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!
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.)
So onwards to another update! I’ve been happily balancing things around my life, and although it takes a toll on me on some nights (aka I didn’t notice I was asleep for 12 hours!!!), I’m just glad I’ve been really creative and driven. Or at least I’ve been planning things. 🙂
But I digress, here’s the rest of March and April! (Also, I’ve been adding “yo” to everything because I’ve been watching too much Breaking Bad, sorry!)
You know this was coming, guys who follow me on Tumblr. Bong and Rossy of Heima Store just opened their newest branch at 3 Brixton St., Pasig City, and commissioned me to make another set of Paper Club Prints for the opening, based on my typography exercises and my notebooks. They gave me free reign of what I can do, and sometimes too much freedom can be nerve-wrecking. But I love working with the Heima team because they give me so much inspiration, that I whipped most of these pretty quickly!
Keeping with the tradition of offering uplifting design prints (since the Keep Calm posters they introduced at Cubao X), the team gave me various words of wisdom to interpret. I picked out my favorites among them, and tried incorporating them to the new store’s aesthetics, which is industrial/masculine but still very Heima. Here are the results:
They liked it so much that they gave me another project to work on, which was to design merchandise for The Brixton Block Party – their opening event AND the vinyl soundtrack launch of Marie Jamora’s film Ang Nawawala.
Of course I was so excited to be part of it – I may not be the target audience of this film, but I think it looks so good, it’s on a right step ahead for Filipino films, plus the soundtrack is great (I like to listen to it in the morning). And I remember spazzing out when I found out that Cynthia Bauzon-Arre made the illustrations for the cover!
Bong liked my Pond Feels notebooks, and decided them to be the main inspiration.
Took some playing around with the colors, balance and the arrangement.
I particularly like this one, because it wasn’t as predictable as the last ones, plus I saw a connection between the twin characters here: Gibson is a little bit earth-bound while Jamie is on a different plane, but they still have a connection.
Turns out that Marie and I were on the same train of thought! She told me later that she liked it because “Jamie’s coming out of Gibson’s head!” which is how it is in the movie!
Took us a couple of days exchanging emails with almost everybody and the final design was DONE. 😀
Afterwards, I was invited to the party! And let me tell you, it was so much fun – but not as fun as I’ve expected! I met the Heima team (all the bubbly people), Marie (I love her energy), Jess and Jill from my old office, Eldzs and the Thursday Room people, met Valerie on the way home, and had another spazzed-out moment when I saw Cynthia (I am so sorry for freaking you outttttt!!!). I went with my blockmate forever, Boombee, and we had a little heart attack when we were reunited with Pat and Rik of Proudrace! College friends! I MISS YOU! <3
We were by far older than the rest of the people (and we didn’t know most of them haha), and to paraphrase my brother, “that was so hipster of you,” but it didn’t stop us from having a great time with friends. 🙂
My friend Tintin just graduated from BFA Information Design, so go congratulate her! I helped her out by illustrating a story for her thesis, The Kwento Project, which encourages families to read Filipino folk stories together, through old (print) and new (tablets) ways.
I got a challenging one from her, a story from Bicol called Monkeys and Dragonflies.
The challenge was to reinterpret these stories in your own way but would suit the narrative. Being somebody who believes that she lived in the turn of the century until the 1930’s, I thought about The Godfather (think Part II, with De Niro)! Gangsters! Art Nouevau and Art Deco! Let’s do this!
Check out more stories and more illustrations from friends and other artists on The Kwento Project website!
I’ve been meeting really lovely, talented, and awkward people around for quite some time, and we got together as fans of BBC’s Sherlock. We call ourselves #friendless, and until we come out, we can’t divulge our secrets to anyone.
But I think I can tell everyone that our secret society enjoys our meetups, that we are currently loving Subspace Coffee House‘s Taro Coffee (with Doctor Who coffee art!!!), and that we’re gonna launch something big soon.
And I can let it slip that we’re currently obsessed with NBC’s Hannibal.
Aaaand… that was the Months That Were! I’m just so happy to get those stories out in my blog. I hope you come back for more, and by then I’ve taken the huge step into revamping this site. It has been a year, wow it has been a year! 😀
Because Tumblr is great and my followers are the best, I’m giving away free stuff! I’ve printed out some of my Fringe covers that I made and some exciting notebooks (more about them later!), and decided to give them away to 3 lucky people.
This is exclusively for people who have tumblr blogs but I’m feeling really generous, so if you happen to scroll through this blog and have a tumblr blog, you have 2 more days to like and reblog my post! Visit my tumblr for the rules and prizes, reblog and like, and cross your fingers for good luck! <3
I am recovering from a flu so that means I stayed at home instead of doing the things I planned to do with my friends this week, huhuhu. 🙁 Today I tried getting up and finished another Afterschool piece, and I had so many mistakes that I practically redid most of it. 😛 But here it is! <3
Paper cut on acid-free paper, approx 16 X 10 in
Did this while watching HBO’s Rome (best TV show ever, you guys) and the original Star Wars trilogy. I know, isn’t it weird that these get me in the zone? 😛
So I hope you had a more productive weekend than me. See you next week!
Hello guys! I have a secret, special project, and I just want to share the first part of it to you. I will be making more paper cuts in the future, and I hope you will stay tuned. 🙂
Paper cut on acid-free paper, approx 16.5 X 10 in
And here are some WIPs. I did this all last night while watching Homeland (good show btw). 🙂 I had to rest my hand today but I’m itching to do more.
People were asking for more WIPs, hehe. So here are additional ones – from the drawing stage. I made these preliminary drawings on A3 paper days ago, and pretty proud that I did!
Cutting the stencil
The tools of the trade: X-acto knife, tracing paper, and my canvas. <3
I hope I can finish everything by next month. Challenge accepted! Tune in for some updates!