Drawing as a Hobby

Sketching is one of my hobbies aside from internet surfing, chatting with friends and taking pictures. This is also one way of coping with stress. My love for drawing has begun when I was around 7 or 8 years old. I remember my drawings were stickmen, stickhouses and 2 dimensional animals. They weren’t so nice but I was satisfied with my masterpieces. Then one of my relatives commented that I wasn’t good at drawing and that I didn’t have the talent in drawing. I didn’t get angry. I got upset though (who wouldn’t be?). Thus I’ve lost interest in drawing.

I turned my attention to chess, darts and table tennis. I was good at those but for no reasons I just lost interest at them too. I was in the first years of highschool when anime became popular and I became a fan. I remember spending half of my school allowance for anime collectables (like cards and posters). I also hanged out with fellow anime fans at school who were really good at drawing. So that’s the time my love for drawing came back. My friends became my inspiration and they’ve motivated me. Also my sister has been a huge inspiration. She has a natural talent in drawing but she never brings me down whenever I feel like I’m not good at what I’m doing.

So yes I love to draw anime characters. As I’ve said earlier I’m an anime fan. One of my all time favorites is Yuyu Hakusho. So if someone is going to ask me to draw something right now, it would resemble Kurama (my first anime crush).

My drawings are mostly anime inspired but I also do portraits (of real person of course). I’ve learned the basics of sketching during my junior highschool year but then that was the only art class I had so I don’t remember so much of it anymore and I lack practice so my shading is less impressive or should I say bad.

Moving on, some people ask me for tips on how to draw or how to start drawing. They also asked about the rules. Well, I don’t follow rules. I don’t have any rules when it comes to drawing. I draw according to what I see and I don’t mind commiting mistakes because art is subjective. However I have a couple of tips that I hope will help. The first one is to find a motive that you like. What do you want to draw? Think about something that you really want not just because it is nice or easy to draw (remember: nothing is easy the first time, but if we’re motivated nothing is impossible!). Second, don’t be afraid to commit mistakes. It is normal to commit mistakes. Even professional artists commit mistakes! Third, don’t let others bring you down. And last, don’t give up!

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I usually draw human figures (either anime or real) and I love it but later on I felt the need to challenge myself. That is to draw a dog. I succeeded and I’m happy with the result. However, the shading is a bit bad I see (technically speaking) so I need to practice more and more. I ain’t giving up. 😉

Sharing some stories from friends and family in the Philippines

It saddens me that there are people whom we elected as officials are taking advantage of a disaster for their own political sake. I can not imagine how they can sleep at night while their countrymen are suffering. As we all know, Philippines is getting a huge amount of support from other nations. Help does not only consist of cash donations but also medical teams, military aid, and etc. However, no matter how much help comes, there are still who have not yet eaten anything since the typhoon came. So the situation gets worse and people are desperate.

I have relatives in Liloan Leyte. Liloan is 2 hours drive from Tacloban City. Even though there are no reported casualties, there are lots of families who have lost their roofs, their livelihood and they have nothing to eat. So they also need help in order to survive. Aside from that, the small town is experiencing problems with the looters and some prisoners who have escaped Tacloban jail. According to them, the police has already arrested three of them but no one knows how many have already arrived in Liloan. They have also heard that some of those inmates who have escaped broke into a house, robbed the family who lives there and killed them.

Going back to the politicians who are taking advantage of the situation, a friend of mine whose father is working in a government office in Manila shared his conversation with his dad. He asked his dad what the office is going to do with the imported relief goods that arrived in their office. His dad said that some (not all) of the senators wanted the said goods upstairs because they will put names on the bags. (You know what will happen next.) So now I understand the delay…

My Heart Goes out to the Philippines

The news about the recent catastrophy in the Philippines is heartwreching. After the strong earthquake and now this. 😦  Typhoon Haiyan has claimed the lives of circa 10000 people in Tacloban alone and caused severe damage to the city and to the nearby towns. They need our help and support. We should show them that they are not alone and that there is still hope for them.

There are many ways to help. One is through donations and second is through volunteering. Since I am here in Norway, I am donating cash to my chosen organization, which is Red Cross Philippines.

red crossJust click the logo to take you to the website then enter the amount you wish to give and the payment method you prefer.

For those who are in Stavanger area, you can also contact the Filipino Association in Rogaland.

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Thank you for your love and support.