Monthly Archives: December 2009

moleskine 1

Digital art is great, but sometimes we graphic artists need to get those good ol’ pencil and paper (in my case moleskine) and do some artwork the old fashion way.

here are some of my sketches. šŸ™‚

i love being an artist. no need to elaborate. šŸ™‚


Etching: The Storm

I was suppose to draw just one bunny in this scene but I want the viewers to have atleast a little bit of hope when they view my artwork, so I added a companion to this scared little bunny wabbit—an equally scared companion—but atleast he’s not alone. I do hope they will find their way back home. XD

Featured Artist: Abi Dayacap

Coffee Cup Stains is delighted introduce another talented artist from the Philippines—ms. Abi Dayacap! *applause* and I am proud to say that Abi is one of my friends since college in UP (University of the Philippines) Diliman.

Aside from arts and vectors we also share the same passion for Korean films and John Lloyd Cruz Ā (a famous actor here in the Philippines) *giggles*. Abi has been kind enough to share us her experience and insights in designing.

Hi Abi! thank you for taking your time in sharing us your passion for the arts. I’m curious though, what made you become a designer/graphic artist?

I always loved drawing ever since I was a kid. I think that made me become what I am now. I like to draw fairytale princesses and princes doodles on our walls. I used to stare at the TV for hours just to copy my favorite cartoon characters. But for a period of time, it became just a hobby because I was too busy trying to survive college life. I rediscovered my love for arts again when I finally realized that running after frogs is the only fun thing I did when I was a Bio major and then I decided to switch to Fine Arts. That is the time I started to hone my drawing and designing skills.

Since you mentioned that you’re not enjoying bio, i wonder what is your favorite and least favorite thing about designing?

I think the favorite and least favorite thing about designing is using technology. Technology gives you the opportunity to explore and to make the job easier but at the same time it becomes restrictive at times when Iā€™m too comfortable using such tools. Another fave thing about designing is to think of ideas and creating things without being bothered by deadlines. šŸ˜€

Haha! So true. Could you describe to us your typical workflow as a graphic artist?

Workflow? Well, most of the time (when I’m in a sane state or when I have enough dose of coffee) After researching about the project, I start the project with sketches. When Iā€™m happy with it, I scan it and execute it using a vector program or photoshop.

What is your favorite source of inspiration?

From people’s experiences and mine. I take inspiration from everything I see.

Lastly, if you’re a photoshop or illustrator tool what would you be and why?

Magic Wand tool! Because it is magical :D! Heehee.

Somehow i knew you’re going to say that. haha! Again, thank you so much for giving us your time. God bless! šŸ™‚

Hey guys, if you think Abi’s work is totally awesome you can visit her cute website here and her blog here.

Tilt-Shift Photography

Tilt-shift photography” refers to the use of camera movements on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene. Sometimes the term is used when the shallow depth of field is simulated with digital postprocessing; the name may derive from the tilt-shift lens normally required when the effect is produced optically.

“Tilt-shift” actually encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that appears sharp; it makes use of the Scheimpflug principle. Shift is used to change the line of sight while avoiding the convergence of parallel lines, as when photographing tall buildings.

(I admit I’m too lazy to explain tilt-shift. click reference here)

I’ve been interested with tilt-shift effect so i tried it myself using good ol’ photoshop. Here are my works so far:

I'm a noobi please forgive me šŸ˜³

hmmmmkay so I’m not as good as these guys, but o well at least i tried. :mrgreen:

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