scenes, as well as personal elements like a Land Rover Defender and San Mig Light bottle. I think I particularly love doing projects like this because it takes me back to my initial style, before I ever even knew I had a style. Haha. I’d just put things together. Random objects in my head, all incorporated into one cohesive image. With patterns, just there to fill in the gaps. It would always end up looking the same – intricate black and white art. But, it would always represent something. Like… everything I want to do before I’m 25 or what I want to do in summer. Good thoughts, bad thoughts. I’d release them from my system by putting them on paper. Anyway. I loved that project. I love most projects I do and I generally love this creative outlet. I have had it for almost five years now and I’ve been able to get through life just fine. Balancing Details Ink in high school was easy but, of course, it wasn’t as much work as it is today. Right now? Hm. Juggling all my orgs, my architectural studies, running this business and doing one too many projects a month is starting to get a little bit overwhelming. – – – – – – – –...
Morning Matters

Morning Matters

Manila is beautiful at 5:00 in the morning. When 2016 started, one of my resolutions was to sleep earlier and wake up earlier. I would go to bed at 10:00 PM and wake up at 5:00 AM before anyone else in the house was up. Those few hours spent by myself made my days slower and more focused – and I totally loved it. Of course, as the weeks passed, life got in the way of my morning routine and it has been so long since I got to have that perfectly placed seven hours of sleep. But, that’s fine. Yesterday was the first official day of Holy Week and instead of going on our usual trip to Tali Beach, we decided to have a staycation here in the city. It’s been great! I spent hours and hours just doing my thing – which is basically sitting outside with my art box, some good life books and my Muji sketchbooks. And Spotify. Haha. And I even had time to go downstairs and watch that sunset by Manila Bay, which was still beautiful despite the evident pollution in the pink sky. It was exactly what I needed. The past weeks have left me overwhelmed, tired and kind of empty. I’ve been quite stuck in the aspect of personal creativity. Like I forgot how I used to make art for the sake of art. And I forgot what I used to do  for just me – not for the Details Ink Instagram, not for any client, not for school – but, just for me. Which was so bad because as my annual week of rest...
Introduction

Introduction

Hi there! My name is Kara Pangilinan. I’m the owner and artist behind Details Ink! After awkwardly and intentionally hiding behind the brand name for almost five years, I am finally making the decision to be braver about my work. Hee hoo hee. So, yes. Hello. I’m a 21 year old BS Architecture student at UP Diliman. I really, really want to take a master degree in Urban Planning. Hopefully, somewhere in Europe or Australia. When I was around 10 years old, I created this big dream city system thing that I seriously believed would fix all the problems in the Philippines… People from informal settlements would be trained to make nice art out of recycled materials. That’s pretty much it. Oh, and proper housing, food and education would be provided in exchange for their services. I called it Prapelopia – which was a mix of Papelmelroti and Utopia. Haha! Anyway, that crazy idea I had as a child… is pretty much the basis of my undergraduate thesis… Huhu. Good luck to me. Anyway. I have a tendency to ramble. Like now… Hm. I grew up in the musical theater world and still love, love singing. My whole family loves singing, actually. Aside from that, I have this chronic problem of not being able to say what’s on my mind – which is probably why I can fill up pages and pages with my thoughts, in a manner that no one will be able to completely understand. Haha, that’s intentional. In line with that, my Details Ink booth set up at bazaars was designed by yours truly, to serve a special function: to hide me from the world. Because,...