A Polaroid Series: My study on Monochrome Value
I started this collection to kind of join the bandwagon of Polaroid drawings from various talented artists while studying Hyperrealism. I hope this doesn’t trigger or encourage smokers because my primary intention was just to study and practice hyperrealism, and value. If any anything, I hope this encourages artists or artists-to-be to grab a pencil, create, practice, and hone their skills.
I have plenty more to learn and I honestly didn’t think I could ever do something this detailed, and I hope this does inspire others. Lastly, DON’T SMOKE! I don’t judge smokers— You do you, however, you need your lungs more than ever during this pandemic! Keep ‘em healthy!
PAINTED DREAM: How did Brush and Paints help me to discover the life I have now?
Every artist has their once upon a time story on how they became an artist. Some were born to hold a brush to paint, some just love to draw, and others.... well they've been to a lot of classes just to hone their skills before they could make their own masterpiece.
Well as for me, I started to discover this talent of mine when I was 8 y/o. My uncle taught me to trace a person's face on the newspaper by using a pencil and plain bond paper. I am the type of person who has this mantra in life which states "Practice makes Perfect" which in fact was very helpful. I used to draw only on the days where I feel blue, when there are a lot of thoughts juggling into my head, when I don't have someone to talk to about my problems. In short those two non living things (paper and pencil) became my source of calm.
My first two years of non stop drawing, (I actually filled some of my sketchbooks with sketches) made me realize that those sketches I made were a bit dull, It's like a thick cloud being filled with water in it yet still not ready to pour. That's when I noticed that I'm lacking for some shades of colors. They say "There's always a rainbow after the rain" but how am I able to produce sunshine or even rainbow out of my works knowing that the water is still stuck on that large cloud and not even ready to pour?. I started buying painting materials such as acrylic paints (with the shades of primary colors), paint brush, plain canvass and palette.
At first, I'm able to discover how to mix such colors to produce the secondary ones and when all the colors I needed to start my first masterpiece were present, I then start creating my first ever painting. As the year passes by, my collection of paintings are growing. I even decided to step in the business world and little by little I am able to introduce my works and started to earn from the artworks I sold and save especially now where savings is an important tool to survive. You see, it's quite a long ride before we could make or even finish a single masterpiece. It needs to be anchored with determination, passion and faith.
To those young ones who are still figuring out what they can and would want to do, here are some tips that could help you discover yours:
1. Take a risk. Find something that would make you feel that you would want to do this, whatever might happen, you're still going to pursue that thing, because it makes you happy.
2. Believe in yourself. On anything that we're up into, we need to trust ourselves. Of all the people around you, there will always be that someone who could help you to do incredible things, and that is yourself.
3. Art is a mess. We all know that nothing in this world is perfect until you believe that it is actually perfect. It always depend on someones perspective whether it's beautiful or not. Just like an art, you cannot tell whether it's perfectly made or it's lacking of something unless you figured out its own definition.
4. Timing. Of course, who would know when it's the right time to start anything? the answer is, if you feel it, do it.
5. Love. All of the things that we're doing has a mixture of love. A person who believes that they found love on something could produce the most perfect masterpiece. and that's all!
During this time where everyone is stuck at home, not everybody are allowed to go out and work, let's encourage each and everyone to find light amidst of the darkness we're into. Let us not only focus on the downside of this pandemic situation but also to seek for better ways how we could survive this situation and improve ourselves little by little.
Origin, 2020 Danielle Flestado @artdkf.ph | Digital on Paper
"I wanted to remind myself who I am as a Filipino artist. I wish to be known, but I should not do it by following what other artists are doing. I have to stick to the reason why I started making art, that is, to share my story with others. I must always be true to myself and to other people."
"Strive for continuous improvement instead of perfection." --Kim Collins
I would like to share another gouache painting that I made. I recreated the landscape from Jess Chung's gouache tutorial on Youtube. It's not an exact copy but it still looked nice. I have learned a lot by watching her tutorials so I also recommend that you watch her videos if you're into gouache painting. A simple advice to my fellow beginners out there: it doesn't matter if you can't paint an exact copy of your reference, just keep on practicing because what matters most is that you keep improving everyday, even if you don't see it often.
~ MIYA Gouache Paint
~ Canson Watercolour Pad
Nemophilist (n.) - One who is fond of forests or forest scenery
I'm planning on making a series of gouache paintings before going back to stippling artworks. This artwork was my first gouache painting back in June.
Materials used: ~ MIYA Gouache Paint ~ Canson Watercolour Pad
After doing a couple of self-portraits while being quarantined, I finally decided to TRY SHOOTING ONLINE (thru Zoom)!!! Thank you to Maho Sato, my friend from Japan for allowing me to try my first ever online photoshoot! It was good to see her again (even though its virtual). I also added some throwback videos and photos from our shoots last year in Japan. Hope you enjoy the video and tell me what you think about the photos. Follow us in instagram! Maho Sato: @maho_makeup_japan My personal account: @justinejoycedabalos Photography account: @justinejoycephotography
Pressure Danielle Flestado @artdkf.ph | June 16, 2020
"I have been pressuring myself to create something these past few days, but I was really not inspired to do it and it was frustrating. I was annoyed because I can do almost one artwork per day before during the last two months and I'm struggling to produce something for this month. Finally, after four days, I had the urge to make, not just one, but three artworks. From this experience, I learned to be patient with myself and constantly try to find inspiration even if I'm just inside our home."
Hello Candy Mag! I saw this trend and I tried it. Fan ako ng Candy mag actually I'm one of those top fans sa page niyo your content inspires me alot in my daily life. I use your logo to support local magazines, yung mga nakasulat po it's all my experience. And hoping my crush would notice me na if ever ma post ito sa candy bulletin hahaha. Thanks po sa opportunity Candy you're my daily journal. Natulungan niyo po ako ma overcome ang anxieties ko. Love you Candy mag Yours truly A candy cover girl wanna be????
I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!
First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.