Pancakes and Pin-ups.

“Why didn’t I think of that?” idea of the week – scented jewelry mini-dessert charms from Pancake Meow1.

Pancake Meow
They don’t only look astonishingly real, they smell real too2. The scent menu reads so yummy you might run the risk of popping your mini-cupcake necklace charm into your mouth 🙂

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Pin-up Girls
The new album by The Pin-up Girls All Seats are Taken is out! My Arn‘s art graces the cover and the design duties were as usual, handled by yours truly. A free pin-up comes with the album too. Hope you can check it out. Incidentally, they’re the opening act for ex-Fra Lippo Lippi guy Per Oystein Sorensen’s upcoming concert in Manila – coolness huh?

The Pin-up Girls is composed of Mondo Castro, Jeng Tan-Mata3, Mitch Singson4 and Ryan Natchuira and the album is released here, in Japan and in Europe by Sutton Records.

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Visit, visit! Cool new sites of old friends:

?¢‚Ǩ¬¢ Neva Talladen: Nev is a very, very good writer. Everyone’s been egging her to join the Palancas for sometime now, not that her talent needs validation. Visit her site and see what magic she can do with words.5
?¢‚Ǩ¬¢ John Lacson: Pao is a bright young entrepreneur, web designer, and car enthusiast. He’s also the person to ask about anything gadget-related — hehe I know I’m guilty of that.6

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I know I’ve been plugging about anything and everything non-stop but it would be great for all of us to support local talent, right? 🙂 On that note, please don’t forget to check out my hubby’s book Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat, still available at your favorite bookstores.

  1. how cute is that brand name?[ back]
  2. of course I can only imagine how good they must smell from here on the other side of the world wide web[ back]
  3. Just a bit of trivia: ten years ago, Arn illustrated for the album of Jeng’s former band Keltscross called “Revenge of the Fishlips“. In fact I had that album even before I met him! Art-wise, he’s gone a long way since then … see for yourself.[ back]
  4. Oh, back in 2000, we also designed the cd for Mitch’s other band, guess na lang which one (he has three).[ back]
  5. Also the longtime sweetie of our friend Monra[ back]
  6. He’s also Tippi‘s baby brother![ back]
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Find the outline, things will tell you their name.

Finally I can show you some stuff my Arn has been working on these past few weeks.

SonyBMG 2-in-1 Series

These four albums from SonyBMG are just the first batch of a series of 2-in-1 cds that feature the music of 90s bands like Yano, Sugar Hiccup, Sandwich and Color it Red. Don’t mistake them for greatest hits collections though – they’re actually a repackaging of two original albums per artist1 that came out in the last decade. So buying one cd will actually give you two albums for the price of one2, neat-o!

When we first learned that it was gonna be a series, we decided to lay it out similarly to the Eraserheads Anthology album so that they can be sold all together as a box set in the future. So now the challenge for Arn was how to make them all look similar yet different – like in Anthology, each illustration should also convey each band’s style and personality.

Arn did a pretty swell job, don’t you think? The illustrations are fab3 and he just kept amazing me everytime he whipped out a new drawing.

The cds go for P285 each, and please stay tuned because there are six more coming.

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As for me I’m still busy with the upcoming issues4 of WE but I’ll try to squeeze in a blog entry here and there as much as I can 😉

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Again, don’t forget to visit Blow-Up Babies at the Gateway Mall! And because we’re talking about 90s bands this week, here’s a bit of trivia:

Veda and Atari

These two pretty little girls are the daughters of two members of a now-defunct but still very popular 90s band5. Can you guess what band it is and which members they are?

Photos courtesy of Blow-up Babies!

  1. I had just told some friends that it seems so cosmic that Arn is doing the repackaging of some of the albums I originally designed – for instance, the 2-in-1 Sandwich album contains “Grip Stand Throw” and “4-Track Mind“, both of which I did the original inlays for.[ back]
  2. and buying 4 will get you 8![ back]
  3. I wish I could post larger images but piracy, music and design-wise, has become quite rampant lately.[ back]
  4. Yes, issues, in plural form, you read that right. Please wait and see.[ back]
  5. Super obvious clue: Their rockstar daddies are bandmates in “Cambio”[ 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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