Andrea Cervantes is Beruna Girl, designer & illustrator from Laguna, Philippines.
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!
Hey guysssss! It’s been 2 months since I’ve updated, and as always I feel really bad about it. But then again, I’m just collecting stuff for things to share, and these couple of weeks have been super exciting for me.
I’ve been curious about the overall shabby chic look of Vanilla Cupcake since I saw their small Trinoma kiosk, especially after I’ve treated myself to an afternoon there: it looks and feels like Heima’s early shabby chic collection, but done in pastels. And I was right, it was definitely Heim Interiors!
The team approached me to make handwritten, cupcake-themed decals for their project. At first I didn’t know it was for the store, and it was a good thing because I loved their concept and I don’t want to stick to a preconceived style the store is using.
I guess I was super excited and pumped that I got the concept quickly and worked on it. I had a hard time with the lettering: my handwriting is the worst, and although I can style it and make it look better, it was not what the concept asked for. So I went on and modified and tweaked some typefaces, which looked pretty good (aka better than my handwriting).
The decals looked super cute, I can’t resist making mock-ups!
Because I haven’t been going around the malls during those weeks, I didn’t see them posted in the stores until last week. I was looking for a present for my boyfriend (it was his birthday!) and I was going around frantically when I passed by and gasped! It was so surreal.
After designing the decal, they approached me to design the neon light lettering for the shop too! These kinds of quirky, unexpected details make Heim Interiors stand out: a sweet-looking store with neon lights, and it works! Who knew?
The team wanted baking/cupcake quotes in script. I came up with two designs within a day because I was super excited! This time, I followed my gut and decided to make one with modified typefaces and one with my (cleaned-up) handwriting. Mockup again, ugh they look so cool!
The neon lettering is installed in their new UP Town Center branch in Katipunan. I wish I can visit the store soon, but for now I’ll just repost the pic from @heiminteriors’ Instagram account. (Let’s make the #friendless Katipunan meet happen, guys!)
October is starting to be an interesting month to blog about, and I’ve lined up some more posts and projects that would hopefully push through (you know, apart from me doing my day job). I hope it does and I hope I can do everything well!
Hello guys! I have been busy to sit down and blog but I do get to post on tumblr and Instagram, because it’s an instant gratification thing. So let me make up for it by posting stuff with my phone!
I got myself a really affordable smart phone, and I’ve been using it lately because it’s pretty convenient (Google apps are great!) even though the camera’s not so good. All of our cameras have broken down and are under repair, so I got to rely on this cam, and although I’m really not satisfied with the photos, it got me posting in Instagram quite a bit. So, to the updates:
Super secret Heima project! Heima’s new stuff this fall will be so great, can’t wait for the release! (Reposted from @heimastore, of course.)
So happy to do more, proper layout when we get our camera back.
Made a Saul Bass-inspired poster for Person of Interest just because I saw the SDCC poster and it makes me giggle and point at how, uh, mind-boggling it is.
Also, WHO’S LISTENING TO WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE? Guys, it’s ridiculously good, and it makes me doodle things.
I got featured and interviewed in Mabuhay DIY! Mabuhay DIY is super crafter Drea’s blog, which chronicles her arts and crafts journey. I wish I can make time and craft religiously like her. Thank you so much Drea! <3
There are so much stuff to do this month and I hope I can blog more about it!
Hey guys! I know, I’m pretty much delayed with updating this blog! Believe me when I say I really, really, REALLY want to update… but because I started out the year with fixing my friend’s site up, I’ve been itching to update this site. Plans have been at the back of my mind and I really want to sit down and do this well… and until I do, I just don’t want to see this old layout. I’m suddenly so impatient with this!
But really good things have happened these past few months, I’ve been bursting with stories to tell!
“Busy” is an understatement during those days. I’ve been designing giveaways and bundling them up by myself at work, we’ve been visiting relatives and it’s pretty hard to do while commuting, and I’ve been trying to start a small store.
Because of my former jobs in graphics, I get dibs on designing stuff for company events. When you think about it, internal company events can run with things designed in MS Powerpoint (I hate Powerpoint with a passion, guys) and get away with it. I tried so hard to go against it, even if I’m given a really short deadline and a last-minute brief. So I’ve been making event tarps, shirts, and what-have-you’s ever since I got this job.
Here are some things that we did during the holidays, minus the usual Christmas cards (I didn’t take a picture of those because once I was done I was SO TIRED):
CAT CALENDAR. Bask in the cuteness of these felines, while keeping with the dates. I had SO MANY CLIENTS requesting for these when people were giving them out, which was good for the company… but I was the only one assembling the stuff so YAY ARMY OF CATS. :O
Cut-out Christmas tree that we gave away with the cats. And… our only photo of the truck that we dressed up as Santa Claus for the annual CSR Christmas outreach program, because after we finished this we all passed out. This was A PAIN TO DECORATE, as it is a huge-ass 20-wheeler truck. Thankful that I didn’t have do this by myself ! *high-fives D&T team*
And… after this I just go directly to bed. Good times?
Jake is one of my blockmates in engineering, and I’m pretty flattered when they remember that I design things, because these engineering people are not to be messed with. CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRIES, YO. Anyway, he got married last January so I’ve worked on his and his wife Joy’s wedding invitations.
I tried to design an invitation for another couple in the past, but I guess I didn’t capture the bride’s tastes, and I learned early on that it’s a very important thing; otherwise, let another artist do it. I was hesitant to make another one (“maybe I’m not really for weddings, huhuhuhuhu”), but I love how Joy sent me her inspiration board that I got into her state of mind pretty quickly!
At first they wanted to change the typefaces and add some accents to an existing design
And then they told me that they like mine so much that I should consider a redesign!
The final thing!
Things were so hectic and problematic that day that I didn’t make it to their wedding (Who loses her stuff on a jeep? Me.) and I’ve yet to see the invite printed out, but I’m so glad I made two beautiful people happy!
I confess: I was eager to have this giveaway last October, partly because I wanted to know how to ship out stuff abroad to clients. The experiment turned out to be a success because I learned how to send stuff internationally!
I signed up for Etsy a long time ago, just in case my friends and I revive our accessory business. Seeing the demand and the feedback I got from the Tumblr community, I plucked out the courage to use that account and try selling stuff! And this is how my Etsy shop, Beruna Girl Papers was born!
Right now I’ve been thinking of expanding to other fandoms and geek-related activities, as well as putting out some badass quotes and drawings in the future, as well as new bindings and materials. Gonna experiment with cards, posters, and other stationery too! Right now, here are the new things! 🙂
I’ve also added a small widget of my Etsy Store on the right side of the blog, check it out! 😀
To celebrate Fringe’s final season, Gallery 1988 at LA held Fringe Benefits, a show featuring gorgeous Fringe-inspired artworks and posters. When Wired Underwire featured the exhibit, they went out of their way to feature Fringe fanart from around the world… and they picked one of mine!
My friend Em, who collaborated with me here, asked me to revive her portfolio site. Being Em, I know she loves minimalism and clean working spaces because her works are so colorful and playful, that they don’t need any additional accents.
Now, here is a study in humility: I failed to deliver on time because I realized I couldn’t code fast enough. I am so glad that Em still accepted my work, and we’re still talking, but there should be no excuses. I realized that I am pretty rusty on coding, and that I should always have a backup when things go wrong! When things were going wrong, this piece by Jessica Hische came into mind. I stepped onto the challenge because Em had been a great friend and I thought I could muster something as easily as I did some years ago, but I keep on forgetting that I chose to develop and enrich another talent – that I can’t do everything.
But I step back, and I thought I did pretty well!
Lots of lessons learned, and I’m glad that things got to be better. Also folks, don’t give me coding jobs yet!
Well. This is a long post, it needs a part 2! Will come up shortly!
Hey guys! I have an ongoing collaboration with my friend, makeup artist and photographer Em Smith.
Em Smith is a makeup artist and photographer based in Houston, Texas. She grew up in Marinduque and Manila, Philippines, and I met her when we were both artists for a local fashion brand. I’m always floored by her photos and her conceptual and “no-makeup” makeup, so it’s an honor to be working with her! So excited for the next ones!