Hi guys, just a quick note to say that in cooperation with Filed!, I’m hosting a giveaway for their 2016 Camper Planner on my Instagram account. This planner has a retail price of P545.00 but Filed is generously offering it for free through me, The planner is dateless and has destination lists, expense trackers and other nifty features that will make it a breeze for you to plan your next adventure.
And since it’s Christmas, I’m throwing in a free copy of my Flutterby Coloring Book, a shrink art kitty choker, and my creature quote print that says “There’s no place like home” to welcome you homw from your travels. 🙂
A photo posted by Cynthia Bauzon-Arre (@arncyn) on
Just log into Instagram, like and repost the photo along with the hashtag #filedxarncyngiveaway — and that’s it! One entry per person is enough. Also make sure to make your profile public so I’ll see your entry.
I’ll announce the winner on December 18, Friday. <3
(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. 😉 )
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.
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.
“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. 😀
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. 🙂
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!
Hi guys! First of all, a quick reminder that my Shrink Plastic Crafting Workshop is happening this Saturday, November 21, from 1-4pm at Hey Kessy in Katipunan .Please head to this link to view the details and/or sign up for a slot. The fee already includes basic materials and snacks but participants can get extra shrink plastic sheets from me at a discount.
Below is an example of what you can learn to make. among so many other fun things, with shrink film. 🙂
And if you’re wondering about the doodles in the background of my shrinkydink “sampayan” collar pin, those are some of the illustrations you will find in my coloring book FLUTTERBY. 😀
Thanks to Chamber Shell Publishing, Arnold and I both have our own adult coloring books.
LOCAL COLOR – A Philippine Fantasy Coloring Book features (as the subtitle says) Arn’s Filipino fantasy themed illustrations that depict both modern and classic facets of our mythology. Think diwatas, aswangs, people from a techno-future and what-have-you. 🙂 It has 30 of his original drawings contained in 64 9″ x 12″ pages, perforated so you can tear out and frame your finished colored work! SRP is PHP 295.00
A few more preview images from Arnold Arre’s LOCAL COLOR —
FLUTTERBY – A Daydreamy Coloring Book has my doodles of girls in dreamy, breezy scenarios that typically involve flowers, leaves, and, on occasion, birds, butterflies, and cute furry creatures. There are 20 original hand-drawn pen and ink drawings in 44 pages, also perforated. SRP is P150.00.
A few more preview images from FLUTTERBY —
The covers for both books aren’t glossy on purpose so you can color them too if you want! They will be in bookstores soon but you can also order directly from the publisher at email@example.com for stress-free delivery to your doorstep! Bulk and overseas shipping are available as options. 😀
UPDATE: Limited quantities of Flutterby are now available at my online shop!
I will also be bringing a few of my books to the holiday bazaars which I’ll be participating in soon. So far, here is my schedule.
November 28 (Saturday) – BGC Art Mart
December 6 (Sunday) – BGC Art Mart
(unconfirmed date) – Steady Sunday Bazaaro
It might get even quieter here on the blog as I prepare for the art fairs but you can always check my Instagram for (a bit more) regular updates. 😀
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. 🙂 )
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. 🙂
My husband Arnold released a new graphic novel called “Halina Filipina” last weekend at the Komiket, his first one since “Martial Law Babies” in 2008, and I for one am glad that he’s back making comics again — which is actually what he was doing — and what he was quite known for — when we first met.<3
That’s my hot-off-the-press copy of “Halina Filipina” when our copies arrived from Nautilus Comics last Thursday, a couple of days before the launch. Look at how our kitty was excited to read it as well! You can see the synopsis here, but I’d also like to share with you a few in-the-making notes. (He also wrote about this at length in the afterword.)
Arnold wrote Halina way back in 2002 when we weren’t even married yet. It’s first incarnation was of a simple love story with a bit of social commentary here and there but he decided not to release it because he didn’t want to follow up his previous novel “After Eden” with another romance book. He ended up releasing the Pinoy fantasy and action-filled “Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat” instead. Thus the Halina pages were kept in storage for many years.
Sometime in Jan or Feb of this year, we chanced upon the pages while organizing our files. We pored over them together and I asked him if maybe he give it another chance? At first, Arnold considered turning it into an animated short. We even talked to our favorite voice actors but somewhere along the way, Arn decided to re-write and re-draw some of the pages — actually most of them. He worked on the story for the next couple of months, and once it was done, he finally let me read it.
I liked it before, but I loved the new and improved “Halina Filipina” written and drawn by the 2015 Arnold even more. It’s not the same simple love story I read 13 years ago, it goes much deeper. Through the characters Halina and Cris and subtle details in the background scenery, Arnold inserts personal statements about social class differences, Philippine mainstream media’s stranglehold over the viewing masses, and other inevitable developing-nation issues (*cough* traffic *cough*). Of course not to be missed is the ultimate message about finding one’s identity through appreciating one’s roots, flaws and all. And when you read it again and again, the subtext becomes even more apparent. That’s how much thought Arnold weaves into his works — he truly makes them a complete reading experience. I won’t go all spoiler-y on you but my only wish is that you will love and appreciate the brains and heart he put into it as much as I do. 🙂
Meanwhile, below are some photos from the launch. Inquirer also wrote about it along with a short interview with Arnold here.
Thank you to everyone who joined us that day and endless thanks to Jamie & Iyay Bautista of Nautilus Comics for publishing and making it possible for all of you to read it. It’s not in bookstores yet (as of this writing) but you can order online through firstname.lastname@example.org .
And since I’m devoting this entire post to my husband, I might as well write a bit about “The Mythology Class” movie project with the hugely successful director & producer tandem of Jerrold Tarog and Artikulo Uno. Not to preempt anything but since Mr. Ed Rocha already gave a statement that they’re developing an adaptation of Arnold’s graphic novel, and more recently Jerrold gave this slightly more detailed interview about the project, then I suppose I can tell you that yes Arnold had a couple of meetings with the producers early this year, and we are both thrilled that Jerrold — whose work Arnold has always admired and raved about for years (go ask our friends!) — way before he even started making “Heneral Luna,” — is on top of this project. However it’s still very early to say anything more so for now, let’s just cross our fingers that things will go well. If you haven’t read the book yet, please do check it out. (It’s in bookstores but you can also order “The Mythology Class” online via email@example.com ) . 🙂
Also thought you might be interested in watching Arnold’s talk at TEDxDiliman in October of this year. 🙂
From TEDxDiliman: In this talk, Arnold Arre shares his personal journey to develop his art, and reveals how comic books can both reflect and serve as a tool to promote Philippine culture.
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 ]