Andrea Cervantes is Beruna Girl, designer & illustrator from Laguna, Philippines.
The one time I realize that I have wayyyyyyy too much blog backlog is when I post some Christmas greetings. It’s December and I haven’t been posting as much as I wanted, which is disappointing because I wanted to post a lot. I’ve been trying to discover a lot of new things this year, and it’s been super hard. I wish it was all worth it.
I’ve been sending these online Christmas cards since 2010 and even if I usually do them at the last minute, it gives me time to think about the people who helped me throughout the year.
Thanks for everything, guys! Have a great holiday season ahead!
It took me some weeks to blog about it, and here it is: I am finally done with my last day at work! Cue the obligatory, I’m-channelling-Mel-Gibson-in-Braveheart yells of “freedom!!!” from this direction. I am officially self-employed and will be happy to accept your commissions and projects you’d be sending my way.
But wow, I never imagined to work in an office – in a manufacturing plant in Laguna, no less – for three years, but life does surprise you. My stay in KPPI has been the longest, and I would like to believe that a mixture of good environment, efficiency, and creativity kept me there for as long as I could.
The office wasn’t perfect, but it gave me an opportunity to stretch my creativity. It gave exercises for the analytic side of my brain, and actually made use of the things I learned in industrial design. Everything is always designed to be more efficient and economical than the last, and it’s a real challenge to do.
Last year, they sent some of us to our Japan office and I’m still very thankful for the opportunity (Japan! Yes! I should go back!). I still am not the friendliest person in the bunch, but I learned a lot on communicating well and dealing with different kinds of people.
I can’t (and won’t) post the things I did for our clients, but I can post the work I did for company events. I would always volunteer to make our shirt and stage designs because it’s extra work that I enjoy, plus it gives me a chance to practice new techniques and styles:
I began this year in a rut. Things were not running as smoothly as I wanted them to, and I could barely catch up with anything. I didn’t like how 2014 ended and I was stressing myself to end everything and start anew. I had to find creative ways to relieve these bottled-up anxieties, so I decided to use my half-full brush pens to teach myself some fancy lettering work.
Pretty soon, I got addicted to it! I didn’t really take it seriously (I will not whip out some fancy nibs and do Copperplate, but who knows) and I’m not really into your typical, inspiring quotes (I appreciate them, but I gravitate towards nerdy and sometimes self-depreciating words of wisdom… or cuss words), but writing things down gives me instant relief from everyday stress. I ordered most of the pens from Swirls and Strokes, and I’ve been stopping myself from ordering more until I run out of ink.
Here are some things I posted in Instagram. I’ve discovered how to use PicsArt, it’s the first app I found that can edit layers and opacity settings.
I’ve calmed down since then. Being creative takes out a lot of stress from technical work and processes, and if stressful days would strike again I’m pretty sure I’d be OK.
Happy new year! Still very busy here at work, I’ve yet to catch a breather even after the holidays.
Even though I still have plans on posting this really long update, I chose to go through stuff bit by bit this year. And if you’re following me on Instagram, you’d notice that I post some lettering attempts and sketches. I’ve been doing them since I’ve bought brush pen refills from Japan (yes, I went to Japan, remind me to post some photos!) and although I haven’t been that great, I’ve seen some improvements from the things I did for VCB.
I’ve enrolled myself in Mary Kay McDevitt’s Skillshare class, and even though I haven’t posted anything in class I’ve tried the exercises after some months. While attending a lettering workshop by Serious Studio, I finally had the time to complete the lettering project.
The class project involves making a poster out of a favorite quote, and since the Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack was on repeat on the latter part of 2014, I chose to draw something from The Origin of Love.
I collected my thumbnails into an image. I lacked some historical research on this, as the lesson recommends.
Defining some of the shapes and alignment. Still undecisive of some stuff.
Inking the thing! Tracing over the drawing helped me decide on the final shapes.
Tracing the poster in Illustrator for the first time. Ugh look at the awkward, uneven lines. I’m not so great with colors, that I made 3 more color tests that I posted in tumblr and had to scrap after.
Finally, I decided to get the color scheme from photos from Hedwig’s costumes from Broadway. It’s my most favorite so far!
So here’s a little Valentine’s thing for you guys, I hope you like it. I made more stuff and practiced a lot since this, and I’ve been more comfortable with brush pens. Like always, I’m still in the process of discovering that distinct style that I’d like to call my own, and practice makes things better. I hope I’l have time for everything else though!
What’s next for this blog? I have no idea, but I hope I have the time and guts to finish them all soon.
Happy Holidays! I know this blog is spotty, but I just wanna greet y’all in the holidays.
I have some more stuff to cover, stay tuned!
Needless to say I am still surprised that this blog is still alive.
But things did happen! And most of the time I am busy with work (Yes! Still employed while freelancing and sewing notebooks! A miracle, right?), and I just have to catch up on sleep (else, I might go insane). I am old, guys, and I can’t stay up even if I’d really want to.
(No, really, I tried going without sleep for 2 days this year. I thought I was gonna die. 5 years ago I would still be running on adrenaline on day 3, and can walk around.)
Will try to document the process as much as I can, but here are some notable things that happened:
I was planning some visual information design razzmatazz, but I still haven’t been taking notes. Maybe later? Right now, how about a riot grrl/angry girl rock playlist?
I don’t know how to feel about me turning 30. On one hand, I’m glad for everything so far, even if things never go as I expect them (especially this year, what), I am still surprised about what everyday brings. On the other hand, doom: have I done anything remotely useful for humanity? If not, isn’t that embarrassing? What is the point of going past 30? Are things going to get better?
But enough existential drama. Busy tayo. Until the next post! (I swear I will write more!)
This blog is still alive, yes! I’ve expected December to be super busy, but not THIS busy. I’m keeping track on things at Instagram though.
Made stuff like t-shirts and moving scale models for our office Xmas party. It’s my local Lantern Parade tradition (aka stating up really, really late at work).
Made some prints and the wall for My Apt., Heima’s new store for men with taste. Even with the limited time they gave me do these, I enjoyed working on these! Follow them in Instagram @thisismyapt. Blog entry soon!
I attended the Lantern Parade yesterday! It was still super fun even though I didn’t see a lot of friends, and the floats this year are awesome.
In notebooks news, I’ve just delivered the last batch for Xmas. Jessica Zafra also featured my notebooks in her blog (with my batchmate AJ’s and Noel’s hilarious comics series, Crime Fighting Call Center Agents) after I attended her book swap. It still feels surreal to be featured, though.
Wait, what? It’s halfway through December? But there’s so much to do!!! Aaaagh!
Living in Laguna, it’s pretty hard for me to go out and hang with friends. I’m lucky that I get to work with some of them, if only online. I’m particularly glad to drop by Heima and work in their projects, and this specific project excited me so much it had me going back and forth to the city.
Just in time for Manila Design Week, Heima launched their Garden Stories Collection. I was so happy to be a small part of it: I made 2 paper cutout and collage posters! As the Heima team describes their new collection:
Inspired by the beauty of nature and childhood memories, Garden stories collection celebrates life’s tranquil moments and fun warm afternoons spent running around in open gardens. Garden Stories aims to bring back the importance of nature in people’s everyday lives. People say green is the most relaxing colour to lay your eyes on and, with Heima’s new collection of furniture, the brand would like to offer people the sense of peace, relaxation and easy living when going home after a hard day’s work.
I attended the intimate collection launch last October 26, and I’m surprised at all the furniture they produced! I was told that it would be a smaller collection, but it doesn’t look and feel smaller at all. The variety of furniture – more at home with greens and blooms – is pretty much more experimental and wider than the past collections.
Aaaaand… I finally got to visit UP Town Center!
My college blockmates have been talking about reunions. After attending Pat and Rik’s talk at Ayala Museum and Ninel’s exhibit some weekends back, we all realized that we miss each other, and it would be really nice if we can have a small lunch somewhere.
I convinced them to try out the restaurants in UP Town, so I can take pictures of Vanilla Cupcake Bakery hehe. After taking pictures of the store, my camera died. No reunion pics, unfortunately!
December is upon us and it would be a busy month for me once again, and this makes me miss the city much more. I hope to meet friends again, even in short lunches and coffee, because I really miss everyone!
I’ve been planning a project for about a year now (or maybe longer?) and I haven’t been doing anything about it until recently. I don’t know why I’ve been keen on finishing it, but it’s a good thing!
Papercut (Acid-free watercolor paper, 2013)
How could you go to space? I’ve asked myself that a hunderd of times as I leaf through my book and wrestled with the formulas. I guess I wasn’t smart enough, but the fascination remains.
Papercut (Acid-free watercolor paper, 2013)
This is a redo of an early papercut I made last year. I am happier with this. Feeling the same way when I solve equations easily.
Papercut (Acid-free watercolor paper, 2012)
Everyone’s familiar with her, because she’s the first one I’ve done… and that’s fine. It’s the way I’d like it to be.
I am halfway done with this project, and these are the easier parts. And I have to rename the project because there’s a band having the same name as what I thought of.
(I can honestly say now that I don’t spend my free time watching series and looking up Richard Armitage on tumblr hahahahahaha creys.)