Fully Booked

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A free range commission for Rose on Patreon! In general my commissions are fully booked. However Patreon folk get access to experimental commissions and they get first dibs on items for sale.

Right now I’m in London and have limited art materials with me.

Free range commissions is where a client gives me up to 3 key words, and I go for it. Rose’s key words were coyote, raven, and Dreamscape.

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- In the ten years since its inception, “World of Warcraft” has revolutionised the role-playing genre, creating the immense world of Azeroth and filling it with iconic characters and legendary weapons and environments.

- Featuring interviews with key developers and telling the complete story of the game’s evolution, this fully illustrated book vibrantly displays the renowned artwork at the heart of the franchise.

- Including never-before-seen art from the latest “World of Warcraft” expansion, “Warlords of Draenor”, “The Art of World of Warcraft” contains hundreds of drawings and pieces of concept art, forming the ultimate tribute to the epic gaming franchise. Order from Amazon today.

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May 2015 Book Photo Challenge

Day 17: Library/Book Store

Fully Booked Alabang Town Center | Philippines

This is the second largest bookstore in our country, next to their Bonifacio Global City branch. It has 4 towering floors that consists of a book café, a comic odyssey (complete with toys and other geeky merchandise), a stationary & craft area, and of course.. books.

This bookstore has become my favorite since it’s just 15 minutes drive away from our house. A far shorter distance from its main branch which is 2 hours away. Also, because it is well-updated on new releases.

It’s not actually allowed for customers to take photos inside the bookstore but since I am a regular there and I am familiar with almost all the book clerks, they gave me permission to take some shots.

That’s another thing I love about this bookshop.. their staff are very friendly, helpful, and accommodating.  

Anyway, these photos are my favorite part of the store:

  • Fully Booked building facade
  • Game of Thrones escalator mural
  • Young Adult and General Fiction section
  • Press Café
  • Comic Odyssey

Day: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16

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Bookish Spotlight: Book Cafés/Favorite Bookish Places in the Philippines

Cool Beans Café | Maginhawa Street, Quezon City 
Tweedle Book Café | Scout Gandia, Quezon City
AntiTeasis Books & Brews | Maginhawa Street, Quezon City
Press Café | Fully Booked, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City

Hello, this is The VJ Project.

This is the first journal I filled–it’s a TeNeues blanc livre with a magnetic clasp that I bought from Fully Booked in Gateway.  I bought it for P499 (around $10++) and because it happened to match the print on my bag that time :)) 

I’m fond of doing collage and pasting photographs on the pages that the magnetic clasp couldn’t hold in anymore. So I removed it and bound the journal with a white Nike rubber bracelet.

Hi guys! Today, I’ll be announcing the winners of free Manila International Book Fair tickets from Fully Booked! You may still tweet “#MIBF is nearing. Let’s hang out! @thebookmania @_FullyBooked” until 12nn (PST). Stay tuned!

In case you’ve missed, there’s another competition that I have been working on, and that’s from the Penguin Books in London! Grab the opportunity to win an advance copy of David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell! Joining in is easy! Just click here for the mechanics.

Again, thank you so much for participating in these mini competitions I have arranged. I’m truly humbled with the results! These are the ways on how to thank you all! 

Always,

Archie

Auto Focus

I have more illustration and graphic design artbooks than photography ones, which seems rather strange because I’m a photographer by profession. I’m going to try to buy more photography books now since I used to have a bad habit of quickly browsing through them for free, knowing I could find the content online. This one was something I got from Fully Booked a month ago (and being occasionally superficial, I was swayed by the prettiness that is the cover), and it’s aptly entitled Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography. I say aptly since I’ve been taking a lot of my own photos for this blog, as seen in my personal style and beauty entries. I have yet to take better photos of myself as most of the ones I take are for this blog, but I’ve always been meaning to find time to work on something that’s a lot less commercial-looking.

Self-portraiture is something that’s definitely underestimated, especially since the rise of social networking sites that made profile pictures necessities. Anyone can just take photos of himself or herself smiling from a high angle at any location, and you can call it a self-portrait. Or is it really *that* easy to take one? Well, Auto Focus definitely won’t show you any Myspace-angle photography.

This book is so fascinating because it features photographs of different artists from all over the globe, and they each have stories to tell about their work. They take pictures of themselves for different reasons - as an act of rebellion against society, as merely a documentation of a part of their lives, as a way to present himself or herself as someone or something else, and as a way to convey a message to a certain community, among others. Absolutely not the kind of stuff you’d take in your room with your webcam.

There were some notable Asian photographers who caught my attention, besides Kimiko Yoshida, whose work I was already familiar with.  I especially loved My Little Dead Dick because it’s a Chinese couple’s collaboration in the form of a photo diary, and I’m a sucker for cheesy things like that. They also took the photo on the cover of the book.

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April Book Haul aka Another-Failed-Book-Buying-Ban Edition

Oh yes. I did fail again. I told myself nott to buy any books until September so that I can save up for the Manila International Book Fair that will be held that month. Anyway.. surprise surprise!! I broke my ban.

So.. little story: When I got inside the bookstore, I took my usual stroll towards the Young Adult section. Again, I saw Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn, the 2nd and 3rd book in the Lumatre Chronicles series. 

You guys have to know that I’ve been seeing these books on the same shelf at this very same bookstore every single time. All the time, I would as a book clerk for the first book, Finnikin of the Rock. Every time, I would get the same reply: “I’m sorry the book is not available in all of our branches.”

But.. not tonight, I finally got a different reply. This book clerk told me to wait while he checks their database. And then he told me that they don’t have the book. So, since this is always happening to me, I moved on to look for another book. After merely a couple of minutes, someone tapped my shoulder. It was the book clerk holding up.. guess what?? FREAKING FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK!!! And all I can say was.. “HOW?”

And then the book clerk smiled. He then told me that he was fairly sure he saw the book somewhere in the bookstore this week. He tried to remember where and he searched for it! I was so freaking happy! I thanked him so much that even as I was going out of the bookstore, I was still muttering ‘thanks’ to him.

Yep. I was indeed a very lucky bookworm today.

As for the other books, well these are some of the books I wanted to buy for so long. And yes, I bought The Little Prince because when I decided to reread it, I found that i was missing from my shelf and I don’t know where my copy was.

And to prove just how happy I was about getting one of the books in my haul, take a look at this snapshot:

Art Supplies Haul + Drawing Process + Tria Markers Review

So I just used up all of my money to buy these awesome art supplies /exaggerating again/ but seriously, they were quite expensive.

First up is a pink notebook with blank sheets~ perfect size to bring along anywhere :) It cost me P495. I use this for artwork drafts, random ideas, notes, and other stuff. Quite useful if you ask me.

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I had dinner with the super talented and awesome Val Chua last night for a business meeting (More about that later but watch out for it!!!). She showed me her Tria marker which I’ve been seeing in Fully Booked for quite some time now. Never really bothered to check it out since they came in set boxes in Eastwood branch. Also, I thought they were just similar to the Letraset Markers (Check out my entry regarding this marker). 

I totally spazzed when I saw the nib! It’s similar to Copic markers brush tip nibs! The other side was a flat angled nib which I don’t really find useful. Being the impulsive buyer that I am, I grabbed a few (okay, 20 pieces) of these Tria markers a while ago. There were so many colors to choose from I stayed for an hour just picking out which ones to buy first.

Since I got quite a handful, I didn’t bother checking them one by one. BAD IDEA, 7 of my markers were already dried up :( Now I have to go back and have them replaced huhuhu /dying whale sound. So if ever you purchase these markers in the future, PLEASE check them before paying! :)

Much to my surprise, the marker actually had THREE nibs! Yup, that’s right! Three nibs in ONE marker! How cool is that? Here’s how they look like.

I love the ultra fine nib :) Perfect for those hard details like hair strands and lashes! *o*

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While I’m at it, let me also show you my drawing/illustrating process. After I have made my draft, I usually make a rough sketch with a mechanical pencil (no shading).

After this, I roughly ink (don’t go OC yet!) it so I can see/trace it over another paper (I will use my marker paper for this review). – No need to ink roughly if you have a light box. 

After inking, place your paper BELOW your marker paper/any other paper you wish to use. 

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For this review, I will use my Comic Marker Pad (I’ve been dying to have one ever since college) – This one costs P 825. Yes, it’s expensive. It’s worth it though if you’re using markers ! It’s 70gsm, 50 sheets, and developed for the use of alcohol based markers. I also noticed that it goes quite well with my unipins. No more bleeding ink and ugly smudging! :) Blends the markers perfectly as well. 

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The fun part! Inking! YAY!!! :D Now you can go as detailed as you want! Carefully trace over your rough artwork.

I always use only : 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, and 0.5 Unipins (thinnest to thickest). Careful not to over press the tips cause they bend easily (0.05 and 0.1)

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After you’ve completed your inked artwork (Give yourself a hug and a pat on the back) ~ hehe~ you can now color !!! :D 

I think Tria markers are the perfect alternative to Copic Markers. They are cheaper (P150 each) as opposed to Copics (P200+ each). Although the brush nib of Tria markers aren’t as flexible as Copics, they will suffice. Large array of colors too so you don’t have to worry about not getting a particular shade you want! ALSO, They don’t smell as bad as Copics or Kurecolors! :) 

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Unfinished drawing as usual. :)) Anyway, that’s about it! Hope that helped :)A

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Hey, Filipino bookworms! As part of a collaboration with Fully Booked, I’m giving away two paperback copies of The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld. It’s an excellent book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Here’s the blurb:

A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.

The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries magical visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs, with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest, and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honor and corruption-ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.

Sounds amazing, yes? Enter the giveaway by clicking HERE.