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...
Edge

Edge

Last Friday, I had the privilege of giving a talk to the UP Business Administration Student Council. #AdvantEDGE is what they go by if I’m not mistaken haha. It was a nice, quick, chill workshop that started with a lecture and ended with a little pen and ink art demo. The lecture portion was basically a casual kwento session. I shared how Details Ink started, including all the yucky technical things I had to figure out and I  also shared some of the things I wish I knew when I was just starting. Here’s the slide: As much as I’d like to elaborate on these vague tips now, I think I’ll save that for another time. Hehe. Preparing for this talk made me realize that I have been so hard on myself these past months. And that I have not stopped to look back and realize that hey, I have grown a lot. But sharing these things to people who are just starting out made me realize that despite all the mistakes I made in the past five years… I did one thing right – I didn’t stop doing what I loved doing. In the last part of the lecture, I shared these cliche-but-true lessons which I stand by to this day. These are things I have to constantly learn and relearn; things that I’ll have to tell myself thrice as much as I tell anyone else. And all this goes to show… just how business-minded I am not. Haha. Because I was there in front of maybe 20 business students, telling them my number one entrepreneurship tip: never stop doing what you love…...
#CreativeBizTalk

#CreativeBizTalk

One of the biggest struggles in maintaining a creative business is not having people to talk to about the struggles of maintaining a creative business. Haha. To be perfectly honest, I don’t know that much about it. It’s something I constantly have to learn up until now. So today’s talk on The Business of Being Creative was basically a dream come true for me. It’s about time creatives start making seminars on the not-so-artsy parts of their craft. The event was held on the second floor of Commune PH, a beautiful coffee shop in Polaris Street, Makati. Black, white and wood. My kind of aesthetic. Anyway… There were four amazing speakers that shared their stories that day. Liz Lanuza of ProjectVanity.com, Roxy Navarro of Works of Heart, Mansy Abesamis of Hey Kessy, Soleil Ignacio and Arriane Serafico. Before they even spoke, the whole atmosphere of the place was already so inspiring. Good vibes. It’s like we all knew we were around the, uhm, type of people we wanted to be around. Haha. Like it was such a relief to every single person in the room that they’re not the only ones who have been exchanging big ideas with themselves! Haha. I mentioned my mini-thesis in my Introduction post a month ago. (Oh my gosh it’s March…) But, this was basically a glimpse of my whole concept – which is basically creating an architectural structure that lies right at the intersection of creativity, commerce and community. This talk was exactly the push I needed to give me the assurance that this is the direction I want to go… in life in general. Haha. That’s all for now,...
Carovana

Carovana

When I’m not in Details Ink mode, I’m on student mode. I’m currently a 4th year BS Architecture student at UP Diliman, and I kind of love it. Haha! As such, there are several organizations that I’m a part of and for one, I’m part of the Executive Committee. This org is called ARKAIRA and it’s the only performing org in the college. Our biggest and most recent event just took place. Carovana 2016. It’s a week arts and music festival and my gosh, it was beautiful.  (I painted those signs! Hehehe.) The college was filled with crepe paper strips, cute signages, colored strings, handmade string balls, paper cranes and we had good music playing all week! Which leads me to the reason for writing… Details Ink was also there all week. Haha. We had several art concessionaires lined up along our walkway and honestly, I wish it could be that way every single day. Some of the other shops there were La Isla Luisa, Crafty Cookie, Velvet Drop, Sketchnotes and Diyalogo. It was a great week! Despite the stress. Haha. It was interesting to have my two worlds intersect: Details Ink and Arki, I mean. To have my fellow students and professors see me in my work mode was… ok, honestly? It was really awkward. Haha! I was super conscious. But, what’s new? Haha! Nonetheless, we’ll be heading back for another week long event by the UP Architecture Forum this time. It’s called FLIP and I heard it’s gonna be huge! Hope to see you guys at the UP College of Architecture Building 1 on March 1 – 4, 2016. And...
Walls

Walls

In the latter part of 2015, I sort of craved for something new to do. I had been selling paper products for years and the various live illustration projects had we wanting to take my art onto an even larger scale. That’s when I remembered my all time favorite street artist from New York. Her name is Kelsey Montague and it had been years since I last viewed her page. I checked it again and my gosh, she’d already gone around the world with her murals that go with the theme #WhatLiftsYou. I love her concept of interactive street art and I really do want to bring that here to the Philippines. So last December, I said to myself. “I want to do walls.” Regarding materials and other logistics, I had no clue how to proceed. And before I could include this in my list of services, or before I could be trusted with anyone else’s wall, I had to, uhm, practice. I needed a test run. So, thank God for my little brother! He had been pestering my to help him turn his room into some galaxy – themed space so, now was the perfect time. He wanted a life size astronaut on his wall. It was about 6 sqm large and with one jumbo Pilot pen, I opened the key to my next big adventure: #DetailsInkWalls <3 Afterwards, I posted a time lapse video of the whole process and the feedback was a little overwhelming. I immediately got my first mural project for 2016, an 8 sqm office wall in Legaspi Village, which I completed by the end...