Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Quarterly Bathroom Companion Comics Compendium

This the first two pages of the short story that I submitted for QBCCC called "Tanawin ni Aida" (Aida's Landscapes).  QBCCC is an independently published anthology of comic book creators and artists in the Philippines.  I just saw the first two issues and I was blown away by so many talents.

You can learn more about QBCCC here:

Thank you to D.J. Legaspi and Josel Nicolas for the invitation.

Friday, November 30, 2012

An Early Christmas Present

I was totally surprised today when the mailman knocked on our door and handed me a heavy package, opened it, and there it was.  The Francisco V. Coching book. I just received an early Christmas present today.  Rather one of the best Christmas gifts I've received since getting a box of crayola with a crayon sharpener inside my green cub scout socks when I was in preschool.  I love this book. I've been drooling to have a copy of this for 3 years. 3 Christmas eves it was on my wish list. Now... it's in front of me. Wet with holiday tears.

Thank you so much to my lovely friend, April, and to my wife, Arceli.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mom!

A gift for my mother on her birthday.  The original black and white photo that she gave me was taken when she was in college.  We Love you, Mom! Hope you like it.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery (2012 Group Show)

"Late Night Ballet" will be displayed at the Bear and Bird's upcoming South Florida group show.  This piece was suppose to be exhibited there 2 years ago but for some reason I changed my mind. So if you're in town you might want to visit the gallery between October 5 (which is the opening night) and November 17.  

The Bear and Bird Gallery is inside/upstairs the Tate's Comics + Toys.
Here's a link to the flyer:

Late Night Ballet • 11.75" X 5", Watercolor

Friday, September 7, 2012

On the Spot Sketching

Tambay - a term in the Philippines that connotes "people who hangout in a regular spot or place." The word originated from the English word " stand by" to local tongue "estambay" to the now tagalog slang "tambay".

Learn more about Visualize, Realize a New Philippines HERE.
Learn more about Upper Room Gallery HERE.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Peculiar Events on the Streets of Melag

An imaginary city, "Melag" is a word derived from my provincial language, Pangasinan, in the Philippines, meaning short/small.

More scenes from Melag here:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Oil Painting
"Sampayan" (Clothesline) a sketch for an oil painting.

I haven't touch my oil tubes for years since my daughter was born.  So that's 7 years of not doing an oil-painting, though I was happy doing watercolors and acrylics, I just missed doing oil.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Stringbeans - Comic Strip

Stringbeans is a comic strip that I created in 2008. It's a about the life and surroundings of an unemployed introverted ventriloquist who couldn't get a single gig because of timidness and enochlophobia and his coconuthead dummy who just wouldn't stop talking.

I forgot all about this project until I saw this drawing in an old box while cleaning my studio. I've already penciled 50 or so strips and were ready to be inked. I'm not sure why I did not continue this strip. All I know is I accidentally ripped this while I was putting it in a box before we moved to a new place.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Birthday Gift

Just received the finest gift on my birthday from my loving wife. A Namiki Falcon fountain pen.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Dance - A Father's Day Short

Father's day is on June 17, 2012.  I am posting this piece I made earlier than it should have been. So here it is.  You may view it at Fables in Melag. Just click on the image below and it will lead you to Melag.  It is also available to download as a Free HiRes PDF file.

Friday, June 1, 2012

A Short Story for Father's Day

Illustrating a short story I made for Father's Day 2012. Will be available free to read at

Saturday, May 12, 2012

When I was a Bata: A Mother's Day Gift

 I needed to give my wife and my mom a gift on Mother's Day. I usually picked wild daisies for my mom on such occasion but I am far away from her.

I was driving with my family along the highway when I thought of the idea for "When I was a Bata".  I actually missed our exit - I think it was around after 3 exits more when my wife said we just passed it.

There's not much to explain about this short except I finished it in 4 days.  It would have been faster if it weren't intended as a surprise gift like "The Help for Waltz".  It's a pain to finish it earlier while keeping it a secret when the person I wanted to surprise is just a step away from my studio.  She probably saw all the scattered pieces of construction papers, some shaped like a girl with a ponytail, all over my studio.

The first thing that I worked on with this one was Oneng's voice (my daughter). She just read the script and with just 2 takes she was finish.

After her voice, I went to the piano and played around with the music for the film.  I have always been a fan of classical music and I am fascinated with the whimsicality of waltz.  When I found my right triple meter, I then recorded it and prepared for shooting miniature human papers.

Once in a while Oneng would drop by my studio and peeked at how I shoot the cut outs.  I am always happy when I see her eyes lit with exitement.  On the farting dad part, you can actually see her on the background playing with Theo, our dog, on the rocking chair next to the library.



Friday, March 30, 2012

Illustration Friday: Return + Picture Book

It's Friday. I was planning to post this page from my project and then I came across Illustration Friday's Theme. I might as well post it there, too.

Pen and Ink, 14" x 17"

Detail 1

Detail 1

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Fable

Please click on image for the whole story at Fables in Melag