Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
About Varied / Hobbyist Core Member Nelsie N. GeografoFemale/Philippines Group :iconallthingstraditional: AllThingsTraditional
Traditional art; a lost treasure
Recent Activity
Deviant for 6 Years
9 Month Core Membership
Statistics 192 Deviations 1,999 Comments 23,118 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

Coffee Cup #5 by aeonsiege Coffee Cup #5 :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 7 8 Coffee Cup #4 by aeonsiege Coffee Cup #4 :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 11 4 Three Gold Fishies by aeonsiege Three Gold Fishies :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 8 5 Mrs. Svenson by aeonsiege Mrs. Svenson :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 21 11 Coffee Painting Textures by aeonsiege Coffee Painting Textures :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 4 0 Old Woman by aeonsiege Old Woman :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 3 5 Coffee Cup 2 by aeonsiege Coffee Cup 2 :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 18 8 Artist by aeonsiege Artist :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 5 2 Little Girl Sitting on a Curb by aeonsiege Little Girl Sitting on a Curb :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 2 0 Woman (coffee painting on canvas) by aeonsiege Woman (coffee painting on canvas) :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 9 3 Mrs. Chua by aeonsiege Mrs. Chua :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 8 12 Sadako in Bali by aeonsiege Sadako in Bali :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 1 0 Puppy Love by aeonsiege Puppy Love :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 2 3 Blue by aeonsiege Blue :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 17 8 Poly Nansha Sales Office by aeonsiege Poly Nansha Sales Office :iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 4 11
Upgrading Your Skills
I believe I am fortunate that I still have work... Now that China is facing economic challenges and have some regulations in place to limit construction activities, a lot of foreigners here are losing their jobs in the design and construction industry. With millions of people to compete with it is important that we upgrade our skills and be in tune with the modern demands. A lot of Filipinos are very skilled in design and construction but because most lack computer skills (and Chinese are very good in that area) a lot of us has suffered losing our jobs. I lost my job, but was fortunate to get another one right away without having to wait. Others were not that lucky. But I guess it's also because I learned skills both in design and graphics that I was able to add in my portfolio.
Old school designers raise their eyebrows to 'newbies' and pay much high value in drafting like it's a sign of seniority and diversified experience. Most of them believe that the younger generation only know co
:iconaeonsiege:aeonsiege 0 15


KILLERS by RM73 KILLERS :iconrm73:RM73 9,246 630 Waves of Nature by Laovaan Waves of Nature :iconlaovaan:Laovaan 9,364 275 Raccoon Study - Scratchboard by ShaleseSands Raccoon Study - Scratchboard :iconshalesesands:ShaleseSands 128 23 Ginger - Scratchboard by ShaleseSands Ginger - Scratchboard :iconshalesesands:ShaleseSands 177 31 Timber Wolf Portrait - Scratchboard by ShaleseSands Timber Wolf Portrait - Scratchboard :iconshalesesands:ShaleseSands 186 19 007 by NeutrinoZ 007 :iconneutrinoz:NeutrinoZ 162 108 Blanc cheval by JessicaSansiquet Blanc cheval :iconjessicasansiquet:JessicaSansiquet 36 5
Holiday Card Project 2012

It's back!  With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the deviantART Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.
In past years, the Project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 1,000 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by deviantART members to local Los Angeles, CA hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for hospital staff members to hand out to patients.
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month Premium Membership to deviant
:iconheidi:Heidi 4,824 6,951
Kaousama (peony queen) by Avoice Kaousama (peony queen) :iconavoice:Avoice 205 13 Jessica Alba. by dreamarian Jessica Alba. :icondreamarian:dreamarian 1,357 582 Black Sun Detail by DDzim Black Sun Detail :iconddzim:DDzim 818 122 Black Sun by DDzim Black Sun :iconddzim:DDzim 1,931 325 The Gateway To Amsterdam by Leonid Afremov by Leonidafremov The Gateway To Amsterdam by Leonid Afremov :iconleonidafremov:Leonidafremov 256 7 Heather Nova - Graphite by cloudmilk Heather Nova - Graphite :iconcloudmilk:cloudmilk 148 81 CyberSteam Queen by Si3art CyberSteam Queen :iconsi3art:Si3art 939 62 Golly, It's Gandalf by Earth-Hart Golly, It's Gandalf :iconearth-hart:Earth-Hart 56 62
I just created a Facebook page. I hope you check it out. It's a bit quiet in here...


Cheers! :D


aeonsiege's Profile Picture
Nelsie N. Geografo
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
It all started with boredom... That's what happens when the only two familiar places you're accustomed to is your apartment and office (with the occasional bars during Fridays as a release).

Why aeonsiege? It takes AEONs for me to finish a painting. SIEGE is the combination of the last syllable of my given name and first syllable of my last name...

Stuff about me:
I am a Landscape Designer
I started coffee painting last February... Or March maybe...
I am self-taught
I have drawn since I was 4
A natural procrastinator
I love using dry media and it reflects I guess even when I use watercolor or coffee
I love portraits (started drawing portraits when I was 12)
I like doing caricatures (but I haven't posted one yet)
I love monochromatic art (especially sepia)
A Filipino but currently residing in China
I have a Chuckie doll
I almost always wear black...


1) The smaller the picture, the easier to detail.

2) The bigger the picture, the more difficult to even out the color/value of the coffee.

3) To do darker tones, do it layer by layer and not in one time.

4) Do not wash too much or put a lot of water. The way has the tendency to seep in and produce a grayish tone.

5) The darker you get, the shinier the coffee.

6) The darker you get, the more it looks burnt.

7) Cook the finish piece by blow drying to prevent the coffee from being too sticky.

8) Coffee is sticky. Do not just cover by any material to protect it.

9) Older coffee has dark brownish color; new ones have reddish color. (or maybe it depends on the type of coffee...)

10) Coffee is best rendered wash if you want to avoid making the piece sticky, burnt.

11) Wash the paper with water with a little amount of coffee first so it doesn't look too light or bright (but that's just me).

12) It is easier to wash mistakes when coffee is still wet.

13) To draw a white line on a dark area (helpful when doing gray hair), wet brush and carefully wash coffee using no. 1 brush. This will of course not be totally white.

14) As with wash water color painting, light first before dark. If you add lighter tones of coffee, it will wash the darker tone which gives an abrupt change in color/value/grade.

15) When 'erasing', use clean water. Change water regularly.

16) When using instant coffee, do not attempt to do darker tones on the first mix. It won't be dark enough. Allow the water to seep to the coffee until it looks sticky. That way you can get darker color (similar to Prang watercolor).

17) To create even values, wash paper with lighter coffee tone. Let it dry then apply another coat. Let it dry again then put on another coat until the tone desired is achieved. If you're lucky you can get an even tone in the second application. 

18) As with all other paintings, composition is still the most important. It is the framework, the foundation of any painting. Do studies first before starting the first stroke of brush. Then you can decide which area goes darker and which are not. You can start with a light washed coffee.

19) The thicker the coffee, the darker the color -from the Internet.

20) Avoid trying to brush briskly using darker colors for greater coverage. This will create bubbles on your painting.

21) Coffee painting has the tendency to look stiff especially when doing opaque realistic drawings, I am not sure whether it's because of the difficulty to achieve tone values. Doing wash painting would perhaps help.

22) For lighter shade (that is the very light one), instead of mixing more water to coffee, paint a very dark shade or a very thick layer of coffee  on a piece of paper. Then with an already wet brush, use this to create a lighter shade. Try it first on the extra paper before using it on your actual drawing. This will eliminate excess water and therefore can help even out your shade.

23) In making realistic drawings (especially photorealistic portraits), there is no such thing as white. White only happens on highlights or reflective objects in the drawing. In doing lighter tones, do a wash with a very light coffee tone.*

24) One of the most important thing in rendering (in general) is to train the eye and the stroke to even out colors and to shade in such a way that is not abrupt. There are two ways in watercolour that can be put to use in coffee painting. To wash or use dry brush technique. It is easier to even colors in dry brush.*

25) Avoid adding too much water before you brush your stroke. If the intent is to create a darker tone, water will erase the first coat.*

26) Test your shade first in a separate paper, ideally similar to the one you're using before you use it in your work to ensure that it is the desired  shade.

27) you can never go too dark on coffee.

28) Be patient. When putting coffee on the brush, do not brush briskly as to get a dark color. This will create bubbles. Brush with slow strokes until you get the desired tone/value.

29) Avoid exposing your work on too much light/sunlight. It will wear off the color.

30) If possible, fix your work right away so it won't fade.

31) Coffee can be dissolved and be mixed even when already dry. So when adding another shade, take into account that it can mix with the adjacent shade and can make the tone darker than intended.

31)  As with watercolour, it is easier to mix when coffee is still wet.

32) Be careful not to get your hand stick on wet coffee as it will stain other parts without your intent.


Add a Comment:
Helca Featured By Owner May 9, 2018
Amazing talent, beautiful work. :D (Big Grin) 
aeonsiege Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :D :hug:
Helca Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
You're welcome :) (Smile)
HandcraftedCarolina Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! 😊
aeonsiege Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D :hug:
Add a Comment: