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The evolution of my drawing style

First of all, happy new year! I hope your 2015 is off to a great start, yes? As for mine, well I post on Instagram almost everyday so you can have a look-see there if you’d like to know what I’ve been doing since I last wrote.  🙂

I’ve also been working on client-commissioned cartoon portraits for my wedding site over the holidays but I haven’t had the chance to post any of the newer stuff yet. In the meantime you can see what I’ve already done here.

While I’m waiting for a new batch of rubber carving blocks to arrive, I’ve been practicing figure drawing with colored pencils. I confess that I have a hard time drawing males –they always end up looking girly1. Witness Exhibit A.

I made this sketch today, an homage to the Japanese movie “Hidamari no Kanojo” which stars my favorite Juri Ueno (awesome actress) and delicate-faced Jun Matsumoto2. I’m a sucker for chick flicks, even at my age *blush*, and this warm & fuzzy scene at the train station was one of my favorites in the film. Can’t say I liked the ending though, but that’s another story. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a link to the trailer. While working on this drawing, I thought of looking for old artworks I made back in college just to see how much my style has evolved. Thankfully, I remembered that they were in my old online portfolio which means I didn’t have to look too far. 🙂

cynthia arre old illustration

 “Fence” (1990) — Seeing this again today, I can now say that I was a bonafide mushball *bow* — I blame the many Sweet Dreams books I read as a teen. On another note, I’m amazed that I was able to draw the girl’s expression so well! I was 18 when I drew this and I haven’t experienced real love yet #chos. Kilig moments? Probably. I clearly remember making sure that the chain holding the gate together forms a heart, haha. I’ll try scanning the painting again so you can see it in detail.

“Pool Hall” (1991) – See, even with this painting there’s romance brewing between characters. In my teen-aged mind, the girl on the right and the tall guy in red are dating… but his friend, the guy in green likes the girl and she seems to like him back. Tall trophy boyfriend, meanwhile, is oblivious to the sparks between the two and is only concerned about maintaining his billiards champion title. The two guys on the left… well they’re the only ones without love problems tee hee. 🙂 Again, I’m amazed that I was able to tell a story through one painting. Also, I have no patience to paint in watercolor with that kind of attention to detail anymore. Maybe I should title this post “DEvolution of my drawing style” instead, lol.

cynthia bauzon arre illustration

“Hitching a Ride on Santa’s Sleigh” (1996) — And then came the E-heads’ “Fruitcake” book project while I was in the middle of an advertising career. From this point on, it seems I started drawing people in a more cartoony fashion. I also don’t recall why I chose to do these illustrations in black and white. Printing cost concerns, most likely.

Artworks for my old online store “The Paper Basket” (2008) – Looking at this again now, I know I could’ve done this series so much better. I think my freehand drawing downfall started after I got dependent on the computer from 1993 onwards. I would still draw outlines by hand but coloring by computer was so much quicker. That, and I think I lost confidence in my illustrating self after being on the computer for so long…

Artwork for an auction (2009) – I was challenged to explore painting and drawing by hand again when I started getting invited to participate in exhibits and auctions. It was refreshing to actually dab paints to paper and “touch” my drawings after just seeing them on the screen.

“Dreamtangle” (2010) – By this time I was already comfortable drawing and doodling again. Sometimes I would combine hand-drawn inks with digital paint, but now after much trial and error I’ve learned to just leave the pen and ink art alone as they are. K.I.S.S. and all that. The bare-bones black and white version of this drawing is on RedBubble.

Just to cap off this post, let me show you another colored pencil practice sketch. This is from the other day.


After seeing all my old stuff, I’m glad that the attention to detail (folds in the clothes, etc) that was present before is back. However there’s still much to learn and new techniques to experiment with so we shouldn’t stop evolving. As Arnold keeps telling me, “gawa lang ng gawa” — and he has every right to dish out that advice as you can see on his site how much his art has evolved and developed through the years. Laterz!

  1. have you seen my artworks for “Ang Nawawalang Soundtrack“? Enough said. [ back]
  2. no he’s not my favorite Arashi, Nino is. [ back]
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I don’t have a reason, but I live like I do

In an alternate reality, the Eraserheads actually released an 8th final full-length album titled Waltz This Knee containing 8 new tracks by the Philippines’ fab four. This is the album’s wraparound sleeve that I designed:
Waltz This Knee by the Eraserheads art by Cynthia Bauzon-Arre


In this reality however, the revolutionary team of Uno Magazine invited me to illustrate a piece written by rock music journalist Aldus Santos about an imagined final Eraserheads album for their special April 2010 (Fiction) issue. Here’s an excerpt:

“In February of this year, I got an unmarked brown envelope that bore the label “Hubad sa Kalsada [Mix-Down 001/2007].” Inside was a CDR. Playing it back, it revealed a bare, guitar-and-voice recording bearing that unmistakable falsetto (with the voice double-tracked, and with a bit of slap-back echo, a la Spector’s Lennon recordings, as in “Instant Karma”). It sounded sort of gothic folk, but sang in falsetto. This was most unusual. Insanely enough, I sometimes get unsolicited demos over e-mail from indie bands who ask for professional advice — to which I invariably say, “I’ll be as much help to you as a sack of hammers; see if there is a listing under ‘Rico Blanco’ in the white pages” — but this can’t be one of those demos. More to the fact, it is unmarked. I personally brought this up with suspect number one, Ely Buendia, but he unnaturally shifted gears, “You know what we don’t hear a lot? Good whistlers.” Such a strange, eyeliner-wearing man.”

Read the rest of the story in Uno Mag’s April 2010 issue. It’s on a limited run and is only available until May 5, 2010 so hurry and get your copy now! Learn more about this special issue on the Uno Magazine website.

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There are plenty of projects afoot but since I’m not allowed to say anything about them yet, I will just leave you with some new illustrations I made over the past few weeks for no particular reason. If I make more and have them printed as postcards, will anyone buy them? Let me know what you think. 🙂

art by Cynthia Bauzon Arre
1. Dreamtangle 1, 2. Dreamtangle 2, 3. Pigtails, 4. Sleeping Kitty

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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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