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I made some illustrations of the scenes from Chapters 16, 19 and 20 of Noli me Tangere, written by our esteemed national hero, Jose Rizal. Looking back at these illustrations which I did roughly eight years ago as a school project, I must confess that these were badly drawn! Well, maybe because I used MS Paint and mouse. Still I was amazed on how I imagined the scenes.

This is the town of San Diego.

This is Sisa, preparing a wondrous feast for her two sons, Basilio and Crispin, who will be coming home from their sacristan duties. However, things will go wrong for the rest of the chapter.

This is during the conversation of the teacher in San Diego and Don Ibarra Crisostomo. The teacher is stating his bad experiences in his initiative to improve the education in San Diego.

This is during the meeting for the upcoming fiesta in San Diego, on how they will spend the money, etc. The conservatives and liberals will later on debate with their ideas.

I just had my graduation picture photoshoot which included toga, formal wear, sablay, and creative shots. For my creative shot, I thought of doing a steampunk cosplay which I decided after I bought a teal-colored dress. My sister disapproved at the choice of my dress so I asked her to help me create and workout the theme since she knows a lot about steampunk stuff. And so without further ado, we started our project by buying materials such as chip board, brown Japanese paper, etc. Our budget was really tight so we weren’t able to buy laces and other accessories. However, I was able to borrow the tall black wedge boots and leather bag from my roommate and the wide black belt from my other roommate. I also have some leather belts, black arm warmers, paper beads, and gray stockings while the rest of the accessories: hat and arm band were done by my sister.

She was really incredible. Look at the details of the hat! Everything is epitome of resourcefulness and creativity. Or maybe because she is just so passionate over cosplay and steampunk stuff. Whatever it is, I am very grateful for her help. I wouldn’t be able to pull off this creative shot successfully without her.

I learned how to draw human figures from the comics I used to read since when I was in kindergarten. I tried copying the style, and from that, I practiced and practiced until I was able to develop my own. And looking back from all the drawings I did all these years, I could say that I improved a lot. I was like, “I really drew this?”. But then I was happy to see my old drawings, and laughed at how I found them good before.

I usually draw spontaneously on my notebooks (during class), so I got used with ballpens. But once in a while, I try drawing neatly with pencil. Still, I found it hard to do, so I guess this is my best shot for now.

I named the girl Fantine, from one of the characters in Les Miserables. I think she’s supposed to be an angel.

These are some of the fairest flowers in the world. I think they’re really lovely in their own ways. Source from The Grow Spot.

Starting from the heart-shaped flower turning counterclockwise:

  • Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis)
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Cherry Blossom (Prunus)
  • Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
  • Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
  • Lantana (Lantana)
  • Rose (Rosa)
  • Colorado Blue Columbine (Aquilegia coerulea)
  • Begonia (Begonia)
  • Canna (Canna)
  • Common Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
  • White Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)

My favorite among all the flowers listed is bleeding heart, though I haven’t seen one yet, but I like the uniqueness of its shape and how it blooms. I think chrysanthemum and orchids should also be in the list, because they come in very nice varieties and colors.

I also admire Philippine’s sampaguita (Jasminum sambac). It may not be as gorgeous and colorful as the flowers mentioned above, but it’s gentle and pure with its sweet fragrance. No wonder it was chosen as the national flower of the Philippines, the sampaguita can almost be compared to a dalagang Pilipina or Filipina woman.

Just another project I decided to post; I used GIMP to create this out of Rivermaya’s “Ulan” lyrics.

Hiwaga ng panahon,
Akbay ng ambon
Sa piyesta ng dahon,
Ako’y sumilong
Daan-daang larawan ang nagdaraan
Sa aking paningin
Daan-daang nakaraan ibinabalik
Ng simoy ng hangin
Tatawa na lamang, at ba’t hihikbi
Ang aking damdamin, pniaglalruan ng baliw at ng ulan.
At sinong si mapapasayaw sa ulan,
At sinong si mababaliw sa ulan
Hinulog ng langit,
Na siyang nag-ampon
Libu-libong ala-alang,
Dala ng ambon
Daan-daang larawan ang nagdaraan
Sa aking paningin
Daan-daang nakaraan ibinabalik
Ng simoy ng hangin
Tatawa na lamang, at bakit hindi
Ang aking damdamin, pniaglalruan ng baliw at ng ulan.
At sinong si mapapasayaw sa ulan,
At sinong si mababaliw sa ulan
Tatawa na lamang, at bakit hindi
Ang aking damdamin, pniaglalruan ng baliw at ng ulan.
At sinong si mapapasayaw sa ulan,
At sinong si mababaliw sa ulan
At sinong si aawit kapag umulan,
At sinong si mababaliw sa ulan
At sinong si mapapasayaw sa ulan,
At sinong si mababaliw sa ulan
Ulan, ulan, ulan

Occasionally, I make my own wallpapers using GIMP. Sometimes, I take some photos, remove the background, and then moved them to another template. I also download and experiment vector brushes, and I especially like foliage and floral vectors. Honestly, I don’t use my creations as my wallpapers in my laptop because they weren’t good enough. But I’ll practice more so that I could create something really beautiful and worth viewing.

Angel Wallpaper: not bad for a first try
Jasmine Foliage Wallpaper
Floral Burst Wallpaper
Coffee Floral Wallpaper
Spring Green Wallpaper
Sakura Geisha Wallpaper; featuring Geiko Umechika of Kamishichiken
Nanohana Maiko Wallpaper; featuring Maiko Katsuru of Kamishichiken
Bubbles Wallpaper
Gift Wallpaper
Fall Green Wallpaper

We are currently doing a research about squid, specifically squid ink. So one time, I was browsing for some pictures when I saw some fascinating and cute pink squid arts with chubby arms. I couldn’t resist on making one as well so I drew two sketches of squid. Then I scanned and colored it with GIMP. I’m still new at this software so they weren’t as good as I wanted them to be.

Too plump in my opinion...

I like this one. :D
I like this one.