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Art of the Day: I Always Knew

Tools: Pencil and watercolor on watercolor paper // Edited in PSCS5

This art was inspired by the song of the same title by The Vaccines.

I’ve been binge watching The Office lately and man, Jim and Pam quickly became one of my all-time favorite TV couples. I have not encountered (at least in recent memory) a couple with a stronger chemistry than the two of them together. It blows me away.

Art of the Day: Here Is Where I Love You

Tools: HB pencil

Okay, yes, that title is a Hunger Games reference. I thought it was appropriate: Simon and Baz having a place of their own where they can love each other freely. I like the idea of Baz admitting his feelings to Simon first. Because, you know, Simon’s feelings are no secret. Okay, Baz’s, too. Their love is all over the place. Lol.

This is just a quick sketch to get me out of my art slump. I want to paint a scene where Baz admits his feelings and if I do, it will be something similar to this picture.

Art of the Day: Landline (Alternate Book Cover)

Tools: Pencil and watercolor on watercolor paper // Edited in PSCS5

I’m not going to pretend I know something about marriage but this book hit home for me. Once again, the writing prowess of Rainbow Rowell captivated me. (I will read anything this woman writes.)

Things I loved about this book (contains spoilers):

1. Georgie being a cryer.

2. Neal and Georgie’s “hobitty” chemistry. Man. Short people represent! Finally!

3. Neal and Georgie’s chemistry, period.

4. Seth.

5. The cameo appearance by a couple from one of Rainbow’s previous novels. (!!!)

6. Neal. Neal, Neal, Neal. (God, that very brief chapter in his PoV.)

Expect some more fan art soon. (I swear, I will make a full scale drawing of that Polaroid picture.)

P.S. To my fellow Filipinos: Typhoon Glenda really hit us hard. I hope you’re all safe wherever you are!

Art of the Day: Outward

Tools: Acrylic and watercolor on canvas // Edited in PSCS5

A scene from the book The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

Excerpt from the book: “…we sit in silence some more, the storm wind cutting through my blanket and my hat and ruffling the pages of my notes. I reach into my pack and take one of the precious November cakes - still warm - and offer it to Sean.

He takes the cake without saying thank you. But the thank-you is somehow implied. I’m not sure how he does it, because I wasn’t looking at him to see his face when he took it.”

This book keeps haunting me. I read it last year and it creeps up on me every once in a while. And I keep going back to this scene, which is one of my absolute favorite scenes in any book ever. It’s so subtle and atmospheric and GODDAMMIT, I love it so much. I just had to paint it.

Art of the Day: Secrets of the Universe

Tools: Pencil, color pencil, and watercolor on watercolor paper // Edited in PSCS5

Inspired by the book Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, which might be my favorite book so far this year.