A Letter About Following a Creative Path From Googly Gooeys' Tippy Go
Tippy Go is one of the artists behind the design and humor blog, Googly Gooeys. She is a new mom to a baby boy named Riley, who is her source of inspiration for writing her piece for Summit Books' Letters to my Children. The book is a collection of letters written by 34 different personalities like Lea Salonga, Gary Valenciano, Jesse Robredo, Lance Gokongwei, and many others. Here, she shares a heartfelt message to her son about following a creative path and it's something we can all learn from. Below is her letter accompanied by drawings she made with love.
You always see Mommy drawing, painting, blogging, and taking photos every single day. I often wonder what goes on inside your mond as you witness me work.
I always tell people that I'm not sure if you'd also like to pursue a creative life. But, whatever the future may bring, I'd like to leave you with some lessons that I love sharing with my watercolor workshop students. The statements may be confined to a single field but the realizations tend to apply to life in general.
- Pencils and Erasers
I've always been an advocate of "Get it right the first time." In doing so, I would always draw with markers instead of pencils. Because of this, my drawings din not evolve as much as they did when I started doing drafts and sketches. With the help of the eraser, I finally learned how to forgive myself.
You will not be able to erase mistakes in real life. The only way for you to grow is to accept the fact that, just as with any form of art, you are perfectly imperfect and you are a work in progress.
A lot of people get frustrated when they can't control the medium. As with so many things in life, there will be factors and events that will be beyond your control. When this happens, learn how to work your way around the medium and be creative enough to come up with a solution.
- Finding Yourself and Your Style
We live and thrive in a society. Inevitably, there will always be a pressure to conform. It's not the easiest thing to believe in your own inner voice and vision. When you put yourself or your work out there, there's a feeling that you're baring your soul. It can be a scary thing most of the time. However, remeber that each one of us was built differently. We have our own preferences in terms of palette, strokes, materials, workflow, etc. This in itself already makes us unique. By staying true to ourselves, life will be less about reacting defensively to our environment but more about creating and reimagining the possibilities it can offer.
I'm not sure if you'd like to follow in my footsteps. Well, of course I'm looking forward to the day when we can paint and draw together, or doodle on glass windows. However, I must say, I'm just really hoping that someday, you can pursue your passions, too. Also, when the time comes, I'm hoping I will have enough energy and resources to help you along the way.
Mommy Tippy <3
P.S. I want you to become a racer. —Daddy Pong
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????