I've been meaning to revive my DA for a while - so for anyone out there from 2011 *crickets* hope you're still there!
Since my last journal entry in 2011 I have been leading quite the unexpected nomadic life. A short summary for the friends I've made years ago on this site:
2011: started traveling the world, with pitstops back home in Manila every few months - was not drawing so much
2012 - 2013: Later this year I ended up working as an english professor for a few months in Colombia (SOUTH AMERICA WAS AMAZING), quit that job to pursue other interests and lived briefly in Costa Rica, also played around working as a freelance muralist, designer. My first big job was an illustrated workbook for the World Bank for a project in Belize
2013 - 2014: I started rediscovering my home region and freelancing with a little bit more confidence around Central Asia, South East Asia and Australia
2015: I'm freelancing full time, teaching mermaiding part-time
, and moved to Boracay, a beautiful island in the Philippines. I got to see Taiwan and Japan for the first time!
2016 to present: I've been going back and forth Manila, Bali, and the US.
I've been lucky so far, but I have to say my life has been built around the lifestyle I want, with significant sacrifices being made. Stability being trumped by freedome.
Of the small things I'm proud of (because over time I've been learning how to take more pride in my work despite knowing there is a multitude of artists that are far better and far more consistent than I):
- My inked animals and cheeseburgers were in a simple exhibit (my first ever exhibit) with Boracay Artists
- I am working on a 3rd comic with another published writer, concept art to come soon (maybe months...)
I have mostly been illustrating and designing
since then. I'm going to try to be more present here and engage more!