When Clarence met Clarence

I used to hate it  when I met someone who has the same spelling of my name. I didn’t show how much I dislike it  but there are always and always these times that I became close with them.

My name is supposed to be Trixy or Trixie or whatever the spelling is as long as it sounds like Pixie. However, I really thank the author who made the science book that my mom read when she was carrying me in her womb. She read it and saw the name Clarence.

I like it. It doesn’t sound feminine and masculine for me. And with so much curiosity, I googled it and basically looked for a scientist named Clarence. I found one on Wikipedia. He is Clarence Ellis, a computer scientist. I don’t think he is the same scientist as who my mom saw because his face is kinda modern and of course he is a computer scientist and computer is an advance device, so maybe he is not the one. However, while I was writing this – on the other hand, I was searching for other old scientist. There I found an old portrait of a medical scientist named Clarence John Blake. It’s pretty cool that I hardly find information about him.

Just like him, living with this name is bit hard ’cause I can’t find any personalize item with my name on it though it’s no big deal. I think it is a relief for me when I find someone who has the name as mine.

Answered prayer but I didn’t pray for it. Continue reading “When Clarence met Clarence”

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Visiting the National Museum for FREE!

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Hello there!

It is a great opportunity for me (and for my mom) to visit the National Museum. I always want to see what’s inside this building. My curiosity always activates whenever I pass by at this building when I go to the mall. But I guess, this is a perfect month for me to have a tour in this museum – for FREEEEE!

Why is it free? Are you sure? How? Continue reading “Visiting the National Museum for FREE!”

New Year: St•art x Graphika Manila

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It has been a while. New year is a new life and I started making my new year’s resolution. It’s really funny that I decided to start eating healthy foods. I’ll eat less junk food or fast food but rather eat healthy food or I can say home made food.

I even wanted to improve my creativity. Since I do lettering, I try to improve my style and learn more techniques.

Bo’s Coffee St•art Journal

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Red notebook and pens are not included in the journal

The owner of the coffee shop wants to enhance people’s creativity so he made this creative journal. It has lots of activities inside which challenge one’s creativity.

I like this journal because it has great information inside which helps you understand and learn more about art – painting, lettering, photography, and name few.

Graphika Manila

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Graphika Manila 2016 Ticket

The highlight of my year so far.

How great it is that Graphika Manila starts the year with a great event. They had held an event last January 30-31 with awesome speakers starting from Valerie Chua, Velvet Spectrum, Si Scott, Tosh Kadama of Imaginary Forces, Vault 49, and Timothy Goodman on the first day. Then, Patrick Cabral, Matthew Encina of Blind, Gemma O’Brien, Benjamin Su of Pixar, Sigmon Legno Tokidoki and Harvey Tolibao on the second day of the event.

The speakers’ portfolios are really good. They all have different styles of designing; their way speaking are funny as well.

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Meet and greet after the event

For those who haven’t gone to the event, here are some points that I had from some speakers:

  • It all starts with “I don’t know” – you might not know your career but if you focus on one thing, you’ll know your path. Your passion will lead you.
  • Put stories on your work – as an artists, it is relevant if there are stories behind your artwork. Make it a meaningful artwork.
  • Reflect. Find your inspiration – most artists on the event reflects with nature. It makes them relax and think of better ideas. Also, they always put their families on their work.
  • Take a risk and get ready for the heartbreak – being an artist doesn’t always mean that you make designs on an instant. Ideas are hard to attain. You make great works but it’s not accepted at some time. These factors leads you growing so don’t stop trying. Artist become great by not giving up.
  • Make your designs authentic – references are not bad but it is better if you learn to have your own style. You can practice using some references but don’t own that work. Make your artworks be you. Lastly,
  • Stay healthy – designing is fun. You are so passionate with what you do that makes you stay awake until dawn but don’t forget your health. Learn to eat good food or exercise or have enough sleep.
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The event was an awakening for the sleeping artist. It was even a great opportunity to improve one’s artistic side.

It was my first time attending Graphika Manila event and I guess I’ll be attending again.

How about you? What is the highlight of your year so far? Let me know. I’ll try to try it too.

 

The ABCs of Hand Lettering Review

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This is the first art book that I have. I am happy to see things inside and learn. Since I have a background in lettering – it was the first thing I learned by the way,  I am excited to improve it.

CHAPTER 1: Getting Started

Abby Sy, a letterer, discussed the difference between lettering and typography. In this part, I learned that I am a typographer. Now I have something to designate myself.

CHAPTER 2: Fonts

Making fonts is really exciting. There are four font styles given which I can make different typefaces from it.

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In typography, I often use these styles – Serif and Sans Serif. In lettering, these two are the easiest because we usually use these on our own handwriting.

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Cursive lettering is easy too – IF I do it using pens; since I haven’t used a brush before, writing is bit hard. That’s why constant practice is a must. Practice makes permanent, as Abby Sy said.

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Decorative style needs effort but it is worth the effort. For me, though my lettering is not that good but if I use colors, it is satisfying.

CHAPTER 3: The Process

In this chapter, I just realize all the terms that I’m doing in typography. In lettering, it is important too. Embellishing, the processes of adding elements (e.g. shadows, borders, so on) to make the lettering more lively and detailed, was the one I always do.

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CHAPTER 4: Featured Artists

I have seen some of the designs given on the book in the actual – especially the “Bawal Umihi Dito” wall art and Googly Eyes’ designs. I got excited and inspired that people who made those outputs exist. I guess I’ll be more happier if I meet them.

CHAPTER 5: Show your work

I was really inspired to improve and continue what was given to me and what I started. Before, I was just happy to make my designs being seen by other people in my church (MG, I’m crying. Birdy’s song is so emotional.) Now, I am more excited and sleepless. I want to make more designs until I become a local artist. I have found my dream. Eureka!

-CL


P.S. You can buy this book in National Bookstore.

My Recovery Food

Dessert is what most people eat whenever they feel the negative emotion. Google call it emotional eating. People tend to eat and fill their emotion, not the stomach.

I don’t always eat sweet foods because I don’t have a sweet tooth. However, this year had made me so emotional. Guess what, there’s something great happen on the last week of 2014 – my grandma had just died. Happy new year!

Of course, there was the process of grieving. That was the time I discovered Theo and Philo chocolate bars in the refrigerator.

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My favorite flavors of Theo and Philo Chocolates
  • Type: Dark Chocolate
  • Flavor: Green Mango with Sea Salt and Siling Labuyo (Chili)
  • Taste: Green Mango with Sea Salt is salty. Instead of plum, there are chewy mango bits inside. Siling Labuyo is simply spicy after taste. There are other flavors, but I love dark chocolate. Check here.
  • Place to buy: Any branches of Bo’s Coffee. I guess there are other stores selling these. I don’t know. I mostly see it at Bo’s.
  • Price: 110 Pesos

 

Then, at the third quarter of the year. I am still emotional because of my work as a Korean tutor. You call it stress. Good thing, someone gave me an ice cream. By the way, I don’t eat ice cream because I easily get tonsillitis but this one is delicious.

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Binggrae Samanco Ice Cream
  • Type: Wafer Ice cream
  • Flavor: Red bean. Other flavors are chocolate, strawberry.
  • Taste: Not that sweet because all the taste are balance – the wafer, bean, and vanilla ice cream. Based on my experience, I am obsessed. I want to eat again after I finished the first.
  • Place to buy: I buy it in a Korean academy. Other places are Korean store, Metro Supermarket Taguig along the aisle with international products, supermarkets.
  • Price: 35 pesos

Eating these foods are effective. It seriously uplifts my mood. I guess people have different ways to de-stress their selves. Anyway, these are my recovery food. These are delicious and mood changer but I don’t eat too much to prevent the bad effects in my body.

CALLIGRAPHY BREAKS MY CULTURE

Fact 1:
I don’t like calligraphy though I love typography. Sounds contrasting but script is really not my type of font style.

FACT 2:
I write letters on board for announcement, paper when I’m bored, or certificate for names but I rarely do it. I mostly do typography on digital.

FACT 3:
I love making typos on digital because the fonts are very convinient. I will just download fonts and my designs are clean and balance.
However, things had changed when I joined a workshop. I saw the advertisement and wanting to learn the brush lettering. I was so curious on how to use brushes on the actual. Calligraphy was included but I didn’t mind it. I just focused on the brush lettering. Haha! How bad was I to ignore calligraphy.

FACT 4:
I don’t follow trends. Calligraphy is on trend so I don’t do it.

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When the workshop started, I got fascinated with the materials. I looked into the manual and understood more about fonts and materials.IMG_20151114_151936

Things got started and I just realized how things work especially the nib pen. Before, I was so curious how the ink goes out from the nib. When I tried pressing it and started writing letters, I was like WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF CALLIGRAPHY CLARENCE!

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I used the brush pen on these letters. It was kinda hard to press the pen so Ms. Jiah showed us how to do it in a right way.

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These are my final output. I used watercolor on the black paper. I really don’t know how to use watercolor. *Cry*

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Brush pen typography

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Digital typography was my thing since high school. I wanted to learn using brushes but I don’t have any ideas and money. I don’t even know how to use colors – that’s why I prefer digital. Now, I am happy that I learned new things. I just realized that it’s good to be passionate but passion stays unless you improve it. Take a step. Break your culture. You’ll discover more and you’ll love more what you love.

Practice makes perfect they say. These are my designs a week after the workshop. I can say that I love calligraphy now. The strokes are relaxing.

 

A hello from the outer space,

Clarence

P.S.

Check Works of Heart PH for more workshops. You can even follow letterers on Instagram. I mostly check Abby Sy’s IG and blog.

When I do things I don’t really do

My head’s like heaven, like a cloud, like a fog
Many blurred things to see from the future, present, and past
From every corner of my circle, there it is. Aha!
Like a virus, entering the one that pumps the blood

And again, another perspective began
Saying no from yes, then again it is yes
Do you see how unfathomable it is?
Than even I, nor science cannot explain

In my eyes I see how it electrified me
The sparks that starts, is it from you or from the above?
I am afraid I might burn from the spark that starts
Now my blood boils. The emotion make it stop!

Please make it stop, I might fall. I am scared again.
I do things I don’t really do begin.
Oh heaven help me! Are you there? Listen?
Or is it his heaven and my heaven that made me fall in love again?

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My inspirational song in making this not so good prose