Before the blood moon

Sometimes I still pinch myself as a reminder to live my life as it is now and stop worrying about the future. It may be a circus or a boring, monotonous life, just like how we (subconsciously) plan the future to be. I’m studying in my dream university and living in my dream apartment —…

Letters To A Young Scientist

No matter how much you love what you do, there comes a time when you’ll need wisdom, encouragement, war stories from someone more senior in the field, from someone who made it. No matter how hard you study, how much you try to catch up with the work, nothing will ever be enough for someone…

What saved me from my reading slump

I was stuck in a reading slump for months earlier this year. The coursework and writing assignments were overwhelming, and I barely had time to live my life — much less time to live someone else’s life by immersing myself in a book. The book I was reading last before the slump was The Complete…

I’m in a bit of a slump

I pride myself in my productivity and efficient time management. Sure, I still cram every now and then, miss my personal deadlines (not real ones), and spend a huge chunk of my time in bed during my bad days, but I always rally. I fear that if I let one thing slide, it will lead…

Figuary 2021 (Mid-month Check In)

My experience last year If you guys don’t know, LoveLifeDrawing and Croquis Cafe partners every year to create this wonderful drawing practice sessions about Figure drawing, called Figuary. I participated last year, but I did it a bit late. I put off practicing until August. Nevertheless, I finished the challenge and learned amazing tips for…

New Art Essentials

Most of us know by now that the lack of time isn’t the main reason why people fail to stick to their habits. Overcoming the resistance to start — that’s the real enemy. I have whole drawers of art materials at my disposal, and despite my busy schedule in grad school, I still have time…

Where am I?

Dream far off You’ve gone nowhere Look back a little; You’re nearly there.

My place in arts

As with other artists, my love for arts started even way before I knew that what I was doing was arts. I thought the label was only reserved for the murals in museums, the marble sculptures of the maestros, and the incomprehensible hodgepodge of paint and ideas of the contemporary artists. For me, I was…

Figure drawing for a week

Drawing has always been my weak spot when it comes to making an artwork. I already know the colors I want to use for the painting. I already know how to blend colors, but without grids or separating my figures into parts, something just always looks… off. So I tried figure drawing for a week….

The importance of gratitude

I haven’t always had a proper morning routine. I thought that to be productive, all I have to do is plan my day from the moment I take my shower to before I sign off for the day. Whatever happens outside of my work/study hours, I just wing it. I was productive and functional, but…