October 23, 2015

Quit the “Versus:” Fitness is Personal

I just read something that left me feeling sore. The head of a particular gym compared his fitness program with CrossFit, in the guise of clarifying certain points on what makes the two different. He might have written this with good intentions; he even peppered his article with apologetic disclaimers, but unfortunately this came off slightly patronizing instead of sincere. While the author tried to be careful with his phrasing, he did not avoid making negative implications regarding the “competing brand.” I’m not against making comparisons, but before anyone does it and posts it on an official website, I think […]
October 18, 2015

Bright and Jazzy Weekend

This weekend has been gloomy on many fronts, so I welcomed some new distractions. Mom was in Osaka for a few days, and I asked her to visit some of the craft stores mentioned on I Try DIY’s guide. I was so relieved that she was able to fly back in this morning, unaffected by Typhoon Lando’s havoc; and it was like waking up on Christmas day, with her hoarded goods laid out on a table. She brought home Royce’ (not enough!) the strange but delicious square persimmons that I love, a designer bag for herself, and a mountain of cosmetics. She also […]
October 15, 2015

Drawing Perspective

I accidentally skipped a chapter today and leapt to the one about Perspectives. I learned about the concept of Vanishing Points and Converging Lines. Here’s our library (minus many details like the view outside the window, the blinds, and the carpet.) Those cabinets frustrated me the most, and there is an obvious lack of shadow grading. Why can’t I see the different levels of darkness clearly?  My one-point perspective Our library with a sofa, a TV on the left, and a reclining office chair  I was wondering why I found it hard to start this, considering they were mostly vertical […]
October 14, 2015

Drawing Hands

Quick update regarding my progress on Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. The chapter I’m on (6) talked about edges, and it taught a technique called Contour Drawing, which encouraged focusing on capturing the details of a subject by never taking your eyes off it. Not even to look at what you’re drawing. That was fairly mind boggling, and I’m not sure if it did anything for me, but I hope it did.  I just finished a section that introduced the concept of a picture plane, an imaginary “window” artists look through; a perspective that allows you to copy the […]
October 12, 2015

Practice Makes Progress

Almost a week since I did the first drawing exercises, following instructions from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, I’m now on chapter 4. (I switched editions, and “The Definitive, 4th Edition” is a friendlier, less scholarly read.) This chapter has the exercise that Chris had described and got me curious: copying an image upside down. The book proposes that seeing an image right-side up automatically triggers our Left Brain to assign labels to everything, and with those labels come our own interpretations of things based on personal experiences. What it wants is for the reader to try engaging […]
October 10, 2015

Art, Adventure, and Tapestry

The National Museum of the Philippines has many regional branches, but I’ve only been to the National Art Gallery in Manila. I first went when I was a freshman, though my memories  are now limited to the picture my block took on its front steps. Admission had been free until only recently, when they started charging entrance fees; and rightfully so, because the museum needs and deserves continuous funding for its maintenance and the restoration of the artwork it houses. October is Museums and Galleries month, so they decided to open their doors to the public for free again. I last went […]
October 6, 2015

Reading/Drawing/Styling

If there’s anything that can be done one day at a time, it’s learning. I advocate the thinking that anything can be learned, even skills that people insist are dependent on talent, like singing, dancing, and writing. Sure, talent makes it so that there is a predisposition to a skill, but with enough attention to the right procedure and plenty of practice, I think every skill can be developed.  I’ve always envied visual artists, those that can replicate the world around us, and especially those that can transfer their own imaginings onto canvas. I’ve often wondered how it would be like if […]