Yoohoo, brides-to-be

Brace yourselves – big, blatant plug coming right up.

The fruit of 4 months of blood, sweat, and carpal tunnel: WE2 is out! Yay!

TWO gorgeous covers, ONE fabulous issue!
Click on image to enlarge. Photography by Toto Labrador, background illustrations by Arnold Arre, styling by Kenneth Chua, gowns by Mitzi Quilendrino (green cover) and Michi Calica (pink cover).

Because I work from home, I didn’t get to see the printed product until a couple of days ago. I do love how the covers turned out so I just had to hug our very hard-working EIC Marbee for making sure they got printed beautifully.*

*In this country, graphic artists rarely get to exercise creative freedom when it comes to commercial endeavors so I’m really really grateful to Sesame Seed for not setting limits on my passion for design.

My Arn also had another collaboration with photographer Andrew Contreras and this time it was for a fashion spread with a theme close to my heart – Broadway musicals! Shei, of course!, wrote the beautiful copy that accompanies it.

A taste:

My Fair Lady

Once on this Island (the pretty gown, by the way, is a Tippi O. (: )

Miss Saigon

Highlights of the issue:
– Inspirational Reception Ideas from real couples.*
– Secrets to Big Day Savings.
– Upcoming Suppliers.
– Florist Robert Blancaflor’s Portfolio.
– Alternative venues and a comparison matrix.
– A groom’s section.
– Donita’s New Singapore Home.

*Special thanks to my friends Rache, Apes, Tin, Pazette, Emil, Eric, Toto, and Pia for sharing their thoughts and photos. (:

If you can spare P250, pretty please do get a copy. I assure you it’ll be worth every penny. (:

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Art Attack

Seven years ago, I had a crazy urge to study graphic design abroad*. RISD was on my shortlist but it was all the way in Rhode Island (duh!), ergo, out of the question. If I had known that their graduates would be making these cool objets d’ art in their mission to further cultivate the study of design, then maybe my decision would’ve been different.

“Hourglass Clock”

12″ Ruler Bracelet

Tote bag

Children?¢‚Ǩ?°?É‚Äû?ɬ??¢ÀÜ?°?É‚Äò?¢ÀÜ?°?Ǭ•s chairs

*Parsons was the answer because (1) they offer excellent one-sem design courses; (2) it was just ONE subway ride away from my Tito Kenneth and Tita Rose’s place, and they had generously invited me to stay with them; (3) the Campus was near the Theatre District which meant that I could watch a musical (or twelve) on my way home if I wanted to.

Holy cow, I just realized that I’ve been blogging for 4 years already. Back when I started, there were only a handful of bloggers from Manila, and Blogger, Pitas, and Greymatter were the only blog tools available. How blogs multiply as time flies! Now, I can’t even visit all the sites I wanna visit in one go because it would take a week to finish reading them all.

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Make my day, will ya? (:

Spotted at my friends, the Itchyworms’ webby:

THE LOWER LEFT HAND DREAM: this is my tribute for the Eraserheads and Cynthia Bauzon, the illustrator and designer for “Fruitcake”. One of my favorite tracks in that album is “Lightyears”. I love stargazing from our roof and my favorite constelation is the big dipper…Guia Anne Salumbides

Thank you so much Guia, your art is amazing! (: Sniff, I’m SO touched that this painting can still reach out to someone a good 8 years after it was drawn.

Trust Tippi to come up with a chic collection of clothes inspired by something as mundane as a basic white shirt —


Love this one.

See the rest of the collection here.

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Plugging our phlogs

As you know, we update our phlog more often so I guess I’ll just see you there these next few weeks. d:

And while you’re at it, please visit my brother Calvin‘s and one of my best galpals Sheila‘s phlogs too.

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A word about rip-offs.

Frequent visitors know (and may already be tired of) how I’ve always raved about Japanese design, but I’ve been wanting to tell you about Yusuke Nakamura for quite sometime now. I “discovered” him via his eyecatching work on albums and dvds for the Asian Kung Fu Generation. Here’s one of my favorite pieces:

I am hoping against hope that my sharing the art and links will not in any way cause his images to be Emma Mori‘d*.

*read all about The Bayo Incident at Carlo’s journal

While we’re on the subject of RIP-OFFs (and I’m assuming that you’ve read the Bayo link above), take a look at these two sites and tell me which is the original and which is the copycat:

Link ONE
Link TWO

Tsk, tsk, tsk. Nakakahiya, diba?

Why oh why do some people have to resort to copying when there are dozens of talented graphic designers locally whom they can hire who are perfectly capable of providing original, un-sue-able work???

*Thanks to my friend Karla, herself an artist and purveyor of all things original, for the heads up.

Know of any other sites that were copied? You can sound off at Pirated Sites Dot Com.

And because more and more artworks are being swiped, copied, and passed off as someone else’s, our graphic design org decided to organize a seminar on Copyright and IP Laws for Creatives last week. It’s also nice to know that global network Creative Commons is working with the e-Law Center of the Arellano University School of Law on porting the license to the Philippines. Here’s hoping that more and more self-employed artists will be armed with the knowledge to protect themselves from copyright and intellectual property theft.

By the way…

Err… yes, hehe (nervous laughter). Arn did the illustrations, I did the layouts. But hello, we can proudly say that it was 100% built from scratch.

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

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