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Hey guys,

I’m about to take off, I’m travelling to London to spend the weekend at the MCM London Comic Con selling Sherlock and Doctor Who fanbooks which are made from collaborations from many different artists, all together passionate about both fandoms. The Sherlock fanbook is a reprint but the Doctor Who one has just been printed and I must say it is beautiful! There are so many talented artists in it, there’s even a double page traditional oil painting.

¡Me escapo el fin de semana en la MCM de Londres! Principalmente voy a vender fanbooks de Sherlock y Doctor Who junto a Alina, la jefaza que se carga al lomo la tarea de editar estas antologías colaborativas. De la de Sherlock ya os hablé pero tengo que decir que la de Doctor Who ha quedado increíble. Hay trabajos preciosos, con estilos muy variados y con mucho talento de todos los rincones del mundo.

I already talked about my collaboration to the Sherlock fanbook, but here’s a preview of the illustration I did for the DW one:

Doctor Who Illustration preview.

We are super excited to be there for the weekend. If you are around come say hello to the “Life in a Glasscase” stand.

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A picture I took was selected the past month as one of the winners of a contest at the international Lomography community, and will be exposed in a huge wall until September the 19th in Santiago de Chile! \o/

Here is the link to the article with the contest winners’ announcement. You’ll find me there under letter m, as mrsweirdyetcool 🙂

And here, the link to Lomography Chile’s blog post on the wall my picture will be a part of, in spanish.

The only problem is that I can’t remember what pictures I submitted, and they didn’t announce the winning pictures, just the users who got featured. Hahaha, that’s fun…

I was on vacation, yes. I was on a study trip, absolutely. But that didn’t prevent me from practising towards my goal.

I lack speed when drawing, and I’m not very good at landscaping. Those two are my targets for improval in the short run, so my practise during my time in the Philippines was focused on quick (2-4 mins) ink landscape sketches. Here goes a selection from Manila, Alona Beach and Batad:

All input, insights, insults and signs of adoration are very welcome. 🙂

Keep it cool 😉

Today, as part of the studio trip I joined in Manila, we visited a place that worths being mentioned:

That’s the Holy Spirit Barangay in Quezon City, and it worths being mentioned due to their successful Community-Based Solid Waste Management program.

Long story short, the barangay (quarter) has managed to turn the garbage that used to litter the streets into a fabulous and very sensible community project: They collect the garbage, separate it into reusable, recyclable and biodegradable, and they reuse, recycle into artisan crafts and make compost out of the respective groups.

Parallel to this project, the barangay runs the urban agriculture project.  They themselves implement some of the reusable waste into planting pots, and the most important, teach people in the barangay how to do their own compost, and how to grow their own food.

Now some fancy images, of my property and authory, which btw I happily share with you all and invite to use them under a Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike CCL 🙂

Now, my point, kind of easy. This community project is very smart because:

– Keeps the neighbourhood clean

– Instead of doing it as a money expense, they do it as an income generating activity through selling of the artisan crafts, but most important, by selling compost through provider-customer agreements with different public and private purchasers all around the country.

– They generate at least 80 work vacancies in the barangay in the garbage recolection, selection and reclycling process.

– They have an educational program for the people in the neighborhood.

This people have been brilliant enough to not try sell back the garbage (in form of compost) to the people who haven’t got the money to buy it, that’s it, the very poor squatter inhabitants of the barangay. Instead, the sales are focused on those ones who have money and need to buy in big amounts, which generates income and with it, the possibility of offering works and educational programs to the neighborhood, at the same time that they improve the atmosphere and health conditions. Win win.

As a general concept, business and community helping build each other and selling a product to the ones who can pay for it (and who can really make a difference in your bank account at the end of the month) and giving it for free to communities for whom it will make a difference, is what I’m going for with this little article.

Anyway, if you feel like reading a bit more about this particular project, you can read it from #this short article# published by TAO Pilipinas.

Keep it cool 😉

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