I'm Katherine on paper, Kaye growing up, stuck with spelling Kaich to strangers, and called by many other names by circumstance. I love animals, especially my Sharpei Bruce, eating and cooking, singing and performing, occasionally knitting, breathing in new places, CrossFit, Super Mario Brothers, and my small, filtered circle of family and friends 💛
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 […]
October 4, 2015

Foul Play

Let me start by saying that though I will try to be objective, I probably won’t be, and this post may be driven by my biases as a Filipino, and as an alumna of the University of the Philippines. Once a year, my school spirit intensifies, and I become an internet troll… only for the UAAP Cheer Dance Competition 😉 I think it’s because our school had never won, or even contended, in any other major sport, that I defaulted to pouring all my heart and energy into supporting the UP Pep Squad’s athletic efforts. It was during my time […]