Getting Back in the Groove

( 25 Jun-1 July 2017)

The young witch Kiki from The Hayao Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli film Kiki’s Delivery Service

After a little over a year, I decided to resign from the 8-6 office job and move back to a freelance, home-based position. It’s crazy. With the current unemployment rate in the country, I was lucky to have a permanent job in a big company. But I ask myself, was it really worth it?

I would probably expound on that dilemma in a different post. For now, I rather focus on my return to creating more artwork.

So, what have I been doing lately?

As always, in between freelance projects, I juggle between watercolors and digital painting.

I am trying to create faster digital artworks. For now, I try as much as possible to paint in less than an hour. Somehow, I think that I am getting back to the groove.

Maureen Wroblewitz
A quick portrait of Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 5 winner Maureen Wroblewitz

The focus is still on portraits, since I am trying to learn how to speed up my work process. And portraits is somewhat my specialty.

I am trying to absorb more techniques as well by looking for internet based resources and perhaps, attend a workshop or two.

I have been looking for inspiration through film, television series, and anime. Joining online communities for creatives like World Watercolor Group and Urban Sketcher Philippines can also help in the process.

And lastly, this month is the World Watercolor Month. With that, I will plan to take on the challenge – 30 watercolor artworks in 30 days. Wish me luck!

The artworks are made using Clip Studio Paint.


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