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New art prints + see you at the BGC Art Mart + The Diff

Today I finally got around to populating my online store with my latest art prints (yay!)

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(Some of the items in the photo above like the bookmarks and Pampanga parol gift tags will only be available for now at the BGC Art Mart on my second weekend this Sunday, December 6. And as always you can avail of them at special bazaar rates at the event. ūüėČ )

This new set of watercolor artworks are quite significant to me because through them, I got to relive and pay tribute to some of my favorite works of art (and people). The first two are homages to Philippine indie films “Ang Nawawala” by Marie Jamora and “Rakenrol” by Quark Henares. I’ve been a big sis to filmmakers Marie and Quark for about 18 years now (I met them when they were still in school!) and it makes me proud to witness all that they’ve achieved. Of course it was a no-brainer for me to select scenes from their films to draw for my first couple of tribute paintings.

ang nawawala by cynthia bauzon arre
“Ang Nawawala”
rakenrol by cynthia bauzon arre

The next set are tributes to some of my favorite music by the Eraserheads, namely “Ligaya” and “Ang Huling El Bimbo.” I just had to set “Ligaya” in the UP Sunken Garden since that was a big part of my U.P. life. And incidentally, it was in UP Diliman where I first met the band members before they were even known as the Eheads.

ligaya by cynthia bauzon arre
ang huling el bimbo by cynthia bauzon arre
“Ang Huling El Bimbo”

Making the last painting in this series was perhaps the most nostalgic for me because it was a re-imagination of “Lightyears” (from the album and storybook “Fruitcake”) which I illustrated in 1996. It was like seeing the same scene, now in color, through older, more experienced eyes. ūüėÄ

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Lightyears 2015
In the new version, I imagined an older Frannie Wei back in the real world. She could be married and has kids by now but every Christmas eve she would still climb up on the rooftop and reminisce about her childhood adventures in the land of Fruitcake . Also, that may or may not be Shadow behind her anymore… but who knows?

All prints are available at my online store and directly through me at my pop-ups. :)

Endless thanks to Marie Jamora, Quark Henares, Ely Buendia, Raymund Marasigan. Buddy Zabala, and Marcus Adoro for allowing me to create tribute art and sell them as limited edition pieces.. <3

Also! If you’ve been following on Instagram (or if we’re Facebook pals) you probably remember my “Literary Creatures Quotes” series. All of them are now available as postcards prints and on iPhone and Samsung phone cases courtesy of The Diff. :)

cynthia bauzon arre the diff

The phone cases feature hip animals reading books accompanied by quotes from Leo Tolstoy, Dr. Seuss, and L. Frank Baum. They’d be perfect Christmas gifts for your book-loving loved ones, yes? There;s also a bonus sleeping orange kitty doodle design on one of the phones. Shop my collection right here and also check out the awesome designs by other local artists!

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Shrink Plastic Workshop at Hey Kessy + Callalily’s 10th Anniversary Album

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I’m teaching my first ever workshop and it will be on Shrink Plastic Crafting! If you’d like to learn how to turn your doodles into wearable art in the form of necklace pendants, bracelet charms, pins, and earrings, I will show you how to do it and share some techniques and tricks I’ve learned along the way. It will be on November 21, Saturday, from 1-4pm at Hey Kessy (31 E. Abada, Katipunan).

The workshop fee already includes shrink plastic sheets and all other materials, design templates, a take-home zine, snacks and refreshments. (Additional shrink plastic sheets can be purchased from me at a discounted rate if you’re a participant. :) )

See you there? Please go to to reserve your slot!



Callalily’s 5th album “Greetings from Callalily” was released last Friday, October 23, and I’m very happy to have been part of it! It’s been a while since I’ve designed a full-blown album because almost everyone prefers buying MP3s, right? But then this is Callalily — I heard that their albums’ sales can hit Platinum — so I wanted to design something that a fan would love to have in his/her possession. I’m happy with the end result and I can’t wait to share it with you. Please see the portfolio to see what we came up with. :)

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Palette Palate: The first Maginhawa StrEat Food Park Art Fair

I had the privilege of taking part¬†in Maginhawa StrEat Food Park‘s first ever art fair titled Palette Palate¬†from¬†August 1-2, 2015, thanks to the awesome Ella Lama¬†who organized the event. ¬†The fair consisted of an exhibit + pop-up shops by some of the participating artists, myself included. Here are the three artworks I displayed (on the counter, last three from the right). They might look familiar because I posted work-in-progress videos and/or just-finished shots¬†of these on Instagram. ūüėČ


Setting up in the background are Ella (left) and Cheska of StrEat. On the wall from l-r are works by Megan Dino, June Digan, Mary Grace Vinas, and Andrea dela Cruz. This is actually a photo from day 2 because we got rained in on the first day and had to set up at 6 pm, 2 hours later than planned.

maginhawa streat food park art fair

Our pack-up-and-go pop-up shops on the first day. From l-r: works for sale by yours truly, Ella Lama, and Megan Dino.

Handy outdoor¬†craft¬†fair tip (especially helpful¬†during the rainy season)¬†— if your items will fit,¬†you can use¬†a craft toolbox (or any other box with a lid) as a “portable shop”. It allows you to arrange and label stuff¬†and you can quickly close it¬†—¬†and protect the contents!¬†—¬†whenever¬†necessary. :)

Another learning: have faith in your customers. Given the weather conditions, we initially thought that only a few people would come. To our pleasant surprise a lot showed up, talked to us and bought our stuff. <3 <3 <3 (If you were among those I talked to, THANK YOU! I loved meeting you and was happy to finally see the face behind the familiar Instagram handle. :D)

We were so busy that¬†before we knew it, it was already 10 pm and we hadn’t even eaten. ūüėÄ Thankfully, StrEat is open til 2am so there was plenty of time to grab¬†food once the art buying crowd thinned out.

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Class picture from day 1 plus a few other snaps of our works in the exhibit. August 2 — Very grateful for¬†much nicer weather on the second day¬†since we were able to set up at 4pm as planned and I also got to take better-lit photos. Some¬†more artworks on display. maginhawa streat art fair Works by Yang Barrios, Alexandra Paredes, Hands Love Papers, Geli Balcruz, and Karen Versoza. More artists¬†were also able to set up shop besides Megan and myself. (Below¬†photo)¬†top left:¬†rubber¬†stamps and cards¬†by Alex Paredes’ Rubber Ducky Stamp Co; bottom left:¬†prints by Karen Versoza and June Digan. earnest and buddy zabala maginhawa streat food park art fair My good friends Earnest and Buddy Zabala dropped by¬†and gamely posed for pics and even helped me sell (woohoo! I love these guys.¬†<3 ) Here they are with my little blue toolbox (looking a bit¬†more organized this time). The evening was a bit more relaxed and I got to bond more with my new friends. These girls are so creative and inspiring! Of course I couldn’t go home without buying some of their beautiful creations:¬†

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You can check out the above photo on IG to see their feeds. Included in my loot from Ella, Megan, Alex, Karen, and June are the “Light” book (which was a gift from Rob Cham!), two art cards featuring Paola Jane Esteron‘s calligraphy & watercolor work (also gifts!), and free brush calligraphy of Arn’s and my names by Sarah Francesca of Creative Curiosities. ūüėÄ

Finally, an almost-complete class picture which I nicked from Megan’s Facebook album ;

maginhawa streat foodpark art fair

I’m joining another art fair soon! Please stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile you can always check out my feed to see what I’m currently up to. ūüėČ

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Watercolor Artwork for Callalily’s 10th Anniversary Concert + Album Art in-the-making

callalily band 10th year watercolor illustration

Delighted to present¬†my artwork for the band Callalily’s 10th Anniversary Concert (although some of you might have already seen this floating around on Instagram¬†:) ). This is also my first time working with them and¬†I’m very touched that they chose to work with me on the occasion of their 10th year.

The guys are celebrating the milestone¬†with a special show¬†tomorrow July 28 at 12 Monkeys in Century City Mall in Makati,¬†8pm, where you’ll be able to avail of this limited edition t-shirt:

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I think only a hundred of these were printed so better go early. Admission is free.  :)

AND! I suppose you’ve already guessed that I’m working on the art and packaging design of Callalily’s¬†2015 album. I can’t reveal specific details yet but you can follow the design process and development on my Instagram where I’ve been sharing sneak peeks via the hashtag #CynxCLcollab.

callalily band album art in the making

Bonus pic: my first meeting with the band members Kean, Aaron, Tatsi, Lemuel (partly hidden), +¬†Soupstar Entertainment head honcho Darwin Hernandez and Callalily’s road manager JR.

photo with callalily

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Design Process: the new Itchyworms logo


A few months ago I had the honor of re-designing the Itchyworms‘ logo.

But before anything else, here’s a¬†little backgrounder.¬†I’ve known the guys – Jugs, Jazz, Chino, and Kelvin since 1997 when they were still college students in Ateneo. My good friend, filmmaker Marie Jamora (back then also still a student) took¬†me to their gig in Freedom Bar and so I met the guys. We all became ICQ pals (#titohits), chatting everyday — eventually on the phone too –, and them I started hanging out with them and Marie in almost all of their gigs. I also had the privilege¬†of designing two of their albums — “Little Monsters Under Your Bed” (with Arnold) and “Self-Titled.”

The first Itchyworms logo was based on¬†Jazz’ concept of¬†an “iw!” symbol¬†that looked like a worm. Here are the initial studies and the final version as it appeared in “Self-Titled.”


As you can see, the 2008 version of the itchyworms logo looked and worked like a badge and¬†later we learned that it was pretty hard to use in merch and posters¬†because of¬†its¬†square shape. So early this year, the band approached¬†me for a redesign. The goal was to freshen the look while¬†retaining the “iw!” concept and¬†make it easier to use on gig posters, business cards,¬†signage,¬†and other promo materials.


Pencil studies (above), and the digitized / vectorized versions (below).


They chose the first one (upper left) but they also wanted me to explore making a “3D version” which, I agree, perfectly reflects their vibrant, dynamic music and kwela personalities.


Getting there… I made several versions just to give them more options to choose from. The front-facing logos on the right won so I tweaked and developed¬†that direction¬†further.


I played with lower and upper case letters and shadow effects. In the end the band chose the one at the bottom. Yay, new logo for 2015!

And¬†for throwback fun¬†I’ve included some goofy photos from the old days. ūüėÄ


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New prints at the shop!


Just a quick note to let you know that 8″ x 10″ and 4″ x 6″ art and postcard¬†prints featuring some of my¬†recent cat-approved watercolor illustrations are now listed at the shop, in case you’re interested. ūüėȬ†There are three new art prints and¬†twelve postcards. (You can use the “sort by newness” filter in the drop down to see all of them.)¬†I’m also selling these — among others — at a small art fair along with some pretty awesome artists & crafters next month.¬†I’ll announce once more details are available. :)

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I'm Cynthia Bauzon-Arre, a Filipino illustrator, graphic designer, and craft hobbyist. I live in QC with my talented graphic novelist hubby Arnold and our friendly marmalade tabby Abbas. This blog has been chronicling my life, likes, and loves since 2001. [ more ]

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