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Filed 2016 Planner + Flutterby Coloring Book Instagram Giveaway

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. ūüôā

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

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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.¬† ūüôā

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. ūüôā

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. ūüôā 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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Tokyo Design Festa November 2014 + Rubber Stamp Carving WIP

What I’m working on right now…

rubber stamp carving progress

…¬†is a continuation of the update¬†I posted on Instagram last night.1¬†I made these jeepney, tricycle, and pedicab doodles¬†2 ¬†a week ago and thought of printing them on the Gocco… until I realized that I didn’t have enough screens.*headdesk* ¬†But as explained in the previous post, this is what led to my interest in rubberstamping in the first place which just proves that necessity is the mother of¬†inven¬†innovation (and crazy new obssessions).


On the home front, Arn is happy that I’m spending evenings being artistic —¬†not just vegging out in front of the TV watching J-dramas (Teehee. Now you know. ) So now I’m either carving or doodling while¬†my iTunes blasts out J-pop. Same difference. ūüôā I’ve actually been semi-passively studying Nihongo¬†since 2011¬†but I’ll reserve that story for another time…

Before I went off-tangent, I was gonna say that Arn and I have been talking about what sparked this sudden desire to create with my hands.After some thought, I had the answer: Design Festa!!!

This cheezy photo below was taken at the Design Festa Gallery in Harajuku, Tokyo in 2006. (Whattapose *cringe*)

(More photos — and cheezy poses — in my¬†old Flickr gallery)

That was the first time I heard of it. Since then I’ve been wanting¬†to attend the actual festival¬†but our¬†timing was always off. When we planned our trip for this year, I made sure to check the schedule. They usually hold it in May and November. We chose to go in the fall because Tokyo¬†would be just as hot¬†as Manila if we went in the summer.

So here I am all giddy, holding our pre-bought tickets which we purchased at the HQ in Harajuku (the same place in the 2006 photo I posted above). We actually arrived at Tokyo Big Sight 30 minutes before it opened.

design festa 2014

This is not even half of the crowd that was there bright and early. See how behaved and properly-queued up everyone was though.

Design Festa 2014

Inside, the place was bursting with kawaii, I didn’t know where to start!

Design Festa 2014

I went bananas over all the cute stuff and even had photos taken with the very friendly and talented artists who were only too happy to indulge our whims.

Design Festa 2014

Design Festa 2014

Arnold, meanwhile, enjoyed taking photos and videos of the kids who were painting on the scene.

Design Festa 2014

Design Festa 2014

Design Festa 2014

We originally planned to stay until around 4pm so that we could go somewhere else afterwards but we ended up¬†leaving at 8pm,¬†closing time, because there was so much to feast our senses on. Indie bands¬†were playing outside. Strange short films were showing upstairs. A diverse selection of food carts dotted the place.¬†At the end of the day my tote¬†was filled with¬†handmade puraban brooches, plushies and some stationery. Arn bought several art¬†cards and ¬†indie comics. Ironically, I didn’t notice any keshigomu hanko (hand-carved erasers) although I’m positive there was a whole section devoted to it…

There are more photos in this Google album.


Hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully I’ll have finished prints to show¬†in my next post!¬†ūüôā

  1. Please pardon the dirty¬†cutting mat… I’ll clean it this weekend![ back]
  2. The jeepney was especially tedious to carve because of all the detail I put! Masochist much?[ back]
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I'm Cynthia Bauzon-Arre, a Filipino watercolor artist & graphic designer. I live in QC with my 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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